Workforce Training Academy



Workforce Training Academy

Offered through Metropolitan Community College’s Workforce Innovation Division, participants in MCC’s Workforce Training Academy program can receive high-quality, focused education and training that result in portable credentials for students seeking employment or job upgrades in a variety of skill areas.

What is GAP Assistance?

This program was made possible through recent legislation and provides need-based tuition assistance for approved short-term training programs for in-demand occupations. Since noncredit programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, this program is designed to bridge the funding gap for individuals who meet program and income guidelines to complete short-term training programs.

Are you eligible?

The GAP Assistance program is based on financial need. Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income, which cannot be over the 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see chart below). However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone does not guarantee funding from the GAP Assistance program. In addition to meeting the financial criteria, applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to achieve the program outcomes:

  • Ability to complete the certificate and earn the credential.

  • ‚ÄčAbility to enter full-time employment.

  • Ability to retain full-time employment over time.

  • Likelihood of completion.

  • A variety of factors are considered when determining likelihood of completion including potential barriers to success, soft skills and employability.

You must be a Nebraska resident and eligible to work in the United States.

What programs are approved?

The following short-term, high-demand career training programs are approved for GAP Assistance, a schedule of  upcoming courses can be found  by clicking here.


Automotive Express Lane Technician Certificate      
Upon successful completion of the Automotive Express Lane Certificate, students will be able to obtain employment at dealerships, express lane automotive services.  Participants will know to perform oil and filter changes, wiper blades replacements, fluid level top offs, air filter replacements, battery test and replacements, tire rotation with brake inspections, tire repair and replacements, Replace exterior bulbs, multi-point checkup, transmission fluid services, differential fluid services, cabin filters and perform other light mechanical work.

Business Office Specialist Professional Certificate      
This program prepares students for today’s high-tech business environment.  After an introduction to computers and Windows, you will master the tools of the desktop business environment, including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software. In addition, you will learn how to manage technology safely and productively, explore software for the Internet and choose from among several advanced topics to aid you in your specific career goals.  Upon successful completion, students will earn industry recognized certifications. 

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Certification (CFOT)                        
This introductory three-day fiber optics tech course is designed for anyone interested in learning basic fiber optic networking and becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician.  This program combines theory and 85 percent hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the Certified Fiber Optics Technician test that is sanctioned by the Fiber Optics Association and is given and graded on the final class day.

This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home, LAN/WAN fiber networks, and further introduces the student to basic fusion and mechanical splicing. Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting.

Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician should attend this class. Course fee includes study materials, exam fees, Text Book, and CD and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.  This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).  Prerequisite: The CFOT course is a prerequisite course required before taking any of the Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training Courses.         

Certified Fiber Optics Testing & Maintenance Specialist (CFOS/T)
This Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training two-day (16-hour) course is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks.  A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. This 85 percent hands-on course explores the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of single-mode fiber optics networks and provides a detailed overview and demonstration of various pieces of equipment used in testing and maintenance.

Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter.

Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist (CFOS/S)
This Advanced Specialist Fiber Optics two-day (16-hour) Splicing Specialist Training includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of the OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. 85 percent hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multi-mode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor's discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces.

Certified Manufacturing Production Technician
The Certified Manufacturing Production Technician Certificate provides industry-endorsed training and education in maintenance, production, safety, and quality. This curriculum is aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician program. After successfully completing the certificate, students will have increased opportunities for employment and advancement in the industry.

Certified Warehouse and Logistics Professional
The Warehousing and Logistics Certificate addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, front-line material handling workers in all supply chain facilities: from factories to warehouses, distribution centers and transporters.  This certification also provides students with the mid-level technical knowledge needed to understand the world of supply chain logistics and related core competencies, including product receiving, product storage, order processing, packaging and shipment, inventory control, safe handling of hazardous materials, evaluation of transportation modes, customs, and dispatch and tracking operations. Students will have the opportunity to earn the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate certification and the mid-level Certified Logistics Technician certification.

Commercial Roofing Technician Certificate  
Commercial roofing is a steady trade with opportunities for career growth right here in the metro area and around the country. Students who participate in this certificate program will learn the basics of commercial roofing and common commercial roofing systems. The class format will be very interactive, with both lecture and hands-on classes (skill work) in details and techniques related to EPDM and TPO roofing systems. Students will earn a 10-hour OSHA Safety Card, a CPR/First Aid card, and invaluable industry knowledge. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to join a crew and contribute to the renovation and growth of their community through the installation of roofs for buildings such as hospitals, schools, arenas, stadiums, retail stores and more. The basic function of a roofer is to carry out the plans, goals, objectives and directives of the job Foreman. The roofer will provide a high level of customer service to all customers.

Facilities Maintenance Technician Certificate
Completing this noncredit training program will allow you to obtain a certificate that gives you the skills to perform a variety of skilled duties in one or more of the building trades, such minor electrical, plumbing, or other recognized crafts for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or remodeling buildings and facilities, to include minor HVAC and other mechanical systems.  Upon successful completion students will be prepared for entry level positions such as, Building Maintenance Technician, Apartment Facilities Technician, Property Maintenance Technician and Maintenance Technicians.

Professionial Floor Installation Technician Certificate
This program is designed to give students entry-level knowledge of how to intall carpet, hard-wood, vinyl and ceramic flooring. Students that complete this program will receive hands-on training in a floor installation lab. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared and certified for entry-level positions such as carpet layers, commercial flooring installer, carpet installation helper, as well as hard-wood, vinyl and ceramic flooring installer.

Residential Garage Door Installer Technician Certificate
The Residential Installer Training and Certification program is designed to give professional door systems dealers an upper hand in the labor market, to enhance the professionalism of our industry and to create career paths for individuals seeking a rewarding and long-term career.  As a garage door technician, you work with clients to fix anything that needs to be fixed on their garage doors, from broken springs to worn door panels.  As a garage door technician, you need to have a wide range of experience and some excellent customer service skills.

What is covered?

You may be eligible for partial or total assistance for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Exam fees
  • Fees
  • Equipment 
What is the process?
  • Research your career choice and submit your application materials
  • Review and discuss your training request with the gap program coordinator.
  • A review committee will evaluate your materials and determine your approval for the program.
Once selected and enrolled, each approved participant is expected to:
  • Maintain regular contact with program staff to document progress toward goals.
  • Discuss issues impacting the ability to complete training, obtain and maintain employment.
  • Attend class regularly.
  • Provide a copy of the certificate of completion.
  • Meet with program staff to develop a job search plan.
  • Provide employment and job retention information as needed.
How do I apply?

GAP Tuition Income Chart

2018 Income Guidelines
250 Percent Federal Poverty Level
Effective Jan. 13, 2018
Family Size 250 Percent Poverty Guidelines

$30,050 or less


$41,150 or less


$51,950 or less


$62,750 or less


$73,550 or less


$84,350 or less


$95,150 or less


$105,950 or less

A Workforce Training Academy Course Catalog is available for download by clicking here.