Winter 2011 |
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. These adults will
not have the necessary skills for most entry-level jobs or to enroll in college or a job training
program. MCC recognizes the significant educational needs of these residents and is developing three
Express Centers to provide the services needed to transition these individuals to college-level
coursework or employment.
The first location is scheduled to open in Spring 2012 at 24th and Vinton streets. Other
locations are under consideration.
The Express Centers will offer a continuum of services from adult literacy through specialized
workforce training programs. Some of the core services will include:
Express Centers will focus on strengthening the educational levels of our community and closing
the growing gaps between industry workforce needs and workforce readiness.
- Individualized basic skill building in reading, writing, math, computer and career
- Read Right tutoring
- Accelerated GED programming
- English-as-a-Second Language classes
- Help in accessing college and community resources
- Workshops on career exploration, goal setting, test-taking strategies, healthy literacy
and financial literacy
- Skills assessment and career planning
- Job training
For more information about the Express Centers, contact Sue Raftery, dean of literacy and
workplace skills, at 402-738-4585.