June 7, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC’s Pass to Class program surpasses 1.5 million bus rides as it expands to ESL students
OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s Pass to Class, in partnership with Metro transit, has surpassed 1.5 million bus rides. The milestone comes at a time when the College is extending the program to students in ESL noncredit classes. Pass to Class encourages ridership by offering a free bus pass for travel to and from College locations or for other education-related purposes.
“Pass to Class addresses issues of access and affordability for MCC students,” said Sally Hopley, coordinator of Sustainable Practices at MCC. “The program helps ensure that students have a way to get to class and have access to education. Additionally, Pass to Class helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars.”
The Pass to Class program has reduced an estimated 3,330 tons of carbon dioxide in the Omaha area, compared to single person car commutes, improving the local air quality.
Bus passes are valid for a quarter before having to be renewed again. The passes can be picked up at any MCC Student Services location at any time during the quarter.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.