Community College GAP Program

What is the Gap assistance program?

The Community College Gap assistance program provides need-based tuition assistance for approved short-term credit and non-credit training programs that are in high-need fields. Gap assistance may be right for you if you are un- or under employed or are looking to up-skill to achieve career advancement.

Since non-credit programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, Gap assistance is designed to bridge the funding gap for individuals that meet program and income guidelines. The Gap eligible credit programs are at or below 23.5 credit hours and are ineligible for federal financial aid.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Gap assistance program you must:

  1. Be a Nebraska resident for at least 6 months.
  2. Be a US Citizen or legal resident.
  3. Have a family income at or below 250% of the federal income poverty guidelines.
  4. Have the ability to obtain and maintain full-time employment.
  5. Have the ability to be accepted into and complete the desired program of study.
2021 Gap Income Guidelines
Household/Family Size Approx. Hourly Wage Monthly Earning Annual Earning
1 $15.33 $2,683 $32,200
2 $20.72 $3,629 $43,550
3 $26.10 $4,575 $54,900
4 $31.49 $5,520 $66,250
5 $36.87 $6,466 $77,600
6 $42.25 $7,412 $88,950
7 $47.64 $8,358 $100,300
8 $53.02 $9,304 $111,650
9 $58.41 $10,250 $123,000
10 $63.79 $11,196 $134,350

*Based on 40 hrs./wk., 52 weeks, total combined wage

What programs are approved for Gap funds?

Non-Credit Programs

Business Management & Insurance
  • This program is designed for students wanting to enter employment as an entry-level project manager or project based professional. The program is aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and infuses foundations of leadership and agile/lean methodology. Project based professionals are in-demand occupation in several industries including but not limited to: information technology, construction, banking, finance, government, nonprofit, legal, healthcare, and many more.

  • Associate Project Manager + LSS Green Belt + CPP
  • Associate Project Manager + LSS Yellow Belt + CPP
  • Associate Project Manager + Workplace Communications
  • The Digital Marketing Program is a 9-month certificate program that consists of 6 core modules that provide practical experience and information on skills necessary to succeed in the digital marketing industry. Developed by Facebook, this program targets the essential skills that businesses look for when hiring and promoting digital marketers. The program is completely online. This means that participants can learn whenever they want and wherever they are. For this program, online does not mean alone. An industry practitioner, someone with several years of experience in the digital marking field, will lead the course, facilitate discussions, answer questions, grade assignments, and provide guidance and feedback. There are no pre-requisites for the program. Participants do not need prior experience and knowledge in digital marketing to start the program.

  • This program satisfies pre-licensing standards for Nebraska Property & Casualty and Nebraska Health & Life Insurance Producer Licenses. Successful participants obtain Nebraska Insurance producer licenses qualifying them for positions such as Insurance Agent, Insurance Producer, Account Managers and Customer Services Representatives. Once the program is completed, participants will have the opportunity to interview with local hiring employers with earning potential of $35,000 – $60,000+ full-time plus benefits in your first year. Ideal candidates have strong communication skills and a desire to help people.

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt CPP

    This is a part-time professional learning program in which participants will work through online modules and in-person classroom sessions to learn core methodologies of Lean Six Sigma processes using statistical methods and Microsoft Excel to solve a real work project. The courses emphasize interactive simulations, small group interaction and comprehensive real-world projects. Upon completion students will earn and Lean Six Sigma White Belt, Yellow Belt and Green Belt. Any job function can benefit from Lean Six Sigma, however below is a short list of job functions who commonly benefit from a LSS credential are positions in customer service, manufacturing, accounting, operations, business analyst, process improvement and many others.

  • Project Manager Professional + LSS Green Belt + CPP
Healthcare
  • The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow due to availability of new drugs, national shortage, aging population, and establishment of certified technicians. This 160-hour program prepares participants to work in pharmacies as pharmacy technicians under the direction of a pharmacist. MCC’s program enables technicians to work more efficiently with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. MCC’s Pharmacy Technician program is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program authorized to deliver training for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential. The CPhT certification is recognized in all 50 US states. Nebraska, Iowa and most other US states and territories require a PTCB or similar certification to work as Pharmacy Technician.

Information Technology
  • This program is designed to give participants with background in computer programming the skills necessary to design and develop 3D and virtual reality (VR) applications and games. Participants will learn the basics of 2D, 3D, mobile and VR development and integration, then advance into intermediate topics of using the Unity engine to program and design professional applications. Participants can earn up to three Unity certifications including Unity Certified Programmer and Unity Certified 3D Artist. Upon completion, participants can obtain employment in entry-level computer programming positions with titles such as 3D Programmer, 3D Developer, 3D Engineer, Virtual Reality Developer, Game Artist and Gaming Software Engineer.

  • The MCC Code School is a nine-month, hands-on program where students will learn computer coding skills while working in teams using Agile methodology, a proven, employer-desired structure for web development. The 20-hour part time program will immerse students into a curriculum designed to model a real-life career in web development. Students who complete the Code School will have competencies in the succeed as entry-level full stack-web application developers. Students will go throguh an immersive hands on program to build a foundation of both hard, technical skills and soft, communication, teamwork and leadership skills to ready them for the workforce upon graduation.

  • + CPP

    The MCC Code School is a nine-month, hands-on program where students will learn computer coding skills while working in teams using Agile methodology, a proven, employer-desired structure for web development. The 20-hour part time program will immerse students into a curriculum designed to model a real-life career in web development. Students who complete the Code School will have competencies in the succeed as entry-level full stack-web application developers. Students will go throguh an immersive hands on program to build a foundation of both hard, technical skills and soft, communication, teamwork and leadership skills to ready them for the workforce upon graduation. This program is paired with our Career Placement Program which provides students with job readiness training that enabling them to gain skills related to their industry.

  • MCC Fiber Optics program is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the largest professional society of fiber optics in the world and a global leader in fiber optics credentialing. Each MCC Fiber Optics training class prepares students to take the associated FOA certification exam. Certification exams will be administered at the end of each class. These classes have substantial hands-on activities and are considered about 85% hands-on. The FOA certification exams is given and graded at the end of the class.

  • IT Operations Specialist

    This program is for students wanting to enter employment as an entry-level IT professional. Student will gain foundational knowledge in cybersecurity, networking, hardware and software, plus obtain interpersonal training on problem solving, work ethics and communication. Upon completion, students can expect opportunities for entry-level (tier 1) positions in: Networking - Network Operator, Network Specialist, Network Engineer, and Network Administrator, IT Hardware, Services and Infrastructure - Operation Systems Analyst, Operation Systems Administrator, Hardware Engineer, Systems Engineer

Trade Programs
  • Participants will be able to perform: Oil and filter changes, wiper blades replacements, fluid level top offs, air filter replacements, battery test and replacements, tire rotation w/brake inspections, tire repair and replacements, replace exterior bulbs, multi-point checkups, transmission fluid services, differential fluid services, cabin filter replacements, alignment checks and other light mechanical work. Upon successful completion of the Automotive Express Lane Technician Certificate program, students will be able to obtain employment at dealerships and independent shops, performing express lane automotive services.

  • Carpet Floor Installer

    This program is designed to give students entry level knowledge into carpet installation. Students that complete this program will have knowledge and hands-on-training in the preparation and installation of carpet. There is a huge demand for skilled workers in this area. Upon successful completion students will be prepared and certified for entry-level positions, such as: Carpet Layers, Commercial Flooring Installer, and Carpet Installation Helpers.

  • Certified Site Supervisor
  • Commercial Custodian Certificate

    Commercial custodial staff are employed in about every business and industry. This Commercial custodian Certificate Program highlights comprehensive safety and security aspects of the mail commercial cleaning tools, chemicals and equipment. Upon successful program completion, students will earn a 10-hour OSHA Safety Card, Customer Service Certificate and unmatched custodial training & experience tailored to different types of businesses. Participants will walk away with knowledge and skill to fulfill their career goals in the Custodial industry.

  • Facilities Maintenance + CPP

    This training program provides the skills needed to perform a variety of duties in one or more of the building trades, such as minor electrical, plumbing, or other recognized crafts for the purpose to maintain, repair or remodel buildings and facilities. Minor HVAC and other mechanical systems are included. Upon successful completion of this program, students are prepared for employment in entry-level positions such as Building Maintenance Technician, Apartment Facilities Technician, Property Maintenance Technician, and Maintenance Technicians.

  • Hard Surface Floor Installer

    This program is designed to give students entry level knowledge into the different types of Hard Surface Floors and Installation. Students that complete this program will have knowledge and hands-on training in the preparation and installation of the different types of hard surface floors. There is a huge demand for skilled workers in these areas. Upon successful completion student will be prepared and certified for entry-level positions, such as: Hardwood, Vinyl, and Ceramic flooring.

  • Manufacturing & Production Career Placement Program

    This program is designed for students wanting to enter employment as an entry-level manufacturing or production professional. Student will gain foundational knowledge in safety, lean and measurement, plus training on work ethics and communication. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to enter.

  • Professional Floor Installation Technician

    This program is designed to give students entry-level knowledge of carpet installation and of the different types of hard surface floors and installation techniques. Students will gain hands-on training that will prepare them for positions such as hard-wood, vinyl and ceramic floor installers, carpet layers, and commercial flooring installers.

  • Sheet Metal Program

    This program focuses on engaging students who are interested in the sheet meal trade by having them build parts of a real aircraft. Students will learn the basics in sheet metal to include: riveting, bending, shaping, blueprint reading, LEAN practices and quality assurance. In this five-week, 100-hour program, students also will work with Career Skill Coaches on improving their employability soft-skills. Students will leave this course with desirable workforce skills in the Omaha area and would have met with representatives from the local sheet metal union. Pre-apprentice employment beginning wage starts at $12.00/hr. and Apprentice wage starts at $16.43/hr.

Credit Programs

Healthcare
  • Medical Services Representative + CPP

    This program provides the basic medical knowledge needed for an entry-level position in a medical office setting. Courses include Medical Terminology I & II, Introduction to Medical Law & Ethics, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and a Lab Experience.

Information Technology
  • Cisco Certified Network Technician

    This program provides students with the knowledge and a skillset desired by many businesses to build, maintain, and secure their computer networks. Using actual networking equipment and realistic scenarios, students learn the hands-on skills needed to design, configure, harden, and sustain wired and wireless networks as well as the concepts covered in the Cisco CCNA certification exams.

  • Customer Service Representative

    This career certificate prepares students to work as customer service representatives for businesses in a variety of industries. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills; students also learn word processing and email technology skills to obtain the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) 2019 Word Associate and Expert certifications and 2019 Outlook Associate certification. This career certificate is a pathway to a General Studies or Office Technology degree.

  • IT Desktop Support Technician

    Students will gain the skills required to provide desktop support covering a multitude of technologies including basic networking skills, hardware and software support, call center support, among other basic information technology tasks.

  • Office Administration Professional Program

    Prepares students for a career in a variety of office and administrative support professions. The Office Administrative program provides students with a broad knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, business office knowledge, and communication and interpersonal skills. These skills provide the foundation needed to succeed in today's rapidly changing business world.

Trade Programs
  • Class A CDL Driver Training + CPP
  • Class A CDL w/E Restrictions + CPP

What does Gap cover?

You may be eligible for partial or total assistance for tuition, books, fees and equipment.

What are the requirements for participation?

By applying for and accepting Gap funding you are agreeing to:

  1. Maintain regular contact with instructors, career coaches and program staff.
  2. Sign any necessary releases to provide relevant information to college staff, if applicable.
  3. Discuss with college staff any issues that may affect your ability to complete the program and obtain or maintain full-time employment.
  4. Attend all courses regularly, if you will be absent communicate with college staff and make arraignments to complete work outside of class time.
  5. Meet with college staff to develop a job-search plan.
  6. Complete surveying when requested by college staff.

How do I apply?

  1. Schedule to take and complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment. To find more information about the NCRC, click here.
  2. Research and select your desired program.
  3. Complete your Gap application and send it to gap@mccneb.edu
  4. Collect your verification documents that will need to be provided during your interview:
    1. State issued photo ID or Driver’s License
    2. Most recent paycheck stubs for self and spouse, if applicable
    3. Verification of other sources of income
    4. Most recent years tax return
    5. Green card, if applicable
    6. Resume, if available

Frequently Asked Questions

I am enrolled in a credit program at MCC and receive financial aid, can I also be eligible for Gap funding to enroll in a Gap program?

In order to be eligible for Gap funding, an applicant cannot have any other source of funding available, public or private.

I am a DACA individual, am I eligible for Gap funding?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible for the Gap program as deferred action does not provide lawful status which is a requirement for public benefits.

Can I use Gap assistance for a program that is not on the eligible program list?

Gap assistance funds can only be utilized for approved programs that are on the eligible program list.

I am 16 years old, am I eligible for Gap funding?

To be eligible for Gap funding you must be able to be employed full-time upon completion of the program.

I do not have my high school diploma or GED yet, am I eligible for Gap funding?

To be eligible for Gap funding you do need to have a high school diploma or GED, if you are interested in learning more about Metropolitan Community Colleges Adult Education programs you can visit this .

Contact Us

For more information on eligibility for assistance or to pre-qualify for funding, please contact the GAP manager.

gap@mccneb.edu 531-MCC-2110