Winter 2009 |
Metropolitan Community College, Metro Tech, Metro Community College, MCC,
whichever name you know the College by, it holds a memory for you. Whether you
attended MCC in the past or your children go there now, whether you have
attended an event or been the recipient of a service-learning effort, whether
you are simply a neighbor to a site or know the College only through others,
it is clear to see that MCC is ingrained in the community. A community MCC has
been serving for more than 35 years.
More than just a degree
MCC is here to meet the needs of all our community members, not just those
seeking a two-year associate degree. We offer shortened program options with
our certificates of achievement and specialist diplomas. We are also here for
those individuals looking for skills updating, refresher courses or classes
for continued learning. MCC´s Corporate Education & Training
Division offers on-site company training to keep area businesses at the top of
new trends. Our College 4 Kids, College for Teens and CollegeNOW! programs
start young community members out on the path to lifelong learning. As an
open-entry institution, it is easy to take a class or two when it meets your
Community colleges are known for their quick response to community needs,
and MCC is no exception. In the past two years, MCC began projects with IBM,
the Omaha Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the North Omaha
Development Project, just to name a few. All of these were in direct response
to community needs.
- In collaboration with IBM, MCC developed a first-of-its-kind green Data
Center Management Degree. With multiple call centers based in the metro
area, the development of the program comes at a time when U.S. colleges and
universities are expected to lead the way in preparing the future workforce
with innovative new skills. Nebraska is seeing an increase in demand for
specialists who understand how to cut costs associated with running an
energy-intensive data center, and through this new degree program, MCC is
responding to that demand.
- In a joint effort with AHEC, MCC provides certified nursing assistant
training for minority and disadvantaged individuals through the Nurses UP!
Program. The program´s goal is to provide a targeted demographic with
employment and access to further education to move up in their nursing
careers. To date, 26 students have graduated from the program.
- In a partnership with Mutual of Omaha, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Nebraska and Goodwill, the North Omaha Development Project approached MCC
to coordinate a five-month training program. The program goal was to
alleviate workforce shortages in call center trained employees by
identifying, training and preparing 50 workers for direct entry into the
workforce. These positions provided sustainable income for unemployed and
under-employed residents in North Omaha.
Giving back to the community
In addition to educational and personal enrichment programs, MCC also gives
back to the community through service-learning. MC´s Service-Learning
Program is intended to provide a service in the community and teach students
meaningful academic and trade skills while providing a quality learning
experience through instructor-guided reflection.
Service-learning is a two-fold experience: a credit-earning experience for
students and a teaching tool for instructors. Students participate in an
organized service activity that meets the needs of the community. There is a
direct connection between the classroom’s course content and the community
agency. Instructors combine community-based learning with academic
instruction. The instruction focuses on critical, reflective thinking and
A strong economic force
Direct wages, salaries and benefits of MCC faculty and staff plus College
operations spending increases the regional income in the MCC service area by
$41 million. Another $787 million is contributed annually to economic growth
in the four counties by past MCC students. Additionally, with about 10 percent
of MCC´s students coming from outside the region to attend college,
out-of-state students account for about $214,400 in added regional income.
(Source: EMSI Economic Study, January 2009)
The real value of taxpayer support
Fifty-four percent of MCC´s funding comes from direct support by
community taxpayers through property taxes. But what does this really mean for
taxpayers? An MCC student benefits from one credit hour at MCC with an $84
annual increase in his/her after-tax income; at the same time, public benefits
from that same hour of instruction amount to about $151 in added annual income
growth and social savings per credit hour. (Source: EMSI Economic Study,
Why we do what we do
At MCC, employees do not come to work just because it is a job; MCC
employees come to work because they believe in the mission and the purpose of
At MCC, we are proud to be a part of your community.