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June 22

June 22, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

New beekeeping courses at MCC focus on education, saving honey bees  

OMAHA, Neb. — Area residents can now learn how to become a beekeeper and play a role in helping save honey bees with Metropolitan Community College’s noncredit summer courses. Three new courses; Organic Beekeeping, Honey: From the Kitchen to the Coffee Table and Bees of Omaha will focus on teaching the biology, methods and work that goes into beekeeping. Additionally, the courses will help raise awareness and promote saving the honey bee population.
Students of the courses will learn beekeeping skills, bee behaviors, cooking with honey and more. The Bees of Omaha course on July 30 is a guided tour of area apiaries, a collection of beehives, at the College’s Fort Omaha Campus, Old Market and the Omaha Bee Club Teaching Apiary and Bee Gardens.
The new noncredit courses offered by the College comes at a time when the honey bee population has been in a dramatic decline. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 42 percent of bee colonies collapsed in 2015. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly one out of every three bites of food is directly or indirectly a byproduct of honey bee pollination.
The remaining courses for the beekeeper series begin Saturday, July 9. For a full schedule of the courses, visit or call 531-MCC-2400 to register.


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.