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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.

The CCPE will hold a hearing to receive public testimony regarding the study of Nebraska´s community college system as mandated by Neb. Laws 2009, LB340, on Thursday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1524, Lincoln, Neb. All interested persons are invited to attend and testify at the hearing. Interested persons may also submit written comments prior to the hearing to the commission at 140 N. 8th St., Ste. 300, Lincoln, Neb. 68508, or email nebccstudy@gmail.com.

Randy Schmailzl, MCC interim president, said the study´s finding are critical to the future of community colleges in Nebraska. "This study will help assure community colleges are best positioned to serve Nebraska. It provides an opportunity to align statewide coordination efforts and the funding formula with State statutes regarding intent and purpose. These statutes wisely recognize that what makes community colleges uniquely valuable are the qualities of local focus, local control and local funding. This local nature allows services to be tailored to the needs of each service area and provides accountability that encourages the responsible use of resources."

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu\futureofnebraskacommunitycolleges.

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