April 14, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC receives 2021 Business Excellence Award from Greater Omaha Chamber
OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has been named a recipient of a Greater Omaha Chamber 2021 Business Excellence Award in the philanthropy category. MCC was selected due to its contribution in creating thousands of face shields for area hospital workers when the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic struck Omaha in spring 2020.
In March 2020, the College converted its Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology into a face shield assembly plant. Dozens of college employees worked to create vital PPE equipment by using the Prototype Design Lab, as well as other means to produce the face shields that were in short supply. Eventually, more than 10,000 would be delivered to Omaha area hospitals.
The award comes as part of an annual tradition recognizing area organizations in each of four categories: Leadership, Innovation, Philanthropy and Sustained Excellence. More than 70 organizations were nominated for this year’s awards, with just 25 identified as award recipients, “trailblazers who go above-and-beyond every day,” according to event organizers.
“Businesses are vital to thriving communities – catalyzing innovation, creating jobs and building connections. We like to say ‘excellence is earned, not given;’ and that’s true of the 25 organizations we honor today. These organizations are beyond excellent. They are exceptional,” said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber.
About Greater Omaha
Greater Omaha is a No. 1 ranked up-and-coming-tech hotspot, a “top 10 best place to live on a $60,000 salary” and was named America’s No. 2 Best Small City by Resonance Consultancy. Greater Omaha is home to more than 30 communities and nearly 1 million people.
About the Greater Omaha Chamber
The mission of the Greater Omaha Chamber is to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration.
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.