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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.
The college is also reaching out to students who may have left MCC
just shy of a degree.
"We want students to view the associate degree as a milestone with
real, immediate benefits for themselves and their families," said
Heath Mello, Coordinator of Community Affairs and Outreach. "Our
economy hinges on an educated, skilled workforce. To grow Nebraska,
we need to help more students achieve a degree."
For students at MCC who plan to transfer, an associate degree has
value even as the student pursues a bachelor's degree. For some 60
percent of Nebraska college students, a bachelor's degree takes six
years to complete, according to the nonprofit Complete College
America. An associate degree promises more job opportunities and
marketability while the student continues to study.
Boosting the number of students with degrees in Nebraska is
something everyone should care about. The more college graduates in
the community, the more quality employers will be drawn to Nebraska
to create jobs and grow the economy. President Obama challenged the
U.S. to regain the world lead in college degrees by 2020, requiring
about double the degree holders the U.S. currently has. Without an
educated workforce, the U.S. will fall behind more educated
By the end of the decade, more than 60 percent of jobs will
require college education. Earning an associate degree ensures
students are ready to compete in a global economy that requires
higher education and specialized training.
If you have been away from MCC for awhile but
would like to come back to finish your degree,
we are here to help you move forward. Outreach
specialists can help you determine how close
you are graduation and the best way to
complete your degree and advance your academic
and career goals. Call (402) 457-2377 for
information or email