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MCC Wins the IBM Innovation Award for Education Excellence

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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.

The Fremont Area Center´s data center will consist of a control room and a server room with the security, software and generators that would be in any business data center. Ted Tucker, MCC Computer Programming Technology instructor, commented on the hands-on environment of the new data center. "We want it to be realistic so we can have a failover exercise for students. Adding to the realism, the students will be managing the actual servers used by the ITSS Department at MCC."

Tom Pensabene, MCC dean of Information Technology and E-Learning, said, "The Fremont Area Center data center represents the next logical step in aligning our program to meet the needs of the growing IT industry. IBM has long been a valuable partner with MCC, and we are especially honored with this recognition."

As a 2009 winner, MCC receives recognition and awards from COMMON, an organization that acts as the networking community, industry advocate and leading education provider for Power Systems users in North America. MCC is granted COMMON membership through 2010, up to five complimentary registrations to COMMON´s 2009 or 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition, one complimentary registration to COMMON´s 2009 or 2010 IT Executive conference and feature articles in COMMON.CONNECT and IBM Power Systems Magazine. The award will be displayed at MCC´s Fremont Area Center data center once the project is complete.

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