CSC Job Enhancement Scholarships Boost Local Workers and Businesses – Nebraska City News Press
Nancy Feeney – Director of Communications for the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund
As you can imagine, a resort/conference center with 140 rooms, 14,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a restaurant, and a huge indoor pool requires a gigantic amount of 24-hour maintenance. That’s why Lied Lodge’s eight-person maintenance staff in Nebraska City needs training to handle any mechanical emergency that can arise any day or night.
As a maintenance worker for five years at Lied Lodge, Jerry Keran was thrilled to be able to improve his job skills by taking classes at Southeast Community College (SCC) in Nebraska City and Lincoln. He was especially happy when the Job Enhancement Scholarship covered 75% of his tuition and his employer, Lied Lodge, covered the rest.
Brad Moyer, president of the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund (NCCFF), said the Foundation has been proud to fund the CSC Employment Enhancement Fellowship since its inception in January 2018.
“This scholarship is designed to encourage workforce enhancement and career advancement. It helps keep a skilled workforce right here in the city of Nebraska,” Moyer said. “This scholarship is part of the NCCFF’s mission to invest in the people of Nebraska City.” To date, 64 scholarships have been awarded to CSC students in the Nebraska city for course credit and development work.
“The Job Enhancement Scholarship not only helps Jerry succeed in his job, but it also helps Nebraska City businesses thrive and satisfy their customers,” Brad said.
The Job Enhancement Scholarship is unique to SCC, according to Cindy Meyer, coordinator of the Nebraska City Learning Center at Southeast Community College.
“None of the other five learning centers (in Nebraska) has a local scholarship like this,” she said. “This is a one-time scholarship given only in the 68410 postcode area.” Cindy is grateful to the NCCFF for providing the funds for this important local scholarship. “It’s the kind of stuff that makes this job so rewarding,” Cindy said. “Jerry has taken advantage of the Job Enhancement Scholarship for many trainings. He worked in maintenance for years, but developed his knowledge and abilities through a variety of courses in electricity (electrical fundamentals, variable frequency drives, motor control and relay logic) and basic welding with CSC,” she said. “His value to the Lied Lodge team has increased exponentially, along with his confidence and personal job satisfaction.”
Randy Wurtele, Jerry’s manager at Lied Lodge, mentioned SCC courses to Jerry and told him about the scholarship opportunities available. “I could never have afforded to take these courses without the help of the CSC Job Enhancement Scholarship and the extra help from Lied Lodge,” Jerry said. He started taking lessons two years ago.
Jerry said he puts his new skills to work daily in his job at Lied Lodge. He said the day after completing a particular electrical course, he had the skills to fix a broken hot tub. Surely at least one hotel guest liked it!
“I highly recommend these classes to anyone,” Jerry said. “There were people from all age groups, both younger and older than me, in the classes.” He thanked Cindy Meyer for her help in enrolling him and finding the classes he needed as well as financial aid.
“It’s a good example of what can be achieved when you put the effort in,” Randy said of his employee. “And Jerry is that guy!” The Job Enhancement Scholarship was awarded
The Employment Enhancement Scholarship was awarded for a variety of course subjects at CSC. These include the practical nurse, help with medication, introduction to practical nursing, the opioid crisis, phlebotomy procedures, breastfeeding education, principles Basic Electrical, Electrical Troubleshooting, Motor Controls and Relay Logic, Variable Frequency Drives, Beginner Spanish, Basic Sign Language, Computer Science. courses (Microsoft Applications, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, One Drive for Business, Photoshop, Online Marketing), Intermediate Algebra, English Composition, Basic Welding (at Lincoln) and Forklift Operation and Safety.