Jan. 19

Jan. 19, 2017





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



MCC helps local manufacturer create welding apprenticeship program


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has partnered with Distefano Technology & Manufacturing to create the company’s Welding School/Apprenticeship Program, a model that will allow Distefano employees/apprentices to earn college credits at MCC.


The program at Distefano combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using industry standards. It will allow the apprentice to earn 40 MCC credit hours when enrolled in an associate degree program at the College. Additionally, the apprentice will earn the American Welding Society’s D1.1 certification, further boosting their employability. 


“Manufacturing is a vital component of the local economy. With the baby-boomer retirement trend and growth of local companies, the need for skilled workers is extremely high,” said Kirk Ahrends, dean of applied technology at MCC. “Helping individuals find a path to an associate degree can lead them to more career opportunities in their future.”


Distefano’s Welding School/Apprenticeship Program will be the only such welding program in the Omaha area. MCC also has similar college credit models with Omaha Public Power District, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Sheet Metal Workers Local 3, and Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 4.


For more information about MCC’s Welding Technology program, 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.