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Community Connection - Summer 2010
Community Connection

Volume 3 Issue 2

Training Today's Workforce for Tomorrow's Needs

Over the next two years, partnerships among MCC and federal agencies will help reduce lead content in Omaha soil, provide jobs for at-risk youth and improve health information technology.
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For One Student, a Day to Remember

For most of his life, people told Alex Diaz he would never see this day. In elementary and middle school, he faced classmates who teased him and teachers who didn't understand him. Doctors misdiagnosed him. Nobody figured he would make it to college. But he proved them wrong. Diaz, who has Asperger syndrome, graduated from MCC on May 14 with a degree in general studies.
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Graduation Marks Beginning of a Lifelong Marathon

Representing more than 20 states and three countries, about 1,300 students graduated with degrees and certificates on May 14. MCC leaders celebrated the students' dedication while reminding them the milestone is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning.
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Program Helps Foreigners Enter Healthcare Workforce

A first-of-its-kind program will boost the number of qualified healthcare workers in the Midwest by guiding internationally trained medical professionals toward the right U.S. credentials.
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Summer Class Helps Kids say, 'Look Mom, I made my own lunch!'

Give them the right tools, and 6-year-olds can learn how to cook tasty—and nutritious—meals. Teacher Betty Deepe hopes to unlock that inner chef among kids ages 6-10 during her weeklong College 4 Kids Culinary Adventures class in Blair, Millard, Gretna and Omaha in June and July.
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Student Profile: Shelby Miller

University of Nebraska–Omaha (UNO) Nursing student Shelby Miller hopes to one day care for women and their newborn infants. Ever since she was a high school student, MCC has been there to help her work toward that goal.
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Students Bring Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Homes

Amie Smith worried when her four great-grandchildren played on the rickety, backyard porch of her 40-year-old home. But the elderly North Omaha resident, who has osteoporosis and is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery, could not physically or economically complete the needed repairs. Thanks to the help of dozens of MCC students, her home has changed both inside and out.
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In a Nutshell

Dave Horst, Industrial and Commercial Trades Instructor, offered these weatherization and household tips to improve energy efficiency and cut utility costs.
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Did You Know?

Continuing Education's most popular courses help individuals build technical skills or just have fun.
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MCC: Changing to Serve Your Needs

MCC is poised to meet the needs of the community through changes to three departments: Business & Training Services (BTS), Continuing Education and the Office of Public Affairs.
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Faculty Profile: Addie Kinghorn

Growing a Greener Garden with Horticulture Instructor Addie Kinghorn
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Making MCC Yours

From College 4 Kids to degree-track programs to lifelong learning, enrolling in classes at MCC is easy. For both credit and noncredit programs, individuals can call, click or come in.
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Elder Fair

Free health screenings and resources will be available at MCC's first Elder Fair, July 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the South Omaha Campus.
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