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Community Connection - Spring 2011
Community Connection

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.
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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.
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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.
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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 offer inspiration.
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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.
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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.
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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 offers.
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In a Nutshell

College 4 Kids and Teens
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Did You Know?

MCC's efforts to decrease emissions and educate others are taking off this year. The numbers help tell the story.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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