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June 18

June 18, 2020 





Derek Rayment 

Public & Media Relations Manager 

402-960-0697, cell 


MCC becomes the only Human Resources (aPHR®) Certification Prep provider in Nebraska 


Omaha, Neb. – The Metropolitan Community College Business department has been approved by the HR Certification Institute as a certified preparation provider for students seeking the Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR®) designation. The MCC Human Resources program can be completed entirely online, giving students the opportunity to earn a degree remotely while receiving transferrable college credit and valued work skills.  


MCC joins a global network of four-year schools across the nation in providing the educational opportunity and is one of only six community colleges approved to offer the program. 


“The approval is the latest addition to the MCC Business specialist programs focused on educational opportunities linked to professional credentials in growing career fields," said Lori Lothringer, Ph.D., MCC dean of Business. 


This program was designed with strong industry input to fill an employment gap for skilled HR employees in the local workforce,” said Tammy Madsen, Ed.D., MCC director of Workplace Skills and Human Resources programs. “HR is one of the fastest-growing professional fields, where it is forecasted that several thousand jobs will be added annually. 


MCC students who complete the required program curriculum develop knowledge in preparation for the aPHR® national exam. The program prepares students who can: 


  • Evaluate human resources policies, procedures, laws and regulations.  

  • Analyze employee training needs to develop new training programs or modify and improve existing programs.  

  • Model ethical behavior in appraising organizational core values, vision, mission and culture 

  • Coordinate the logistics of activities and events to support employer-employee relationship 

  • Maintain records to support HR-related processes, decisions, projects and services  


“I am pleased to bring this educational opportunity to our students. Given the current challenges faced in the workforce today, this is an important time to launch a human resources program. Addressing both current and future employment opportunities, this MCC program exemplifies our mission of delivering relevant student-centered education to a diverse community of learners,” said Madsen.  


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