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Inside Story for Friday, April 17, 2009

Utility Line Technician College Rodeo

The 7th Annual College Lineman Rodeo hosted by MCC will take place Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants from community colleges across the nation have been invited to participate. Six community colleges will compete in this year's competition. Following a written examination, the students will perform various work procedures required for their trades. In addition to the rodeo events, there will be pole climbing demonstrations, an exhibition of OPPD's hybrid bucket truck and an electrical safety presentation with OPPD's high voltage Respect Trailer that demonstrates the dangers of electricity.

Helpful Tips for Employees Enrolling in Community Education Noncredit Classes

MCC employees are welcome to enroll in the noncredit classes advertised in the Community Education mailer, but there are some limitations:
• Classes and workshops marked with an asterisk, meaning there is no discount, are not eligible for  tuition remission. Employees must pay for any non-discounted class they wish to take.
• When using tuition remission, employees are permitted to enroll only on a space available basis. The general public will be given first priority if there are more enrollees than there are seats available.

Once registered, employees wanting to drop classes are asked to do so in a timely manner. Dropping a class on short notice does not allow enough time to call individuals who are on a wait list or to make changes with instructors. The general rule for the public is that students must drop more than 24 hours before the start time of a class or workshop. Do not be a no show for a class or workshop; when an employee enrolls but does not come to class, others are prevented from enjoying an educational opportunity. 

Copy Center Update

MCC's Copy Center has a new alias email, CopyCenter@mccneb.edu. Use this alias when sending copy jobs to print. This alias email is delivered to several individuals located in Bldg. 25 ensuring that jobs are completed. If you have any questions, call MCC's Copy Center at 457-2302.

Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) Climate Survey

An email was sent last week from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to all full-time and part-time regular staff requesting they complete the PACE Climate Survey. The survey is a collaborative project between the College and the National Initiative for Leadership & Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE); the data gathered from the survey will assist MCC in planning for the future. If you have not completed the survey, complete by the May 1 deadline. The survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete.

If you did not receive the survey, contact Denise Jacobsen at 457-2429 or djacobsen@mccneb.edu.

Jeff Manzer and James Eddy Win Local AMATYC Math Exam

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is an organization dedicated to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. MCC recently offered the AMATYC student math exam at various MCC campus locations. Forty-eight students competed in round one, and 23 students continued on to compete in round two. Student winners from MCC are Jeff Manzer and James Eddy.

This national math exam, open only to students at participating community colleges, has prizes donated by various individuals, corporations and publishing companies. Current plans are to offer the next AMATYC round one math exam on Friday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley Campus testing centers. Students do not have to be enrolled in a math class to participate, and there is no cost to students.

Save the Date: Fireside Chat

MCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Beta Pi Beta Chapter is hosting a Fireside Chat with mayoral candidates on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus Conference Center. Watch for more information in upcoming editions of the Inside Story.

Call for Volunteers: Cinco de Mayo Parade

Volunteers are needed as MCC representatives for the Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 2. Interested staff, faculty or student groups may contact Maria Vazquez for details at mvazquez@mccneb.edu or 738-4600.

CET Corner

Professional Development
Professional development training is available to MCC staff via Corporate Education & Training (CET).  CET is now offering workshops to address the areas ranked as the highest training priority by employees.

Communication: Communicating and Listening (half-day workshop)
Associates learn to:
• Send and receive clear, accurate messages
• Actively listen to and understand what others say
• Manage internal and external distractions that interfere with communication
• Manage the nonverbal messages that they send and receive
• Match the appropriate method of communication to their messages

Creating a customer-focused workforce: Service Plus (full-day or two half-day workshops)
Creates service providers who:
• Think and act consistently to please students by putting them at the heart of MCC
• Create unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty
• Ensure repeat business from established students, increase word-of-mouth referrals for MCC and inspire loyalty in new students

Leadership and coaching skills: Coaching for Success (half-day workshop)
Helps leaders:
• Prepare staff to handle challenging situations and tasks with immediate success
• Expand the capabilities of work groups to give MCC a competitive edge
• Delegate with confidence in the work group's ability to assume new responsibilities
• Spend less time reacting to problems because of having prepared the work group for success

Facilitator Jim May has partnered nationally and internationally with organizations conducting training and facilitation in areas such as employee selection and retention, leadership skills, managing change, project management and Total Quality Management. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development from the Harvard Business School.

Online Training
CET's noncredit online courses are also open to MCC staff as part of professional development training.  More than 150 online courses in the areas of business management, information technology, interpersonal skills, leadership and Command Spanish© are available. Register now. A new series of online courses began Wednesday, April 15. Late registration continues until Tuesday, April 21.

To register, contact CET at 457-2491. Tuition waiver/remission is available for full-time employees/faculty and part-time regulars using the Employee Tuition Waiver Form. Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register should contact their dean's office to arrange for the cost center to be billed the $99 fee before registering. Deans should send cost center billing information to Adam Smith in FOC Bldg. 5 or by email to asmith102@mccneb.edu so the adjunct faculty and part-time temp employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

More workshops are being scheduled; however, a minimum of five participants is needed to conduct each workshop. To have your name added to the contact list for future training sessions, email Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu.

Need for customized training for your division? Contact CET at (402) 457-2491.

Fast DefenseTM Workshop
CET and Public Safety have collaborated with Signal 88 Security to provide a FAST DEFENSETM workshop to MCC  full-time employees. 

The May 6 FAST DEFENSETM workshop will be offered tuition-free to a limited number of MCC participants on a first-come basis. The following requirements apply for this College-sponsored, tuition-free, self-defense workshop:
• Open only to full-time MCC employees
• Offered only on the weekday evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
• A minimum of 10 participants are needed in order to conduct each session

Anyone who is registered to attend and is a no-show will personally be billed $65 for the class.

09/AP BSAD 028N WI05       May 6       6-9:30 p.m.     FOC, Bldg. 7, Room 107

Those interested in attending should register by April 29. To register, call Adam Smith at 457-2566.  

If the response to this tuition-free workshop is greater than the availability, a contact list will be created for future workshops. Contact Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu to have your name entered on the contact list.

Future FAST DEFENSETM Workshops
Future workshops may be scheduled when a minimum of 10 interested participants are identified. These sessions will be open to all MCC employees and their family members ages 13 and up. (Children under age 16 must attend with a parent.) Full-time and part-time regular employees may complete an Employee Tuition Waiver Form to participate. Family members will each be invoiced $65 for the workshop.

Part-time temp employees and adjunct faculty who want to register for future workshops should contact their dean's office to arrange for the cost center to be billed the $65 fee before registering. Deans should send cost center billing information to Adam Smith in FOC Bldg. 5 or by email to asmith102@mccneb.edu so the adjunct faculty and part-time temp employees will not be billed personally. Reference the Employee and Dependent Tuition Waiver Procedures Memorandum for more information.

For more information about the workshops, visit www.signal88security.com/docs/FAST%20Defense%20Brochure.pdf.

Testimonial from Albertha C. Schmid:
I attended the Fast Defense Workshop last month and would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to learn how to better protect themselves. This course is for both women AND men, and you learn simple yet valuable and effective skills. I was apprehensive about this workshop being too complicated, but it wasn't. You learn key words and movements. Another plus is that you actually practice and try the things you learn. And, since everyone is encouraging you every step of the way, you don't feel self conscious.

I would also highly encourage anyone with teenage children (especially daughters) to seriously consider enrolling them in this workshop. In the class I attended, a mother brought her two young daughters, and it was amazing to see the girls become more self confident by the end of the course.

I hope everyone seriously considers enrolling in this workshop. The 3½ hours is well worth the extra peace of mind you end up with.

New Faces

James Kuester
Financial Aid Specialist
Elkhorn Valley Campus

James Kuester received his Bachelor's of Science in Communications with an emphasis in leadership from Wayne State College and his Master's in Public Administration from University of Nebraska-Omaha. He previously worked at Wells Fargo Bank as a personal banker for two and a half years and worked as a heavy equipment transporter for four years with the U.S. Army. Kuester grew up in a military family. His family is from rural Nebraska, and he has three siblings. Kuester has been married to his wife since July 7, 2007, and they now live in Elkhorn, Neb. One fun fact is that Kuester has lived in six states, 18 cities and visited six countries.

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College’s open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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