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Metropolitan Community College-District 2

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    Brad Ashby
    (R)

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    Alex Garrison
    (D)

Biographical Information

How should community colleges differentiate themselves from four-year universities?

What should be the qualifications of instructors at Metro?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities?

Past Public Office, dates held Metro Community College Board of Governors
Education BS Computer Science
Military experience USAF Retired
I see MCC serving two separate purposes. First as always MCC should continue to offer courses in the trades to help people to into the workforce as quickly as possible. Second MCC is a great low cost option for student that plan to attend a 4 year University to obtain prerequisite classes that will transfer to the University.
MCC instructors should have a Masters degree in the disipline in which they are instructing or any equivalent amount of experience in the trades in which they are teaching.
1. To keep MCC as a low cost option and look for ways to trim costs to reduce the burden on the tax payers. 2. Make sure that everyone who wants to attend MCC has that opportunity. 3. The current MCC President is planning to retire, I want to make sure MCC hires someone with similiar traits that will be able to work with the Unicameral as well as be able to help fund raise for the College. 4. Promote the High School dual enrollment program.
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Education Bachelor's of Science in Journalism, University of Kansas; Associate's in Computer Programming, Metropolitan Community College
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Director At-Large and Website Admin, League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (16-20); Curriculum Director, New Leaders Council Omaha (18-20); Field Canvasser, Kara Eastman for Congress (18); Lead Organizer, WordCamp Omaha 2015 (15-16)
We need to ensure that our community college continues to serve our communities by providing a wide range of different kinds of classes, courses, degree programs and avenues to success.

Community colleges can also shift programming to innovate and adapt to changing community needs and can help build job skills faster and in a more focused way.

Metro can support many different types of learners and, while that provides some challenges, it’s also the institution’s greatest strength.
We have an obligation to maintain accreditation and the highest standards of instruction quality. I’m proud of the quality and qualifications of Metro’s faculty and staff, and will work to continue to support them.

While maintaining accreditation standards, I believe we should also have instructors with hands-on experience, particularly in areas such as the trades and I.T. This further improves student job readiness by helping to connect with industry and the latest innovations in the field.
- Maintain tuition affordability. - Form an accessibility committee to research educational programs to support students in “outside of the classroom” challenges such as mental and physical healthcare, childcare, transit, food scarcity, housing and criminal justice system and re-entry issues. - Continue to evaluate COVID response. - Determine a pathway to reducing the college’s carbon footprint to net zero by 2050.