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Inside Story for Friday, April 02, 2010

Master Plan Team Seeks Employee Feedback

MCC has hired JJR to update the Facilities Master Plan and help MCC set the stage for future college growth. As an employee, your input and involvement will be critical to the success of the plan. Many of you have already been involved in the planning process, and we look forward to more of you joining in the planning.

Please send us your feedback and ideas for MCC by taking the short Employee Survey. Plan to attend a Community Meeting on Monday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus ITC or Wednesday, April 28, noon-2 p.m. at the Fremont Area Center. Additionally, JJR will be visiting each location during their next visit. Those dates and times will be posted on the web site when available.

For more information or to leave a comment for the project team, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan.

Johanns at Fort Omaha Campus for Native American Summit


Health issues were the focus of a Native American summit held at MCC on Friday, April 2.

Republican Sen. Mike Johanns hosted the event for Nebraska's tribes. Johanns, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, was trying to get an idea of issues facing the tribes. Tribe leaders spoke of inadequate health care and a lack of doctors.

"Healthcare on reservations is such a serious problem. Certain diseases are just ravaging reservations," Johanns said. He said the Omaha Tribe reported that 90 percent of its population has diabetes.

Future steps to address the healthcare concerns reported at the summit include examining funding and improving access to doctors, he said.

Career Closet Now Open by Appointment

career closet

The Career Closet opened April 1 as a free service for MCC students who need business clothing for job interviews. Coordinator Queen Tucker, above, and other student volunteers helped prepare the store for its grand opening. All visits to the Career Closet are by appointment only.

To donate clothing, contact the Service-Learning Office at 457-2813. Leave a message to schedule a time to drop off donations at the Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 5, Room 210.

New Employee Orientation: Making MCC Connections

New MCC employees now have access to a New Employee Orientation Portal designed to guide them to valuable MCC information and resources. Explore the site to discover how your job relates to MCC's mission and gather helpful information as you get started in your new job.

This orientation web tool will be a useful start in discovering meaningful connections between your job and the overall mission of the College. Feel free to come back to this site again at your own pace: www.mccneb.edu/neo.

All College employees, new or seasoned, are welcome to tour this portal. To help you become better acquainted with the College and your colleagues, a New Employee On-Campus Orientation: Making MCC Connections is held quarterly. This session is designed to give you the opportunity to meet employees from MCC, become familiar with other departments and their functions and discuss basic College-wide information. The spring quarter orientation is scheduled on April 9.

We hope you utilize the new resources developed to acquaint you with the College. Direct questions or comments to mcotten@mccneb.edu.

Be Green, Wear Green on Earth Day, April 22

Green looks great on everyone and, with St. Patrick's day behind us, here is one more opportunity to sport the green: MCC's Office of Sustainable Practices encourages all students, faculty and staff to show their support for the environment by wearing green on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Also, look for Earth Day activities April 22 at participating MCC locations.

New eBooks, Resources Available at Libraries

The campus libraries recently added more than 3,000 titles to their eBook collection.  A complete list is available at www.mccneb.edu/library/newebooks.asp.

NetLibrary eBooks can now be downloaded to personal computers and certain eBook readers for offline viewing.  See the NetLibrary Guide at www.mccneb.edu/library/databaseguides/netlibrary.asp for more information.

Find a list of April's new books and DVDs here: What's New PDF

Social Media Guidelines

Located on the College web site's homepage are links to MCC's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Social media helps the College share and promote our values and unique learning opportunities. We utilize one main page rather than multiple pages for multiple departments so more people/fans are exposed to what we have to offer.

Posting of items occurs through the MCC Marketing and Public Relations Department. If you are interested in having activities or new items posted via these social media outlets, contact Sheila O'Connor at 457-2733. MPR will view requests keeping in mind the integrity of the College.

Students Work with OPPD to Prepare for National Rodeo

utility line program

MCC students worked with OPPD to construct the utility lines used in the American Public Power Association rodeo on March 27. The rodeo brought 200 public power competitors to Levi Carter Park for the national event.

About three students per day worked with OPPD crews in December to put up the lines. Currently, full class sections are working with OPPD to take down the lines and poles. MCC faculty involved in the project are Rich Newcomer, Bob Jansen, Bob Adair, Rick York and Tim Bowling.

Students who volunteered include: Jason Church, Robert Decker, Kyle Gubbels, Justun Hampton, Kyle Hess, Kenny Hoge, John Kudlacz, Clayton Mach, Jacob Rees, Joshua Schmidt, Marcus Smith, Elliot Milovich, Colten Benson, Nathan Blomenberg, Preston Bolte, Zachary Cook, Jason Eisenmann, Nathan Fischer, Danny Goeden, Darrin Jording, Kaleb Kuhlmann, Rod Preusker, Fredrick Rumery, Andrew Schaefer, Eric Schrier, Cody Semroska, Ryan Batenhorst, Dustin Daly, Matthew Huether, Ross Johnson, Jerad Kava, DereK Korth, David Maslowsky, Nicholas Oberle, Alex Stepanek, Joey Alder, Chad Brudigan, Trevor Coleman, Neil Graybill, Collin Haas, Christopher Hinman, Austin Jager, Tyson Micek, Ryan Minturn, Robert Paskevic, Jason Strode and Blane Ulmer.

Heart of Metro Nominations

Nominations for the Heart of Metro are being accepted through Friday, April 16. The online form provides a user-friendly template aligned with the award criteria. After submitting a nomination, you will receive a confirmation of the submission and an option to print a copy of the nomination submitted.

Recipients will be recognized in an informal presentation if selected. Take the time today to nominate a deserving colleague for his or her exemplary efforts. Visit www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro to submit your nomination online.

Employee Professional Development

Employee Professional Development

New! Spanish for Requesting Personal Information and Data
This comprehensive Spanish language program provides immediate access to functional language skills for non-Spanish-speaking individuals who need to acquire specific personal information and data from Spanish-speakers. The language component utilizes phonetic encoding to address the most important Spanish commands, questions and phrases pertinent to daily interactions. No prior knowledge of Spanish necessary.

Friday, April 23-May 28, 2-4 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus Bldg. 10, Room 116A
Registration deadline April 20

Microsoft Access (2007) for the Workplace
This course with instructor Bonnie Nelson will introduce you to the Access 2007 database terminology and environment. You will learn basic components of a database. You will create and use tables, simple queries, forms and reports. The interrelationships among each of these components will become clearer.

April 26, 8 a.m.-noon
Fort Omaha Campus Bldg. 10, Room 114
Registration deadline April 21.

If there is enough interest, an Access session can also be scheduled on another MCC campus or at SOC on either May 20 or 27. Contact Cheri Vossberg at clvossberg@mccneb.edu.

Only One Class Until Fall Quarter to Renew First Aid Certificate
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. Classes will be with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor.

April 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus, MHY Bldg, Room 521
Registration deadline April 23

Courses may be canceled a week prior to their scheduled date if enrollment minimums are not met.

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

Energize Body, Calm Mind With Yoga
Register for the professional development course Lunchtime Yoga with instructor Browyn Gaines by emailing Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu with a CC to your supervisor. Include MCC ID#, employment status (FT, PT, ADJT, TEMP) and if you are not a FT or PT Regular employee, include the cost center that will pay for the course. 

April 8-May 13, noon-1 p.m.
South Omaha Campus Connector, Room 249
Registration deadline April 5

Online Courses
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 begins April 21 and is open for enrollment until April 28.

Preparing for Severe Weather

With springtime here, it is time to start preparing for the severe weather season. Here are a few tips to keep in mind in the coming months.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. A tornado warning means there has been a confirmed sighting or radar-reported presence of a tornado. The warning is the most serious condition and usually results during a watch period.

Alertus brand emergency alert beacons are installed at every MCC location. The beacons will be used to alert staff, students and visitors when a tornado warning has been issued. If a tornado warning has been issued, all classroom instruction should cease until the All Clear message is sent via the beacons.

Storm shelter areas are interior locations with limited window/glass exposures and are identified with the tornado symbols. Each MCC location has designated storm shelter areas.

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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