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MCC 180 Re-entry Assistance Program

Metropolitan Community College’s 180 Re-entry Assistance Program (180 RAP) serves the currently incarcerated and released populations. 180 RAP provides services and support to incarcerated individuals and those transitioning from correctional facilities and treatment centers so they can make a successful transition and achieve their education and employment goals.

The Re-entry Center is based out of MCC's main campus - Fort Omaha Campus - in building 9 on the north end of campus.

Typically, walk-ins are welcome but currently services on campus and 180 Re-entry Assistance Program are limited.   You may still receive assistance with education, training and employment support.   The 180 RAP Pantry is still in operation, as well.   Please call our mainline at 531-622-7368 or 531-MCC-RENT for further details.

program description

Services include:

  • Skills and interest assessments

  • Career and educational goal setting

  • Work readiness and life skills training (credit and noncredit classes)

  • Registration assistance

  • Employment support

  • Introduction to MCC locations and resources

  • Transition support

  • Referrals to community agencies

  • Continuous coaching and tutoring

  • Credit analysis and transfer assistance

  • Financial aid and scholarship application referral and support

Credit courses inside state facilities

Credit classes are offered on-site at Omaha Correctional Center, Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility, Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, Nebraska State Penitentiary, Lincoln Correctional Center, Tecumseh State Correctional Institution and Community Correctional Center - Omaha.

Credit classes are bundled into fast-track options for career training:

  • Business and entrepreneurship

  • Trades

  • Information technology

  • College and career preparation

These career pathways lead to stackable credentials and include courses such as:

  • Problem Solving and Programming Logic (INFO 1003) Students learn techniques that will help build a firm foundation in problem solving and programming concepts. These techniques present the concepts of problem solving, and introduction to how problems are solved on computers, mathematical concepts required for problem solving using a computer and logic needed to understand a problem. Students use flowcharts, pseudocode, and algorithms to document and demonstrate logic as a solution to a problem.

  • BSAD 1110 Business Law II (BSAD 1100)This is a continuation of Business Law I. The course offers study in negotiable instruments, agency and employment, business organizations, suretyship, secured transactions, and bankruptcy.

  • Welding (WELD 1000) is a good first welding course. Students learn the elements of print reading with special emphasis on interpreting welding symbols. The course covers basic welding information, such as process fundamentals and selection considerations, weld types, joint design and welding terminology. Students successfully completing this course are well-prepared for success in the program.

  • Introduction to Process and Power Operations (PROT 1000) introduces students to various equipment and components found in the process and power operations industry. Topics include preventive and predictive maintenance, safety, lubrication, precision measuring devices, compressors, pumps, valves, steam systems, heat exchangers, cooling systems and process instrumentation.

Incarcerated men listen attentively to their instructor

Noncredit Courses Inside State Facilities

Noncredit classes are offered to help the currently incarcerated gain employability and job seeking skills and assist the population with the transition back into society. Noncredit workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Welding

  • Reintegration Planning

  • Mastering Soft Skills: Relationship Building, Time Management, Decision Making and Goal Setting

  • Financial Empowerment

  • Long Term Relief

These workshops are offered at correctional facilities and on campus.


If you or someone you know is interested in participating in Metropolitan Community College’s 180 Re-entry Assistance Program (180 RAP), call 531-622-7368 for Orientation. Orientation takes about 20 minutes and it is required prior to receiving services. 


180 RAP offers an immediate access pantry to the re-entry population. You do not need any type of identification or proof of income or residence to utilize this service. Pantry items vary daily and typically include hygiene items, clothing, shoes and nonperishable food items. 


Staff is uniquely equipped to assist the re-entry population with obtaining employment upon release from jail or prison. 180 RAP assists with resume creation or updates, interview preparation and direct employment referrals. To schedule an appointment with the 180 RAP Resource & Employment Specialist, individuals must first attend Orientation.

If you are an employer interested in scheduling a tour or would like to learn more about Metropolitan Community College’s Re-entry Center and 180 RAP, please contact us. If you would like to forego the tour and receive potential employment referrals from 180 RAP, complete the Employment Referral Information Form and scan to

program staff

Kim Bellinger, Employment Peer Mentor
Glenn Flenorl, Peer Mentor
Dwayne Tucker, Peer Mentor
Bob Blanchard, Coach
Carolyn Laible, Resource Associate
Marji VoorVart, Resource & Employment Specialist
Sharri Wirth, Program Coordinator
Terry Ricketts, Assistant Director
Diane Good-Collins, Director

E-mail or call 531-MCC-7368 for more information. 

Mailing address

Metropolitan Community College
Re-entry Center, FOC, #9
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103-0777

180 RAP team members