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April 19, 2016
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How to Build an Electric Guitar class offers students IT, physics credit

OMAHA, Neb. — Students at Metropolitan Community College can earn college credit this summer by learning how to build a guitar. The different, yet fun concept takes place at the College’s PROTO Lab, located at The Mastercraft building, 111 N. 13th St. The course is good for both Information Technology and Physics college credit.
In How to Build an Electric Guitar, students will learn concepts in electronics, CAD design, manufacturing, math and physics by examining what is responsible for producing music with electronic stringed instruments. Students will also design the guitar’s body, neck, shape and custom headstock.
“Not every student is going to be interested in IT if all teachers do is discuss algorithms and other industry jargon. We wanted to let students get their hands dirty and work on machines that utilize the basics of STEM,” said Tom Pensabene, executive director of MCC’s Workforce Innovation Division. “The hope is that those same students might explore a career in IT once they get a good knowledge base of STEM using equipment in our PROTO Lab to create works of art or other pieces they design in classes held there.”
The class takes place on Wednesday evenings beginning June 8. To register, visit or call 531-MCC-2400. 

About MCC’s PROTO Lab

The new 1,400 square-foot space is part of a $2.49 million grant the College received. Short for Providing Realistic On-Ramps to Technology Occupations, the PROTO Lab is meant to introduce students to an information technology career while getting hands-on. The PROTO Lab can help students create projects utilizing 3-D printers, software programs and engineering skills. The lab will take the next step once it is combined with MCC’s FabLab at the Fort Omaha Campus inside the new Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology in fall 2017. 


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.