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Community Connection - Fall 2011
Community Connection

Volume 4 Issue 3

Community-Wide Need for GED Testing

Metropolitan Community College's (MCC) Adult Education (AE), General Education Development (GED) and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs have a rich history as an integral part of the college. In fact, these services actually predate the College's creation as part of the former Omaha Nebraska Technical Community College, which eventually came to be the MCC we know today. AE classes and services are offered throughout the four-county service area, including MCC's campuses and centers, as well as at community agencies, schools and churches who partner with MCC to provide resources to the community.
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Student Profile: Rachel Bowser

Rachel Bowser started out her college career at MCC thinking she would become an art major, something that was always her passion. As a Presidential Scholarship award winner her senior year of high school, she figured college would be smooth sailing. But she quickly found out art wasn't for her and wondered what to do next. Her brothers were always interested in cars, and she found herself doing body work outside of school in her hometown of Fort Calhoun, Neb. Bowser decided to make a complete switch and enroll in the Auto Collision Technology classes.
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Medical Assisting Program Debuts at MCC

This fall, MCC will be adding a new degree program to its Health and Public Services area, which currently includes Dental Assisting, Nursing, Professional Health Studies, Paramedicine, Certified Nursing Aide, Criminal Justice and Respiratory Care Technology. Alegent Health Clinic will transition its Medical Assisting program to MCC in an effort to meet the increasing demand for medical assistants in the workforce.
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The Importance of Accreditation

The accreditation process for colleges and universities compares these institutions to established standards of excellence in such areas as degree programs, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional effectiveness, governance and administration and relationships with internal and external constituencies. MCC as a whole is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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Powwow Entering Its 20th Year

Every September, on the grounds where Ponca Chief Standing Bear once awaited trial, the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow is held. This year's event marks the 20th anniversary of the powwow and honoring Native peoples from around the region, their customs and history. Nearly 400 native artists participate in the traditional dance, music, storytelling and foods on the Fort Omaha Campus of MCC annually.
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College Fairs Go High-Tech

High school students look forward to visiting with their favorites and learning about colleges that might not have been on their radar prior to the event… as well as picking up a free pen or two. Although the professionals sent to represent their colleges are full of great information, sometimes the administrative task of filling out student interest cards (which include name, address, phone number, intended major, etc.) can get in the way of the student and the rep having a meaningful conversation. Enter the College Fair Automation barcode and scanner system, a method to speed up the exchange of information between students and colleges.
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In a Nutshell

College Fair Tips for Parents and Students
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Did You Know?

You might see a crowd at the Oct. 8 Health Fair, but how big is the impact around the world? From California to Canada, we've got the facts.
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Binational Health Week, Coming Together for a Cause

The mission of the Binational Health Week (BHW) is reflective of the strong partnership of those involved: "Walk Happily for Better Health" or "Camina alegre por tu salud". Mexico and its consulates have worked extensively via American organizations to reach out to the underserved Latino population living in the United States. With 40 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces participating, BHW is one of the largest mobilization efforts of federal and state government agencies, community-based organizations and volunteers in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of this population.
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Faculty Profile: Adam Hill

About five years into his marketing career, Adam Hill came to a personal realization: he felt he could do more. It was actually a conversation with his landlord, as well as the influence of multiple family members in the healthcare field, that prompted him to enroll in classes. At MCC's South Omaha Campus, Hill dove head first into his courses. American Heart Association CPR/AED training and EMT – Basic solidified his realization that this was the right path for him. "It's amazing what I learned," Hill said. "I found out that I absolutely loved this career field, and I was confident I could excel at it."
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Visit MCC!

Take a tour of the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus and check out the state-of-the-art kitchens where future chefs come to learn and perfect their craft. Visit the South Omaha Campus and see the nursing labs where nursing students practice taking blood pressure and vital signs. Go behind the scenes and see where the magic of the movies is really made in the video editing suite at the Elkhorn Valley Campus.
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