July 9

July 9, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



MCC announces plans for new Center for Advanced Manufacturing


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will renovate the Industrial Training Center on the College’s South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets, creating the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The new center will be composed of more than 30,000 square feet of space and will house programs in Drafting and Design, Industrial and Commercial Trades, Precision Machining Technology, Process Operations Technology and Welding while creating new degree options in the manufacturing field. 


The announcement of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing project is a response to the community’s workforce needs. Many local manufacturers are short on skilled labor, creating demand for technicians, welders, machinists and other professions that require certifications and two-year degrees. Additionally, there will be new space for MCC Military/Veterans Services as well as Veterans Upward Bound, a federal TRIO program.


“The Center for Advanced Manufacturing is Metropolitan Community College’s response to the state’s growing manufacturing workforce needs,” said Randy Schmailzl, MCC president. “The Nebraska Department of Economic Development expects the number of manufacturing jobs to grow significantly in the coming years. Local businesses are going to need skilled prospects to fill those positions. Curriculum at the new center will prepare students for fulfilling careers in advanced manufacturing, while helping local manufacturers compete nationally and internationally.”


The Center for Advanced Manufacturing will provide future programming for Advanced Manufacturing, Introduction to Robotic Technology, Robotic Maintenance, Industrial Robotic Application, high school career academy and more. Coordinated program offerings will include lab space for incumbent worker training and manufacturing apprenticeship programs with industry partners. 


The project will be completed in the second half of 2019. 




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.