Adult Education and General Education Development (GED)
Adult Education is a program sponsored jointly by the Nebraska State Department of Education and MCC. This program is for adults 18 years of age or older; however, people who are at least 16 years of age and are not enrolled in a regular high school program may enroll with special permission from the Nebraska State Department of Education. This program offers students the opportunity to develop basic skills in reading, writing, and math. GED Officials and instruction are free and at no cost to students.
This program also consists of GED preparation classes that prepare adults for the General Education Development examination, which is a nationally standardized test of high school equivalency. 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.
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.
Additional information regarding Adult Education and GED classes can be obtained by calling the Adult Education office at 531-622-4060.
MCC offers four-year apprenticeship training programs in the electrical and plumbing trades. The programs are offered at the Construction Education Center (CEC) located at the Fort 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 offered during the evening. Contact the electrical apprenticeship coordinator at 531-622-2132 or the plumbing apprenticeship coordinator at 531-622-4756 for more information.
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 agreement, contact Karen Rodgers at 531-622-2683 or the CTE project coordinator at 531-622-4566.
Metropolitan Community College Division of Continuing Education delivers a full continuum of lifelong education and engagement opportunities through a dynamic Community Development Model. This intentional, intuitive model meets students where they are, at a variety of individually curated outreach learning centers. Together with our community partners, we are providing pathways to opportunities to underserved neighborhoods. We are empowering lives and moving communities forward.
MCC has strategically placed holistic continuing education learning centers throughout Omaha, each center meets the expressed needs of the city sector it serves: in addition, MCC offers courses at a variety of locations (over 40) throughout the four county service area.
MCC at North Express: Transformational Learning; MCC offers programs that fit the community’s unique needs; including, continuing education, adult education, certification and assessment, career services and Re-Entry.
Makerhood District: Reviving Lost Arts; “Makerhood” offers courses that embody the spirit of exploration, artistic creativity and discovery, such as upholstery, ceramics, weaving, spinning, engraving, sewing, etc. Arts that have been lost through generations.
IT Express: A Community of Innovative People and Enterprises; a collaborative learning center designed to inspire and support the work of innovators and creators. The Ashton building is a hub for tech, art, design and community growth.
MCC Yates Illuminates Cultivating education, creative and expressive opportunities for individuals to thrive; Promoting the lived experience of our diverse community; Adult Basic Education, GED/ESL, Diversity/Equity and Inclusion, Sustainability and Lifelong Learning.
College for Kids and Teens: MCC serves as a community leader offering relevant summer courses, programs and camps which include STEM, Arts, Trades, Wellness and Business.
These value-added community services can quickly evolve in response to the changing conditions, needs and demands of the citizens we serve within the four-county area we serve.
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. There is no cost to students for noncredit ESL 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 for credit ESL classes, students should call Student Services.
Additional information concerning noncredit ESL instruction can be obtained by calling the Adult Education office at 531-622-4060. Information about credit ESL courses can be obtained from any Student Services office or the office of the dean of Academic Success at 531-622-2645.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss federal regulations for internships.
Community Engagement - Experiential Learning and Service-Learning
MCC understands how important it is to provide real-world experiences to reinforce what students learn in and out of the classroom. The Community Engagement staff collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and the community to support meaningful learning opportunities at MCC. These types of opportunities include, but are not limited to, Experiential Learning and Service-Learning.
- Experiential Learning - An experience outside a traditional academic setting that helps students develop knowledge, skills, and values connected to the curriculum. This includes internships and practicum experiences for MCC students.
- 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.
Students can use myHub (myhub.mccneb.edu) to explore these learning experiences on and off campus. The myHub platform is an online student engagement tool dedicated to connecting students to a variety of organizations, resources, and volunteer opportunities to enhance their journey at MCC.
Community and Workforce Education
The Workforce Innovation Division (WID) is driven to fuel equitable, sustainable community economic growth through talent development. WID delivers cutting edge, non-credit education and training that addresses emerging workforce priorities, feeds an ongoing talent pipeline, and drives employee ascension through competency-based education on advancing technologies and business practices. Programs are designed and rooted in cornerstone areas such as lean operations, allied health, automation, sustainability, production maintenance, information technology, robotics, and project management within emerging technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, prototype design, advanced manufacturing, operations reliant on the Internet of Things, and cybersecurity. Training is delivered at the worksite, online, at the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology located on the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus, and all other MCC locations.
Customized Workforce Education
Instructional designers, project managers and facilitators help business and enterprise design and deliver company-specific learning. WID offers three levels of customized workforce training:
- Basic - employment readiness
- Advanced - business-prioritized competencies in emerging technologies and business practices
- Accelerated - designed to build talent pipelines
Professional and Career Education
WID addresses the evolving business and industry education needs of tomorrow’s workforce with job-specific, workforce-driven competencies offered through a wide array of programs. Professional and career education programs lead to industry-recognized credentials, including licenses, certifications, and digital badges. WID offerings include, but are not limited to:
- Code School
- Lean Six Sigma Academy
- Project Management Academy
- Drone Flight School
- Fiber Optics Technician Certification Program
- Rapid IT Employment Academy
Career Skill and Advancement
WID at MCC offers training, certificates, and certification programs for career professionals. These programs can advance career growth and boost earning potential. Career Skill and Advancement opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Basic Computer Skills Training
- Bring You’re A-Game to Work
- Career Placement Program
- Customer Service Training
- Job Skill Alignment
- National Career Readiness Certification
The Community College GAP assistance program provides need-based tuition assistance for approved short-term credit and non-credit training programs that are in high wage, high demand, and high skill (H3) fields, based on number of annual openings, net change in employment, and growth rate. Gap assistance is designed to bridge the funding gap for unemployed or underemployed individuals looking to up-skill and achieve career advancement.