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MCC hosts ribbon cutting for Automotive Training Center and
Center for Advanced Manufacturing
— Metropolitan Community College is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Automotive Training Center and Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) on Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.
The Automotive Training Center is a two-story, $32 million academic facility on the South Omaha Campus near 27th
and Q streets. The approximately 100,000 square-foot facility houses the MCC Automotive Technology and Auto Collision Technology programs in addition to the Toyota T-Ten program.
The Automotive Training Center is designed to train highly skilled workers for the automotive industry, a field facing workforce shortages. MCC worked in lock-step with local companies such as Baxter, Woodhouse, Jensen Tire & Auto and many others. The facility is a 50:50 public-private partnership, funded by College funds and generous donations from the business and philanthropic community.
“The Automotive Training Center is built to replicate what our students see in the modern industry. It is designed to mimic a high-production facility, and the college has invested in new equipment that meets manufacturer recommendations. It’s unlike anything in the United States at the community college level, and we are very lucky to be part of the new building,” said Joe Baker, MCC Auto Collision Technology instructor.
Students began using the Automotive Training Center at the start of the 2021 fall quarter. The building is outfitted with additional labs, classrooms and convertible study spaces with plenty of natural light, helping eliminate the dark, drab stigma sometimes associated with the automotive industry.
The Center for Advanced Manufacturing project is a remodel of an existing facility at the South Omaha Campus. The new center offers improved space for welding, precision machining and the industrial trades programs. Additionally, MCC will offer certificates in several in-demand trade areas, including robotics and robotic maintenance.
With the renovation, the welding lab will triple in size.
CAM is a 30,000-square-foot renovation project within a budget of about $10.5 million dollars. The welding lab alone has tripled in size to accommodate the high demand for skilled welders.
CAM also opened doors fall of 2021.
To learn more about MCC automotive and manufacturing programs, visit mccneb.edu.
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.