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News@MCC for Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tomorrow and Saturday: Watch the Institute for the Culinary Arts High School Culinary Invitational

Come watch more than 130 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 >>

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.

Check your grades

Grades will be posted to WebAdvisor by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.


MCC students from any program of study enrolled in at least one credit course during the Spring 2012 quarter or that have completed at least three of the six courses in the ENTR prefix (ENTR 1050, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070 or 2090) are invited to apply for the Blue Sky Fund. This is a chance to receive a $100-$500 mini-grant that will allow recipients to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow an entrepreneurial or innovative endeavors during their course of study.

Interested and eligible candidates must submit a completed Blue Sky Fund application by Friday, March 31, 2012, at midnight. The application and additional details are available at http://www.mccneb.edu/entr/blueskyfund.asp. Email Heather Nelson, MCC entrepreneurship instructor, with questions. 

Want a $3,000 scholarship?

One MCC student currently enrolled in MCC's Culinary Arts or Hospitality programs has the chance to win a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Omaha Steaks to be administered as part of the 2012 James Beard Foundation. More detailed information about preparing to apply can be found at www.jamesbeard.org/?q=node/65. Full information and application forms will be available at the beginning of April at jamesbeard.org

Million Meal March

MCC students are encouraged to volunteer to participate in the Million Meal March packing event on Saturday, March 3 at CenturyLink Center Omaha. You can form a team or volunteer as an individual.

TEAM: Team of 12 will prepare and package meals for distribution to starving children and their families locally and worldwide. The goal is to pack one million meals in one day! Three-hundred thousand meals will stay in Omaha, and the remaining meals will be sent to Haiti and Africa.

  • Shifts available: 8-10 a.m. or Noon-2 p.m.
  • Team leaders should email Mary Rosenthal, public affairs administrative assistant, at mrosenthal6@mccneb.edu by Thursday, March 1 for directions on how to register the team.

INDIVIDUAL: Serve as a greeter, runner, coat checker, inside traffic controller or in another role.

  • Three- to four-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be a lot of walking but no heavy lifting.
  • For those interested in volunteering in one of these roles, email millionmealmarch@gmail.com.

New at the library

New books and DVDs are now available at the MCC libraries. Students, faculty and staff can now view the full catalog record, see if the item is checked in/out and submit an online request. View the full list >>

Sixteen students graduate from MCC's CDL Class A Truck Driving program

CDL Class A Truck Driving GraduationMCC's CDL Class A Truck Driving program graduated 16 students at a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7. These graduates are now qualified and have passed all requirements for their CDL Class A license. They can now enter the workforce as a CDL driver.

During this eight-week program, held at MCC's Applied Technology Center, students learn to drive semi-trailer trucks. They receive both classroom and on-the-road driving instruction. Topics include safe driving, vehicle inspections and understanding Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations, various CDL endorsements and truck controls, including shifting, driving, backing and cargo handling. Soft skill instruction includes employer-employee relations, customer relations, hours of service, trip planning and map reading.

The program culminates with a basic skills and driving test administered by MCC third-party state certified testers, plus written final exams. The program is certified and approved by Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

 "Between 2,000 to 10,000 drivers are needed right away in just Nebraska," said Rick Sandvig, CDL training instructor. "These graduates have chosen a booming career field. In 2012, overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow. Many drivers make $32,000-$35,000 their first year. Some drivers can make $48,000-$50,000 by their third year, depending on their level of commitment."

Since the start of the MCC's CDL program in September 2005, 355 students have graduated. MCC has job placement assistance and invites recruiters from various trucking companies to come to class and offer students employment.

The next eight-week program begins on Thursday, March 8. The in-state cost of tuition and books for the entire program is approximately $1,200. Those interested in registering should call 402-763-5800.

Pictured from left:

Darryl Partner, CDL Instructor

Larry Hammers, CDL Instructor

Ed Pleskach, CDL Instructor

John Whittlesey

William Mitchell

Mark Schulte

Mario M. Phillip

Mark DeMaagd

Lionel Avant

Augustine J. Santoya

Milan Dragic

Stuart W. Ellison

Donny Muldrew

John Wisnieski, CDL Instructor

David Knight

James Hamilton

Bill Scharff, CDL Instructor

Robert A. Brown

Rick Sandvig, CDL Instructor

Not pictured:

Teresa Raus

Lamar J. Bass

Spring graduation application deadline: April 1

If you plan to graduate after Spring quarter (March 8-May 23), you need to apply to graduate by Sunday, April 1. Application are available online.

Wanted: Community Ambassadors

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 by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Video contest: What makes your campus green?

Participate in Herman Miller's third annual Student Video Contest to answer the question "What makes your campus green?" for your chance to win cash!

First place - $2,500
Second place - $1,500
Third place - $1,000

Entries are due no later than Friday, April 6. More information >>

Green tip

Receive your bills, make payments, and check your account balance online. Less than half of all U.S. households use online banking capabilities at their home. Instead, they waste time and energy driving and waiting in line for the bank teller.-The Green Book

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