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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
In a Nutshell
Lifelong learning with MCC's Community Education noncredit
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.
Top Achievers Receive Recognition
Across the state and the country, MCC students, faculty and alumni
have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
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.
Day On, Not a Day Off
MCC hosts its third annual A Day On, Not a Day Off community
service day on Jan. 17.