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News@MCC for Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Books by the Busload event offers free books

Spread the word! MCC is teaming up with Metro, Cargo Zone LLC, Mainfreight and the Literacy Center to give away thousands of books at its annual Books by the Busload event. Metro buses stuffed full of books will be parked at Westroads Mall (10000 California St., Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot), The Salvation Army Kroc Center (2825 Y St.) and Baker's (7312 N. 30th St.)  from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. The event is free and open to the public-just board the parked buses to pick up your free books for all ages. (Limit five books per person.)

Register for Spring quarter classes

Spring quarter begins March 8. Have you registered for your classes? The deadline to register for Spring online classes is March 7. Late registration is not allowed for online classes. Registration is as easy as 1-2-3, plus it is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Register today!

  1. Know what courses you need
    If you do not know what classes you should take, make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to develop your educational plan. You can also access your Degree Audit/Program Evaluation on your WebAdvisor account.
  2. Find the classes
    Search the class schedule by starting at MCC's homepage: www.mccneb.edu. Scroll down to Enrolling in Classes, and select Credit Schedule - Spring. Here you can browse the offerings by several different factors. (Hint: if you do not find a class you are looking for, expand the search criteria.) As you decide on the specific classes you want, jot down the synonym (listed in the second column of the schedule).
  3. Use WebAdvisor and choose Express Registration on the student menu.
    If you are not sure how this works, watch the video tutorial found on your WebAdvisor page.

When you are done registering, go to My Class Schedule and verify that you are registered for the classes you wanted.

Questions? Refer to the video tutorials on WebAdvisor, call MCC at 402-457-2400 or stop in Student Services and ask for help using WebAdvisor.

Spring quarter tuition is due Feb. 13

You can pay your tuition by:

  • Logging in to WebAdvisor to pay online.
  • Stopping by Student Services cashiering.
  • Mailing a check or money order to Metropolitan Community College, Attn: Student Accounts, P.O. Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777.
  • Calling Student Accounts at 402-457-2405.
  • Setting up a FACTS Payment Plan at www.mccneb.edu/currentstudents/facts.asp.

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Join MCC in celebrating with lectures, videos and dramatic presentations. Check out what's scheduled >>

You must apply to graduate

If you plan to graduate at the end of the quarter, you must apply first!

Graduation application deadlines

Fall quarter                     Nov. 1

Winter quarter                 Feb. 1

Spring quarter                April 1

Summer quarter              July 1

Apply up to two quarters before your estimated program of study completion date.


Questions? 402-457-2400

View information on the annual commencement ceremony at www.mccneb.edu/graduation.

Call for actors, directors and technical staff

The Great Plains Theatre Conference, presented by Metropolitan Community College, has opened a call for area actors, technical staff and directors who would like to participate in this year's 7th Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 26-June 2. There are 30 PlayLabs and five MainStage readings to cast, as well as five PlayFest plays.

More than 250 artists will be used during the week of the conference. This is a unique opportunity to meet and work with top playwrights, directors, actors and theatre professionals from around the country.

For more information or to complete a call form, visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc, call 402-457-2618 or email theatreconference@mccneb.edu. You are required to submit your photo (preferably a headshot) and a theatre résumé and/or brief personal biography (150 words or less). Forms will be accepted until the conference begins.

Gaze into your sweetheart's eyes over dinner at MCC's Sage Bistro!

A limited number of reservations are still available Valentine's Day week, Monday through Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. Enjoy excellent student-prepared meals in this elegant setting. Choose from a set menu or from student Prix fixe four-course meals. Make your dinner reservations online today! The Bistro is located on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets, Building 22. Get directions >> 

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series: Lecture: Tracing a family tree and your family tree

You are invited to learn and listen from by Tony Burroughs, professional genealogist and author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 22, Room 201A-B, he will present Tracing a family tree and your family tree. Burroughs will discuss how tracing the family tree can be fun, enlightening, inspiring and often healing. Listen to how genealogy destroyed myths in one family and learn how you can gather oral history and traditions from your family members.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

View all upcoming events that are part of the Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series >>

You are invited to watch the Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Culinary Invitational

Come watch more than 100 high school students showcase their culinary arts skills at the annual ICA High School Culinary Invitation, Feb. 24-25 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Building 22. Nineteen teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals, presenting various plates and devising restaurant concepts. Learn more >>

MCC helps maintain Lauritzen Garden tramcars

MCC recently partnered with Lauritzen Gardens to restore their weather-trodden tramcars. Patrick McKibbin and Tom Price, Auto Collision Technology instructors, incorporated the painting and reconditioning of the tramcars into the curriculum of their auto refinishing classes and, ultimately, supervised the project.

A total of seven tramcars were transported to MCC, where they were painted and reconditioned by a number of students at various levels within the Auto Collision Technology program.

"What a great opportunity for the students to participate in a project that goes beyond the classroom," said Bill Owen, associate vice president for academic affairs. The project offered hands-on experience in the students' chosen career field. They were able to practice their painting techniques and refine their skills in the shop. At the same time, the donation of services saved the gardens valuable budgetary dollars and helped to sustain Lauritzen Gardens as an important community resource.

Owen said "It is important to know that a community college connects to the area they serve. The students enjoyed the opportunity to see their work become a part of the community they live in and enjoy."

"Lauritzen Gardens is grateful for the assistance provided by the faculty and students at MCC and is proud to promote, leverage and help facilitate community collaborations and partnerships that benefit the gardens and broaden the horizons and possibilities for others," said Mia Jenkins, marketing director for Lauritzen Gardens.

Get involved at MCC. Become a Community Ambassador.

Community Ambassadors set the tone for prospective students. They guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC. You will:

  • Speak/greet at events and outreach activities
  • Participate in student panels
  • Lead campus tours for prospective students
  • Attend outreach events such as high school visits and neighborhood association meetings
  • Participate in presentations and share your college experiences with others
  • Speak with prospective students that are considering going into your program or a similar program


  • At least a part-time MCC student and have an understanding of the campus and community culture
  • Have completed 12 credits hours at MCC
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • In good standing with MCC academically and financially
  • Reliable transportation
  • Works a minimum of 30 hours per quarter
  • Two quarter commitment
  • Positive attitude with peers, prospective students and general public

Pay: $250 stipend per quarter

Complete an application.

MCC student receives Purple Heart

On Friday, Jan. 27, Charley McGuire, an MCC diesel mechanic student, was awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony at the Engineer Maintenance Company on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. He earned the medal on Aug. 24, 2009, in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. Read more about this heroic student in a recent Omaha World-Herald article.

Discount tickets to Omaha Performing Arts available

Current MCC students can purchase discount tickets to Omaha Performing Arts productions. Visit www.eventusher.com to browse upcoming productions. Use the password METROCC to login.

Green tip

Take advantage of getting your money back electronically from the IRS instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. About $135 billion in tax refunds still makes its way through the mail to individuals, which means the IRS has to stuff, print and mail from fifty-four million envelopes.-The Green Book

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