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Inside Story for Monday, March 21, 2011

Mission Achievement Plan: MCC Needs Your Input

As an employee, you have unique insights to share with your cost center manager on what priorities and budget items should be considered in MCC's 2011-12 fiscal year mission achievement plan (MAP). Budget requests will primarily be entered during the month of April so convey your ideas sooner rather than later.

What It Is, Part 3: The Executive Summary MAP
MCC's MAP is comprised of several planning documents, including foundational statements (mission statement, overall strategies and primary priorities), the Executive Summary MAP, Area and Cost Center MAPs, the Facilities Master Plan and the budget. In previous weeks, we learned about the most local MAP, the Cost Center MAP, and the next level of MAP or Area MAP.

This week, we will provide some insight on the Executive Summary MAP. This MAP is an executive summary of how MCC plans to build on our continuous efforts to improve our mission achievement outcomes. This MAP organizes high-level improvement priorities into key operational categories, such as Helping Students Learn and Faculty Teach. It helps assure a healthy focus on key factors for success and serves as an important way to communicate the direction of MCC to the Board of Governors, the College internally and to the public. This MAP is developed based on input from all stakeholders, including input provided through Area and Cost Center MAPs. Several of the achievement plans it lists are long-term and serve as continuous improvement value statements that carry forward year to year to help guide short-term achievement planning.

Employees can view all levels of MAPs online. The current fiscal year Area and Cost Center MAPs are under 2011. MCC's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Stay tuned in future Inside Story editions for more about MCC's mission achievement plan.

Sustainability Committee Seeks Volunteers to Assemble Bicycles

To improve traffic safety, mobility, wellness, and sustainability, MCC will begin a bike-sharing program at FOC this spring. Modeled after UNO's successful Bike Share program, bicycle routes on FOC streets will be marked with sharrows, and bicycles and bicycle parking will be available to faculty, staff, and students for trips across campus.

The program is a community effort. A generous grant from Live Well Omaha will pay for the sharrows and bike racks and the Community Bike Project is providing parts and some labor. Instructor Patrick McKibbin's Auto Collision students painted the bicycle frames lime green, and Greenstreet Cycles has agreed to repair the bikes at no charge.

MCC and Community Bike Project volunteers will assemble the bicycles at 525 N. 33rd St. in Omaha in shifts on three Wednesdays: March 30, April 6 and April 13 from 3-6 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. each day.

To make this project a success, your help is needed to assemble bikes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Curtis Bryant at (402) 457-2853 or cebryant@mccneb.edu.

Teammates Seeks MCC Mentors

TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program co-founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne. The focus of the mentoring relationship is for an adult volunteer to help build a positive relationship with a student so as to help them reach their full potential. TeamMates is looking for volunteers from MCC to mentor students in OPS schools.

Any adult who desires to make a difference in the life of a child by being a positive role model can participate. By spending just one hour each week with a student and showing your interest in their life, you can increase the likelihood they will graduate from high school and become a contributing member of society. Mentors help identify the gifts and talents of young people that provide them a sense of hope and vision for their life.

TeamMates is a school-based mentoring program. Mentoring takes place at the school, during the school day and during the school year-a safe environment for both the mentee and mentor.

Teammates core values:

  • Commitment to youth
  • Safety
  • Integrity and trust
  • Inclusion

The TeamMates mentoring program is:

  • School-based-every building has a designated coordinator to provide direct support
  • Just one hour, once a week
  • One-to-one/adult and youth
  • Mentees participate voluntarily
  • Relationship building

TeamMates matches occur with students from third grade through 12th grade.

The process:

  • Complete Mentor Application.
  • Sign up for training (two hours) at various locations. If you have a group of mentors ready to be trained, TeamMates can arrange to come to your location.
  • Interview with the school coordinator.
  • Meet weekly with your mentee-TeamMates ask for approximately one hour (includes travel time), once per week.
  • Sometimes, mentors may have conflicts. Still, statistics show if a mentor meets 24 or more hours per year (two weeks out of three), there is an 80 percent chance for student improvement in attendance, behavior and grades.
  • The goal is to see your mentee through their high school graduation.

The school provides great resources. Matches can use the provided games and cards or go to the gym, library or computer lab. Mentors and mentees quite frequently eat lunch together and talk about life.

To learn more about the program, visit www.teammates.org or contact: 

Chuck Osberg
District Coordinator
OPS/Teammates Mentoring Program
(402) 457-6427 ext. 1055
(402) 616-0028 (cell)

MCCEA Funds Annual Read Across America Project

The Open Door Mission/Lydia House received a third annual visit on March 11 from MCC Reading faculty. Instructors Teri Quick, Kathy Rieken-Thurber and Diane Hocevar presented 83 children's books to the Lydia House to celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday. The books will be added to the growing library in the new Lydia House, which opened this past year.

While Reading faculty selected the books and delivered them, purchases were made with funds donated by the Metropolitan Community College Education Association (MCCEA). The Read Across America campaign was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, and MCCEA has funded a book project for most of the past eight years. Prior to 2009, books were donated to local hospitals for new mothers and babies.

MCC Reading instructors consider it a privilege to participate in this annual project, and they are thankful for the continued support provided by the MCCEA. When children are exposed to reading at an early age, they are more likely to begin building an effective reading vocabulary and to enjoy reading. The instructors feel that our entire community benefits when children become good readers and experience success in school.

Omaha's Sister City Leads Disaster Relief Effort in Japan

Residents of Omaha's sister city in Japan, Shizuoka, have been spared damage or injuries from the Shizuoka prefecture earthquake that occurred north of the city. Omaha students and visitors to the city are safe.

The Shizuoka Committee of the Omaha Sister Cities Association (OSCA) met yesterday and would like to invite you to contribute to the disaster in northern Japan through OSCA. A check for a tax-deductible donation may be made out to the Omaha Sister Cities Association (OSCA), marked "for Japan" and mailed to OSCA, P.O. Box 241693, Omaha, NE 68124.

All collected funds will be exchanged into yen and mailed directly to the Japanese Red Cross on Wednesday, April 13.

OSCA will also collect monetary donations at the OSCA Global Gala banquet on April 3.

Women's History Month: Our History Is Our Strength

MCC Celebrates Women's History Month with a series of lectures and other programming. See the full list of activities here.

Register Now for the MCC Golf Outing

MCC Golf Outing

MCC invites students, staff and community members to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere at the annual MCC Golf Outing on Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. at the Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St.

You can register as a single, and we will place you on a team, or you may select your own team or part of a team. Cost is $70 per player or $280 per team. This fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a flat iron steak buffet following the tournament.

Send your check and registration form no later than Monday, May 23. Checks will not be cashed until after May 23. The proceeds will benefit MCC's SkillsUSA students through the MCC Foundation.

To register, contact:

Linda Hoagland
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 30
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 457-2403; lhoagland@mccneb.edu

Free CPR Training

MCC is partnering with Clarkson College for the annual free CPR Training for Omahans on Saturday, May 14. The event is for family and friends of all ages-event coordinators encourage MCC students and staff to attend. Registration for the event opens March 1.

Date: Saturday, May 14
Sessions: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (each training session takes approximately one hour)
Audience: Group teams, family members and friends, boy and girl scouts, students looking for community service hours and more
Location: Clarkson College
Registration Line: (402) 552-2432 (registration opens March 1)

Training and Development Workshops

Enhance your work skills by participating in Training and Development workshops. There is no tuition to pay or paperwork to complete. To enroll, go to WebAdvisor or call (402) 457-2400. All listed workshops are noncredit.


New Workshops 

Diversity: You Can't Be Successful Without It!

-"The real death of America will come when everyone is alike." James T. Ellison

America has always been a diverse nation, especially since the turn of the 21st century. Savvy organizations know this and leverage the diversity of their employees to exceed the expectations of their increasingly varied customer/student bases. Topics in this one-hour program will include:

  • Make the business case for diversity
  • Clarify the two critical dimensions of diversity
  • Identify those aspects of human nature that get in the way of organizations making the most of employee diversity
  • Provide tips for neutralizing some of the more troubling effects of the components

TRDV 050N 01 (synonym 176133)
Friday, April 15
noon-1 p.m.
SOC-CON, Room 249

TIAA-CREF Retirement Income Options
Developing a sound financial strategy for retirement can make a big difference. If you are nearing retirement, you and your spouse are welcome to attend this presentation to review your options and get answers to some important questions: When can I retire? Am I saving enough for retirement? What income options best fit my situation?

Topics will include:

  • Evaluating your retirement income needs
  • Techniques to help keep your retirement strategy on target
  • How to identify retirement savings gaps
  • Sources of retirement income
  • TIAA-CREF retirement income options: lifetime income, systematic withdrawal and other options
  • Importance of examining your asset allocation
  • Taxes: how they may affect your retirement
  • Helpful web tools and individual retirement counseling options

The facilitator is Jason Miller, TIAA-CREF Consultant, Individual Client Services. Sandwiches will be provided courtesy of TIAA-CREF. Registration is limited to 80 participants.

TRDV 049N 01
(synonym 175893)
Tuesday, April 26
6-7 p.m.
FOC ICA, Room 201B

Seats are still available in the following:

  • Brown Bag Workshop: MCC's New Advising and Enrollment Model
  • Excel Features, Advanced
  • SharePoint 2007: Building a Site
  • SharePoint 2007: Working with Web Content

For more information, visit www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp.

Community Involvement in Omaha's Transportation Plan

Omaha needs your input. How do you want to get around our city in the coming years? Share your thoughts, experiences and ideas about Omaha's Transportation system and what you want it to look like over the next decade. The more input Omaha gets from you, the better our city will be.

Plan to attend one of Omaha Transportation Master Planning Public Meetings all next week:
When: March 21-24
Where: Omaha Public Schools Administration Building (3215 Cuming St.)

Monday - 6:30 p.m. Public Presentation
Tuesday - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (studio open to the public)
Wednesday - 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (studio open to the public)
Thursday - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (studio open to the public)
Thursday - 6:30 p.m. public presentation


For more information, visit: www.cityofomaha.org/tmplan.

Weekly Green Tip

Mind the amount of water you use when brewing coffee. Making coffee uses about a third of the tap water consumed in most of North America and Europe. If every worker cut back on water fill by one cup, we'd save almost 10 million gallons per day. Over the course of a year, this would save enough water to provide two gallons to the 1.2 billion people on the planet who don't have access to safe water at all. -The Green Book

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