Apr 03, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Course Catalog

Student Services



It is the role of Student Services to support the academic mission by providing a comprehensive range of services designed to facilitate student engagement with the College and success in the classroom.

These services include, but are not limited to, advising, counseling, services to students with disabilities, testing services, tutoring, career services, and military and veteran student services at all three campuses and four center locations. Libraries and Learning and Tutoring Centers are located at the South Omaha Campus, Fort Omaha Campus, and the Sarpy Center. The Elkhorn Valley Campus has a library located in the Academic Support Commons.

Student Conduct

The code of student conduct is a set of rules that applies to every student enrolled at MCC. Every student is responsible for abiding by the code of student conduct.

College is a time for learning, inside and outside the classroom. MCC respects the rights of faculty to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rights requires classroom conditions that do not impede the learning process. Classroom behavior that seriously interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program will not be tolerated. Each member of the campus community-instructors, staff, and students-contributes to the climate of MCC’s locations by:

  • respecting fellow students, staff, and faculty;
  • practicing honesty;
  • being tolerant of differences; and
  • demonstrating civility.

The code of student conduct addresses two areas of behavior: academic and non-academic. Contact the appropriate academic dean regarding questions about academic misconduct; contact the dean of student advocacy and accountability regarding questions about non-academic/behavior misconduct. Violators of the student conduct code are subject to one or more sanctions depending on the seriousness of the violation.

Smoke and Tobacco Free

As of September 17, 2017 all MCC locations are smoke and tobacco-free. This policy promotes the well-being of all MCC community members and the maintenance of a sustainable and healthy campus environment.

For information and resources visit mccneb.edu/smoke-free

Thank you for respecting MCC’s Smoke and Tobacco-Free policy.

Academic Support

Academic advising

Academic advisors assist students by developing an educational plan, promoting successful student practices, and providing general direction to support student academic and career goals. Advisors connect students to important college resources and provide information about MCC’s academic programs, services, policies, and procedures. Advisors also guide students through career exploration by utilizing interest, strength, and other assessment tools.

The Enrollment Navigator (EN) provides individualized guidance to new students, assisting them through the complexities of the College environment. Connects students to services and resources, tracking progress up to 3 quarters of enrollment.

Advocacy counseling

The advocacy counselors utilize counseling skills to support the development of academic and life skills of students, including those returning to the College following academic suspension or dismissal. Advocacy counselors provide intervention and/or referrals to community resources for students experiencing personal problems and/or crisis situations. The advocacy counselors provide confidential assistance, advocacy, support, and consultation on behalf of individuals of gender and/or relationship violence on the campus including victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, and/or stalking. Advocacy includes assistance in coordinating services with local agencies on behalf of the subject in all areas, including student services, the local campus police department, and other services as needed. Advocacy counselors are available at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, and South Omaha campuses and the Sarpy Center.

Learning and Tutoring Centers

The College’s Learning and Tutoring Centers provide resources, technologies, and services to support the learning needs of students in various areas of the College’s curriculum. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, computers, specialized software, and drop-in assistance with coursework. The Learning and Tutoring Centers are located at the South Omaha campus, the Fremont Area center, Sarpy center and within the Academic Support Commons at the Elkhorn Valley Campus. The Fort Omaha campus provides these services in the Learning Commons and Success Center, housed on the second floor of the Career and Academic Skills Center. Locations and hours can be found at mccneb.edu/ltc. All services are free to currently enrolled students.

Libraries

The MCC libraries provide research materials and instruction in support of the College’s curriculum. Staff members are available to assist students with their research assignments, email, MyWay, Blackboard, MS Office software, and Papercut. Libraries are located at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, and South Omaha campuses. At the Elkhorn Valley Campus, library services are provided in the Academic Support Commons. Current students, faculty, and staff are also welcome to use the City of La Vista Public Library at the Sarpy Center.

Each campus library houses a collection of print and audiovisual materials, including books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs. The library’s website includes links to more than 60 research databases containing eBooks, streaming videos, journals, magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Off-campus access to the databases is available for current students, faculty, and staff.

Other resources available to students include:

  • library orientation/instruction
  • computers equipped with Internet access as well as Microsoft Office products (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher)
  • inter-library loan to obtain materials not available through MCC’s libraries
  • reciprocal borrowing agreements with the Omaha Public Libraries, the City of La Vista Public Library, and other college libraries in Nebraska

In addition to serving MCC’s students, faculty, and staff, the three campus libraries also provide library services to the residents of the College’s four-county service area (Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties).

For more information about the library resources and services, including hours, locations, and policies, visit the library’s website at https://www.mccneb.edu/Current-Students/Student-Tools/Library.aspx or call a library:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, 531-622-1300
  • Fort Omaha Campus, 531-622-2306
  • South Omaha Campus, 531-622-4506

Math Centers

MCC’s Math Centers provide free drop-in assistance from qualified personnel for all math and/or math-related courses. Space is also available for study groups. Additionally, students can sign up for free one-on-one tutoring in all MCC math courses at each of the four main campuses. Many other resources are available at the Math Centers. Additional information can be found at mccneb.edu/mathcenter.

Tutoring

Free drop-in assistance in many academic subjects, including chemistry, accounting, information technology, social sciences, and foreign language courses, is available at scheduled day, evening, and weekend hours in MCC’s Learning and Tutoring Centers. MCC students enrolled in credit classes are encouraged to seek tutoring as often as desired in order to achieve their best possible academic performance. No appointments are necessary. Schedules of tutoring availability by subject and location are posted in the Learning and Tutoring Centers and at mccneb.edu/Current-Students/Student-Tools/Tutoring.aspx. For more information about tutoring services please call 531-622-2432.

Writing Centers

Writing Centers, staffed by experienced English teachers and writing consultants, provide professional assistance, writing workshops, Teacher Talk sessions, and assignment design feedback to help students and faculty with written communication across academic disciplines and beyond. Simply stated, it is a place where writers invite other writers to dialogue about writing. Writing Centers are available at all College locations. For more information, visit resource.mccneb.edu/writingcenter.

Bookstores

The College contracts with Follett Higher Education Group to manage and operate the bookstores. The bookstores located at the Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, and South Omaha campuses and the Sarpy Center are open throughout the quarter. Hours are prominently posted at each store and are extended during peak times each quarter. Temporary bookstore services are provided at the Fremont Area Center.

For more information, call any MCC bookstore:

  • Elkhorn Valley Campus, 531-622-1208
  • Fort Omaha Campus, Building 23, 531-622-2308
  • Sarpy Center, 531-622-3850
  • South Omaha Campus, Connector, 531-622-4508

Call for available dates and times:

  • Fremont Area Center, 531-622-3000

Campus Dining

Campus dining is available, while classes are in session, at the Fort Omaha Campus (Building 10), the Elkhorn Valley Campus, and the Sarpy Center. The South Omaha Campus offers daily vendors for peak-time dining options. Hours of operation and variety of beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot items may vary by location.

The Sage Student Bistro, located at the Fort Omaha Campus in the Institute for the Culinary Arts (Building 22), offers a teaching and learning experience for culinary arts students. Eat lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Sage Bistro web page.

Career Services

The mission of Career Services is to foster collaborative relationships with both internal and external partners, to facilitate the development of responsible career decision-making skills, and to provide comprehensive career development. MCC Career Navigators work with prospective students, current students, and alumni.

Students and MCC alumni are encouraged to utilize the services and resources of Career Services. Career Services offers the following appointments for students:

  • Career assessment and exploration
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Job and internship search
  • Mock interview prep
  • NEworks registration

Career Services also offers career events to help students network with employers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to mccneb.edu/careercenter or contact the office at 531-622-4647. Additional assistance is also available through our partner, the Nebraska Department of Labor, at 402-473-7019.

Change of Address

Changes of address and telephone numbers can be updated online through My Services. Billing, refunds, and other information from MCC are mailed to the latest address on file.

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.

TRiO

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

MCC Police Department

The Metropolitan Community College Police Department (MCC Police) has the primary jurisdiction and responsibility to investigate crimes and provide police services for MCC locations within the four-county service area of Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge and Washington counties. College police officers are located at the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley Campuses, as well as the Applied Technology Center, MCC Express, Fremont Area and Sarpy Center. MCC Police is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, including holidays.

MCC Police is recognized by the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice as a Law Enforcement Agency; therefore, Police Officers employed by MCC Police are commissioned and certified as Nebraska Law Enforcement Officers. MCC Police has agreements with other law enforcement agencies located within the jurisdictions served by the Metropolitan Community College. The collaboration extends, not only with assistance answering calls when necessary, but also with the assistance in each and every phase of follow-up investigations including forensic services.

MCC Police Department services include, but not limited to:

  • Enforce state statutes and city ordinances
  • Enforcement of College rules and regulations
  • Respond to medical emergencies
  • Investigate motor vehicle accidents
  • Patrol campus property and provide escorts to faculty, staff and students as requested
  • Community training programs
  • Provide assistance with disabled vehicles (jump starts and unlocks)
  • Assist students, staff and the general public with information and directions
  • Check all facilities for hazards and safety compliance

The MCC Police Department offers many public resources, such as:

  • Crime Log Report
  • MCC Emergency Notification System enrollment information
  • Options to Consider in Response to an Active Shooter
  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Resources
  • Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Crime Prevention & Personal Safety Tips

All of the above resources, as well as other important links can be found on the Department’s webpage at www.mccneb.edu/police.

To reach the MCC Police Department, dial 531-622-2222.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The MCC Police Department prepares the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to comply with the federally mandated Jeanne Clery Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by MCC, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from MCC campus locations. The report also includes policies concerning campus security, such as reporting sexual assault and other matters. The full text of the report is located online at mccneb.edu/getattachment/Prospective-Students/Student-Tools-Resources/Police/2017-Annual-Security-Report-(1).pdf.aspx

Sexual Assault Prevention and Resources

Student Advocacy and Accountability encourage all staff and students to review the information regarding sexual violence prevention education at the following website: mccneb.edu/Current-Students/Student-Tools-Resources/Student-Advocacy-and-Accountability/Title-IX/Sexual-Assault-Awareness.aspx

Parking and Traffic

Parking permits are issued and registered through Student Services at each Campus/Center location. There is no charge for parking permits at the College, but all traffic/parking rules and regulations must be observed. Motor vehicles parked at MCC Campus locations should be registered with the College. Parking is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Specialized Technology Areas

To enhance the student learning experience, MCC provides state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date software at numerous locations throughout the College. The College has a dedicated Academic Data Center where students experience the operation and use of the newest technologies in Information Technology. MCC information technology students are being introduced to and utilize virtualization technology, cloud computing, and data center management. MCC information technology is also giving students experience in using mobile devices and developing mobile applications. Students have access to information technology resources via the Internet and on all campuses.

The visual arts lab at the Elkhorn Valley Campus houses state-of-the-art hardware and software in support of the College’s visual arts programs. The lab has the latest versions of design software such as the full suite of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and Corel painter to assist students of photography, graphic design, and visual arts. Animation students can access high-powered processors with specialty software including Maya, Mudbox, Dragon Frame, and Cinema 4D. Hands-on drawing skills are enhanced through the use of Wacom tablets and Cintiq pressure-sensitive monitors. All visual art students benefit from high-quality color and large format printers.

The Career and Academic Skills Center (CASC) at the Fort Omaha Campus has laptop and iPads for students to check-out and use while in the building. The CASC has an east and west student lounge, on the first floor. The second floor is home to the Learning and Tutoring Center, Writing Center and Math Center. There are quiet study rooms, open collaborative spaces and even semi-private cubbies for students to use while using an MCC mobile device.

Student Identification Cards

Photo student identification cards are available for free to all students and can be obtained at the Learning and Tutoring Centers at the Elkhorn Valley campus, Fort Omaha campus, South Omaha campus, Sarpy Center, and Fremont Area Center, or at Student Services at the Applied Technology Center. Students are highly encouraged to get a student photo I.D. card for easy access in checking out laptops, library books, wireless printing (Fort Campus only) and for student discounts in the community.