2018-2019 Catalog

Learning Communities

Learning communities comprise a cohort - a group of students who share interests and take classes together. The goal of these communities is to provide student and course connections that make classes and learning more interesting and students more successful. Benefits include:

  • learning in a cooperative environment;
  • integrated curriculum;
  • individual advising/counseling;
  • direct contact with quality instructors;
  • making new friends;
  • small class sizes; and
  • a better chance for academic success, which increases the likelihood of staying in college.

Current learning community opportunities include:

Paired learning

Paired learning courses emphasize the relationship between two subject areas by providing students with the opportunity to learn about common topics from different points of reference. Instructors organize curriculum around projects and problem-based instruction.

Passport program

The Passport program is a learning community for students interested in starting their degrees at MCC and then transferring to four-year institutions. The learning communities consist of groups of up to 25 students who complete their first academic year of college together. Students attend full-time during the day, taking three courses each quarter, completing a total of 40.5 quarter (27.0 semester) credits that transfer to most four-year institutions.

An academic advisor is assigned to the Passport group to help ensure student success. For more information, visit mccneb.edu/passport.

Teacher Preparation Connection

MCC offers a range of courses in early childhood education (ECED) and education (EDUC) that transfer to bachelor's degree programs at colleges and universities throughout the state.

Students planning to earn certification in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, or special education can complete up to 94.0 quarter hours (62.0 semester hours) at MCC.  Most or all of those credits transfer to four-year programs.

The list of courses required by teacher certification programs varies, so it is recommended that a transfer institution and certification program be chosen prior to registering for EDUC courses.  


The TRiO Programs (TRiO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individual from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (SSS) program furthers the MCC mission of educational excellence and equal access by providing first-generation college students with limited income and/or disabilities and homeless students a multiplicity of academic and personal support services: study skills development to achieve academic success, tutoring and supplemental instruction to master course content, and intensive academic and personal advisement to build confidence and promote student success. SSS also provides mentors and summer bridge and learning community programs to first-year students, financial literacy education, and scholarship/grant opportunities. These interconnected services increase persistence and encouragement for a unified transition. TRiO/SSS includes the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker program serving single parents, displaced workers or pregnant students as they strive to meet their educational goals. Students must apply for program services; space is limited.

Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Program

The Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker program provides a wide range of workshops and personal assistance to single parents, single pregnant women, and displaced homemakers who are accepted into the Student Support Services/TRiO program. Referral to other College offices and relevant outside community agencies is also available. The program also advises the Positive Opportunities for Parenting Solo (POPS) group. Participation in Student Support Services is not required to participate in POPS.

MCC Upward Bound Math and Science Program

The MCC Upward Bound Math and Science program (UMBS) is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students from Omaha Northwest High School. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, aid them in the college going process, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.

Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Upward Bound program is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through advising, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
Additionally, we assist veterans in securing support services from other locally available resources that serve veterans.

Services include:

  • Education/advising services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants
  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling
  • Tutorial services
  • Mentoring programs
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Information on the full range of Federal Student financial aid programs and benefits
  • Guidance and assistance in alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general education development (GED) programs or postsecondary education

Participants must be low-income and prospective first-generation college students that are military veterans who served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge; was discharged because of a service connected disability; was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days; or was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001; and have a high risk for academic failure.

Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program

Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program (Heartland CAMP) provides intensive academic, social, and financial supports to help students from migrant farm-work backgrounds successfully complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education. Heartland CAMP serves Metropolitan Community College students and other students across three state and three additional colleges:

  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA