Metro, Area Businesses Join to Launch Code School

By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Metropolitan Community Col-lege has joined forces with Kiewit Corporation, Mutual of Omaha and other Omaha-area businesses and organizations to launch the MCC Code School, a public-private partnership to help develop technology talent in the area.

Employees of four local organizations will go through the Code School curriculum developed by the MCC Workforce Innovation Division, according to a release.

The nine-month, 20-hour-per-week noncredit program prepares students to work in an Agile development environment. Students will get a job description and will undergo performance evaluation. 

“The MCC Code School will improve the Omaha information technology workforce, giving area companies greater options when hiring,” said MCC President Randy Schmailzl. “We are all about partnerships, and the new Code School already has wonderful partners on board that will see their employees get the skills needed to help them grow.”

Classes will be offered at the Millwork Commons facility in North Downtown. A grand opening event will be held with MCC and its partners at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at The Mastercraft building, 1111 N. 13th St.

“Millwork Commons is a neighborhood focused on innovation, collaboration and growth,” said Paul Smith, founder of Black Dog Management, which is developing Millwork Commons.

“The MCC Code School will be an asset to Omaha while also helping to further the vision of the Millwork community. We’re excited to welcome students and instructors to the neighborhood. We look forward to the opportunities this partnership will create.”

Shonna Dorsey, senior business systems consultant at Mutual of Omaha and former co-founder of Interface Web School, said Mutual of Omaha is eager to partner with MCC on the Code School.

“Our company’s need for strong tech talent is growing rapidly, and many of our existing employees have a strong interest in information technology,” she said. “This collaboration supports our commitment to investing in the professional growth of our associates to help meet that need.” 

For more information, visit mccneb.edu/codeschool or contact MCC at 531-622-4943 or corporatetraining@mccneb.edu.

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