June 21

June 21, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

New dean at MCC to jumpstart big year in construction programs

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has named Nate Barry the new dean of construction education. The appointment comes nearly one year from the college opening its doors to the new Construction Education Center in fall 2017 as part of its $90 million Fort Omaha Campus expansion project.
“I am excited to begin my new role as the dean of construction education at such a momentous time at the College,” said Barry. “The new Construction Education Center will transform the construction field in the Omaha area and the way the workforce is trained. I am looking forward to carrying this momentum into the opening of this new facility in fall 2017 and continuing to develop meaningful education and training that students will find useful in the real-world.”
Barry comes to MCC from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he was an assistant professor and program coordinator of Construction Management. Barry earned his MBA from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas and his Ph.D. in Construction Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also brings industry experience having led multiple construction projects as a superintendent, project manager, operations director and business owner in the greater Kansas City area.
The new Construction Education Center will feature programs like Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Architectural Drafting and Design and more. For more information about the Construction Education Center, visit


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.