2016-2017 Catalog

Community Initiatives

Adult Education

Adult Education is a program sponsored jointly by the Nebraska State Department of Education and MCC. This program is for adults 19 years of age or older with less than a ninth-grade level of attainment; however, people between the ages of 16 and 19 who are not enrolled in a regular high school program may enroll with special permission from the Nebraska State Department of Education. Students are offered the opportunity to develop basic skills in reading, writing, and math. Upon completion of this course of study, students are ready to prepare for the General Educational Development examination.


MCC 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 electrical curriculum is approved by the State of Nebraska Electrical Board, and the plumbing curriculum is approved by the city of Omaha Plumbing Board. All instruction is during the evening.

Students who have successfully completed a College-approved apprenticeship program through one of the local unions or an approved in-house company apprenticeship program may receive up to 56 credits toward an associate degree. For more information about this program, contact the apprenticeship coordinator at 531-622-4034.

Business and Training Services (BTS)

BTS, in partnership with College academic areas, provides career skills training for businesses and nonprofit organizations. Collaborative partnerships are at the heart of the BTS division, which delivers real-world career training to not only the employed but also to the unemployed and underemployed in MCC’s community. BTS also works with area businesses to build and facilitate affordable, customized workshops and training programs on-site at the business location, online, or at MCC locations. Specific training areas include business management, customer service, applied technology, interpersonal skills, IT, Spanish/ESL, and leadership development.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is focused on providing the community with a variety of noncredit learning opportunities, such as using Excel and Word, learning a language, or writing a résumé. Continuing Education may also provide the community with personal enrichment activities like learning to dance, trying watercolor painting, repairing a house, or improving mental and physical health.

English as a Second Language Program

MCC’s English as a Second Language program offers both credit and noncredit learning options for students who need to develop their English language proficiency. Both credit and noncredit classes are offered to provide a sequenced program of instruction.

Students who enter the ESL program are required to complete assessment testing to determine appropriate placement into the sequence of courses. To register for assessment testing, students should call Student Services.

Additional information concerning noncredit ESL instruction can be obtained through Adult Education at 531-622-2312. Information about credit ESL courses can be obtained from any Student Services or the office of the dean of English, English as a Second Language, and Reading at 513-622-2366.

General Education Development

General Education Development is a high school completion program jointly sponsored by the Nebraska State Department of Education and MCC for adults 19 years of age or older; however, people who are 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. These classes prepare adults for the GED examination, which is a nationally standardized test of high school equivalency for adults. Classes are free; however, there is a $25.00 annual student registration fee. There is also 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.

The GED examination consists of the following four timed tests:

  • Reasoning through language arts (150 minutes)
  • Social studies (90 minutes)
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Mathematical reasoning (115 minutes)

MCC is also authorized by GED Testing Service to provide official GED testing.

Internship/Co-Op Work Experience

MCC’s Internship/Cooperative Education program places students in working and learning environments for on-the-job training in their particular field of study before graduation. Students are placed with business, industry, or social services agencies.

An internship or co-op may be applied to many programs of study. Credit is granted based on the number of internship/co-op hours successfully completed.

Interested students should contact the appropriate academic dean for eligibility requirements and application procedures. F-1 students should contact International Student services at 531-622-2281 or email iss@mccneb.edu to discuss federal regulations for internships.

Service-Learning and Cooperative Education

MCC understands how important it is to provide real-world experiences to reinforce what students learn in the classroom.

  • Service-learning – Projects that reinforce academic learning and promote civic engagement. The service-learning program seeks to teach students positive values and personal and communal responsibility; encourages professors to be innovative and creative; and creates positive change in the community. Service-learning brings together the classroom, campus, and community.
  • Cooperative education – Internships and practicum experiences for MCC students.