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Community Connection - Summer 2011
Community Connection

Volume 4 Issue 2

For-Profit Colleges Pose Questions

For-profit colleges are educational institutions that are run by private, profit-seeking companies. Such colleges are run like a business; the company's owner or shareholders expect it to make money. On the other hand, nonprofit colleges like MCC, state colleges and universities receive a portion of their funding from the state, and education is a goal in and of itself.
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New Facilities Bring Industry-Relevant Training to Four-County Service Area

Labs and classrooms are expanding MCC's programs in multiple communities this year: Washington County Technology Center and Weatherization Training Center.
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MCC Launches Green Bike Program as Free Student Service

MCC's new Green Bike Program aims to get more students and staff pedaling around the Fort Omaha Campus as a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way to get around. Students and staff at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will have free access to seven bright green bikes to ride among campus buildings.
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$835,000 Grant Fosters South Omaha Redevelopment

MCC is working to redevelop South Omaha communities through an $835,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant allows the Omaha Brownfields Coalition, of which MCC is a member, to create a redevelopment blueprint for South Omaha, including plans to transform area brownfields and improve the area's environment, economy and community health.
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Taking Robotics from the Classroom to Mars

Two MCC students took their physics and robotics knowledge to space this spring in a competition designed to build and test a robotic space rover. Jacky Chan and Noah Sutton, both of Omaha, were among 80 students from community colleges across the country selected to travel to a NASA center as NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholars.
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Seeking Equitable Funding, MCC Withdraws from NCCA

The MCC Board of Governors voted to withdraw from the Nebraska Community College Association (NCCA) effective June 30, following a restructuring of the association that failed to resolve the disproportionate influence among the state's community colleges.
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MCC Presents Measuring Assessment Tools to Bellevue West High School

Two years ago, MCC discovered that students were having trouble understanding fractions and how to read a ruler. MCC Industrial and Commercial Trades Instructor David Eledge had the solution: a tool that has endless combinations of measuring examples and could be used in all departments (math, trades, art, ESL and others) for instruction. Together with a measuring tape, the Measuring Assessment Tool is a powerful instrument to help students learn math and measuring.
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In a Nutshell

A College Education While in High School
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Did You Know?

MCC graduates by the numbers: MCC celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates at the May 2011 commencement ceremony.
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Academy Alum Revs Up Career as Technician

Ever since he was a kid, Troy Ramsey loved being in the shop. He helped his dad swap an engine at age 10. Later at Bellevue West High School, he was a top student who always earned As in his shop classes. So when his teachers approached him in 2006 about the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) high school Career Academy at MCC, he jumped at the opportunity.
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Faculty Profile: Paul Evans

When Biology Instructor Paul Evans joined MCC in September 1974, MCC had just formed as Metropolitan Technical Community College at a former warehouse at 132nd and I streets. Evans joined the faculty who taught about 1,000 students in 46 programs.
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Providing a Path to a Diploma

Nationally, about one-third of high school students don't graduate. With the Gateway to College program, MCC hopes to improve that statistic.
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