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Community Connection - Winter 2010
Community Connection

Volume 3 Issue 4

Harnessing the Power of Alternative Energy

Imagine Nebraska's rooftops covered in solar panels. Cars that fill up at natural gas stations. Homes that lose minimal energy during even the harshest winters. Michael Shonka, Solar Energy instructor at MCC, thinks it's possible.
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Connecting Curriculum and Culture

MCC is tapping into the community's wealth of cultural experiences to enhance students' educational experiences through a new initiative&nmdash;the Institute for Cultural Connections (ICC). "Our mission is simple. We want to connect MCC students with cultural experiences, at the College and in the greater community," said Mary Umberger, a faculty member involved in the ICC's creation.
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Earning a Degree Makes a Difference

More and more, completing an associate degree holds a lot of value. Full-time workers with an associate degree made an average $3,200 more per year than their counterparts with some college experience but no degree, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An associate degree also opens doors to more job opportunities—jobs requiring at least an associate degree are predicted to grow twice as fast as jobs that don't require college. Those same jobs are growing faster than jobs requiring a bachelor's degree or more. MCC is working to encourage more students to earn their associate degree—even if they plan to transfer to a four-year university.
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Ocander Elected to National Network of Health Programs

MCC's Dean of Health and Public Services, Stacey Ocander, will promote innovation among college health programs nationally as a representative of the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (NN2).
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Student Profile: Robyn Stover

Robyn Stover used to drive by MCC's Elkhorn Valley Campus and think about taking classes. Although she had plenty of work experience, she found her opportunities for advancement were limited at her company—she lacked a college degree. When she became a full-time mother of two, she decided it was time to go back to school. MCC was the logical choice.
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Learning for a Lifetime

There's a name for people who love learning for the sake of learning. Dubbed lifelong learners, these individuals love reading, surfing the web, checking out museums or heading to the local library. They take calligraphy or language classes, just because. They keep up on the latest computer skills—or learn new ones to grow successful careers. For lifelong learners like these, MCC offers hundreds of Continuing Education classes.
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In a Nutshell

Lifelong learning with MCC's Community Education noncredit courses.
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Did You Know?

More and more students are turning to MCC to start their education or upgrade their skills. The result: MCC marked another year of record growth. The numbers tell the story.
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Top Achievers Receive Recognition

Across the state and the country, MCC students, faculty and alumni have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
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Staff Profile: Monica Beasley

During her years as coordinator of MCC's Bridge to Success program, Monica Beasley has witnessed many students successfully transition into college after floundering in high school. But one in particular stands out—the high school student who became not only the first in her family to attend college, but also the first in her family to graduate high school.
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Day On, Not a Day Off

MCC hosts its third annual A Day On, Not a Day Off community service day on Jan. 17.
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