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June 23

June 23, 2021


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC honored at 2021 Nebraska CTE Conference

OMAHA, Neb. - The Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Education program was honored at the 2021 Nebraska Career Education Conference earlier this month, which was held virtually June 7-9. The program received the Outstanding Postsecondary CTE Program Award for exemplary student success.


Offering an associate in Applied Science, the Early Childhood Education program at MCC prepares students for education or human services careers, while giving them college credit that they can take to a four-year institution if they choose to do so.

During the three-day conference, event participants selected from over 75 breakout sessions where they had the opportunity to collaborate, engage, learn, and reconnect with CTE colleagues to advance their high-quality CTE programs. National leaders presented on topics focused on ensuring all students have equitable access to high-quality CTE programs, social emotional learning resources, and teaching strategies to engage learners virtually and in person.

Several award recipients were recognized during this year’s conference.  More information about each award, as well as the award recipient biographies, can be found at

The 2021 Nebraska Excellence in Career Education Award Winners

The Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award
Dr. Lloyd C. Bell, Emeritus Professor, UNL

NCE Distinguished Partner Award
Scott Volk, Vice President/COO, MetalQuest Unlimited, Inc.

NCE Outstanding Business Partnership Awards
Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
Behavioral Health Education Centers of Nebraska (BHECN)

Outstanding CTE Administrator Award
Dr. John Skretta, ESU 6 Administrator

Outstanding Middle School CTE Program Award
Columbus Middle School

Outstanding Postsecondary CTE Program Award
Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Program

Outstanding Secondary CTE Program Award
Pathways 2 Tomorrow (P2T)

Outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy Program Award
Omaha Benson High Magnet School Career Academies


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.