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News@MCC for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer graduation application deadline: Sunday, July 1

If you plan to graduate after Summer quarter (June 6-Aug. 15), you need to apply to graduate by Sunday, July 1. Applications are available online.

Summer quarter Heart of Metro nominations open

Students are invited to nominate an Metropolitan Community College employee for a Heart of Metro Award.

Award criteria

  • 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 Monday, July 9. Nominations can be submitted at www.mccneb.edu/facultyandstaff/awards/heartofmetro.

Recognize a deserving MCC employee today.

High school not working?

Know someone who has stopped attending high school or who is not on track to graduate? Talk to him or her about reengaging in education through MCC's Gateway to College program, which gives current or past high school students ages 16-20 the chance to earn their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits. Program advisors provide intensive services to help students achieve their goals.

The next Gateway to College classes begin on Sept. 4, the start of MCC's Fall quarter. If you are interested in participating in or learning more about the Gateway to College program, attend one of the upcoming information sessions on June 26 or July 2, 10, 17 or 31. All sessions are held at MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, Building 7, Room 106 and start promptly at 3:30 p.m. Register by calling 402-457-2746. Find out more about the program at www.mccneb.edu/gtc

Share your ideas at EngageMCC.com

Do you have an idea-large or small-that could help shape the future of MCC? Visit EngageMCC.com and share your ideas today!EngageMCC.com

EngageMCC.com is an interactive virtual 'town hall' dedicated to the planning, programming and visioning process to help guide MCC's Master Plan. EngageMCC.com allows students, faculty and community members a creative and convenient way to share their ideas on how to improve the College. 

EngageMCC.com is currently engaging in conversations that relate to:

  • Academic synergies-What academic areas or disciplines within the college could work well together?
  • Industrial engagement-What ideas do users have to attract new industries to participate in MCC programs?
  • Interactive problem-based learning-What are the most memorable learning experiences users have had outside of the classroom?
  • Flexible spaces-What can MCC get rid of in the classroom?

This public engagement platform allows a diverse audience of students and community members the ability to communicate with each other and the College. Anyone interested in shaping MCC's Master Plan can simply jump online from school, home or wherever they have Internet access to join in the EngageMCC.com discussion.

"We are always looking for new and more effective ways to interface with our community," said Randy Schmailzl, president of MCC. "EngageMCC.com is a great way to engage with people who do not typically attend planning sessions."

Sign up at EngageMCC.com and join the discussion!

Completing an associate degree holds a lot of value

Full-time workers with an associate degree made an average $2,500 more per year than their counterparts with some college experience but no degree according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even if you plan to transfer, earn your degree first. More >>

Want a free ride to class?

MCC's Pass to Class program allows all MCC credit students a Metro bus pass valid for a quarter that allows for rides to and from MCC locations and for other education-related purposes. Find out more >>

Meet Cecilia Newton

Graduation isn't something unfamiliar to Cecilia Newton, an MCC Human Services major. She graduated from cosmetology school and worked at a salon up until she started at MCC in September 2010. She plans to graduate from MCC in September 2012 with an applied science degree. More >>

Connect with MCC

Be in the know. Become a fan of the MCC's Facebook page. Follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/mccneb. And, don't forget about MCC's YouTube channel.

Green tip

Buy yoga mats made from plant-based materials such as natural rubber, jute, or cotton instead of petroleum-derived plastics or other synthetics.-The Green Book

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