- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska at Omaha is being recognized for its efforts to help the community.

The university has received the Presidential Award for Economic Opportunity from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

UNO Chancellor John Christensen says he’s proud of the award, but he knows that his university needs Omaha to be successful.

UNO is being recognized based on the 2012-2013 school year when more than 380,000 hours of service were performed in Omaha and Nebraska.

Some special programs were singled out for praise, including one that teams UNO students with middle schoolers to grow plants in water instead of soil.

In another program, UNO students teach computer skills to inmates in the Douglas County jail.

About the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.

Become a fan of UNO on Facebook: www.facebook.com/unomaha and follow UNO’s Twitter updates at https://twitter.com/unomaha.

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