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It is MCC's goal to continue to act as a change agent for North Omaha.

Metropolitan Community College's Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers is complete, the implementation has begun and the progress is evident on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. The campus on 30th and Fort streets stands as a cornerstone of North Omaha's redevelopment efforts; a place of promise amidst some of the highest pockets of poverty in Omaha. Investments here serve as catalysts for growth. Recent additions on the south end of campus—the Sorensen Parkway entrance, the Institute for the Culinary Arts and the renovation of the historic Mule Barn—have already led to increases in community collaboration. These changes are just the start of
the transformation.

FOC initiatives:

  • Future plans to migrate student services and academic programs to the south end of campus while administrative functions move to the north. This will help create a new, more pedestrian-friendly campus space.
  • Current construction trades training programs will move to FOC in closer proximity to transit and to where the majority of Applied Technology students reside. Demolition of existing industrial and manufacturing buildings south and east of the campus will make room for the construction of five new academic buildings that will house these construction-related Applied Technology programs. One of the buildings in the planning stage is the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. It will allow 1,300 students to be trained annually in HVAC, construction, electrical, industrial and commercial trades, plumbing and sustainable energy technology. The new CAET will become a one-of-a-kind industry–education partnership, focused squarely on building skills where the trades and new technologies converge. Delivered in industry-dedicated bays, hands-on instruction will develop a tech-savvy workforce and drive
    industry advancements.
  • Building a general purpose classroom building. FOC is currently 72,000 square feet short in classroom space with a ten-year projected deficit twice that. This building will address these serious space concerns while providing updated labs for science, technology and math classes that prepare transfer students for advanced education.
  • Plans to make a series of natural landscaping improvements to MCC grounds. The first landscaping improvements call for native grass plantings and aesthetic wind turbines in the area between the North Freeway, N. 30th St. and Sorensen Parkway.

MCC's Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers serves as a strategic ten-year road map to the College's future investments not only at FOC but also at MCC's other campuses and centers. The plan was completed in partnership with MCC's Board of Governors; the Office of the President; focus groups consisting of faculty, staff and students; and community members and stakeholders.

Watch www.mccneb.edu/masterplan for details on an upcoming community meeting about the implementation of the Master Plan Update for Campuses and Centers.

MCC wants feedback from students, staff, faculty and community members interested in the vision and future of the College. Participate in the planning, programming and visioning process currently underway by commenting online.

FACT: MCC was created in 1974 when the Nebraska State Legislature consolidated the original eight technical community college areas into six.

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