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Jan. 9

Jan. 9, 2020


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell


Trades competition will challenge local high school, college students

OMAHA, Neb. — The second annual Metro Omaha Trades Invitational will return to Metropolitan Community College on Friday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will feature area high school and college students, who will showcase their skills in various competitions. The Metro Omaha Trades Invitational aims to promote the trades and other fields, introducing students to career opportunities that are in high demand.

“MCC and industry partners have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to show off their talents in a setting where they’ll race against the clock and each other,” said Zach Pechacek, MCC SkillsUSA director and instructor. "Students will also have the chance to visit with local employers, alumni and instructors to discuss career opportunities.”

The College will host the event at three different locations. The Fort Omaha Campus (buildings 22, 24, 25, 26 and 29), 5300 N. 30thSt., will host competitions in Carpentry, Digital Cinema Production, Floriculture, Photography, Welding and more. The South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., will host Automotive Technology, Firefighting, CNC Milling and others. The Applied Technology Center, 10407 State St., will host competitions in Automotive Refinishing, Collision Repair, Collision Estimating and Diesel Technology. The invitational acts as a qualifier for other trades competitions in the state of Nebraska.

There will be an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. inside the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology on the Fort Omaha Campus. First, second and third place for each competition will be recognized in both secondary and postsecondary levels. 


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.