The Nebraska Legislature
consolidates eight technical community college areas into six.
Metropolitan Technical Community College opens its doors in the
summer of 1974 to serve the people in Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and
Washington counties. Marm M. Harris is the first president. The
first campus, a former warehouse at 132nd and I streets, has a
total student population of 1,059. Forty-six programs are
Fort Omaha, an abandoned military base, becomes MCC's first
permanent campus. Plans are made to develop another campus in the
South Omaha Industrial Park on the site of a former packing plant.
In September, MCC holds its first graduation.
enrollments jump 191 percent compared with 1974. Nearly 2,000
people now attend MCC. Licensed day care center opens for staff
MCC pioneers a special solar energy training program. The
project provides window-type solar heating for 12 low-income homes
in Omaha. The College plans to add a third permanent campus near
Elkhorn to replace the rented warehouse at 132nd and I streets.
The South Omaha Campus opens at 2909 Babe Gomez Ave. The
Industrial Training Center at South helps employees upgrade skills
or move into a new technology or skill area. Noncredit classes are
offered in 32 community centers.
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the
accrediting agency for colleges and universities, grants full
accreditation to MCC. MCC awards full tuition scholarships to
graduating high school seniors.
Gilliland becomes president of MCC. The College adds telephone
registration to reduce the need for in-person registration. MCC
selected to supplement training for General Motors. MCC opens the
Elkhorn Valley Campus at 204th Street and West Dodge Road. State
awards grant to provide free English lessons to Indochinese
Personnel Development office created to provide staff
development to meet growing personnel needs. MCC adds an
administrative internship program that allows instructors to leave
the classroom for administrative experience.
MCC launches College 4 Kids to provide special opportunities to
children in the summer. Despite high unemployment rates statewide
and nationally, MCC graduates enjoy a 94 percent employment rate.
MCC and Iowa Western students can now attend classes at either
institution at resident rates. MCC employees begin master planning
All credit classes now available through telephone
registration. MCC hosts Health Fair of the Midlands. The North
Central Association grants ten-year accreditation to MCC. Credit
class schedules are mailed to 209,000 households in the
four-county area. Starlet Gilbert becomes the 5,000th person to
earn her GED at MCC.
Gov. Bob Kerry
signs law allowing MCC to offer academic transfer for a bachelor's
degree. MCC offers credit classes at Offutt Air Force Base and
opens a learning center at the Omaha Correctional Center. MCC
starts program with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. to help
employees upgrade or change jobs. Bidg 10, a new $4 million
classroom facility, opens at the Fort Omaha Campus.
for Lifelong Learners, a noncredit program for students 55 years
and older, is offered. Learning centers are now open at all three
campuses to provide students special assistance.
Weekend College opens to accommodate
nontraditional students. MCC's offer to recruit and train a
telemarketing pool for an information center helps to lure
Greyhound Lines, Inc., to Omaha. The Fremont Area Center opens in
the Eastville Shopping Center.
MCC receives the largest grant in its history, a $24 million
grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant helps to
upgrade and expand many student services and programs.
Fall quarter enrollment is 6,630 students. MCC starts program
to train nuclear power industry workers who monitor and control
Distance learning classes
begin between the South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses. MCC
participates in reconstruction efforts in war-torn Afghanistan.
More than 350 people attend an MCC-sponsored public forum on
Gangs, Drugs and Youth Violence.
Business Resources, Inc., and the Communications Workers of
America award MCC a contract to provide career assessment and
training to employees in a 14-state region. MCC, the Greater Omaha
Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and the Omaha Public Schools
combine resources to establish the Omaha Job Clearinghouse, a
school-to-work program to help high school graduates who are not
planning to attend college. MCC recycles more than ten tons of
MCC hosts the Nebraska State Recycling conference. Time Option
program allows students to start their college education through
television at home.
On the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the
New World, MCC focuses on the controversy surrounding the
discovery of America. MCC participates in a joint venture with the
Nebraska Indian Community College. MCC and eight public schools
participate in TECH-PREP, a program to equip students with skills
for the global economy. The Legislature changes MCC's name to
Metropolitan Community College.
opens the Sarpy County Center in Brentwood Crossing market Center
in La Vista. Folkfest at the Fort, a folk music festival, draws
1,000 people to the Fort Omaha Campus.
MCC participates in a joint venture to bring employment
training to Belize. Students In Free Enterprise team wins regional
and national honors. A political science class uses interactive
video to link to a class in Sweden.
First Great Teachers Workshop allows faculty to
share teaching techniques. Marconi Telecommunications Fair at the
Fort Omaha Campus showcases developments in communications
technology. The Center for Business and Industry changes its name
to Workforce Development Institute and relocates to the Fort Omaha
Workforce Development hosts international business seminars for
local businesses. Community members help MCC outline master
planning goals. President Richard Gilliland becomes a face on the
barroom floor at the Omaha Press Club. Economic survey shows MCC
has an indirect economic impact of $152 million in its service
Construction begins on new educational
center/library facility to be built with the City of La Vista. The
Department of Correctional Services contracts with MCC to deliver
educational services throughout the prison system. OJC awarded
$511,000 federal grant to expand school-to-work program into high
poverty areas of South Omaha. Plan announced to buy part of former
Omaha Stockyards to expand the South Omaha Campus.
Six MCC students honored
as members of the first Nebraska All-State Academic Team. Students
register for credit classes through the Internet. UNO and MCC sign
computer technology transfer agreements. Metro receives $1 million
Omaha Award, funded by the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, to
set up career network centers.
Microsoft's Working Connections program awards a $245,000 grant
to educate and train information technology workers. More than
one-third of degrees and certificates awarded at commencement are
in information technology. New Sarpy Center opens in La Vista.
Opportunities/Jobs/Careers (formerly Omaha Job
Clearinghouse) partners with area educators and businesses to
offer the X files, a program to build employment skills in high
school students. ¡Exito! Program offers Microsoft Office
classes to Spanish-speaking students. The ninth Annual Powwow
draws many to the Fort Omaha Campus to celebrate Native American
dance and culture.
Jerry Moskus becomes the third president at MCC. Workforce
Development receives the Edgerton Award of Commitment for
providing quality service. College buys 3.5 acres of land near the
Fort Omaha Campus for possible expansion and a new entrance.
Public perception survey shows MCC does a good job in meeting
educational needs, tuition is affordable and tax dollars are
managed wisely. MCC hosts an employer's forum on the immigrant
work environment. Passport To Transfer program helps students
interested in transferring to a four-year institution. MCC and the
University of Nebraska–Lincoln offer new degree in culinary
research that blends food science and culinary arts.
New automotive technology education program (AYES) targets high
school students. The National Science Foundation awards $288,748
to fund a new scholarship program for e-commerce students. MCC
adopts a master facilities plan to manage growth of campuses.
Credit enrollment totals 23,623 students, making MCC the second
largest college in Nebraska.
Land option site acquired from the Bellevue Public Schools for
potential growth in Sarpy County.
Jo Ann McDowell becomes the first female president at MCC.
Board of Governors approve new truck driver training program.
Ground is broken for expansion on South Omaha Campus.
President George W. Bush visits MCC's South Omaha Campus on a
trip to Omaha. The Fort Omaha Campus library is renamed the Sonny
Foster Library in honor Foster's commitment to education and
service to north Omaha. The first annual Great Plains Theatre
Conference brings theatre enthusiasts to the Fort Omaha Campus.
MCC purchases a former OPPD service site that is reopened as
the Applied Technology Center. Online course enrollment soars for
the Summer quarter. The South Omaha Campus Connector opens.
Renovations are made at the Elkhorn Valley Campus to update and
streamline several areas.
MCC is the first Nebraska college to receives full
accreditation from the National Association for the Education of
Young Children (NAEYC) for its Early Childhood Education Program.
MCC expands its Legal Studies Program to include Pre-Law, Legal
Administrative Assistant and Legal Assistant (Paralegal)
concentrations. MCC and the Nebraska Medical Center (NMC) partner
to serve the 50+ lifelong learning community by offering MCC's
adult noncredit classes to members of the NMC Health and Wellness
Randy Schmailzl is appointed MCC's fifth president.
Construction continues on The Institute for the Culinary Arts at
Fort Omaha Campus and renovations are scheduled for completion at
the Fremont Area Center and South Omaha Campus.
The Institute for the Culinary Arts opens. New sustainability
initiatives like Pass to Class, free Metro bus passes for credit
students, and courses in solar energy begin.
The buffalo hide was gifted to MCC in 2011 by artist and professor
Steve Tamayo to commemorate the 20th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow.
MCC Express – Vinton opens. The new, neighborhood-focused location
offers community educational services such as GED prep,
English-as-Second-Language, literacy services and Read Right tutoring. A
historic marker honoring the South Omaha people is dedicated at the South
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
grants MCC another 10 years of accreditation. MCC unveils a new brand
identity with a modernized logo. The first Military and Veteran
Student Support Center at the South Omaha Campus opens. The Arbor Day
Foundation names MCC a Tree Campus USA. MCC celebrates the new MCC
Farmyard for Horticulture, Land Systems and Management students at the
Fort Omaha Campus. The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary
Education recognizes MCC for the fastest growth in degrees among
The College breaks ground on $90 million expansion project on the
Fort Omaha Campus that includes three new buildings: Center for
Advanced and Emerging Technology, the Construction Education Center
and the Academic Skills Center. A 3,300-square-foot mural is
resurrected at South Omaha Campus, paying homage to the culture of
South Omaha. The College celebrates its 40-year anniversary.