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Dec. 17

Dec. 17, 2020





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office

402-960-0697, cell



Blair Community Schools sees success with Nebraska Math Readiness Project

BLAIR, Neb. — With the goal of preparing more high school students for college, the Nebraska Math Readiness Project at Metropolitan Community College has seen early success at Blair Community Schools. Designed for high school juniors and seniors who desire to improve their math skills, students can pursue two options, an academic pathway and a trades/business pathway. The math courses differ from traditional high school math courses, with more personalized instruction and a self-paced structure.

“National studies have shown that 59% of students enrolling in two-year and 33% of enrolling in four-year colleges are required to take a remedial math course after entering college. Only 50% of students enrolled in these courses complete them, thus creating a major barrier to receiving a college degree,” said Randy Gilson, Ed.D., superintendent at Blair Community Schools. “Last year, Blair Community Schools began offering high school students an opportunity to complete college remedial math courses through a partnership with MCC. The MCC program has provided an incredible opportunity and has been a success for students at BCS. We sincerely appreciate our partnership with MCC to offer our high school students the opportunity to become college ready in math."

Project-wide, test scores and college registration rates are increasing, along with more encouraging data. Last academic year, 27 Blair High School students enrolled at MCC to take college math courses under the tutelage of instructor Vicki Griffin. Twenty-five students completed their requirement. Many who are pursuing four-year degrees are only one course away from completing their general college math requirements. Students who are entering trade programs have also completed their college math requirements.

The math classes within the Nebraska Math Readiness Project are dual credit, meaning high school students will earn college credit through MCC while also counting toward their high school requirements. The project is state-wide, with 11 school districts participating from Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. The other community colleges coordinate through Central Community College to offer this coursework across Greater Nebraska.




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.