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CARES Scholarship

What is the MCC Cares Scholarship?

The MCC Cares Scholarship* is a one-time allocation of up to $1,100 to be used on short-term training programs, or to be used towards an associate degree. Short-term training programs are noncredit courses that lead to industry-recognized certifications and knowledge. Typically, short-term training programs are specific to an industry and take anywhere from two weeks to nine months to complete. Individuals can also use the scholarship to kick-start their education toward an associate degree at MCC (you will need to meet with a Career Skills Coach to get clarification on what programs you are able to use the scholarship toward). For instance, you can begin taking welding courses with the scholarship and work toward earning a Career Certificate or Certificate of Achievement, and later an Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology. The main goal of recipients receiving the scholarship is that they gain education, skills and tools to re-enter the workforce or up-skill in the workforce into sustainable, gainful full-time employment.

*Scholarship only covers classes and fees.

To be eligible for the MCC Cares Scholarship you must meet the following guidelines:

It is highly recommended that a client already have a NEworks account created.

Must be able to provide documentation of received Unemployment Insurance Benefits or be able to provide last pay stub if currently working (to determine eligibility as under-employed).

What happens after I have applied?

Within 24 hours after you have applied, you will receive an email including your next steps. Make sure to check your junk mail or spam, as the email can sometimes be found in those folders. One of the next steps you will be required to do is to schedule a meeting with a Career Skills Coach. A link to the online scheduling system will be included in the email you receive. The meeting with the Career Skills Coach will take about 45 minutes and will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams. During this meeting, you will verify your application information, discuss training programs to enter and any applicable next steps.

If you are unable to conduct the intake virtually, you will still need to book your appointment through the link provided in the email you receive. After you have booked an appointment, you can send an email to MCCCaresScholarship@mccneb.edu to request either an in-person meeting or a meeting via phone.

If for any reason you do not receive an email after you have applied for the MCC Cares Scholarship, contact MCCCaresScholarship@mccneb.edu to let the team know. A team member will then send you the appropriate information you need to begin the next steps.

How is the scholarship applied to my account?

The scholarship will be applied to the student's account at the conclusion of successful completion of courses. If a student does not successfully complete a course, the scholarship will not be applied for that course. 

What programs can I enroll in with the MCC Cares Scholarship?

There are many programs you can enroll in. Before you choose, you will meet with a Career Skills Coach to determine the best program for you.

WID Short-Term Programs

Business Management & Insurance
  • Start Date: 4-Jan-21

    End Date: 27-Jan-21

    Description: This program satisfies pre-licensing standards for Nebraska Property and Causality Insurance Producer license, and Nebraska Health and Life Insurance Producer license. Successful participants obtain Nebraska Insurance producer licenses, work-readiness certifications, and job interviews with ready-to-hire companies for entry-level insurance producer positions.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Two months after start date.

    Description: Through the SAS Visual Business Analytics Professional Certificate, you get access to hands-on projects that are built into the course work of each course. Examples of projects include Visual Analytics Methodology, Designing Reports with SAS Visual Analytics Review, Restructuring Data for Forecasting Review, and Using Parameters to Create Advanced Reports Review. Participants are expected to study at least four hours per week.

Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance

    Start Date: 2-Oct-20

    End Date: 18-Dec-20

    Description: This training program provides the skills needed to perform a variety of duties in one or more of the building trades, such as minor electrical, plumbing, or other recognized crafts for the purpose to maintain, repair or remodel buildings and facilities. Minor HVAC and other mechanical systems are included. Upon successful completion of this program, students are prepared for employment in entry-level positions such as Building Maintenance Technician, Apartment Facilities Technician, Property Maintenance Technician, and Maintenance Technicians.

  • Start Date: TBD

    End Date: TBD

    Description: This career certificate is a focused set of classes designed to prepare students to work in the supply chain areas of business and industry. Whether in a parts department of an automotive shop, a food manufacturing plant, or a distribution warehouse, this certificate provides a useful set of skills. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students have the opportunity to earn industry recognized, nationally validated certifications through the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.

  • Sheet Metal Program

    Start Date: 5-Oct-20

    End Date: 13-Nov-20

    Description: This program focuses on engaging students who are interested in the sheet meal trade by having them build parts of a real aircraft. Students will learn the basics in sheet metal to include: riveting, bending, shaping, blueprint reading, LEAN practices and quality assurance. In this five-week, 100 hour program, students also will work with Career Skill Coaches on improving their employability soft-skills. Students will leave this course with desirable workforce skills in the Omaha area and would have met with representatives from the local sheet metal union. Pre-apprentice employment beginning wage starts at $12.00/hr. and Apprentice wage starts at $16.43/hr.

Healthcare
  • Start Date: 10-Dec-20

    End Date: 9-Mar-21

    Description: Whether your goal is to work for a retail pharmacy, local druggist, grocery store, or hospital, pharmacy technicians play an important role of a rewarding profession. Topics include dosage forms, routes of administration, measurements and calculations, infection control, medication safety, prescription reading, and pharmacology. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, participants complete an 80-hour externship in a retail pharmacy setting.

Information Technology
  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Three months after start date.

    Description: This program provides students with the skills needed to advance their career as a professional cloud architect. Students will have the opportunity to deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems and applications services, and they ill gain real world experience through a number of hands-on projects. Participants are expected to study at least five hours per week.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Four months after start date.

    Description: This program provides students with the skills needed to advance their career as a cloud engineer. Hands-on lab components will allow students to apply the skills they learn in the video lectures and projects will incorporate topics such as Google Cloud Platform products. Students also have the opportunity to practice key job skills, such as setting up a cloud environment and configuring and deploying a solution in the cloud. Participants are expected to study at least five hours per week.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Four months after start date.

    Description: This program provides the skills you need to advance your career in data engineering and recommends training to support your preparation for the industry-recognized Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer certification. Through a combination of presentations, demos, and labs, you will enable data-driven decision making by collecting, transforming, and publishing data; and you'll gain real world experience through a number of hands-on Qwiklabs projects.

    You'll also have the opportunity to practice key job skills, including designing, building, and running data processing systems; and operationalizing machine-learning models.

    Participants are expected to study at least five hours per week. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a certificate of completion to share with your professional network and potential employers.

  • Start Date: 21-Sep-20

    End Date: 8-Oct-20

    Description: This program is designed to give participants the opportunity to obtain employment in the low-voltage and fiber optics profession. Successful participants obtain Fiber Optics Association (FOA) certifications, work-readiness certifications, and job interviews with ready-to-hire companies for entry-level insurance producer positions.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Six months after start date.

    Description: This program includes innovative curriculum designed to prepare students for an entry-level role in IT customer service and support. It's a perfect entry point to start a career in IT with a multitude of job openings ranging from onsite or remote help desk work to customer care or client support. Through a mix of video lectures, quizzes, and hands-on labs and widgets, the program will introduce you to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security. You’ll hear from Googlers with unique backgrounds whose own foundation in IT support served as a jumping off point for their careers. Additionally, students will increase their level of communication, problem solving, appropriate empathetic behavior and process adherence to ensure the proper flow and service level agreements are met. Participants are expected to study at least five hours per week.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: five months after start date.

    Description: This Professional Certificate will give you a firm understanding of AI, its applications, and its use cases. You will become familiar with IBM Watson AI services and APIs. If you have no programming background, you will be able to create AI driven chatbots as well as pick up practical Python skills to work with AI. The courses will also enable you to apply pre-built AI smarts to your products and solutions. Participants are expected to study at least five hours per week.

  • Start Date: New classes start weekly. Register anytime between 17-Aug-20 and 30-Nov-20.

    End Date: Three months after start date.

    Description: This specialization is intended to kick-off your career in the enterprise platform that powers over 68% of world wide transactions. Learners will build complete foundational skills in IBM Z hardware and software, especially around z/OS and System Administration. This course includes hands-on labs on a real IBM Z server (no simulations), giving the learner real world experience. Participants are expected to study at least three hours per week.

Credit Programs

Winter Start Date: 3-Dec-20

Advanced Manufacturing
  • Description: The Automotive Technology program focuses on preparing students for careers in the automotive field and works closely with regional and national industry to encourage growth, relevancy and training in preparation for real-world work environments. We are committed members of an increasingly multicultural and diverse society creating a curriculum and a learning environment which empowers students to become contributing members of the community.

  • CDL Class A with E Restrictions

    Description: Students learn to identify basic Commercial Motor Vehicle instruments and controls and how to properly perform vehicle inspections, control the motion of CMVs under various road and traffic conditions and shifting and backing techniques, and couple and uncouple combination vehicles. During the off-street driving exercises, students familiarize themselves with the basic operating characteristics of a CMV. Students must be able to perform the skills to a level of competency required to permit safe on-street driving.

  • Description: This career certificate enables students to enhance their job-relevant skills in the workplace using CAD software. They are able to apply CAD software and 3-D solids modeling in the design of mechanisms and other machine components.

  • Description: This program provides training for entry-level employees in a variety of continuous process operating plants. These include ethanol and bio-diesel plants along with other bio-processing industries. A complete power plant operations option is also available. Graduates are trained to operate and maintain process plants and power generating plants. The program provides students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on training within the skilled trades.

  • Description: Mechanical Design Technology programs teach students to design products using relevant engineering concepts and computer-aided design (CAD) technologies. In addition to covering CAD technologies and general education requirements, coursework may include: Manufacturing processes. Technical drafting and math.

  • Description: This career certificate enhances the skills needed for positions as millwrights, machinists, mechanics, and production workers.

Construction
  • Description: The Construction and Building Science program offers students a wide array of choices in the field of construction. An associate degree, certificate of achievement and career certificate are available across several options, including concrete/masonry, general, residential, management, remodeling and finish/cabinetry. Students gain practical experience in a lab setting applying their skills to real-world situations.

  • Description: The Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance Technology program prepares technicians to install, maintain, and repair automated machinery and computer-controlled mechanical systems in industrial settings. These technicians also test, operate, or maintain robotic equipment at worksites.

  • Grounds Management

    Description: This career certificate prepares students to enter into a grounds management position where a student will be able to install and care for plants and hardscapes.

  • Description: This career certificate is for students wishing to concentrate their studies on wire-based processes, procedures, and techniques. Students learn to read prints and interpret welding symbols; safely and skillfully use oxy-fuel, plasma, and air carbon arc cutting processes; safely and skillfully use gas metal arc and flux-cored arc welding equipment; produce sound fillet and groove welds in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum in all positions with gas metal arc welding using short-circuit, spray, and pulsed spray modes of metal transfer; and produce sound fillet and groove welds in steel using flux-cored arc welding.

Healthcare
  • Description: A certified nursing assistant is considered part of the interdisciplinary health care team and assists the registered nurse or practical nurse with providing nursing care to patients. Responsibilities include basic nursing tasks related to meeting physical needs and activities of daily living. In order to become state certified, the student must take a state-approved program and pass a state-administered competency evaluation.

  • Description: Medicine is exploding with data. Data drives the quality and safety of healthcare. HIM professionals have an essential role in transforming that data into information to make wide-ranging changes in the provision of healthcare. Skilled HIM professionals accomplish this by facilitating the implementation of systems such as the electronic health record to ensure that the right information is available to patients, doctors, pharmacists and insurance companies at the right time and at the right cost.

  • Description: Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) program prepares graduates for a career in medical coding and billing and/or medical office management. HIMS is the practice of managing, acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and paper-based medical information vital to providing quality patient care.

  • Description: Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations today. Medical Assistants may provide clinical assistance in many areas, from obtaining patient history and vital signs to venipuncture. In addition, the Medical Assistant may be called upon to perform administrative/managerial duties, such as scheduling appointments and ordering supplies or assisting with the hiring and/or evaluation of employees.

  • Medical Services Representative

    Description: This program provides the basic medical knowledge needed for an entry-level position in a medical office setting. Courses include Medical Terminology I & II, Introduction to Medical Law & Ethics, Introduction to Electronic Health Records and a Lab Experience.

  • Description: An MDA is considered part of the interdisciplinary health care team and assists with the delivery of routine medications under direct supervision. MDAs may work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and immediate care facilities. Other duties for an MDA may include documentation of medications and monitoring the therapeutic effects of medications delivered, as well as assisting in the care of residents in these facilities.

  • Description: The certificate in public health is to educate front-line health workers with expertise and experience in assisting individuals and communities to navigate the U.S. community health, health care, and the entire healthcare paradigm systems; improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery; and accomplish personal prevention and health care goals.

Information Technology
  • Description: This career certificate allows students to sit for the certification exam for the Cisco Certified Network Associate. Topics include networks, boundary protection, enterprise networking, security and automation.

  • Description: This program provides students with a strong foundation in program design, Web programming and design, and database processing that is needed in today's business world. Students gain experience in databases, Web design, and programming languages.

  • Description: Degree or Certificate prepares students for a career in a variety of office and administrative support professions. The program provides students with a broad knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, business office knowledge, and communication and interpersonal skills. These skills provide the foundation needed to succeed in today's rapidly changing business world.

  • Description: This program prepares students to engage in the issues and emerging information and management concepts related to cybersecurity. Students are provided with a strong technical foundation to analyze, identify, plan and apply the knowledge and skills learned to defend a network.

  • Description: Data centers are a critical part of today's data processing world. This program familiarizes students with the physical components, design, management, support and operations of a data center. Students learn about data center infrastructure, create a server environment to meet specific needs, and daily operations of data center activities.

  • Description: Databases are the core of today's information systems and comprise one of the fastest growing ares of the information technology field. This degree provides students with a strong technical foundation in the design, implementation, and management of a relational database system.

  • Description: This program prepares students to successfully manage the World Wide Web environment. Students are provided with a strong technical foundation in developing content for the World Wide Web and any Internet-related support.

  • Description: This program is designed for students who have a working knowledge of HTML5, CSS, and basic computer development concepts such as flow control and object-oriented programming concepts. Students gain the knowledge and skills of the essential elements of web application development (i.e. Full Stack Web Development). This program prepares students for employment as entry-level web application developers.

  • Description: This certificate provides students with industry-standard foundational knowledge aligning to the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. Students learn foundational skills and concepts covering computer hardware, operating systems, networks and cybersecurity.

  • Description: The purpose of this program is to better prepare instructors/trainers to design, develop, implement and evaluate engaging learning opportunities through the use of technology tools for online or face-to-face delivery to meet varied educational and business needs.

  • Description: Prepares students for a career in a variety of office and administrative support professions. The Office Administrative program provides students with a broad knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, business office knowledge, and communication and interpersonal skills. These skills provide the foundation needed to succeed in today's rapidly changing business world.

  • Description: This program prepares students to successfully implement, configure, and maintain a Windows server in the Active Directory environment of large companies. Students gain a strong technical foundation in monitoring and managing a network infrastructure.

How do I apply for the MCC Cares Scholarship?

  1. You will fill out an MCC Cares Act Scholarship interest form
  2. Set up a time to meet with a Career Skills Coach to review your application