Creating new learning environments where IT and trades come together reaffirms MCC’s commitment to cutting-edge education and preparing our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow
– Randy Schmailzl, MCC president

MCC has an expansion plan for its Fort Omaha Campus that will train and educate our local workforce in ways that will have a direct impact on both the livelihoods of individuals and on our community as a whole.

When this expansion — encompassing three new buildings — is complete, the southern end of the Fort Omaha Campus will be a thriving, pedestrian-friendly, welcoming center for student learning and life. Meanwhile, the original Fort buildings will retain their historic integrity while serving administrative and community outreach purposes.

Training for Today | Construction Education Center

MCC’s new Construction Education Center aims to build work skills in an applied learning setting. This means students won’t just go to college — they will go to a work site, where they will clock in, follow workplace rules and apply lean management practices.

 

All of MCC’s construction trades programs will be housed at the Fort Omaha Campus to increase accessibility via public transportation and innovative curriculum integration in a new state-of-the-art facility. The Construction Education Center will build skills and career pathway opportunities for high-demand occupations, from entry-level laborers to welders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, heating and air technicians and more.

Training for Tomorrow | Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology

While we invest in the Construction Education Center to prepare students for the jobs we know will be here tomorrow, new technologies and start-ups are creating new jobs every day. With industries, technologies and job requirements evolving at breakneck speeds, we can’t afford to wait and see what sticks. We must simultaneously train for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow.

 

What will education look like in this 55,000-squage-foot live learning lab? For starters, our existing Data Center Management program will merge with modern facility management used in healthcare, data centers and other technology-dependent facilities. Companies will use the center to demo new equipment to potential customers, and their company technicians will use the facility to provide training. Small startup companies seeking to develop prototypes for proof of concept will draw upon both faculty and student resources and use our fabrication lab to see their ideas in three dimensions. Finally, we could train workers for a new company relocating in Omaha. Working with the economic developers at the Greater Omaha Area Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology will work with the companies’ human resources department to recruit potential students/employees for training. When the new business opens its doors, the company will have the beginnings of a technical workforce.

Tools for Lifelong Learning | Academic Skills Center

More than 15,000 adults in Douglas and Sarpy counties have less than a 9th grade education. Another 32,000 do not have high school diplomas. That brings the total to more than 47,000 adults now living in Omaha who do not have the skills for most entry-level jobs or for the opportunity for college-level education and job training. By 2019, it is projected that the numbers of Douglas and Sarpy county adults with less than a 9th grade education will increase 20.5 percent.

 

MCC’s Adult Education department experienced an increase of 41 percent more students sitting for GED exams in October to December 2012 compared to 2011. The Academic Skills Center will focus on creating an inviting, collaborative enviroment that supports student engagement, learning and life success.