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Community Connection - Spring 2013
Community Connection

Volume 6 Issue 1

From combat to the classroom

More than two million Americans were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. Many returning home are looking for ways to integrate back into the civilian workforce. Metropolitan Community College was the first college in Nebraska to offer full support services to military/veteran students seeking to utilize their GI Bill benefits to fund their education—and transition back into civilian life.
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Grant brings onboard technology to truck driving program

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help MCC CDL truck driving students be better prepared to enter the workforce. MCC is the only public trucking school in Nebraska, and one of only a handful in the nation, to install electronic onboard recorders in its fleet of trucks for entry-level student training.
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Nominate students for an MCC grant

Sometimes, students need a financial boost to stay in school or go back to complete their degree. Through a new grant program, community agencies who work with MCC students have the opportunity to nominate students to receive extra financial help.
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Legislative proposals focus on career readiness

Several legislative proposals this year seek to address basic skills and career readiness among high school students and adults by using the resources of community colleges. The Twenty-First Century Developmental Education Act (LB 367), Remedial Adult Education Innovation Act (LB 366) and Career Academies bill (LB 47) provide support for community college efforts to provide education and training that bridges the gap between high school and employment and puts people on the path toward a sustainable wage.
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Dempsey, Nekuda join MCC Board of Governors

Two new representatives joined the Board of Governors in January. Tim Dempsey, representing District 3, and Michelle Nekuda, representing District 5, were elected in November 2012 to a four-year term.
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The transformative power of intercultural experiences

Study abroad programs are just a few of the opportunities MCC offers to students and the public to experience other cultures. The International/Intercultural Education office coordinates educational programs and events across MCC locations to commemorate nationally recognized ethnic and cultural holidays such as Women's History Month in March, the Cinco de Mayo Celebration each May and the Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow every September, among many others. Fostering such opportunities reflects the diverse cultures and groups within MCC's community and encourages that same community to step into experiences that are enriching and widening.
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Promoting creative spirit

Creativity isn't limited to the arts. More and more, people recognize that the arts, creativity and innovation are woven into the fabric of diverse fields. From IT to history, the trades to theatre, the arts can enhance student engagement and learning and unlock creative thinking and innovation.
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Enriching education

Diverse experiences bring learning to life. With community financial support, MCC is able to offer year-round opportunities that connect education, culture and the community.
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Skills for life

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. As a national organization, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development in trade, industrial, technical, health and other industries. Each year, MCC students compete regionally and nationally with others in their area of interest—and each year MCC students excel.
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Nursing textbook donation supports Tanzania school

The efforts of one MCC instructor will help nursing students in Tanzania be better prepared to care for those in need of healing. Nancy Pares, director of nursing, responded to Alegent Creighton Health's call for textbooks to support a new school of nursing in the Machame region of Tanzania, near the base of Mt. Kilamanjaro. Pares realized MCC had about 150 used textbooks that would be a valuable resource in a place where students typically must share resources.
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Faculty profile: Kojo Allen

Creating a place for students to flourish is Kojo Allen's goal for his classroom. But for this sociology and psychology instructor, the exciting part is what happens outside the classroom when students learn to "think beyond the textbook, beyond their own culture and beyond their neighborhood."
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Unveiling a new 'Community'

This summer, MCC debuts "Community," a new magazine with in-depth stories about MCC's work in our four-county community. We invite your ideas on stories to cover. Email marketing@mccneb.edu to learn more.
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During summer break, get ahead on credits

MCC's Summer quarter schedule makes it easy to knock out a few general education courses and transfer the credits back to a full-time university.
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