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Inside Story for Friday, February 19, 2010

Master Plan Consultant to Present at Staff Development Day

A special presentation will be made to all faculty by JJR Associates on Instructional Staff Development Day, March 8, 11-11:30 a.m. at the South Omaha Campus, ITC 119.

MCC has retained JJR as a consulting group to assist master planning efforts. In their campus master planning overview, JJR representatives will provide important information on the activities and processes related to updating the College's Facilities Master Plan.

JJR will also facilitate two campus master planning input sessions. Faculty will have the opportunity to share their ideas regarding Metro's Campus Master Plan for the next ten years.

The input sessions will be in ITC 120C from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information on the project, visit www.mccneb.edu/masterplan. To register for the sessions, refer to the IFEX web site: www.mccneb.edu/ifex/March8instructional_staff_development_001.htm.

Thirty Students Take Math Exam

The AMATYC Math exam took place Friday, Feb. 12 at Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses.

Thirty students took the Round 2 exam, which was up from last Spring. There were 61 students in round 1, the most ever. Eight students participated in both rounds, but only one had previously placed: Olivia Akah, with a round 1 score of 10.5.

Sixteen students came from SOC, nine from EVC and five from FOC.

Student exams, answer keys and prizes will be mailed to students who took the Round 2 exam at the beginning of Spring quarter. In the past, MCC's scores have ranked in about the middle of the nation. 

The AMATYC Math Exam is planned again for this Fall, most likely on Friday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m. at SOC, EVC and FOC.

Thanks go out to all involved, including the Math Center staff who made old exams and keys available and worked with students preparing for the exam.

News@MCC Hits Students' Inboxes

The News@MCC e-newsletter is designed to keep students informed via student email. News@MCC will be sent out twice monthly on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

To submit stories for News@MCC, forward your items to: David Ho, Arthur Rich or Dave Koebel.

Once stories are approved, they will be sent to Marketing and Public Relations. Stories are due on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Student email also will continue to be used for official College notification to students of various items.

Employee Professional Development

Streaming Video Training Right at Your Desktop!
View award-winning training videos when you need them right from your desktop. Choose from dozens of real-world scenario videos that will help you and your fellow employees successfully deal with daily workplace challenges. Each full-length vSTREAMTM video is 22-24 minutes and is presented in partnership with VisionPoint®. Maximize your training investment with Streaming Video Training in the areas of:

·         Integrity and compliance

·         High performance workforce

·         Inclusion and respect

·         Personal effectiveness


This Week's Hot Topic - Register Today!

Glad I Could Help: Real Customer Service Situations for Discussion
There is no tougher business situation than dealing with an angry customer, whether external or internal to your organization. Now you can equip employees to handle those calls and confrontations without getting rattled. What's more, they will become experts at working through misunderstandings, misinformation and frustration over policies and practices while helping angry customers feel heard and valued in the process.

Learning point highlights:

·         Provides techniques for staying calm when dealing with angry customers

·         Shows a variety of ways to defuse anger and respond to complaints

·         Trains employees in resolving issues with unhappy customers

For a specific list of Streaming Video Training topics available, visit www.mccneb.edu/cet/videotraining.asp.

To register, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.


Microsoft Excel 2007 Employee Workshop
If you have good computer literacy skills but see room for improvement, join this hands-on workshop focused on the interface and features of Microsoft Excel 2007. Instructor Bonnie Nelson will help you work through any Excel challenges you bring to class. Participants should have basic knowledge of 2003 or 2007 Excel applications.

Course Number: PDEV 004N WI02
South Omaha Campus
Mahoney Bldg., Room 205
Friday, Feb. 26
8 a.m.-noon

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
MCC staff who trained and received their certificate for the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED in 2007-2008 need to renew their certificates, as they expire this year. From now until April, Heartsaver classes will be the last Friday of each month with Gina Wood, Certified AHA Instructor. All classes are 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Bldg., Room 521.


·         Feb. 26: Enrollment deadline Feb. 19

·         March 26: Enrollment deadline March 19

·         April 30: Enrollment deadline April 23

Courses may be canceled a week prior to their scheduled date if enrollment minimums are not met.

To register for Employee Professional Development workshops, email Adam Smith at asmith102@mccneb.edu.

Save Your Sunday Coupons

Hate to clip coupons? Do you throw them out when the Sunday paper comes to the house? We have a better solution!

The TRIO and Single Parent Program is going green and assisting students by collecting unwanted full or partial coupon inserts from Sunday papers. Put coupon inserts into a campus mail envelope each week and forward them to the TRIO office in Bldg. 5 at the FOC.  Our plan is to create coupon packets to distribute to parents during workshops and events. You recycle, and students save.

TRIO Students Participate in TRIO Day Activities

The TRIO students at MCC stay busy all year long but even more so during February. A 1986 Congressional resolution dubbed the last Saturday of February as National TRIO Day, a National Day of Service. During the month of February, TRIO programs throughout the country coordinate service projects that allow TRIO participants to give back to their communities. This year MCC TRIO students will volunteer in area elementary schools, child care centers or other community-based agencies. TRIO provides support and encouragement to hundreds of students each year, and MCC's students are excited about the opportunity to help others.

HR News

New Employees

Richard Arenas              Groundsperson             FOC  20             457-2818

CarolLynn Goold            Custodian                     Sarpy                537-3856

Separations                 Last Day

Alice Barritt                    2/16/10

Mary Walsh                    2/15/10

MCC Welcomes the Following New Employees

Richard Arenas

CarolLynn Goold

Weekly Green Tip

Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage 33 percent and city mileage 5 percent.

MCC Job Openings

For information about the College’s open positions and how to apply, visit www.mccneb.edu/hr or call the jobline at (402) 738-4050. Applications are also online at www.mccnebjobs.com.

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