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Metroplitan Community College - 180 Re-Entry Assistance Program

Re-Entry

Metropolitan Community College’s 180 Re-entry Assistance Program (180 RAP) serves the currently incarcerated and released populations. 180 RAP provides services and support to incarcerated individuals and those transitioning from correctional facilities and treatment centers so they can make a successful transition and achieve their education and employment goals.

The Re-entry Center is based out of MCC's main campus - Fort Omaha Campus - north end of campus in building #8.

Three people pose in front of the sign for Building 8 on Fort Omaha Campus, home of 180 Re-entry Assistance Program

We are here to help!

The 180 RAP mainline is 531-622-7368 or 531-MCC-RENT.

Re-entry Center hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:  8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday:  8:00 am - 12:00 pm

180 RAP services and supports include:

  • Skills and interest assessments
  • Career and educational goal setting
  • Work readiness and life skills training (credit and noncredit classes)
  • Registration assistance, financial aid and scholarship application support
  • Continuous coaching, tutoring and mentoring
  • Employment support: resume creation, job referrals, ongoing support
  • Transition support for individuals leaving jail, prison, treatment facilities
  • Wraparound support referrals to MCC resources and community partners
  • Access to the Re-entry Pantry: food, hygiene, clothing, SNAP application assistance, birth certificate acquisition, etc.

CREDIT COURSES INSIDE STATE FACILITIES

Incarcerated men listen attentively to their instructor

Credit classes are offered onsite at Omaha Correctional Center, Reception & Treatment Center, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility, and Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. Eligible work release residents may register for online or campus classes.

Credit classes are bundled into fast-track options for career training:

  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Trades
  • Information technology
  • College and career preparation

These career pathways lead to stack-able credentials and include courses such as:

  • INFO 1003 - Problem Solving and Programming Logic
  • EXPL 1000 - Exploratory Studies
  • PROT 1000 - Introduction to Process and Power Operations
  • WELD 1000 - Print Reading for Welding

Noncredit Courses
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Noncredit classes are offered inside correctional facilities and on campus to help the incarcerated and re-entry populations gain employ-ability and job seeking skills which empower these populations to successfully transition. Noncredit workshop topics and offerings include but are not limited to:

  • CDL Preparation
  • Forklift Training
  • OSHA Training: Construction and General Industry
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Digital Literacy
  • Reintegration Planning
  • Mastering Soft Skills: Relationship Building, Time Management, Decision Making and Goal Setting

RE-ENTRY JOB CENTER

Two mean reviewing paperwork at the Re-Entry Job Center

 

180 RAP staff is uniquely equipped to assist the re-entry population with obtaining employment upon release from jail or prison. 180 RAP assists with resume creation or updates, interview preparation and direct employment referrals. To schedule an appointment with the 180 RAP Job Center staff, individuals must first attend Orientation.

If you are an employer interested in scheduling a tour or would like to learn more about Metropolitan Community College’s Re-entry Center and 180 RAP, please contact Carolyn Laible or Diane Good-Collins. If you would like to forego the tour and receive potential employment referrals from 180 RAP, complete the online Employment Referral Information Form or if for reason you cannot fill out the online form, please complete the form and scan to reentry@mccneb.edu

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS
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180 RAP offers two peer support groups at the MCC Re-entry Center:

  • Long Term Relief meets on Wednesday at 5:30 pm is open to anyone incarcerated 10+ years and/or served multiple sentences
  • Doin' Life (Not Time) meets on Saturday at 8:30 am and is open to anyone ever incarcerated

If you meet either criteria, please join us as we help each other move forward.

IT Technician Academy at Omaha Correctional Center
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MCC received the Google Impact Challenge Nebraska grant to expand training opportunities and access to the IT career pathway by offering the IT Technician Academy at Omaha Correctional Center. The IT Technician Academy provides students with a broad and general overview of information technology. Courses within the IT Technician Academy align to Amazon Web Services and Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.
 

Living In Freedom Everyday (LIFE) Project

MCC received the CAREERRS Grant from the Bureau of Justice Administration to provide comprehensive case management, collaboration and transition support to a pilot group of individuals planning to release to the Omaha area.
The LIFE Project team - Marjori VoorVart, Daniel Halstead and David Eblin - is working with Vera Institute of Justice, Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services, various employers and community housing providers and other partners to support this work.
 

Next Steps - How Do I Get Involved?

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in 180 RAP, the next step is to attend Orientation. Orientations take approximately 20 minutes to gather demographic information, assess immediate needs and schedule necessary follow-up appointments. Orientations are available during normal Re-entry Center hours. We look forward to working with you.
 

180 RAP - a full turn in the right direction!

180 RAP Team

Doug Linares, Peer Mentor
Latasha Thessen, Employment Peer Mentor
Christina Vollman, Office Assistant
Carolyn Laible, Resource & Employment Specialist
Glenn Flenorl, Resource & Data Specialist
Jeff Hendred, Resource Associate
Brooke Spenceri, Coach
Pamela Florang, Supervisor
Sharri Wirth, Program Coordinator
Diane Good-Collins, Director

180 RAP email: reentry@mccneb.edu

180 RAP telephone: 531-622-7368 or 531-MCC-RENT

Mailing address:
Metropolitan Community College
Re-entry Center, FOC, #8
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103-0777