July 24, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public and Media Relations Manager
MCC receives Google grant, can receive additional funding through public voting contest
OMAHA, Neb. - Metropolitan Community College is the recipient of a $175,000 grant from Google, which will go toward the College’s 180 Re-entry Assistance Program. The College is also a finalist for the Google.org Impact Challenge, a public voting contest that could see the program receive an additional $125,000 if it wins.
The MCC 180 Re-entry Assistance Program serves the currently incarcerated and released populations, helping individuals transition and achieve their education and employment goals. The program has both credit and noncredit classes and includes services such as basic skills training, coaching and tutoring, employment support and other vital components to a successful transition.
“Thriving communities are built on second chances. MCC’s re-entry program helps participants build their strengths into career success,” said Randy Schmailzl, president of Metropolitan Community College.
Steve Fannon, program administrator for the Nebraska Department of Correction Services said, “opportunities through the MCC re-entry program provides a supported pathway to meaningful employment, better lives for individuals returning from incarceration, and helps make a safer community for everyone.”
The national Google.org Impact Challenge aims to fund nonprofits that are creating opportunities within their communities. To vote, visit g.co/NebraskaChallenge. For more information on the MCC 180 Re-entry Assistance Program, visit mccneb.edu/reentry.
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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.