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Veterans and Military Resource Center

Message from the president

Welcome to Metropolitan Community College.

You have served our Nation proudly. Now it is our privilege to serve you, by helping you meet your educational, developmental, and professional goals.

MCC truly values its service members, Veterans, and their families. Your unique experiences enrich the overall learning environment for all of our students.

Whether you plan to take a few classes, obtain a professional credential, or complete a twoyear program, please know we stand ready to assist you in meeting your goals.

At MCC, you will find an array of resources to aid in your transition to college life and to help ensure your academic and career success. These resources include dedicated spaces and services designed specifically for you, including professional advising, counseling, and support services, all provided by individuals who care and have a vested interest in your success.

We are excited to have you as part of our student body and look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Thank you again for the privilege of serving you at MCC.

Randy Schmailzl, College President

​Welcome to MCC Veterans and Military Resource Center (VMRC)

The VMRC should be the first stop for new and returning student Veterans. All VMRC services and resources are available for Veterans, active duty, Guard and Reserves and their family members. The center serves as a liaison with other school functions and teams with VA, DoD, State and community resources to help ensure your success at MCC and in meeting life and career goals.

The VMRC is located at MCC's South Omaha Campus, Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) Bldg, Room 101. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.   

Contact us at 531-622-4770 or VeteransCenter@mccneb.edu

VMRC Staff Members

Daniel Mohr, AF Veteran & Veterans Center Director
Kacie Jones,  Army Veteran & Student Attendant
John "Cal" Callaghan, AF Veteran & Math Tutor

Veteran Center Services

  • Information on VA, DoD, and state benefits
  • Assistance with obtaining MCC and community resources
  • On-site VA, State, and VSO representatives
  • VA Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership Counselor
  • VA Chapter 36 Career and Education Counselor 
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Student Veterans Organization
  • Massage chair to relax and rejuvenate
  • Private study rooms, computers, and internet access
  • Complimentary coffee and other refreshments
  • Dedicated space to meet and network with others who have similar experiences
  •  Math Tutor.  Available Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For an appointment outside these hours or for remote assistance, please contact the VMRC. 

EVENTS

 
  • Thursday, September 29, 12PM.  Valmont Industries Visit.  Valmont is a global leader in designing and manufacturing highly engineered products and services that support infrastructure development and agricultural productivity.  A Valmont Veterans Employment Representative will discuss the company's work cultural and commitment to Veterans and others along with providing information on various employment opportunities.  Location:  VMRC, SOC CAM Bldg Rm 101.
 
  • Wednesday, October 5, 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  VA Resource Fair.  Counselors and representatives from the VA Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Program, VA Hospital, and Nebraska State VA  will be available to discuss their various resources and services and will be able to immediately connect Veterans and others with helping services and support.  Location:  VMRC, SOC CAM Bldg Rm 101.
 
  • Thursday, October 20, 12 PM.  Student Veterans Organization (SVO) Fall Term Meeting and Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program Grant Briefing Get an update on our SVO while connecting with other student Veterans.  Also, learn about a new homeless Veteran reintegration program grant that helps Veterans experiencing various forms of homelessness and financial instability.  This grant helps connect Veterans with critical resources, services, and counseling to quickly help and empower these individuals.  Location:  VMRC, SOC CAM Bldg Rm 101.
 
  • Thursday, October 27, 12 PM.  Small Business Administration (SBA) Entrepreneurship Presentation.  Learn about the various resources and services available from the SBA for Veterans and others wanting to start a business or become an entrepreneur.  Location:  VMRC, SOC CAM Bldg Rm 101.
 
  • Saturday, November 5, 10 AM.  Nebraska Veterans Parade 2022.  Join fellow students, Veterans, and MCC faculty and staff members, and walk with us as we honor the brave men and women who proudly served and those still serving our Nation.  To participate, please sign up NLT Thursday, November 3, by contacting the VMRC at VeteransCenter@mccneb.edu or 531-622-4770.  Location:  Old Town Bellevue NE.
 
  • Friday, November 11, 10 AM. MCC Annual Veterans Day Ceremony.  MCC hosts this annual event to recognize and honor our Veterans including students and employees.  Ceremony takes place at the SOC, CAM Bldg, Conference Room 120.  All are welcome to attend.  
 
  • Friday, November 11 to  December 18.  MCC and Veterans & Military Resource Center Art Show.  MCC and the VMRC are hosting its first art show dedicated to those who served and those currently serving our Nation as well as their family members.  Artwork will be displayed in the SOC CAM Building with an opening reception on Friday, Nov 11 starting at 5PM.  For those interested in submitting artwork and others who have questions, please contact the VMRC at 531-622-4770.
 

Online Resources

Programs, Initiatives and additional Info

Getting Started

If you have questions or need assistance, the VMRC staff can walk you through the MCC application process. It is free to apply and completing an application does not obligate you to attend at MCC. To apply for admission go to Apply. NOTE: Students who have not attended MCC in the past two years will also need to complete an application. We can provide basic information about MCC academic programs and POC information.

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Program

MCC's Veterans & Military Resource Center (VMRC) is proud to announce the addition of Heather Bojanski as a member of its extended support staff.  Heather works for the VA and serves as our Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership or VITAL Counselor.

The VITAL program is a collaborative effort between the school, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and state and local agencies to ensure our student Veterans, military and family members get the tools they need to succeed.  In addition to serving as a trusted counselor and advocate for students, other actions Kyle can help with include:

  • Assistance with VA health care enrollment and information updates
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation—referral and coordination
  • Coordination of VA health care services
  • Veteran health care appointment scheduling
  • Liaison with VA health care providers and VBA personnel
  • Referrals to on-campus and state, county, and local services for Veterans
  • Consultation and support regarding issues impacting academic performance and retention

For questions, or to talk with Heather, please contact the VMRC at veteranscenter@mccneb.edu or contact Heather directly at Heather.Bojanski@va.gov.

Learn more about the VITAL Initiative.

Student Veterans Organization

MCC Student Veterans Organization (SVO) is a charter member of Student Veterans of America. The SVO is student-driven and provides opportunities to develop leadership and to network and support fellow Veterans in academic, community and social settings. To learn more about the SVO, contact the VMRC at VeteransCenter@mccneb.edu or 531-622- 4770. Learn more about the SVA.

Veterans and Service Members Graduation Recognition

In order to recognize its Veteran and military students, MCC is proud to present eligible graduates with a red, white and blue honor cord. Eligible students can pick up their honor cords when checking in for the graduation ceremony. In addition to the honor cord, students’ Veteran or military status will be recognized during the ceremony. If not attending the graduation ceremony, students can stop by the Veterans and Military Resource Center to obtain an honor cord.

Laura's Picks

MCC Humanities faculty member Laura Chambers assembled a reading list for Veterans. Check out the recommended veteran reading list and Book Club.

Interested in being a Peer Mentor?

Are you interested in being a mentor for other Veteran, military or Vet/Mil connected students? Being a mentor can provide an opportunity to serve as a friend, leader and guide and help build a strong network of support and friends for a new student. A mentor’s involvement can be the linchpin that helps ensure a fellow student’s success in school, life and career. Contact the VMRC to learn more.

Additional Learning Opportunities