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.
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.
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.
$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.
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
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
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.
In a Nutshell
A College Education While in High School
Did You Know?
MCC graduates by the numbers: MCC celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates
at the May 2011 commencement ceremony.
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.
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
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.