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Oct. 6

Oct. 6, 2021



Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office

MCC opens new Automotive Training Center

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has opened its new Automotive Training Center, a two-story, $32 million academic facility on the South Omaha Campus near 27th and Q streets. The approximately 100,000 square-foot facility houses the Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Technology programs in addition to the Toyota T-Ten program.

The Automotive Training Center is designed to train highly skilled workers for the automotive industry, a field facing workforce shortages. MCC worked in lock-step with local companies such as Baxter, Woodhouse, Jensen Tire and Auto and many others. The facility is a 50:50 public-private partnership, funded by College funds and generous donations from the business and philanthropic community.

“The Automotive Training Center is built to replicate what our students see in the modern industry. It is designed to mimic a high-production facility, and the college has invested in new equipment that meets manufacturer recommendations. It’s unlike anything in the United States at the community college level and we are very lucky to be part of the new building,” said Joe Baker, MCC Auto Collision Technology instructor.

Students began using the Automotive Training Center at the start of the 2021 fall quarter. The building is outfitted with additional labs, classrooms and convertible study spaces with plenty of natural light, helping eliminate the dark, drab stigma sometimes associated with the automotive industry.

To learn more about MCC automotive programs, visit


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 postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.