Volume 4 Issue 1
Building a Workforce through Innovation
It started with a problem: Local employers were reporting high turnover rates among Certified
Nursing Assistants. Metropolitan Community College's (MCC) Stacey Ocander, Dean of Health and
Public Services, thought she might have the solution. If MCC redesigned its CNA program with an
emphasis on student and employer needs, employers would gain more qualified nursing assistants,
and students would have a path to a viable career with living wages.
Bringing IT and the Trades Together
In 2011, MCC will enhance efforts to bring applied technologies and information technology
together, creating new pathways to a quality career.
Study Abroad Programs Explore World-Wide Classroom
Studying abroad is often a defining moment in education that changes one's life. With a host
of new programs, MCC is working to make study abroad accessible to more students—and give
them the global experiences to enhance their degrees, careers and personal lives.
Festival Offers Intimate Look at Theatre
For five years, playwrights, performers and theatre-goers alike have flocked to Omaha to pick
the brains of America's playwrights in an intimate, informal setting. This year, MCC's Great
Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is set to again bring acclaimed playwrights and emerging
artists to the heart of the country to share their work, describe their creative process and
Solar Energy Classes Heat Up Fort Omaha
This Spring, MCC is rolling out all-new workshops designed to help do-it-yourself home
owners, industry tradesmen and environment aficionados harness the power of the sun in their
homes and businesses.
Student Profile: Carlos Jimenez
Carlos Jimenez worked as a mechanic for years, learning the industry as he went along, but he
always hoped he could one day get the formal training to back up his skills. At age 57, Jimenez
enrolled as a full-time student in MCC's Diesel Technology Program.
Summer Camp's Main Ingredients: Fun & Education
For more than 25 years, College 4 Kids (ages 3-11) has mixed fun and learning in classes that
feature science experiments, dancing, math games or babysitting basics, among others. The
College 4 Teens program (ages 12-15) offers older youth a peek at different careers with classes
on interior design, creating a commercial, starting a business or honing computer skills. Both
programs give children and youth exposure to the lifelong educational opportunities that MCC
In a Nutshell
College 4 Kids and Teens
Did You Know?
MCC's efforts to decrease emissions and educate others are taking off this year. The numbers
help tell the story.
Bikes, Buses and Backpacks
MCC is taking on new initiatives this spring to get more students out of emissions-heavy cars
and into cleaner, alternative transportation.
Faculty Profile: Kendra Sibbernsen
Kendra Sibbernsen knows how to deal with a tough crowd. As an MCC Physics instructor, she is
tasked with teaching physics and astronomy to math-phobic college students. Luckily, Sibbernsen
has a few tricks up her sleeve.
Classes that Transfer
This summer, MCC is making it easy to take a course and transfer the credits to dozens of
institutions. Just take a five- or ten-week course on campus or online, and we will transfer the
credits back to your home institution through our dozens of articulation agreements. Best of
all, our affordable tuition rates mean an extra summer class will not break the bank.