The community’s needs are growing.
Population growth 2010–2030 in Nebraska is expected to be positive, particularly in MCC’s four-county service area. Population growth in MCC’s service area requires an expanding MCC.
MCC’s headcount has grown 21 times faster than Nebraska state colleges and institutions and more than 1.5 times faster than other public nonprofit two-year colleges in Nebraska.
MCC enrolled 6.1 percent of its service area population compared to only 3.6 percent for all U.S. community colleges and 4.9 percent for all Nebraska community colleges.
Data indicated that the demand for MCC's educational and training service will likely grow at a brisk pace for the next 17 years.
In fall 2010, MCC and Southeast Community College together accounted for 48.5 percent of the Nebraska-resident, first-time, first-enrolled that started college at Nebraska degree-granting schools more than a year after they graduated from high school, while the remaining four community colleges accounted for 740, or 22.9 percent, of these students.
In accordance with the Facilities Master Plan, MCC will support a growing population and increased demand in services with an investment of approximately $100,000,000 in 2012–2015 in facilities maintenance, upgrades and expansion.
MCC spending as a result of expansion will generate more than $2.3 billion in sales, $819.8 million in wages and salaries and $81.7 million in self-employment income for the 2013–2017 period.
The expansion will also generate $82.7 million in state tax collections and $69.3 million in local tax collections.
These facilities will build upon MCC’s ability to:
- attract and retain students
- improve access to career and technical education
- create quicker pathways to employment
- accommodate more engaging and effective methods of educational delivery
- yield higher-wage employment opportunities
- absorb large swings in the four-county need for education services
Capital projects at the Fort Omaha Campus will increase access to education in the highest unemployment area in the four-county service area.
Once completed, the facilities will allow MCC to expand community access, provide a rapid path to employment for job seekers and meet the resource needs of local industries.