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Community Connection - Fall 2012
Community Connection

Volume 5 Issue 3

The smart choice: MCC, a nonprofit college

For-profit colleges are educational institutions that are run by private, profit-seeking companies. Such colleges are run like a business; the company’s owner or shareholders expect it to make money. On the other hand, nonprofit colleges like Metropolitan Community College, state colleges and universities receive a portion of their funding from the state, and education is a goal in and of itself.
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Booth 226: That is where you will find MCC on Oct. 17

MCC has something for everyone. Come find out what that something is during the Buy the Big O! Show on Wednesday, Oct. 17 any time between 8:30 a.m. and
4 p.m. at CenturyLink Center Omaha, Exhibit Hall C.
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Student Profile: Anabelle Garcia

Affordable courses and textbooks, a diverse student body and impactful instructors—these are just a few of the reasons Anabelle Garcia chose MCC for her general education classes. Before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she attended classes at MCC’s South Omaha Campus with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.
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Bioretention gardens installed on MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus

MCC, in partnership with the city of Omaha’s Stormwater Program, has installed two bioretention gardens surrounded by native and adapted landscaping on its Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, between Building 30 and its horticulture greenhouse.
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iPads in the classroom

“MCC is one of the only places in the United States where I could teach to the level of my experience in industry and stay current with evolving technology,” said Richard L. Hart, architectural design technology instructor. “Four-year colleges and universities don’t allow this. MCC has state-of-the-art computers and software that are sometimes 5–10 years ahead of industry.”
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Buffalo Robe Project

In 2010, a buffalo hide was gifted to MCC by artist and professor Steve Tamayo to commemorate the 20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow. This generous gesture marked the start of MCC’s extraordinary Buffalo Robe Project, a
six-month cross-disciplinary project that engaged students, faculty, staff and community members.
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Bringing learning alive

Every summer for the last four years, the Lakota Nation has welcomed a dozen or so MCC students to live with and learn from the Lakota people of Rosebud reservation in South Dakota.
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Did You Know?

MCC has worked with the facilitator of this experience, Steve Tamayo traditional
arts instructor at Sinte Gleska University, since the inception of the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow in 1992.
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Faculty Profile: Susan Healy

You know when you don’t think you will like something and then you end up loving it? That was the case with Susan Healy and teaching. She didn’t want to start teaching directly after grad school at the University of Notre Dame, but that was the opportunity presented to her, so she took it.
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