May 15

May 15, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



MCC Foundation announces the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner


OMAHA, Neb. — The Metropolitan Community College Foundation has named Hubert Charles Ahovissi the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Ahovissi was presented the award at the 8th annual MCC Foundation Scholars Reception. The award is given annually to a graduate whose achievement, service and commitment to MCC and the community is exemplary. 


Ahovissi is a 2013 graduate of MCC, where he earned his associate degree in Liberal Arts. He is a professional artist, dancer, drummer, choreographer, educator, stage costume designer and tailor. Born in West Africa, Ahovissi is also an approved teaching and performing artist through the Nebraska and Iowa Art Councils. 


At the award ceremony presented by America First Investment Advisors, Ahovissi said, “What an honor. My life started in a small village with very little and here I am now holding this incredible award. I knew that America was a land of opportunity and if you are willing to work hard, you can build a better life for yourself.”


Ahovissi is the fourth recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. He joins Jon Queen (Berkshire Hathaway), Marian Holden (Designer’s Touch) and Cory Johnson (AIT Worldwide Logistics). 


About Hubert Charles Ahovissi

Hubert Charles Ahovissi began his career in 1984 when he joined the National Ballet Company of Benin before joining the Super Anges Dance Troop in 1987. With the dance group, he performed internationally before moving to Omaha in 2000. In 2006, Ahovissi founded the African Culture Connection as a nonprofit organization to teach African culture. He is the recipient of the 2010 Girls Inc Angel Award, 2012 Nebraska Governor’s Art Award for Heritage Arts, 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2017 U.S. Air Force Excellence Through Diversity Award. Ahovissi shares his passion through public performances, school assemblies, residencies and workshops in the Omaha community.




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.