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April 25

April 25, 2016
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
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Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
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darayment@mccneb.edu
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MCC receives $100k grant from Goldman Sachs Gives

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Goldman Sachs Gives, the donor advised fund of the investment banking firm. The grant is also matched by a local anonymous donor, bringing the total to $200,000. MCC requested support from Goldman Sachs Gives to build the College’s endowed scholarship funds as a contributor to the College’s largest and most significant scholarship endeavor to date: AKSARBEN Scholars Career Connectors.
 
Together, MCC, the AKSARBEN Foundation, the Horatio Alger Association, an anonymous donor and now, Goldman Sachs Gives, are combining efforts to provide scholarships of up to $8,000 to eligible students committed to attending full-time and completing their career focused degree within three years. The shared goal is to award scholarships to 3,285 area students by 2020.
 
The gift is part of a larger project in which Goldman Sachs Gives, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges, selected nine community colleges to receive grants. The donations will be distributed to community colleges throughout the country and is being matched 1:1 by donors in their respective communities.
 
“This investment helps build a foundation for our workforce development. It can be a difference maker for area students and businesses,” said MCC President Randy Schmailzl.
 
“Grants from Goldman Sachs Gives reinforce our belief that community colleges serve a unique need by providing educational opportunities to individuals who may not otherwise be able to pursue or complete a degree,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “Through our 10,000 Small Businesses program, we have seen the positive effects these institutions can have on individuals and their communities, and we are committed to helping extend educational opportunities to more people.”
 
“We are proud to support community colleges nationwide that are enacting innovative and thoughtful programs to address equity in educational opportunity,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. “This major investment from Goldman Sachs Gives recognizes the great need that many community colleges have to strengthen their endowments, and will significantly increase the scholarship funds available at these institutions, allowing them to build on their existing efforts to provide high-quality education to more deserving students.”

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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.