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Health and Public Services Welcome Change

Winter 2009 | Archives

EMT Training Pinpointed as one of the critical industries for workforce in the nation because of current and predicted shortages, Health and Public Services at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is an academic area experiencing a lot of growth—around 113 percent. To meet the needs of this growing academic area, planning began in early 2008 to renovate approximately 53,000 square feet of the Mahoney Building on the South Omaha Campus. Today those renovations are complete.

In November 2009, Health and Public Services made the official move into the renovated space with new physics/physical sciences classrooms and labs, a new chemistry/biology joint lab, updated and modernized separate chemistry and biology labs, an updated general science lecture classroom, a new paramedic lab and garage access for ambulance and fire truck training. The nursing, respiratory therapy, dental and CNA labs have doubled in size, and the EMT program now has a mobile ambulance lab/classroom.

The renovations do not stop at the building. Curriculum restructuring has helped modernize Health and Public Services and allow the academic area to offer more programs and certificates as well as expand to offering courses online and at community sites throughout the metro area. The courses are all built for transferability to four-year institutions and for employability; from the very first class, students can start finding employment opportunities even as they work through their program.

"The improvements to the building and curriculum are important to the community. They mean we are providing quality education with state-of-the-art facilities and highly credentialed faculty to properly prepare students for the best employment choices out there," said Stacey Ocander, Dean of Health and Public Services.

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