METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE OMAHA, NEBRASKA

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METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE OMAHA, NEBRASKA

HISTORY

The present Nebraska community college system came into being in 1971 when the Nebraska Legislature created eight “technical community college areas” across the state. One of these new areas was called the Eastern Nebraska Technical Community College Area, which encompassed Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. An area vocational technical school operated by the Omaha Board of Education already served part of this area.

Metro was created in 1974 when the Legislature consolidated the original eight technical community college areas into six. That year, the programs, personnel, assets and liabilities of the former Omaha Nebraska Technical Community College Area merged with the Eastern Nebraska Technical Community College Area under a new name stipulated by amended legislative statutes: “the Metropolitan Technical Community College Area.” In 1992, the Legislature voted to change the name to “Metropolitan Community College Area.”

With a 2002-2003 credit enrollment of 26,653 students, Metropolitan Community College has been one of the fastest growing postsecondary institutions in Nebraska. This enrollment compares with 2,430 credit students in 1974-75, the College’s first year.

PROFILE

Metropolitan Community College is a comprehensive, full-service public community college supported by the taxpayers of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Its purpose is to provide high quality educational programs and services, primarily in career preparation and general education, to people of all ages and educational backgrounds.

Reflective of the name, “Community College,” Metro’s primary goal is to serve the community. The community served is unique, a melding pot of rural and urban values, a place where old meets new. Metro values the diversity that surrounds it. Faculty, staff, and students reflect this diversity as well, bringing varied life experiences from around the globe to benefit and strengthen both the college and the community. At the same time, the college remains responsive and responsible to the community, offering flexible programs and services to meet the community’s needs. To do so, courses are offered at a variety of times and locations throughout the service area. Metro’s facilities include modern, technologically advanced classrooms and laboratories found in settings that range from the historic Fort Omaha Campus to the recently completed Sarpy Center.

Metro offers more than 125 one-year and two-year career programs in business administration, computer and office technologies, food arts, industrial and construction technologies, nursing and allied health, social sciences and services, and visual and electronic technologies, as well as an academic transfer program. General support courses, classes for business and industry and continuing education courses also are important parts of the College’s service to the community

GENERAL EDUCATIONAL RATIONALE

Metropolitan Community College provides high-quality educational programs and services to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. Beyond the instruction necessary for specific career skills, Metro is dedicated to educating the whole person, broadening avenues for

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employment and enriching general life perspectives. The student is presented with opportunities to become more effective, discerning, flexible, perceptive, and understanding in both professional and personal endeavors. The general education component for each program of study must reflect the diversity and challenge that is present and ever-changing outside the classroom. Vital to the preparation for life-long learning skills is the development of competencies in computer literacy, cultural awareness, critical reasoning, human relations, oral and written communication, computation skills, social sciences, humanities, physical and natural science, and library information literacy. It is in this spirit that the College promotes the importance of general education.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Metropolitan Community College offers a wide range of programs of study leading to the

Associate in Applied Science degree, Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science in Nursing and Certificate of Achievement.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)—The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to a student completing the requirements of one of the career programs with a minimum of 96 quarter hours. An Associate In Applied Science degree prepares the graduate for entry-level positions and is accepted by several four-year institutions under A to B

agreements.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)—The Associate in Arts degree is awarded to a student completing the requirements of the Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer or Time Option program. This degree parallels the work done in the first two years of a four-year institution.

Associate in Science Degree (AS)—The Associate in Science degree is an academic transfer degree awarded to a student completing the courses required for the degree. This degree is generally transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate program or in meeting the minimum requirements for entrance into a designated professional program of study.

Associate in Science in Nursing Degree (ASN)—TThe Associate in Science in Nursing degree is awarded to a student completing the program requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program with a minimum of 108 credit hours. The graduate awarded this degree is eligible to write the NCLEX Exam for licensure as a registered nurse. Many of the required courses transfer to four-year institutions.

Certificate of Achievement—The Certificate of Achievement is awarded to a student upon successful completion of the requirements of one of the career programs with a minimum of 48 quarter hours.

Degree/Certificate Option—The degree/certificate option is a specialization within a program of study. A diploma is awarded for the degree/certificate, not the option.

Occupational Specialist Diploma—Occupational Specialist Diploma modules represent a structured sequence of courses that may be completed in a relatively short period of time. In some cases, the entire module may be completed in a single term of study; in other cases, two or three terms may be needed because of course prerequisites or other factors

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CUSTOMIZED LEARNING PROGRAMS Occupational Specialist Diploma Options

Designed for the currently employed person seeking job-relevant career development, Occupational Specialist Diploma modules represent a structured sequence of courses that may be completed in a relatively short time. In some cases, the entire module may be completed in a single term of study; other cases need two or three terms for completion due to course prerequisites or other factors.

General education courses in English, mathematics and social sciences are not included. However, candidates for the Occupational Specialist diploma must demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills necessary for beginning college-level work. This may be accomplished either through appropriate course work or by assessment evaluation/testing, but is not required for initial registration.

At least two-thirds of the credits leading to the diploma must be completed at Metropolitan Community College, and no course with a grade lower than “C” is accepted. The student receives a diploma designating his/her specialization area which lists each course completed. Student Services offices have further details on all Occupational Specialist diplomas.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program sponsored jointly by the Nebraska State Department of Education and Metropolitan Community College. This program is for the adult 19 years of age or older with less than a ninth-grade level of attainment; however, a person between the ages of 16 and 19 who is not enrolled in a regular high school program may enroll with special permission from the Nebraska State Department of Education. The student is offered the opportunity to develop basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Upon completion of this course of study, the student is ready to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) examination. Classes are free.

AIM for Success

AIM (Academic Improvement) for Success is a learning community program for the student who needs to develop his/her reading, writing, math and learning strategies before beginning a regular program of college study. AIM is offered in a block schedule and requires the student to enroll in a block of courses during the one-quarter program. AIM for Success is offered at each of the College’s three main campuses. In the AIM for Success learning community, faculty and counselors work closely with the student to provide academic and counseling support. Special features include diagnostic testing, interdisciplinary approaches to basic skills instruction, integrated counseling and tutorial services, career exploration and extra-curricular activities. The program benefits the student who has academic potential but may need additional support and guidance to develop the basic academic skills required at the college level. For more information about the AIM program, or to register, the student should call any of the Student Services offices.

Alternative Learning Solutions (ALS)

Through Metro’s Alternative Learning Solutions, learning can take place at times and locations that are convenient to students busy work and personal schedules. Students can learn in their home, office or at community sites. This is possible by distributing learning through a variety of methods, including Online Courses, Telecourses, and Interactive Television/DED. Courses are

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offered using these delivery methods. Online Courses and Telecourses are offered on a 14 week basis and Interactive Television/DED courses are offered on a 11 week basis.

Online Courses—Online Courses provide students the opportunity to complete coursework via a computer. Classes are structured so there is interaction with the instructors as well as with other students. Students must have access to the Internet and should have a basic understanding of the computer. For example, familiarity with a word processing program, ability to upload and download, sending e-mail with attached files, saving, opening, and placing files inside folders. Approximately 58 courses are offered online.

Telecourses—Metro’s telecourses provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses in their homes or other locations, at times convenient to them. Students complete telecourses by viewing pre-produced lessons on videotape, reading texts, completing assignments and communicating with instructors via phone, campus visits, U.S. mail or e-mail. Students will receive information from the instructor at orientation. Approximately 50 courses are offered via videotape each ALS/14 week term.

At Home/Live TV Classes—Students can enroll in and participate in regular Metro classes from home. Students can watch from their television set at home, the instructor will be “live” from a Metro classroom and students can talk to the instructor or others in the class by calling in on their home phones. Instructors mail a course syllabus and directions to students before their classes begin. Students who live in the Greater Omaha area and who subscribe to a cable provider and receive The Knowledge Network can take these classes. Classes offered vary per quarter.

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)

Metro’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program offers both credit and non-credit learning options for the student who needs to develop his/her English language proficiency. Both credit and non-credit classes are offered to provide a sequenced program of instruction. This enables the student to begin his/her study of the English language at basic literacy levels and progress through ESL courses at intermediate and advanced levels. The student who enters the ESL program is required to complete assessment testing to determine appropriate placement into the sequence of courses. To register for assessment testing, the individual should telephone the South Omaha Campus Student Services Office. Additional information concerning non-credit ESL instruction can be obtained through the Adult Basic Education Office at (402) 457-2312; information about credit ESL courses can be obtained from the South Omaha Campus Student Services office at (402) 738-4505, or the office of the Dean of Communication and Industrial Technology at (402) 738-4011.

General Education Development (GED)

General Education Development (GED) is a high school completion program jointly sponsored by the Nebraska State Department of Education and Metropolitan Community College for the adult 19 years of age or older. However, a person who is at least 16 years of age and not in a regular high school program may enroll with special permission. This program consists of GED preparation classes and GED testing. Classes are free. These classes prepare the adult for the GED examination, which is a nationally standardized test of high school equivalency for adults. There is an application fee for the high school diploma and a testing fee; the high school diploma is issued by the Nebraska Department of Education upon successful completion of the examination. Metropolitan Community College is authorized by the Nebraska State Department of Education as a testing center.

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Independent Study

Independent study allows a student to pursue, for credit, subject areas of interest outside of the existing College course structure. In certain instances, independent study may be used to complete the requirements for regularly offered courses.

The student wishing to take an independent study course must have the course approved by the faculty member and appropriate Dean. The interested student should begin this process by contacting a faculty member teaching in the area of study.

Internship/Co-op Work Experience

Metro’s Internship/Cooperative Education program places the student in a working and learning environment for on-the-job training in his/her particular field of study before graduation. The student is placed with business, industry and social services agencies. An internship or co-op may be applied to many programs of study. Variable credit is granted for successful completion of training periods, with a maximum of six (6) credit hours applied toward the graduation requirements of some programs.

Nebraska Corrections Education Connection

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services contracts with Metropolitan Community College to provide education programs to the incarcerated population housed in state correctional facilities. These programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), life and transition skills, pre-release classes, vocational skills classes and College credit courses.

Passport Program

The Passport Program is a learning community for students interested in starting at Metro then transferring to a four year institution. The Program is offered in a block schedule and requires students to complete a pre-determined series of courses for 3 quarters totaling 40.5 transferable quarter hours (27 semester hours). Students participate in specially designed tours of 4 year institutions, interact with guest speakers, and take part in off-campus learning experiences. In addition, the program of courses includes a theme, unique to each campus that will be integrated into all courses and serves as an impetus for study and discussion across the curriculum. The Passport Program will be offered at Fort Omaha Campus, South Omaha Campus, and Elkhorn Valley Campus.

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program

The Reserve Officers Training Core (ROTC) program at Metro is a joint venture between the Army ROTC program at Creighton University and the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The program provides leadership training for the student who has an interest in becoming an officer in these services. Through written agreements, a Metro student may take the first two years of ROTC courses. While these courses are offered at Creighton University or UNO, by enrolling in the equivalent courses at Metro, students only need to pay Metro tuition. The required courses appear in this catalog under ROT.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a course of study that prepares the high school graduate to continue their postsecondary education in technically oriented careers and enhances school-to-career transition. It is a partnership effort between secondary and post-secondary institutions that promotes "seamless educational pathways" through career pathways and articulation agreements. Career pathways provide a coherent sequence of courses that blend secondary education with two-year associate degree programs at Metropolitan Community College, which

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may furthermore provide articulation with four-year institutions. Secondary program areas include agriculture, business, family/consumer science, industrial technology, marketing and trades/industry. The career pathway serves as a "guidance tool" for counselors by presenting a four-year plan of study, two of which are spent at the secondary level and two at the post-secondary level.

Weekend College

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and weekend offerings include:

• college credit courses leading to a certificate or associate degree;

• credit and non-credit courses to make a person a more effective employee and to facilitate job advancement; and

• special credit and non-credit courses to meet the particular needs of industrial, business, professional and civic groups.

A student may enroll in a single course or a combination of courses to meet a special need or interest. S/he can improve or acquire special skills by enrolling in technical and occupational courses. A course taken in the evening and/or on the weekend carries the same credit as a course taken in the regular day program, unless it is a non-credit course offering.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is the fastest growing segment in America’s educational system today. The need to continue one’s education is brought into sharp focus when community concerns, leisure time, updating work skills and eliminating barriers to unemployment and under employment are considered.

Apprenticeship—Metro’s Division of Continuing Education offers a four-year apprenticeship training program in electrical and plumbing trades. The program is offered at the Industrial Training Center located at the South Omaha Campus. The curriculum is approved by the electrical and plumbing boards of the City of Omaha. Each year includes 150 hours of instruction in the classroom and lab. All instruction is during the evening.

Community Services—The Community Services department offers non-credit technology, enrichment, recreational and career-oriented courses at College campuses and centers, cooperating schools, community centers, businesses and other local facilities. These classes and seminars are offered quarterly.

Health Education and Training—The College specializes in training for several health care occupations. Training may be conducted either on- or off-campus, using existing courses or through developing special training programs. Health programs are currently offered to firefighters, emergency rescue squad members, ambulance attendants, nurses and other persons involved in medical services. The College also provides special programs for nursing home staff members (CSM) and licensed practical nurses (LPN). Short-term programs in continuing education are available for registered nurses, emergency medical technicians and other health service audiences.

Workforce Development Institute™

WDI provides programs and services to help individuals and organizations address the transforming workplace:

ACT Center—WDI is an ACT Center serving the community, individuals, businesses and organizations by offering state-of-the-art testing and training services to facilitate lifelong

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learning. The services include standardized testing in 1,085 courses. The testing services are provided in WDI’s Prometric Testing Center.

Computer-Based Instruction—Information technology training courses represent the industry standards from Microsoft, Netscape, Oracle, Novell and others.

Authorized Prometric™ Testing Center—As part of the nationwide Prometric™ network of testing centers, computer-based testing services are provided on behalf of many certifying organizations, major corporations and government agencies.

Customized On-Site Training, Retraining and Professional Development—WDI’s focus is to deliver high quality, cost effective educational opportunities that promote the growth and success of the business community.

Command Spanish® Licensed Official Registered Provider—The Command Spanish® Language Center offers innovative courses in occupational Spanish and cross-cultural training for many professions, including law enforcement, business and industry, education, medicine, social services and government agencies. At WDI, workforce development is the core mission. WDI engages in enterprising partnerships with business and other organizations to leverage resources and provide quality education and training.

CREDIT AWARDED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO ATTENDING FORMAL CLASSES MCC may grant academic credit for the following:

• Successful completion of national standardized tests; • Demonstration of MCC course proficiency;

• Credit for knowledge acquired through work experience; and/or • Credit for military service.

Credit is granted only for the course(s) which fulfills requirements in the chosen program of study. Credit granted may not apply toward fulfillment of Metro’s residency requirement for graduation. Credit awarded does not transfer to another college or university.

Standardized Tests—Successful completion of the following standardized tests may result in credit toward degree requirements. Credit granted will not apply toward fulfillment of Metro’s residency requirement for graduation.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Metro may award college credit in fulfillment of program requirements. The student is encouraged to take subject exams. A student must have the official transcript sent directly to Central Records, PO Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777. Information concerning minimum passing scores and course equivalents is available at Central Records 457-2353.

Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES). Metro may award specific course credit for subject examinations in fulfillment of program requirements. The student must have an official transcript mailed to Metropolitan Community College, Central Records, PO Box 3777, Omaha, NE 68103-0777.

Advanced Placement through Tech Prep Articulation—Tech Prep is a partnership effort between secondary and post-secondary institutions designed to prepare high school graduates to continue their postsecondary education in technically oriented careers and to enhance school-to-career transition. When course curriculum at the high school level matches college

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course curriculum, an articulation agreement is signed, which allows for the advanced placement into higher-level college courses. A student may be able to receive advanced placement through Tech Prep articulated courses if s/he meets the following requirements:

Advanced Placement and LPN Transition—Advanced placement and LPN transition credit are methods by which a student can obtain credit for previous courses and learning. The student desiring advanced placement within the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program at Metropolitan Community College is advised to contact the Student Services office of any campus for a brochure describing the process for admission and transfer. A Health Programs advisor is available through Student Services offices to guide an eligible student through the policies and procedures for advanced placement and LPN transition. The placement of the student depends on space in the ASN program.

Course Proficiency—A student wishing to demonstrate proficiency may challenge selected credit courses by taking a proficiency examination. The student must be in good standing, be currently enrolled at Metro, and cannot have completed the course previously with a grade. Credit granted will not apply toward fulfillment of Metro’s residency requirement for graduation.

Credit for Learning Acquired through Work Experience—Credit may be granted for learning acquired through work experience which parallels a student’s program at the College. The credit granted may be substituted for program requirements or elective credits and is generally not granted for courses in which a course proficiency test is available. The student should contact the Campus Student Services Director for information. This credit does not apply toward fulfillment of Metro’s residency requirement for graduation.

Credit for Military Training—An individual who has completed basic training may receive a maximum six quarter hours of elective credit in selected programs. These are counted as electives and do not fulfill general education or major course requirements. Credit granted for military training is not applicable toward fulfillment of Metro’s residency requirement for graduation.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

Metro has worked closely with many four-year institutions to develop program-to-program agreements that assure smooth transfer. These agreements, called articulation agreements, let you move from Metro to a four-year institution without loss of credit or duplication of courses. There are four types of articulation agreements:

Associate to Bachelor’s (A to B) Agreements

Associate to Bachelor’s Agreements are a great way for students to transfer from the Community College to a four-year institution. These agreements provide for completion of an associate degree in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Most, if not all, of the credits in the associate degree transfer to the four-year institution, often with the transfer student being awarded junior class standing. In order to take advantage of these agreements, students must complete the entire A to B curriculum and graduate from the community college.

Department/College Based General Education Transfer Guides

The General Education Transfer Guides list all the Metropolitan Community College courses that satisfy a four-year school’s general education requirements. Some institutions have an institution-wide general education requirements. Other institutions’ general education requirements vary depending upon the department or major. Completing all the general

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education courses that transfer to a specific department or college does not mean the student will graduate from Metro with an associate degree. Students can however complete nearly one-half of a bachelors degree at Metro and successfully transfer those classes toward a four-year degree.

Program Based Transfer Guides

Many health programs have courses required for admission. Program Based Transfer Guides list the courses that will satisfy admission requirements.

Course by Course Transfer Guide

Course by Course Transfer Guides list Metro courses that transfer to four-year institutions, by identifying Metro courses that have an equivalent course at the four-year institution. The guides are very useful if students desire to take a specific course at Metro for transfer to a four-year institution.

STUDENT SERVICES

Academic Advisement—Counselors and academic advisors are generally the first point of contact for a new student. They provide valuable information about Metro’s programs and services, College policies and procedures and assist students with choosing and scheduling classes. They work collaboratively with program faculty members to help the student stay on track and achieve his/her career and educational goals.

Academic Intervention Program—The Academic Intervention Program is new at Metro Community College and is designed to assist students taking developmental classes. Partnerships are formed between developmental coursework faculty and Academic Counselors. Academic Counselors are located at each campus and assist students with many different needs, including supportive academic advising, career counseling, study skills information, and resource information. Academic Counselors provide intervention and crisis referrals for students to community agencies and other Metro offices. The Academic Counselor can help decide which services are needed to help students succeed

Assessment Services—A basic skills assessment program is available on each campus. The student participates in basic skills assessment in reading, English, science and mathematics. Math Centers provide assistance and preparation for math placement tests.

Career Network Centers—A wide range of career, employment and support services are available at the College’s Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses through the Career Network Centers and Student Services. The centers provide assistance to people in making career decisions, obtaining employment and upgrading skills to retain employment through friendly, individually tailored services.

The Career Network Centers provide no-cost service to Metro students and to any person in the community seeking career services. Services offered include career planning, assessment tools that help match interests and skills with specific occupations, career exploration through internet access, resume tools and resources, job search resources and career counseling. Additionally, the centers have established partnerships with several agencies and organizations.

Learning Centers—Metro’s Learning Centers provide resources, technologies and services to support the learning needs of students across all areas of the College’s curriculum. They are

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open to all students enrolled in the College in either credit or non-credit classes. The Learning Centers are located at each of the College’s three main campuses. Services are provided free of charge to the student and include:

• use of microcomputers for word processing and Internet research; • instruction in basic microcomputer skills;

• basic skills development; • computer-assisted learning;

• drop-in individual assistance with course work; • study skills information and assistance; and • access to scheduled tutoring.

Math Centers are located near the campus Learning Centers and are available to all students who are taking Metro math classes. Math Centers provide specialized drop-in math assistance, tutorial software and preparation for Math placement exams. Writing Centers provide specialized writing assistance by appointment. Learning Center staff can assist students to access Writing Center services.

Parent Homemaker Services—Located at the Fort Omaha Campus, Single-Parent/Homemaker provides a wide range of special support services, workshops and personal assistance to single parents, single pregnant women and displaced homemakers. Referral to other college offices and relevant outside community agencies is also available.

Special Support Services—Vocational Special Needs Counselors are available on each campus to serve the needs of a student with disabilities. These specially trained counselors are responsible for providing accommodations in the classroom for the student who, by merit of his/her disability, would have difficulty succeeding in his/her course work. Some of the services the Vocational Special Needs Counselors can provide include an interpreter for the student with a hearing loss, note takers, counseling, schedule building, route training and tutoring for the student with documented, specific learning disabilities.

Student Retention Services—Specialized Student Retention Services counselors are assigned to each campus to provide assistance and support to the student from a low-income, first generation, disabled or educationally disadvantaged background. Program objectives help the student address educational deficiencies and overcome barriers of higher education. The counselors provide career/academic/personal counseling, tutorial services, college transfer counseling, skills building experiences and cultural enrichment activities.

Tutoring—Tutoring is offered through the Learning Centers, Math Centers and Writing Centers by certified tutors. Students who experience academic difficulty may go to one of these centers and request help. Group tutoring times are available and are posted each quarter. Students must be enrolled in a credit course at Metro, for which assistance is requested.

Computer Laboratories—Each campus and center has a computer lab where the student has access to state-of-the-art equipment, including laser printers, microcomputers, AS/400 and other hardware platforms. Dedicated AS/400 and networking labs are located at the Fort Omaha Campus and Sarpy Center, respectively. Lab assistants are available to assist the student during all hours of operation. Computer lab hours have been expanded to include evening and weekend hours. Access is available to remote users for Linux and e-mail and procedures are available at the computer labs. Specialized labs include the Visual Technologies lab and AutoCAD labs which serve students on the Elkhorn Valley and Fort Omaha Campuses.

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Library—A library is located at each of Metro’s three main campuses and in the Sarpy Center. Each library contains materials in various formats and offers reference and informational services to patrons. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ask the library staff for assistance when using the campus libraries. Library use instruction is provided by each campus library to help familiarize patrons with the services and resources offered. Other resources include Internet access and borrowing agreements with other libraries. Metro’s library collection is also open to residents of the College’s four-county service area (Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties). Library patrons are encouraged to stop by a campus library to learn more about services, circulation policy and procedures.

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CAMPUSES

Elkhorn Valley Campus—Located at 204th Street and West Dodge Road, the Elkhorn Valley

Campus opened in 1980. Featured programs include Accounting, Air Conditioning, Architectural Drafting and Design, Art, Business Management, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Programming Technology, Electronic Imaging and Graphics, Graphic Communication Arts, Human Services, Interior Design Assistant, Microcomputer Office Technology, Legal Assistant, Photography, Printing and Publishing Technology and academic transfer programs.

Fort Omaha Campus—Minutes away from the North Freeway to the south and I-680 to the north is

the historic Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets. An instructional facility with 82,000 square feet of modern classroom, lab and student-dedicated space opened in 1984. In 1988, a foodservice facility opened in this building which offers dining services to staff and students and on-the-job training to Culinary Arts and Management students.

Among the programs available at this campus are Accounting, Art, Auto Body, Business Management, Computer Programming and Microcomputer Technology, Culinary Arts and Management, Drafting and Design for Manufacturing, Early Childhood Education, Horticulture, Human Services, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Microcomputer Office Technology, Sign Language Interpreter Program, Surgical Technology and academic transfer programs.

South Omaha Campus—Located northwest of 27th and Q Streets, the South Omaha Campus

opened in 1978 and currently consists of two facilities. The Eugene T. Mahoney Building houses credit programs, including Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Management, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Dental Assisting, Electronics, Legal Assistant, Microcomputer Office Technology, Respiratory Care Technology and academic transfer programs.

The Industrial Training Center (ITC) is located across a spacious parking lot from the Mahoney Building and offers specialized and customized training facilities. The ITC features more than 58,000 square feet of space for occupational training programs and special workshops. Business, industry and special groups are encouraged to use the ITC for programs and classes.

Fremont Center—Located at 2732 East 23rd Ave, North, in the Eastville Shopping Plaza on

Highway 30, the Fremont Center opened in 1986 to serve Dodge and Washington counties. Counseling, financial aid, advising, book purchasing and registration services are available.

Offutt Air Force Base—Metro offers a wide variety of classes at Offutt Air Force Base through the

Education Center. Located in Bellevue just off U.S. Highway 75, the Offutt AFB Center provides convenient access to military personnel and their dependents. Area citizens may contact the center to determine availability of on base classes. For more information, contact the Educational Services Specialist at Offutt AFB, 292-3330.

Sarpy Center—The Sarpy Center/La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, opened in the Fall of

1999. The Center is a collaborative effort between Metropolitan Community College and the City of La Vista. The Sarpy Center has 15 classrooms, 3 computer/electronic labs and conference rooms. A commons area links the center with the La Vista Public Library.

Community Centers and Schools—Metropolitan Community College cooperates with many public

and private schools to provide a wide range of adult and continuing education courses and programs for people residing in the four-county area. Day and evening programs are available for job enrichment, continuing education, general interest and many other goals.

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NON-DISCRIMINATION & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Metropolitan Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age or disability in admission or access to, or in treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The College complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 and all civil rights laws of the State of Nebraska and the City of Omaha. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment and admission is extended to all persons, and the College promotes equal opportunity through a positive and continuing affirmative action program.

DIVERSITY

Metropolitan Community College is a community of diverse people who value differences and commonalities, and demonstrates appreciation for differences while striving for a common focus through interactions with each other and with the larger community. The College recognizes a responsibility to promote, encourage and foster diversity by offering forums for open discussion of varying viewpoints.

Faculty and staff are committed to creating a curriculum and a learning environment which empowers the student to become a contributing member of an increasingly multicultural and diverse society. The College educates students, employees and the community about differences and commonalities that exist among people in order to diminish fear and increase understanding. The College provides workshops, seminars, publications and projects that foster the understanding and benefits of diversity and enhance shared values. Staff are encouraged to nurture the sensitivity and mutual respect that is fundamental to valuing diversity. Through a supportive intellectual and social climate, MCC promotes freedom of thought, speech, innovation and creativity.

FOUNDATION/ALUMNI CONNECTIONS

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation was established in 1977 as a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501 (c ) 3 corporation. The focus is to provide financial support for students, faculty, staff, programs and facilities. The mission is : Providing resources, supporting education at Metropolitan Community College. This mission is promoted and put into practice by an outstanding volunteer Board of Directors and College Staff.

The foundation offers creative options for donors. Areas of need at the college include Student Scholarship Funds, Program/Department Funds, Equipment/Technology Funds, Building/ Facility Funds, Unrestricted Fund. Donors may choose to support these college needs with gifts of Cash, Securities/Stock, Personal Property, Life Insurance or through a Bequest in their Will. Gifts can be designated for a currently established fund or donors may create a “Named” endowment fund for a pledge of $5,000 or more, which may be paid over time.

A new Alumni Connections program began in 2002. Graduates now receive College and Foundation mailings. Website services and other activities are being developed.

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COLLEGE ACCREDITATION

Metropolitan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60602-2504 (800) 621-7440; (312) 263-0456

Fax: (312) 263-7462

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

All College programs are approved by the Nebraska State Department of Education for veterans’ educational benefits.

In addition, the accrediting bodies of various professional associations approve many Metro educational programs.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 305 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.

The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 95044, Lincoln, NE 68509

The Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesberg, VA 20175.

All Metro Business programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA), 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. • The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation

Accrediting Commission (ACFEIAC), 10 San Bartola Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086 and by the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE), 3205 Skipwith Road, Richmond, VA 23294.

The Human Services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE), 1900 Galen Drive, Ste. 412, Houston, TX 77030.

The Legal Assistant program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), 740 15th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20005.

Real Estate courses are approved by the Nebraska Real Estate Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 402 P.O. Box 94667, Lincoln, NE 68509.

The Respiratory Care Technology and Surgical Technology programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Educational Programs, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601.

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