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Community Connectin - Summer 2009
Community Connection

Volume 2 Issue 2

MCC Wins the IBM Innovation Award for Education Excellence

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) was recently awarded the IBM Innovation Award for Education Excellence. The award highlights the new Data Center Management Program that is part of the Fremont Area Center expansion project. The program was developed from the request in June 2008 of a local company that was looking for trained personnel in the data center field. After receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, MCC was able to begin developing a program to train students to meet the demand for IT workers in Nebraska and across the United States. The new Data Center Management Program began in January 2009.
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Renovation Updates

Renovations are underway at the South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building, Fremont Area Center and Fort Omaha Campus Institute for the Culinary Arts.
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CCPE Community College Study

The Nebraska Legislature recently passed LB340 directing the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) to work with the community colleges to explore the role and mission of the state´s community colleges, the weighting of courses for reimbursement purposes, the role of the Nebraska Community College Association or a similar entity, membership in such an entity and coordination in the absence of such an entity. The CCPE is to report its findings to the Legislature on or before December 15, 2009.
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Jeff Manzer and James Eddy Win Local AMATYC Math Exam

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is an organization dedicated to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. There are approximately 160 participating community colleges nationally. Student winners from MCC were Jeff Manzer and James Eddy.
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Presentation Spotlights

Join MCC for a career presentation entitled Working with Humans: Overview or a book discussion for Lies My Teacher Told Me
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The Fast Track to a New Career: Nurses UP!

Nurses UP! is a collaborative educational opportunity provided by Omaha Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Arbor Education and Training and MCC. Nurses UP! is a specialized program that offers students the opportunity to earn 15.5 college credits in 11 weeks, along with clinical practice to apply their knowledge hands-on in a real-life setting. Internships allow students to connect with potential employers and are held at area hospitals and medical centers. Upon completion of the program, students are trained in Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medication Aide (MA), Basic Life Skills (BLS) and employability skills focused on the healthcare field.
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MCC Students Making a Difference: Omaha Homeless Connect

Omaha Homeless Connect is a project designed to be a one-stop shop for the homeless community to connect with services that might enhance their living situations. Medical screening services were provided by a collaborative group of physicians, medical students, pharmacy students, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students, nursing students and dental students from Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College and MCC.
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MCC Online Courses

With a focus on course integrity and quality, MCC continues to expand the list of courses offered online. MCC will offer approximately 280 online courses this fall. With the wide selection of courses offered online, MCC is able to provide students with eight associate degree options and seven certificate programs that can be attained completely online.
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MCC Culinary Students at Village Pointe Farmers Market

Students enrolled in MCC´s Institute for the Culinary Arts will be applying their craft and deepening their education through a unique, hands-on experience at the Village Pointe Farmers Market. Students and their instructor spend Saturdays at the market meeting vendors, learning about locally raised and produced food items and filling their grocery bags.
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Did You Know

MCC has a large impact on the local economy.
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MCC Partners with JCC for Educational Advancement Opportunities

Metropolitan Community College Corporate Education & Training (CET) Division, in partnership with the Pennie Z. Davis Early Childhood Development Center at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), will offer on-site Early Childhood Education credit courses for JCC´s staff members. This partnership will enable participating staff members to earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
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Faculty Profile: James Wolf

Graphic Communication Art and Design Instructor
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Dates to Learn

Important dates for Summer quarter 2009.
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