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Winter 2008 | Archives

Creating a learning environment that results in successful experiences for students is one of MCC´s highest priorities, and with the changes in technology, our community and the needs of students and industry, that learning environment must adapt and grow to continue to provide these experiences. Currently, projects are underway or recently completed at four locations.


Gallery of Art and Design

Gallery of Art and Design Students, employees, faculty and art lovers attended the opening of MCC´s Gallery of Art and Design at the Elkhorn Valley Campus on Oct. 30, the 1,000 square foot gallery space with Intervals, a free show featuring the work of MCC´s adjunct Visual Arts faculty.

"This gallery will enhance all of our art, photography, electronic media and design classes as students will have the chance to view professional work and gain insight into technique, inspiration, the creative process and how an artist, photographer, animator, filmmaker or designer communicates a message through his or her work," said Tom McDonnell, dean of Languages and Visual Arts.

"The works displayed in the gallery have the potential to enhance curriculum in other classes as forms of pop culture, social/political commentary and much more. A science class, for example, could look at the end result of kiln-fired pottery and discuss the chemical reactions taking place to bring about the color and finish of the pieces."

Galley of Art and Design shows for the remainder of the 2008-09 academic year are:
Dec. 1–22; opening reception Dec. 4
Jan. 3–24; opening reception Jan. 8
Jan. 25–Feb. 14; opening reception Jan. 29
Feb.15–March 12; opening reception Feb. 19

Admission to the gallery is free, and hours of operation follow the Elkhorn Valley Campus hours.


Institute for the Culinary Arts & Alumni Conference Center

Institute for the Culinary Arts The Institute for Culinary Arts & Alumni Conference Center is under full construction at the Fort Omaha Campus. The project is moving along, and exterior foundation walls are finished. Steel erection is underway, and approximately 98 percent of the columns and beams are already installed. Structural studs are completed on the west side of the building, and sheeting is beginning to be installed. Both north and south have structural stud installation begun. Steel roof decking began just before Thanksgiving.

Natural gas is being installed now, and all other utilities are already in the building. The underground electrical and plumbing is 90 percent completed on the first floor in preparation for concrete floor installation. The second floor concrete deck is about 50 percent complete.

The building equipment enclosure has been bricked and is awaiting fencing and gates. All new road beds around the new building are poured and tied together, including the curbing. It is probable that temporary winter enclosures will have to be erected to continue construction operations through the winter as work continues for a scheduled opening in late fall 2009.


South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building and Maintenance Building

Mahoney Building Renovations continue at the Mahoney Building on the South Omaha Campus. Named after Nebraska state legislator Eugene T. Mahoney, the building opened in 1978 and was the first building on the campus.

D. R. Anderson Constructors Co. was the successful bidder for the renovation of approximately 52,000 square feet of the interior of the Mahoney Building. Most of this space was made available by the opening of the Connector Building in fall 2007, and the complete re-roofing of the entire 118,000 quare foot building. Work has commenced on the first phase of this four phase project, as well as the re-roofing of 118,000 square feet. Approximately 40 percent of the required work has been completed to provide centralized, modern and well-equipped classrooms and teaching or practice laboratories for Health and Public Services programs.

The first phase will also provide two new permanent faculty areas and a remodeled student commons area inside the north entrance of the building. The completion of renovations in the Mahoney Building is scheduled for fall 2009.

Lueder Construction, Inc. was the successful bidder for the new facilities support building at the South Omaha Campus. Work commenced in the southwestern corner of the campus with asphalt being removed, underground utilities being extended to the new building´s site and concrete footings and wall bases formed and poured. Structural steel and roof steel joists and framing will begin anytime.


Fremont Area Center

Fremont Area Center The Fremont Area Center has experienced some of the most rapid enrollment growth of all College centers. To respond to that growth and better meet community needs, the Center relocated to the historic former junior high building in downtown Fremont in 2007.

After carefully renovating the first two floors of the building to honor its past, the new Fremont Area Center opened in May 2007, offering credit and noncredit classes including community services such as Adult Basic Education, GED testing, Certified Nursing Assistant training and English-as-a-Second Language instruction. Despite the recent expansion and optimized class scheduling, instructional space shortages remain a challenge. Preliminary plans have been developed to refurbish the vacant third floor, creating 13 new classrooms and labs.

The new third floor space would prioritize healthcare occupation training by adding classrooms and realistic simulation labs for emergency medical services, long-term healthcare, medication aide and paramedic training.

Plans also address Eastern Nebraska´s burgeoning technology infrastructure by adding a flexible use data center to offer real-world learning opportunities for information technology students. Not only will the Center be a vital resource to train and educate the IT workforce, it will also reinforce local economic development efforts to recruit new high-tech businesses to the area.

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