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Community Connection - Winter 2012
Community Connection

Volume 5 Issue 4

MCC poised to expand GED program

Tucked in a strip center at 24th and Vinton streets, MCC Express - Vinton isn't
your conventional college campus. With just four technology-filled classrooms and a computer lab, MCC Express - Vinton is the newest-and smallest-of MCC's locations. But its reach is anything but small.
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"Homage to the Welder" installed at
South Omaha Campus

The newest addition to South Omaha Campus-a 15-foot-high, orange steel sculpture by Omaha artist Les Bruning -pays tribute to a welder's craft. Part of MCC's effort to add public art to its locations, the structure is large enough to enter and examine the icons that are an homage to the American welded sculpture artist David Smith.
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Lead Safe program brings training and healthy communities together

MCC has partnered with the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance to create the Lead Safe and Healthy Homes program, which provides job training in lead safety and residential energy management at little to no cost to the student. This curriculum creates numerous employment pathways and is streamlined to get students working right away.
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Did you Know?

Continuing Education by the numbers
30 - Number of Winter quarter Continuing Education locations across the metro area
400 - Number of Continuing Education classes to choose from
24 - Number of exercise and wellness classes offered during Winter quarter
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MCC's noncredit courses help tackle
New Year's resolutions

With the beginning of a new year, many people take time to reflect back and make goals or resolutions for the coming year. This might include improving health with exercise, learning a new skill, pursuing a hobby or checking off an item on the to-do list. MCC offers a wide variety of Continuing Education classes to help accomplish almost every New Year's resolution.
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For-profit colleges vs. MCC

Megan Storm studies web development through MCC's online program. Storm started out at a four-year school, but when she had her daughter, she joined the workforce. After several years, she decided to go back to school but wanted to do
it online.
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Grant supports Commercial Driver's
License students

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, MCC will support about 65 students through 2014 in the Commercial Driver's License Class A Training program. The goal of the federal grant is to expand the number of CDL holders across the country who possess quality operator safety training. The grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides tuition assistance for unemployed or underemployed individuals to become commercial motor vehicle operators.
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Advanced technology center brings industry demands to the fore

When industry talks, MCC listens. As plans develop for MCC's Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology at the Fort Omaha Campus, its shape will very much be determined by the needs and challenges facing local industry.
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Instructor puts CDL students on the road to a high-demand career

Learning how to drive a truck is not easy. It takes coordination. Feet, hands, ears, eyes: Driving a big rig challenges all of the senses. "It's not like jumping in your car, putting it in drive and going," says Darryl Partner, instructor for MCC's CDL Class A Truck Driver Training program. "You really have to put a lot of thought into what you're doing, all the time."
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