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Inside Story for Friday, January 23, 2009

Noncredit Classes for Employees - a Reminder

The Community Education Department reminds us that MCC employees are welcome to enroll in the noncredit classes advertised in the Community Education mailer but there are some limitations:

1. Classes and workshops designated as no discount with an asterisk may not be taken for tuition remission.

2. Employees are permitted to enroll only on a space available basis. This means that the Community Education Department is required to monitor classes and to make sure the general public has first priority. (Therefore employees could be blocked from enrolling in a class, even if there is no asterisk next to that class.)

3. Classes and workshops where lab fees and supply fees are included in the tuition could be designated ineligible for tuition remission.

4. It is important to submit the Tuition Remission Waiver Form  no later than ten days before class. This allows the Community Education Department to meet their requirement to allow the public first priority to enroll.

The Community Education Department also requests that employees show the courtesy of not dropping out with short notice for a class or workshop for which they have enrolled.  (Last minute drops do not allow the department  time to call wait lists or to make changes with instructors.)

Even more importantly - do not be a no show for a class or workshop! When an employee takes a slot in a class and doesn't come to class, it often results in an employee taking a seat that a person from the community could have used. 

MCC Employees Visit Westside High School

MCC Employees Visit Westside High School

On January 15, MCC employees Connie Eichhorn, Secondary Partnerships, and Ambe' White, recruiter, visited Westside High School's Career Academy Night to connect with high school students about the opportunities MCC can offer them now and in the future.

"Having an opportunity to explain to high school students how important it is to start thinking early about postsecondary education was very exciting. The groups we talked with have the opportunity to earn both high school and MCC credits for the technology course they are taking at Westside High School. The students asked good questions about where courses will transfer, how much courses cost at a variety of institutions and whether there is extra work involved in earning both high school and college credits. We reminded them to discuss with their parents, counselors and advisors what courses they should choose for the upcoming school year at Westside."

Connie Eichhorn & Ambe' White

Special Recognition for SkillsUSA Winners

More than 100 Nebraska Career Education students were recognized at the Nebraska state capitol on November 24, 2008, for the national awards they received earlier in 2008.

Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Deputy Education Commissioner Marge Harouff recognized the Nebraska Career Education students who received recognition during their national conference competitions by their respective Career Student Organizations: DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA HOSA, PBL and SkillsUSA. 

MCC students receiving special recognition in SkillsUSA were:

David Miller - bronze medal, Diesel Equipment Technology, Instructor: Luke Klingbeil; Miller was a senior at Bellevue West High School attending MCC.

Dina Miller - silver medal, Food & Beverage Service, Instructor: Michael Roddey

Gabriel Hedrick & Mark Wegener - bronze medal, Television (Video) Production team, Instructor: Robert Maass

MCC Awarded Service-Learning Grant

MCC is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. The Consortium is made up of 28 schools in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota and is affiliated with the Corporation for National and Community Service a division of the federal government. MCC's grant was one of the largest awarded and highest scoring.

The money from the grant will be used to enhance and expand service-learning opportunities for MCC students, staff and faculty. Half of the money will be designated for mini-grants through which faculty can apply for funding to incorporate service learning into their classes, organize special projects and plan activities. The other half will be used to support operational costs in enhancing and expanding the programming for service learning such as attending conferences, curriculum and professional development; inviting nationally known speakers to present; and costs related to community meetings and events that will generate intergenerational communication and projects that will highlight Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The grant was applied for through the Service-Learning Office in collaboration with MCC's Grant Office.

Don't Miss the Next Healthcare Lecture Series - February 18!

On February 18, CET will be presenting the lecture Could She Be Dying? - Intensive Care as an American Ritual presented by Dr. Helen S. Chappel, Creighton University professor. Chapple's thought-provoking presentation will help reconcile the conflicts nursing health professionals experience during end-of-life occurrences outside of palliative care.

Creighton University - Cardiac Center Auditorium
3006 Webster St.
Omaha, NE 
Wednesday, Feb.18, 2009
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
$25 (healthcare professionals)
$10 (students, ID required)

To register, contact CET via email or by phone (402) 457-2491/(866) 622-3238 and ask for the February healthcare lecture series:

09/JA BSAD-776N-WN02 (healthcare professionals)
09/JA BSAD-776N-WN22 (students)

Click here to view our entire Healthcare Lecture Series Schedule! 

LASIK Discount for BlueCross/BlueShield Members

BlueCross/BlueShield (BCBS) participants can take advantage of preferred pricing for laser vision correction through QualSight, a credentialed national network of board-eligible ophthalmologists. With QualSight, BCBS participants can receive discounts from 40 percent to 50 percent off the overall national average price of LASIK surgery.

For more information about the new LASIK discount program, visit www.bcbsne.com. Go to the Members section and click on Discount Programs, then scroll down to Vision. For more information, contact QualSight at (888) 284-5594.

Please note: This is a discounted program only, not a covered health plan benefit.

New Employees

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