Shedding Light on Solar Energy
About 20 MCC students received hands-on training on the installation and monitoring of solar panels, part of an increased focus in Nebraska on renewable energy resources.
Students in the Solar Electric Installation class, the only one of its kind in Nebraska, assembled photovoltaic solar collectors at Creighton University on June 25. Creighton is the future site of the largest array of solar panels in the state. The solar collectors the students assembled will be used on the construction trailer of Boyd-Jones, the general contractor for the $1.4 million Creighton University solar project.
The panel project is part of a federal effort to promote renewable energy. U.S. Senators Lee Terry and Ben Nelson have said solar energy - and solar energy experts - will help the country become more energy efficient and energy secure.
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ICA Sage Students Host Farmers Market Cooking Demos
Each Saturday, MCC students in the Sage Student Bistro head to the Village Pointe Farmers Market to host public cooking demonstrations. The students meet with growers, shop the market and brainstorm menu ideas for the cooking demos. The class also hosts a student-led discussion on various topics that is open to the public.
Nominate an MCC Employee for the Heart of Metro Award
MCC seeks student nominations to recognize an outstanding MCC employee with the Heart of Metro Award. The deadline to nominate full- or part-time employees is July 16.
Criteria for the Award
- Employees may be full- or part-time
- Employees must have completed one year of employment or three quarters of teaching
- Employees are eligible for the award every three years
Employee must meet the following criteria addressed in the nomination:
- Demonstrate a positive attitude
- Lead change
- Foster an inclusive workplace
- Work smart
- Respect diversity
- Be service-centered
The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 16. Nominations may be submitted by any employee, student or community member. Online nominations may be submitted at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.
Program Offers High School Dropouts a Path to Diploma
If you know an individual who has dropped out of high school in Omaha Public Schools, talk to him or her about reengaging in education through Gateway to College. MCC's Gateway to College program gives high school dropouts ages 16-20 the opportunity to earn their diploma while also earning college credits.
Gateway to College is now accepting applications for Fall 2010. Learn more at www.mccneb.edu/gtc/.
Student Wins Gold at SkillUSA National Competition
Six years ago Metropolitan Community College did not have an electrical program. Today, it boasts the top student in the nation in Residential Wiring. Chris Waszgis received a gold medal June 24 at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Waszgis, Electrical student of John Berger and Dave Horst, previously won the top award in college-level Residential Wiring in Nebraska at the regional competition in Columbus, Neb.
Waszgis, pictured above with Berger, competed against students from 50 states and four territories.
MCC also received four second-place silver medals in Community Service/Service-Learning and Medical Math.
Winners in Community Service/Service-Learning were Bridget Murphy, Justine Heatley and Elise DeMaranville, pictured above with advisor Dave Horst. The group presented a display book of service-learning activities and a gave a presentation before judges.
Erin Parisien was awarded a silver medal in Medical Math. Parisien also was MCC's first-ever gold medal winner in CPR and First Aid last year. Parisien's advisors were Peggy Dean and Peter Landmark.
More than 320,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually across the nation. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high performance workers in public careers and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
Seventeen MCC students participated in the national event. Of the 12 medals that went to Nebraska schools, five were won by MCC students.
Students who won medals at nationals receive a one-year, full-tuition scholarship to MCC.
More than 3,000 Students Qualify for Dean's List
Representing the Spring 2010 quarter, 3,234 students qualified for MCC's dean's list. Lists of Iowa and Nebraska students who qualified for the dean's list are available: www.mccneb.edu/businessandcommunity/newsreleases2010.asp
Outdoor concerts, movies at Sarpy Center
Outdoor Concert at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Summer Concert Series kicks off July 9 at the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library in July with Omaha cover band Shur Thing at 6:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.
Outdoor Movie Bee Movie at Sarpy Center
The La Vista Outdoor Movie Series heads to the Sarpy Center-La Vista Public Library July 16 at 9:30 p.m. with Bee Movie. The movie is free and open to the public.
Use bars of soap versus liquid wash. Bars are less expensive, and they saves packaging waste. The average bar of soap lasts for about 20 showers, whereas a 16-ounce bottle of body wash lasts for an average of 80 showers. But body wash costs on average more than four times as much as soap. If every U.S. household replaced a bottle of body wash with a bar of soap, roughly 2.5 million pounds of plastic containers could be diverted from the waste stream. - The Green Book