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Inside Story for Friday, February 12, 2010

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Begins

In support of MCC's commitment to maintain a positive, productive work environment that is free from any form of harassment, we are introducing a new online training program to provide employees with the knowledge and skills needed to maintain and support a respectful work atmosphere. Although the training focuses primarily on ways to identify and prevent sexual harassment, it addresses key issues and ideas that can be applied to other types of harassment.

Objectives of Preventing Sexual Harassment
Preventing Sexual Harassment enables you to train yourself in a practical, convenient way. The online course takes about 45-60 minutes to complete, including the mastery quiz. The training uses an active learning process that does not disrupt work responsibilities or require you to schedule off-site training classes. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
• identify behavior that might be considered sexual harassment,
• explain the legal and other consequences of sexual harassment,
• describe your role and responsibility as an employee in contributing to a workplace free of sexual harassment,
• state what actions to take against sexual harassment and
• describe appropriate policies and procedures on sexual harassment.

As professionals, we share in the responsibility to create a harassment-free work environment for all employees in our organization. Preventing Sexual Harassment is required training for all MCC employees, including full- and part-time regular employees, adjunct instructors and part-time temporary employees. Work-study students are not required to take this training. Current employees have until June 30, 2010, to complete the training course. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine the best time to engage in the training. 

Instructions for Accessing the Online Course Preventing Sexual Harassment
To access the online course from work (one of MCC's computers)

Step 1(a): Click on this link (or type it into your Internet Explorer browser from your desk top) to go to the online course: www.mccneb.edu/psh_login. Then follow Steps 3-7 below.

To access the online course from home

Step 1 (b): Go to Internet Explorer and type in this link www.mccneb.edu/psh_login/Then follow Steps 2-7.

Step 2: Enter your user name and password-"mccnet\your_user_name" and then your password. You will be directed to the Preventing Sexual Harassment course selection screen.

Step 3: Select one of the links available on the course selection screen. Choose the one that is appropriate for your position at MCC (faculty, supervisory or non-supervisory).  NOTE: The Guest User link is for non-employees.

Step 4: Navigate through the online course as instructed. The average time to complete the course is 45-60 minutes. NOTE: If you need to log out before completing the course, you can bookmark where you left off.  When you are ready to return to the course, log back into the program as instructed in Step 1(a or b).  You may be asked to re-authenticate before returning to the page you were on to complete the course.

Step 5: Complete the Mastery Quiz.

Step 6: The Certificate of Completion screen contains your name, ID # and a box to check/confirm that you have received and read MCC's policy prohibiting harassment (PM VI-34 -employees; PM V-2-students-faculty).

Step 7: Print off your Certificate of Completion, sign it and forward it to Human Resources, FOC 32. It will be kept in your personnel file. Thank you for completing this online training course.

Questions can be directed to Carolyn Makary, Human Resources, 457-2249 or cmmakary@mccneb.edu. This training program is jointly sponsored by Human Resources and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Early Payday Due to Holiday

Payday this pay period is today, Feb. 12 instead of Monday, Feb. 15 due to the banking holiday on Monday.

H1N1 Vaccinations Available

MCC will be a site for public H1N1 vaccination clinics now until March 31. The Visiting Nurses Association in partnership with the Douglas County Health Department will be administering vaccines to the public at the locations and times below. There is no cost for the vaccines. If interested, employees and families are welcome take advantage of the convenient location.

Vaccination clinic dates/times and locations:
Location                                                   Time
SOC, Connector Building, Commons Area     Tuesdays, Noon-4 p.m.
                                                                 Thursdays, 2-6 p.m.

FOC, Bldg. 10, Commons Area                     Mondays, Noon-4 p.m.
                                                                 Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m.

EVC, Commons Area (by main entrance)      Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
                                                                 Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Save the Date for Graffiti Clean-Up

Save the date for MCC's Graffiti Clean-Up organized by the Service-Learning Office and the Neighborhood Center of Greater Omaha. This might used in Spring quarter syllabi as an extra credit opportunity or a service-learning option. 

This is a great opportunity for students, staff and faculty to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Let the Service-Learning Office know if interested in having a representative from the Service-Learning Office speak with your classes about this event. 

Date:  Saturday, April 24
Time:  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Site: Starting at the SOC ITC 119 and traveling into the community from there

Look for more information in early March.

Contact the Service-Learning Office with questions
• Kyle at (402) 457-2606, Ktvandusen@mccneb.edu
• Bridget at (402) 457-2834

MCC Career Clothing Closet

The Service-Learning Office, with the Student Volunteer Corps, will be opening a Career Closet on the Fort Omaha Campus  Spring quarter. The purpose of the Career Closet is to provide clean business and business  casual attire for those students that need clothing for interviews and jobs.

 We will take clothing in slightly used and in good condition. The clothing you donate should be freshly laundered,  dry cleaned and free of spots and stains. Bring  your donations to the Service-Learning Office, FOC Bldg. 5, room 210 anytime in the next few weeks. The actual closet will be located in Bldg. 7 and will be open by appointment only.  The Career Closet is scheduled to open mid-March 2010.

For more information, email ertucker@mccneb.edu or call 457-2813.

Students and Staff Support Haiti Relief

On Feb. 3-4, the Service-Learning Office and the Student Volunteer Corps held a fundraiser for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Human Concern International (HCI) brought a variety store to the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10 with a variety of items ranging $2-10. The volunteer corps will receive 20 percent of the total sales to send to the Red Cross from MCC. At the event at FOC, the student volunteer corps raised $500.

Plans are underway to hold similar events at the South Omaha Campus Feb. 17 and Elkhorn Valley Campus Feb. 24.

Weekly Green Tip

Think before you cook! Select the right pan or appliance. The pan you use should match the burner size; oversized pans waste energy.

Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development is available to MCC employees through Corporate Education & Training (CET). The following workshops are designed to keep you up-to-date on all the latest features of Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Outlook and Excel. Instructor Bonnie Nelson engages learners to improve comprehension, confidence and job performance.

Word and Outlook 2007 Employee Workshop
If you have good computer literacy skills but want to improve, join this hands-on workshop focused on the interface and features of Microsoft Word and Outlook. Instructor Bonnie Nelson will help you work through any Word and Outlook challenges you bring to class. Participants should have basic knowledge of these Microsoft Office applications.

Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 10, Room 114
PDEV 003N WI02
Friday, Feb. 19
8 a.m.-noon

Microsoft Excel 2007 Employee Workshop
If you have good computer literacy skills but see room for improvement, join this hands-on workshop as focused on the interface and features of Excel 2007. Instructor Bonnie Nelson will help you work through any Excel challenges you bring to class. Participants should have basic knowledge of 2003 or 2007 Excel applications.

South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Bldg., Room 205
PDEV 004N WI02
Friday, Feb. 26
8 a.m.-noon

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
MCC staff who trained and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 need to renew their certificates, as they expire this year. Through April, Heartsaver classes will be the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. All classes are 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Building, Room 521.


  • Feb. 26 - Enrollment deadline Feb. 19
  • March 26 - Enrollment deadline March 19
  • April 30 - Enrollment deadline April 23

Courses may be cancelled a week prior to their scheduled date if enrollment minimums are unmet.

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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