July 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public + Media Relations Manager
MCC Utility Line student interns help local storm recovery effort
OMAHA, Neb. — MCC Utility Line students answered the call when local power companies put out a call for help after the June 16 storm that left thousands without power across the Omaha metro area. Tyler Meins, a student intern at Nebraska Public Power District, was one of a few MCC students that helped NPPD and Omaha Public Power District in the vast recovery effort to restore power.
“I assisted with taking out the failed lines and was also tasked with removing the excess debris and preparing new wire in order to restore power,” said Meins. “The feeling that I got from helping people put their lives back together after a big storm gave me great satisfaction. I love the feeling of helping others when they’re in need.”
Meins and the group of students spent time in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, an area hit hard by the storm. The MCC Utility Line program is a one-year associate degree program that prepares students for an apprenticeship with an electric utility company or contractor. All students use their summer quarter as an internship with a utility company.
For more information about the Utility Line program, visit mccneb.edu/util.
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.