Metropolitan Community College known as Metro or MCC, known as Metropolitan Technical Community College, is a public community college in Omaha, Nebraska. The public college is located on multiple campuses throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. MCC serves residents of Dodge, Douglas and Washington Counties. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MCC is the largest post-secondary institution in Nebraska. MCC offers more than 100 one- and two-year career programs in business administration and office technologies, culinary arts and construction technologies and allied health, social sciences and services, visual and electronic technologies, as well as academic transfer programs. General support courses, classes for business and industry and continuing education courses are important parts of the college; the college began in 1971, when the Nebraska State Legislature consolidated eight technical community college areas into six for about 2000 employees. Metropolitan Technical Community College's first campus, a former warehouse at 132nd and I streets, offered 46 programs and had a total student population of 1,059.
Within four years, the Fort Omaha, South Omaha and Elkhorn Valley campuses were established. In the 1980s, the college began offering credit courses at Offutt Air Force Base and the Omaha Correctional Center, services to Dodge County residents increased with the opening of the Fremont Center in a leased location. By the fall of 1988, college enrollment had grown to 6,630 students. In 1992, the Nebraska Legislature changed the college's name to Metropolitan Community College; the following year, the Sarpy County Center opened in Brentwood Crossing Center in La Vista. By 2003, credit enrollment at the college totaled 23,623 students, making it the second largest post-secondary institution in Nebraska; as enrollment continued to grow at a record level, expanded physical facilities followed. Four new or renovated sites opened in 2007: the Applied Technology Center, the renovated Elkhorn Valley Campus, the new Fremont Area Center location and the South Omaha Connector Building. In 2009, the Institute for the Culinary Arts and the Merle and Joy Swanson Conference Center opened, adding 35,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom and meeting space and creating a new main entrance off Sorensen Parkway.
A year the renovated historic Mule Barn opened to provide meeting space for the MCC board of governors and outreach offices. In 2012, MCC Express-Vinton opened, offering educational services to the community, with an emphasis on adult education services including GED prep and English-as-a-Second language, community literacy services including Read-Right tutoring, individualized reading programs and career exploration. In 2011-12, enrollment was 17,374 noncredit students. In 2014, MCC announced the Fort Omaha Campus expansion project. Three new buildings — The Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, Construction Education Center and Academic Skills Center — will focus on training students for today and tomorrow and provide them with the tools for lifelong learning. MCC is considering offering student housing at this location. MCC has campuses in North Omaha at Fort Omaha, in South Omaha, in Elkhorn, as well as centers in Bellevue, La Vista and Fremont, the Applied Technology Center and classes at Offutt Air Force Base, multiple area high schools and offsite locations.
The college is governed by an 11-member board of governors. The members represent five districts with one member at large. Members serve four-year terms. Education in North Omaha, Nebraska Do Robert Carlton; the Evolution of the Nebraska Comprehensive Technical Community College System. Tallahassee, FL: Division of Educational Management Systems, Florida State University, 1973. OCLC 3142381 Knedler, Michael Lee. A legislative history of the comprehensive community college system in Nebraska 1926-1986: from junior college to technical community college. Ames, IA: Iowa State University, 1989. OCLC 897063513 Cox, Robert Waddell, Sharon Howell, Anne Ausdemore. 1997. "The Evolution of the Community College System in Nebraska." Community College Journal of Research and Practice. 21, no. 6: 543-58. OCLC 424895745 Moskus, Jerry. Metropolitan Community College Self-Study. Omaha, NE: Metropolitan Community College, August 2002. ED 474 846. JC 030 192. Official website
Sir James Douglas Wishart Thomson, 2nd Baronet was a Scottish Unionist politician. Thomson was educated at Oxford University, he was a member of the Oxford crews in the 1927 Boat Race. Thomson was elected as Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South at a by-election in May 1935. Following the death of his father from whom he inherited the baronetcy, he held the seat November 1946 by taking the Chiltern Hundreds. He is buried with his parents in the north-east corner of Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh. List of Oxford University Boat Race crews Leigh Rayment's list of baronets Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Douglas Thomson