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Community Connection - Spring 2008
Community Connection

Volume 1 Issue 1

Pulitzer Prize Winner Doug Wright to be Honored at 2008 Theatre Conference

The Great Plains Theatre Conference is pleased to announce they will honor Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright at the third annual Conference at Metropolitan Community College, May 24-31, 2008. Wright has been named by the Conference as the recipient of the 2008 Great Plains Playwright Award.
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MCC Works with Bellevue Senior Coalition on Senior Issues

MCC has operated a center in Bellevue for two years, and as part of the involvement in the community, staff from the Bellevue location has participated in the Bellevue Senior Coalition.
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Breakfast for Success Proves a Good Start for CET

Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day, and MCC´s Corporate Education & Training (CET) Division would definitely agree. Since the division´s inception in 2007, CET has hosted two Breakfast for Success events, starting area business people´s days (and work life) off on the right foot.
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Charlie: A Hands-On Approach to Math

Meet Charlie. He´s four inches tall. He has two wheels. And at just two pounds, he definitely isn´t the quintessential teaching assistant. But Charlie is bigger than his size implies, and MCC math instructor Mel Mays is sure to share Charlie´s talents with his Beginning Algebra classes.
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Today´s Homework: Give a Voice to the Homeless

Twenty-two profiles of Care Corps clients. Twenty-two separate profiles of homeless people. Twenty-two students whose eyes were opened to a need and a cause in Fremont. A cause that affects more than Fremont. Omaha. Nebraska. The United States. The community.
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Restore Omaha to Focus on Historic Preservation This Spring

Back for a third year to educate about the restoration and preservation of older homes, properties and neighborhoods, the Restore Omaha Conference took place on MCC´s South Omaha Campus Feb. 29–March 2 this year.
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Training to Transport, Truck Driving Simulator Aids CDL Students

The diesel truck rumbles into motion and begins to approach an intersection. The driver checks his mirrors, turns and starts heading south. From his left mirror, he sees his brakes smoking. He adjusts for this but then his engine fails. And the light rain turns into a full-on thunderstorm. Suddenly, a green sedan weaves into his lane, heading straight for him. What does he do? Training future commercial truck drivers to prepare for these hazards is just why MCC´s CDL Program began using a driving simulator in February 2006. The machine may appear like a large, state-of-the-art video game, but CDL instructors Rick Sandvig and Midhat Terzic are quick to clarify that this is not a $120,000 toy.
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New Student Group Provides Student Perspective and Involvement

MCC students can choose from nearly 20 student organizations and clubs, but this year a new group was created to showcase the student perspective at the College. The Student Ambassadors is a group of current students that serve as positive representatives of the College and actively assist the College´s recruitment team. Currently, there are 13 active Student Ambassadors.
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Single Parent Homemaker Services Program Gains Visibility

For more than 20 years, MCC has offered services directly for single parents, single pregnant women and displaced homemakers. Single Parent Homemakers Services (SPHS) is a program offered to low-income and first generation MCC students to assist in learning, self-sufficiency and personal and career development. Single parents with full or joint custody of minor children, single pregnant women and homemakers with diminished marketable skills who need to return to the workforce due to divorce or the death or disability of a spouse are eligible for this program.
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Did You Know

There are 11.6 million students enrolled in community colleges nationwide, which is more than the entire population of Greece.
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Students Participate in Forum on Credit Card and Debt Issues

This winter, 138 MCC students attended three Brown Bag Forums on avoiding the pitfalls of credit card debt. The forums were held at the College´s three main campuses and were sponsored by Kappa Beta Delta business honor society.
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Faculty Profile: John Berger

Electrical Technology Instructor
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Dates to Learn

Important dates for Spring quarter 2008.
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