Sept. 17

Sept. 17, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Derek Rayment
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MCC to announce expansion of South Omaha Campus Sept. 25

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will formally announce the expansion of its South Omaha Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Automotive Training Center will be held at the campus’s west parking lot at 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.

The event kicks off the second phase of the campus redevelopment project, which includes construction of the $32 million dollar Automotive Training Center. The first phase, currently underway, involves a $10.5 million dollar renovation that will create a comprehensive Veterans Center, followed by the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing, scheduled to open fall 2020.

“The Automotive Training Center and Center for Advanced Manufacturing were created with Omaha area economic needs in mind, giving students high-demand job opportunities in the manufacturing and automotive industries,” said Randy Schmailzl, MCC president. “Our goal is always to meet regional workforce needs, while providing smooth career paths for our students.”

The two-story, 100,000 square-foot Automotive Training Center will bring together the Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Technology programs, currently housed at two different College locations. The facility will have more than 30 automotive bays, giving students an increased number of workspaces, including an area dedicated to a new Toyota T-TEN master mechanic training program, with room for other specialized training options. The new building is expected to be LEED-certified, in keeping with MCC’s commitment to constructing sustainable, green buildings.

The project is funded by College funds and generous donations from the business and philanthropic community, creating a 50:50 public-private partnership.

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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 post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.