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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCC Foundation and how does it support students, faculty and staff?

Since 1977, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation has advanced the College’s comprehensive mission by creating community awareness, building and nurturing meaningful relationships, and connecting donors with giving opportunities that match their interests. As a separate 501(c)(3) corporation, the MCC Foundation is the College’s primary vehicle for charitable giving. With the partnership of generous individuals, foundations, corporations and service organizations, we advocate to support:

  • MCC student scholarships

  • MCC program growth funds

  • MCC faculty awards

  • Capital projects for state-of-the-art facilities

  • Textbooks and classroom supplies

  • Student organization funds

  • Facility and equipment needs

MCC is a publicly funded institution, why are we asking for private support?

You know firsthand that it takes a team to help students succeed. State appropriations, tuition/fees and property taxes only cover a portion of what it costs to operate the College. Private gifts are needed to help ensure student success and quality of services. Private support can also add a margin of excellence that public dollars cannot.

Is my gift to the MCC Foundation tax-deductible?        

Yes, the MCC Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity; therefore, your contribution may be tax-deductible. Please check with your tax-adviser to find out more. By the last working day in January, an annual charitable contribution receipt for the previous year will be sent to all donors who choose to invest in student success through a gift to MCC Foundation.

What is the Advancing the Promise campaign and who can be involved?

To respond to enrollment demands and community needs, MCC is investing in the future of our students and communities. Advancing the Promise builds on our commitment to student success, and we invite community support in those investments. Together with community donors, MCC is raising funds to advance the priorities of the master facilities plan.
Employees and community members are welcome to be involved. Please contact the MCC Foundation at 531-MCC-2346 or via email to discuss this opportunity. We’d be glad to talk with you about all the different ways you can help engage community members in the life of the college.

What planning input did you have for the advanced manufacturing and automotive programs?

Plans for the Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) and automotive facilities and programs are being shaped by input from area employers and faculty. Employer input ensures there will be strong demand for students who complete MCC training. MCC also prioritizes training for jobs that are full time, provide a sustainable wage, offer benefits, and support ongoing training and advancement.

What is the Center for Advanced Manufacturing?

  • MCC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) will house a comprehensive instructional offering of manufacturing practices, processes and systems. In addition to Welding, Precision Machine, Mechanical Drafting/Design, and Industrial Electrical/Mechanical programs, the Center will house a new degree option in Advanced Manufacturing, developing well-rounded, entry-level technicians.

  • The Center will also serve as a new gateway for the College’s Military and Veteran students. More than 80% of manufacturers report they cannot find workers to fill their skilled production jobs. Recognizing this opportunity to match strong students with high-demand career fields, MCC is re-purposing space within CAM dedicated to financial aid, advising and “earn and learn” programs specifically for MCC’s military students.

  • CAM will consolidate manufacturing related programs and courses at one location, allowing MCC to provide more integrated, real world programming. Creating one site for this new center of excellence also makes MCC manufacturing related courses more accessible for students.

  • The Center for Advanced manufacturing will help attract students to manufacturing education and careers. The new facilities, equipment and tools will open eyes to the new age of technology-enabled manufacturing and the quality jobs available in our area’s manufacturing industry.

  • CAM will provide opportunities for young people to engage in early advanced manufacturing career education.  High school students will participate in advanced manufacturing career academies, earning college credit and preparing them for careers while they are still in high school.

What is being developed for the automotive trades?

  • MCC is constructing a new facility designed specifically for state-of-the-art Auto Collision and Automotive Technology education. The facility is being built on land currently owned by the College, now functioning as a parking lot on the northwest corner of the campus.  

  • The new auto facility will co-locate two existing programs currently spread between two campuses, the Applied Technology Center near Irvington and the Mahoney Building at the South Omaha Campus. This co-location will enable integrated programming and streamline student access. 

  • The approximately 100,000 square foot facility will contain classrooms and specialty labs for applied learning, administrative and faculty offices, a large material and consumables storage and check-out area, as well as shared equipment storage for the large amounts of tools, parts and specialty equipment used in these programs.

  • The automotive facility and programming are designed to meet industry standards for specialized training partnerships. The new facilities and partnerships will help ensure that MCC students develop priority skills that lead to quality jobs within the area automotive industry. Examples of training partnerships include Toyota’s Technician Training and Network (T-TEN) program, planned in accord with Toyota and Lexus. Another example is the Automotive Express Lane Technician Certificate training, planned with multiple area employers. Automotive Express Lane is a 120-hour program designed to move people quickly into jobs, as well as onto pathways for college degrees and career advancement.

  • The new facilities and programming will help attract youth and adults to automotive education and careers. This programming will include career academies for high school students, who will be in training on the South Omaha Campus every afternoon, Monday through Thursday.

What is the Nebraska Community College Gap Assistance Program?

CAM and automotive programs offer training that result in college credit and degrees, as well as industry credentials. Students may seek traditional financial aid and scholarships for credit-bearing programs. For accelerated, non-credit-bearing career training, students may seek assistance through the Nebraska Community College Gap Assistance Program (GAP). GAP provides approximately $1.8 million per year for tuition, books, equipment, and fees, including industry testing and background checks. The program is available for low-income students of up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. This means that a single individual making less than $31,225 would meet the eligibility requirements, according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2019.

Don’t see your question here?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about giving to the MCC Foundation. Contact the Foundation via email or call us at 531-MCC-2346 and we will be glad to help.