The present Nebraska community college system started 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.
MCC 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.
Today, MCC is a comprehensive, full-service public community college supported by the taxpayers of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties. The College’s mission is to serve the community with distinction. MCC is a role model in higher education.
MCC offers more than 200 one-year and two-year degrees and awards in business administration; computer and office technologies; culinary arts, hospitality, and horticulture; industrial and construction technologies; health and public services; social sciences and services; visual and electronic technologies; and academic transfer programs. General support courses, classes for business and industry, and continuing education courses are also important parts of the College’s service to the community.
With a 2011–12 enrollment of more than 42,000 students (credit and noncredit), MCC continues to be one of the fastest growing postsecondary institutions in Nebraska. This enrollment compares to 2,430 credit students in 1974–75, the College’s first year.