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Inside Story for Monday, February 13, 2012

This week: Books by the Busload event offers free books

Spread the word! MCC is teaming up with Metro, Cargo Zone LLC, Mainfreight and the Literacy Center to give away thousands of books at its annual Books by the Busload event. Metro buses stuffed full of books will be parked at Westroads Mall (10000 California St., Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot), The Salvation Army Kroc Center (2825 Y St.) and Baker's (7312 N. 30th St.)  from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. The event is free and open to the public-just board the parked buses to pick up your free books for all ages. (Limit five books per person.)

Wanted: Community Ambassadors

Community Ambassadors set the tone for prospective students. They guide and inform prospective students on what to expect from campus life and promote the student experience at MCC. You will:

  • Speak/greet at events and outreach activities
  • Participate in student panels
  • Lead campus tours for prospective students
  • Attend outreach events such as high school visits and neighborhood association meetings
  • Participate in presentations and share your college experiences with others
  • Speak with prospective students that are considering going into your program or a similar program


  • At least a part-time MCC student and have an understanding of the campus and community culture
  • Have completed 12 credits hours at MCC
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • In good standing with MCC academically and financially
  • Reliable transportation
  • Works a minimum of 30 hours per quarter
  • Two quarter commitment
  • Positive attitude with peers, prospective students and general public

Pay: $250 stipend per quarter

Send the application to those students you think may be interested. Deadline to complete the application is Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Training and Development upcoming workshops

Check out the upcoming Training and Development workshops designed for MCC employees. Additional workshops are added regularly to this web page, www.mccneb.edu/trdv/workshops.asp. Bookmark this page and check it often.

Heartsaver First Aid

The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively identify and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes of injury or illness until emergency medical service personnel arrive. The course provides basic training solutions for first aid, adult CPR and AED actions. You will receive an American Heart Association workbook in class and a certification card when you finish the class. There is a half-hour lunch built into the program (on your own).

Facilitator: Kenny Estee, Omaha firefighter, paramedic and EMS instructor

TRDV 030N 03 (synonym 181303) T March 6 l 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. l SOC CON 250

Business Office 101

Spend an hour with members of the Business Office as they answer questions regarding business office procedures and policies and why it is important to complete paper work in its entirety. We will focus on purchasing, guidelines, non-reimbursable items, P Cards, vendor payment, employee reimbursements, employee travel, non-employee payments and a little on Central Stores. You will receive the PowerPoint prior to the workshop, which enables you to review the materials and bring questions to the workshop. In this format, you will learn from Business Office personnel and from each other. Feel free to bring your lunch to this informative, interactive workshop.

Facilitator: Rich Hanneman, director of administrative management and members of the Business Office

TRDV 116N 02 (synonym 182218) F Feb. 24 l 10:30-11:30 a.m. l SOC CON 249

SharePoint 2010: Working with Document Libraries

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one document library. This module will teach you to create, modify and delete document libraries and all the tasks associated with document libraries.

    • Creating document library
    • Adding, editing and removing documents
    • Organizing items with folders
    • Working with documents
      • Uploading single and multiple documents
      • Document check in and out
    • Document library templates
      • Creating templates
      • Customizing template

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct instructor

TRDV 123N 02 (synonym 180385) W Feb. 15 l 2-5 p.m. l FOC Building 8 Room 210

SharePoint 2010: Working with Lists

Almost every SharePoint site includes at least one list. We will explore various types of lists including contacts, links and task lists. We will create, modify and delete various types of lists and all the items associated with them. 

  • Creating lists
    • Announcements
    • Links
    • Calendar
    • Contents
    • Tasks
    • Discussion boards
  • Adding, editing and deleting list items
  • Organizing items with folders
  • Working with list columns
  • Using list and column validation rules
  • Sorting and filtering lists

Facilitator: Ruthanne Grimsley, MCC adjunct instructor

TRDV 124N 02 (synonym 180388) W Feb. 22 l 9 a.m.-noon l FOC Building 8 Room 210

Note: Attending an activity during your scheduled work hours requires supervisor approval. It is your responsibility to obtain approval to attend a Training and Development event. Enroll through WebAdvisor, by calling ext. 8518 or by calling 402-457-5231. All workshops are noncredit, Term 12/JA. Contact Marilyn Cotten, coordinator of training and development, at 402-457-2507 with questions.

Have coffee with U.S. Senator Mike Johanns

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns will hold a community coffee at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, Friday, Feb. 17 from 2-3 p.m. The Senator will discuss important issues happening in Washington in an informal format in the commons area.

Sixteen students graduate from MCC's CDL Class A Truck Driving program

CDL Class A Truck Driving GraduationMCC's CDL Class A Truck Driving program graduated 16 students at a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7. These graduates are now qualified and have passed all requirements for their CDL Class A license. They can now enter the workforce as a CDL driver.

During this eight-week program, held at MCC's Applied Technology Center, students learn to drive semi-trailer trucks. They receive both classroom and on-the-road driving instruction. Topics include safe driving, vehicle inspections and understanding Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations, various CDL endorsements and truck controls, including shifting, driving, backing and cargo handling. Soft skill instruction includes employer-employee relations, customer relations, hours of service, trip planning and map reading.

The program culminates with a basic skills and driving test administered by MCC third-party state certified testers, plus written final exams. The program is certified and approved by Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

 "Between 2,000 to 10,000 drivers are needed right away in just Nebraska," said Rick Sandvig, CDL training instructor. "These graduates have chosen a booming career field. In 2012, overall employment of truck drivers and driver/sales workers is expected to grow. Many drivers make $32,000-$35,000 their first year. Some drivers can make $48,000-$50,000 by their third year, depending on their level of commitment."

Since the start of the MCC's CDL program in September 2005, 355 students have graduated. MCC has job placement assistance and invites recruiters from various trucking companies to come to class and offer students employment.

The next eight-week program begins on Thursday, March 8. The in-state cost of tuition and books for the entire program is approximately $1,200. Those interested in registering should call 402-763-5800.

Pictured from left:

Darryl Partner, CDL Instructor

Larry Hammers, CDL Instructor

Ed Pleskach, CDL Instructor

John Whittlesey

William Mitchell

Mark Schulte

Mario M. Phillip

Mark DeMaagd

Lionel Avant

Augustine J. Santoya

Milan Dragic

Stuart W. Ellison

Donny Muldrew

John Wisnieski, CDL Instructor

David Knight

James Hamilton

Bill Scharff, CDL Instructor

Robert A. Brown

Rick Sandvig, CDL Instructor

Not pictured:

Teresa Raus

Lamar J. Bass

Scholarships available for student veterans

Student Veterans of America is proud to announce a new partnership with Google that will provide eight student veterans nationwide pursuing computer science or related degrees with a $10,000 scholarship each for the 2012-2013 academic year. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2012. Finalists will be notified by the end of April. Recipients will also be invited to attend a scholars' retreat at Google headquarters during the summer.

MCC's SVA chapter is asking faculty and staff to recommend any students that fit the criteria. Submit recommendations to Robert Caldwell at rcaldwell11@mccneb.edu.

Come watch the ICA High School Culinary Invitational

You are invited to watch more than 100 high school students showcase their culinary arts skills at the annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational, Feb. 24-25 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on MCC's Fort Omaha Campus. Nineteen teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals, presenting various plates and devising restaurant concepts. Learn more >>

Discount tickets for Omaha Performing Arts productions

MCC employees can purchase discount tickets to Omaha Performing Arts productions. Visit www.eventusher.com to browse upcoming productions. You will need to enter a password to access this site. The password can be found by visiting www.mccneb.edu/opa/.

Updated FERPA webpage

The Records Office has updated its FERPA webpage. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review this page since FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) affects everyone at MCC. Navigate to the page by clicking on Student Records on MCC's homepage or click on the FERPA link on the Faculty and Staff Resource Center web page.

 Changes include:

  •  Annual notice to students
  •  College policy
  •  FERPA FAQs page specific to faculty, staff, students and parents
  •  Audio presentation and transcription of Dr. Christy Horn's FERPA presentation to faculty and staff last fall
  •  Newly created opt out of directory information form

 We hope having detailed information readily available will assist faculty and staff as they communicate with students. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that students' educational rights are protected. Contact the Records Office at 402-457-2353 if you have questions.

Save the date: MCC golf outing

Mark your calendars for MCC's golf outing on Friday, June 1 at Pacific Springs Golf Course, 16810 Harney St. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. Get your team together now for fun in June. Check future editions of the Inside Story for more information.

Current full-time or adjunct faculty invited to apply to join the Institute for Cultural Connections team

The Institute for Cultural Connections is a student-centered, faculty-driven initiative to enrich education through culture benefiting MCC and our surrounding communities. The ICC supports cultural education by maintaining their cultural calendar, hosting a yearly culture camp for MCC faculty, supporting International and Intercultural Education programs at MCC and developing cultural activities for MCC courses, faculty and students. Interested faculty would work in partnership with other ICC members and faculty throughout the College to promote, enhance and develop cultural education at MCC.   

If you are passionate about cultural education, check out the details at http://resource.mccneb.edu/icc/

Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offers free tax preparation

Tax season is here. This year, there are new opportunities for all right in our neighborhood!  The Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition is offering free quality tax preparation by certified volunteers. MCC's Fort Omaha Campus will serve as one of four sites in the Metro area. View the schedule of all sites and hours of service.

Last year, the Omaha EITC Coalition helped more than 6,000 families boost their income by letting them know about state and federal tax credits. Many people qualified to receive thousands of dollars in these credits. The EITC looks for every tax credit, offers free bank accounts and other financial services and delivers friendly service.

For more information, contact 2-1-1 for locations and times, email omahaeitc@cox.net or visit www.facebook.com/OmahaEITC.

MCC is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

MCC uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to get the word out about nearly everything-registration, graduation, guest lectures, special events and educational tips. Got something you want promoted via MCC's Facebook or Twitter pages? Email it to marketing@mccneb.edu. And don't forget to support MCC by liking our Facebook page, following our tweets and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Thank you from Leslie Kwasnieski, science lab coordinator

I would like to thank my coworkers for your kind words, cards, hugs and memorials that were given in sympathy of my mom's passing. Your kindnesses have been so very comforting, and I am so grateful for your friendship. Thank you all very much.

Green tip

Purchase greeting cards made from recycled or tree-free materials. Americans send two billion holiday cards each year, so just 1 percent reduction save fifteen thousand trees.-The Green Book

MCC reads! Food Rules

"Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food." p. 53

MCC is making news

What's the latest and greatest? Check out the latest news releases issued by Public Affairs to find out.

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