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MCC: A Real Value to the Community

Winter 2009 | Archives

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.

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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 needs.

 

Responsive action

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

service-learning project 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 civic responsibility.

 

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, January 2009)

 

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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 the College.

 

At MCC, we are proud to be a part of your community.

 
 
 
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