Aug. 29, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office

402-960-0697, mobile


National Science Foundation awards MCC $590,577 grant


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College is the recipient of a $590,577 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education program. MCC successfully submitted the grant proposal for the purpose of implementing The Digital Manufacturing NEXUS: Intelligent Infrastructure for the Industrial Internet-of-Things, a project that will educate students on the practical application of the internet to physical things such as manufacturing systems and methods, kitchen appliances, cars, thermostats and more. 


“With this grant, MCC students will now be able to measure things such as the efficiency of an apartment greenhouse and learn how to implement improvements to help reduce unnecessary waste,” said Tom Pensabene, associate vice president for Workforce and IT Innovation. “We will eventually be able to expand into local high schools. The grant helps further the College’s goal of offering high-demand skill training for individuals, thereby strengthening the workforce and the economy.”


With an emphasis on two-year institutions, the Advanced Technical Education program focuses on education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive the economy. 

MCC’s Board of Governors officially accepted the grant at last night’s monthly public board meeting.  


About the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education grants program

The program supports curriculum development, professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. The program encourages proposals from Minority Serving Institutions and other institutions that support the recruitment, retention and completion (certificate, degree or program) of students underrepresented in STEM in technician education programs that award associate degrees.




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.

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