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Community Connection - Winter 2008
Community Connection

Volume 1 Issue 4

Protecting Students and Taxpayers Top Priority for MCC Board

On Nov. 10, Metropolitan Community College leaders announced legislative efforts to freeze the state´s community college funding formula. As currently written, the formula requires MCC to increase property taxes to provide for property tax relief for other areas in Nebraska. The formula took effect in 2007.
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I´m Just an Idea: How an Idea Becomes a Grant-Funded Project

With the economic downturn, the chances of community college funding being cut increase, making grants and gifts even more vital—and more competitive. MCC receives private, federal and state grants each year to fund projects and initiatives that meet changing student and community needs. The proactive grant process begins with an idea that meets one of these clear needs.
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New Program Launched to Improve College Access to Underrepresented Groups

MCC is improving college access and increasing completion rates for underrepresented students with the Access to a College Education (A.C.E.) pilot program. A.C.E. will provide information, technical assistance and college visits to low-income, first generation and English language learning prospective students.
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Corporate Education & Training Offers Continuing Education Series for Nurses

MCC´s Corporate Education & Training Division (CET) launches a new series of continuing education classes for nurses and nursing students in 2009. The monthly classes offer necessary contact hours for RNs and LPNs that promote knowledge and educational enhancement for these healthcare professionals.
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Restore Omaha Conference 2009

February 28, 2009, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation will once again sponsor the Restore Omaha conference, an educational opportunity for pre-1950s property owners, repair specialists and community organizations to learn and to share their passion for restoration and preservation of older properties at MCC´s South Omaha Campus.
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In a Nutshell

Fall 2008 quarter enrollment set a new College record high of 15,055 students.
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Ch- Ch- Ch-Changes on Campus

Renovations are underway at the Elkhorn Valley Campus Gallery of Art and Design, South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building, Fremont Area Center and Fort Omaha Campus Institute for the Culinary Arts.
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MCC Launches Newspaper Readership Program

Beginning Oct. 6, Metropolitan Community College partnered with USA Today Education to implement the Collegiate Readership Program, putting the world of news and current events at students´ fingertips.
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New Book Series Launched to Encourage Exploration of Diversity

Recognizing the different learning styles and interests within the community, Metropolitan Community College launched the Diversity Matters Book Series this fall as yet another personal/professional development opportunity for MCC students, faculty, staff and community members.
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Whatcha Reading?

Information on the Diversity Matters Book Series for the remainder of the 2008´09 academic year.
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Did You Know?

You can apply for financial aid anytime after January 1.
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MCC Hosts Community College Humanities Association

This Nov. 13 and 14, MCC hosted the Community College Humanities Association´s (CCHA) central division conference for the first time. Around 60 CCHA members from eight states attended the conference.
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Faculty Profile: Tim Kelly

Respiratory Therapy Instructor.
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Dates to Learn

Important dates for Winter quarter 2008.
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