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Community Connection - Winter 2011
Community Connection Volume 4 Issue 4

Changing the Landscape – Elkhorn Valley Campus

The Elkhorn Valley Campus is a 51-acre site with a single building that is home to the majority of MCC's visual arts programs, plus provides labs and library, student and career services. With day and evening classrooms filled to capacity, and enrollments expected to increase 35 percent over the next ten years, student needs have simply outgrown the single building.
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Connect with MCC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

MCC is using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to get the word out about nearly everything–registration, graduation, guest lectures, special events and educational tips.
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Student Profile: Shelby Brabec

When Shelby started at MCC she was nervous and didn't know what to expect. Would she make friends? Would she receive personalized attention from her instructors? Would she like her classes? After attending MCC for the past year and a half, Shelby can answer all of these questions: YES!
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William K. Owen Appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

MCC is pleased to announce the appointment of William K. Owen as the new associate vice president for academic affairs. He assumed his new responsibilities on Dec. 1.
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Season with Sage Cookbook Honors Student's Memory

In the summer of 2010, a miracle seemed out of reach for the family of Brandon Thomas, a student at MCC's Institute for the Culinary Arts who was just a few credits shy of graduating when he was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident on his way home from school. As they struggled with this painful chapter in their lives, Brandon's family sought ways to honor his memory, to capture his spirit and share it with others. Working together, the family, along with the staff and students of the ICA, developed the Season with Sage Cookbook in Brandon's honor.
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MCC Express Centers: Designed to Meet Community Need

By 2019, the number of adults in Douglas and Sarpy counties without high school diplomas is expected to be around 57,000—almost 20 percent of Omaha's adult population. MCC recognizes the significant educational needs of these residents and is developing Express Centers to provide the services needed to transition these individuals to college-level coursework or employment.
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Partnerships Ease Transition from High School to MCC

MCC offers three programs for high school students to jumpstart their college education. Students take actual college courses online, at their high school or at an MCC location. Plus, students pay half-price of the current tuition rate and may transfer their college credit to any college or university that accepts MCC credit.
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Get Your Passport to Travel MCC

College. Just the word can be intimidating for some. Thoughts of a new environment where you don't know anyone and classes are bound to be harder than high school. How will you get through it? The answer for many is joining a learning community—supportive, cooperative environments where students take clusters of courses as a group.
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In a Nutshell

Learning communities are found at every type of higher education institution, and most are geared toward first-year students.
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Did You Know?

MCC's newest, and long-awaited, applied technology program–Process Operations/Power Plant Technology–is meeting community needs.
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Building a Pipeline of Qualified Applicants

The Process Operations/Power Plant Technology program offered at MCC's Washington County Technology Center prepares students for entry-level employment as technical professionals in process plants and power plants.
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Faculty Profile: Bob Boyer

Boyer's love for learning, teaching and working with students attracted him to MCC.
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FAFSA 411

Opportunities for financial assistance help bridge the gap between the cost of attending an institution of higher learning and the expected family contribution. But those opportunities do not exist unless a student completes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Start Planning Ahead

Have you thought about coming back to school or are you just starting your educational career? Plan to register now for MCC's Spring and Summer quarters.
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