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A final round of summer classes will be offered at Mid-Plains Community College prior to the start of the fall semester. They are:
This wide belt sander is just one of many new pieces of equipment that will be used this fall by the MPCC building construction department.
Building construction students at Mid-Plains Community College will start the fall semester with some of the most advanced equipment on the market.
Much of the machinery is already set up in the building construction shop in the W.W. Wood Building on NPCC’s North Campus. Each piece is designed for safety and ease of use, including a wide belt sander for precision sanding.
There’s a familiar face, but new game plan in store for the building construction program at North Platte Community College.
Roger Fattig has been hired as a full-time first-year building construction instructor. He takes over for Jack Daniels who resigned in 2014.
The MPCC Cowboy Kickball team, back row, left to right: Carol Garrison, Lauri Rogers, Wendy Schramm, Carol Bodeen, Pam Burks, Josh York, Michael Driskell and Chris Turner. Front row, left to right: Nicole Kissinger, Ethan Elliott, Rachel York, Janelle Higgins, Emma Elliott and Dustin Elliott.
A new event at NEBRASKAland Days raised about $250 for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team on Wednesday night.
A total of 10 teams competed in Cowboy Kickball at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. The MPCC Wrangler Booster Club had one of them. It lost 15-10 to a team from Great Plains Health, but the college came out a winner anyway at the end of the day.
Nursing is one of many programs featured on new interactive DVDs produced by the MPCC public information, marketing and development office. The DVDs are designed to inform potential students about offerings at the college.
High school students undecided about the career path they want to take could find help in a new tool released by Mid-Plains Community College.
Seven MPCC instructors are the recipients of BEST awards. The instructors are, back row left to right: Ann Reichle, Janet Stalder, Kathleen McCune, Angie Chittick and Cathy Nutt. Front row left to right: Jean Condon and Lorrie Mowry.
Seven business instructors from Mid-Plains Community College have been honored with Belong, Excel, Study and Travel awards by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Through a partnership with McCook Community College and area business sponsors, the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition, accepted a record number of 37 applicants. From those, 15 were selected to compete in the Spring Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition. Those semi-finalists received a scholarship (valued at $282) to attend, for free, the on-line Entrepreneurship Business Plan writing class offered through Mid-Plains Community College during the 2015 spring semester.
Joni Qualm, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015, crowns Emily Taylor on Wednesday night, as Lauren Heaton, Miss Rodeo America 2015, prepares the sash. The coronation was during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
A Battle Creek woman has been crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016. Emily Taylor, 24, received the title Wednesday night during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Taytum Dickman is Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2015. The Elwood woman was crowned Wednesday morning at the North Platte Community Playhouse in North Platte. Jenna Langer, 17, of Superior, was named first-runner up and will fulfill the duties of queen if Dickman is unable to do so.
An additional Try It Out Tuesday class is being offered this summer just in time for the Keith County Fair. “Decorating Cupcakes” is planned for 9-11 a.m. July 28 at the Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Extended Campus. Mary Faesser, food superintendent for the Keith County Fair static exhibits, said the timing couldn’t be better.
“Fair exhibits are entered July 29 - the day after the class,” Faesser said. “Whether your child wants to enter [the cupcakes] in the fair, or just take them home for the family to enjoy, the class is going to be fun.”
She will help participants, ages 5 and older, decorate a dozen cupcakes during the two-hour class. They will learn a variety of creative techniques.
Those already enrolled in 4-H Foods can enter their cupcakes in the Decorated Cupcakes category at the fair. Those who are not entered in 4-H, but would like to enter their cupcakes in the competition, can enter the Open Class division. The Keith County Fair will be July 27 through Aug. 2. Entries will be accepted from noon until 4 p.m. July 29.
The Try It Out Tuesday program is a new, educational and fun learning program offered by the Ogallala Extended Campus every Tuesday during June and July. Additional information about the cupcake decorating class is available by contacting the college at (308) 284-9830 or emailing email@example.com.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. A kick-off is planned from 9 a.m. to noon during the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car Display in Memorial Park.
This year, the North Platte Community College Foundation will raffle a 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, it is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
The 19th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival will consist of a who’s who of nationally acclaimed narrators and musicians. The festival will begin Friday and continue through Saturday in McCook. The featured presenters include:
(Photo by Susan Wilson)
Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Harley tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
He began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. Harley uses songs and stories to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life.
A new website is making it easier than ever for people to determine whether credits will transfer from one college or university to another.
Transfer Nebraska was developed by the University of Nebraska in collaboration with the Nebraska State College System and the Nebraska Community College Association.
The website, http://transfer.nebraska.edu/, offers a convenient one-stop shop for researching course transferability between Nebraska’s public higher education institutions.
Jean Condon, business and technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College, has been selected to receive a Service Award from the Nebraska State Business Education Association.
She was honored with a wooden clock during the Nebraska Career Education Conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney on June 3.
Because of a recent flurry of signups officials at McCook Community College are adding a second bus for Friday, June 12's “History’s Mystery” tour of the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp. It’s all part of the Buffalo Commons Storytelling weekend
Summer Kid’s Academy classes at McCook Community College continue this week. Last week students enjoued a SCUBA adventure on campus. This week it's "Fun at the Dam" for (8-14 years of age) Tuesday, June 9.
Some of the best storytellers in the nation will be in McCook next week for the 19th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival. All activities are open to the public. Many of them are free.
Jean Condon holds a 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year award from the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska. She was honored during a luncheon Wednesday at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
Recipients of the award are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of career and technical education through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community, according to Murleen Bellinger, ACTEN executive director.
Bullfighter Rowdy Moon puts his skills to the test helping a hung up bull rider. Moon is being sponsored this year by Mid-Plains Community College. (Photo courtesy of JJJ Photo)
Snorting bulls, cheering crowds – it’s all part of a day’s work for Sargent cowboy Rowdy Moon. Moon, 18, is one of the most recent additions to the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
He will start classes at MPCC in the fall and compete on the team as a bareback rider. However, his true passion pits him against a meaner sort of animal.
Kaile Jacobson, of Makawao, Hawaii, competes in breakaway roping in Dickinson, N.D. in May. Jacobson is a member of the MPCC Rodeo Team. The horse she is riding was named “Horse of the Year,” for the Great Plains Region by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. (Photo courtesy of Annika Plummer Photography)
He might be famous, but it hasn’t gone to his head.
In fact, “Mater,” as he’s known on the rodeo circuit, couldn’t care less about his new regional title, or the glory that accompanies it – just as long as he’s fed on time.
Nicole Kissinger, Anne Schmit and Carla Long, instructors from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, were honored at an annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence last week in Austin, Texas.
All three were selected as Excellence in Teaching recipients by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). They each received a specially-cast, pewter medallion and inclusion in a commemorative booklet.
NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.
Vance Hardenbergh, environmental services maintenance technician for Great Plains Health, demonstrates spot removal Wednesday at North Platte Community College. Twenty-six custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel from towns such as Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Chappell, Loomis and McCook participated in the Professional Services Training offered by the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Specialty cleaning, chemical safety, floor finishes and coatings and care and use of tools and equipment were among the topics discussed.
Numerous summer classes will start this month at Mid-Plains Community College. On-campus, online and distance learning courses are available, making it easier and more convenient than ever to pursue a postsecondary education.
The majority of the classes are six to eight-weeks long, allowing students to rack up credit hours in a short amount of time.
Donna Pucket can’t remember her life without music. It was a constant during her childhood in South Dakota and became an obsession fueled by time.
The reality seems somewhat odd, considering Pucket’s parents weren’t overly musical. Her mother was too busy raising four children to have much time for anything else. Her father played the saxophone some, but as a school superintendent, his focus was education.
The Try It Out Tuesday classes offered for Ogallala and area youth through Mid-Plains Community College Ogallala Extended Campus will start June 2.
In its second year, the program aims to provide educational and fun learning experiences for youth during the summer. Classes are offered on Tuesdays in June and July.
At the Wednesday night Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, the Board approved the addition of a third year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) to President Ryan Purdy’s existing three-year rolling contract.
According to the terms, the President shall devote his full time, skill, labor and attention to his duties and be compensated as follows:
Jean Condon has been named the 2015 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska.
Condon is a business office technology instructor at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte and serves as the area division chair for the college’s Business and Technology division.
Condon was selected for the award based on excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education.
Custodial, maintenance and housekeeping personnel will have the chance to brush up their skills thanks to Professional Services Training offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. The seminar is scheduled for June 2-3.
“This training will help develop employee skills to make facilities more efficient, attractive, secure and compliant with rules and regulations,” said Crystal Welch, area operations manager for the CFE.
Two free courses designed to explain the ins and outs of taxes are being offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Both are taught by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, and both require pre-registration.
Sales Tax Seminar
The Sales Tax Seminar covers the basics of Nebraska sales and use tax - information that not only benefits professionals, but also the general public.
All-terrain vehicle training will be offered through Mid-Plains Community College thanks to a more than $24,000 grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The college received notification of the award Monday.
The money, a total of $24,143, will be administered through the North Platte Community College Foundation. It will be used to fund a Rural Youth Operator Safety Training program, which will provide hands-on, ATV training to people ages 6-16 involved in agriculture production.
Spring 2015 President’s List
The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2015 Spring Term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
Spring 2015 Dean’s List
The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2015 Spring Term at Mid-Plains Community College. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
An employee at Mid-Plains Community College has been recognized for her penmanship. Sharon Brown, of North Platte, received an honorable mention in the 25th annual Nebraska Handwriting Contest, which promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.
A long-time McCook Community Colege science and math teacher -- Jim Hall -- was named the 2015 winner of the Gene A. Budig Outstanding Faculty Award.
Twenty-seven Mid-Plains Community College students were recognized with Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday at the North Platte Community College South Campus.
Back row, left to right, they are: Kristyn Clapp, of Culbertson; Jami Comer, of North Platte; Lori Schanou, of North Platte; Tasia Stumpf, of Ogallala; Savannah Higdon, of North Platte; Sarah Riddell, of North Platte; Jennell McGee, of Ogallala; Taylor Dunn, of Cozad; Merry Sedlacek, of North Platte; Nicole Miller, of North Platte.
This week will be one of celebration at Mid-Plains Community College. Every final puts students one step closer to summer break, and for some, a step closer to earning a college degree, diploma or certificate.
Their hard work, dedication and perseverance will be recognized Friday at both McCook Community College and North Platte Community College.
Second-year building construction students from Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte were among those who attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for a new Nebraskaland Days office at the Wild West Arena. The students built the facility.
Fourteen area high school students were recognized during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. They are, back row left to right: Abby Werkmeister, Maywood; Joslyn Burke, Sutherland; Kevin Tobias, Lexington; Luke Walz, Stapleton; David Trierweiler, North Platte, and Jacob Whisenhunt, Maxwell. Front row, left to right: Autumn Hild, Brady; Hannah Hays, North Platte; Bethany Vinton, Mullen; Kelsey Higgins, Valentine; Mickayla Sheets, Wallace; Hailey Maline, Gothenburg, Megan Trierweiler, North Platte.
Everyone has a story - all choose how they write it.
That was the message of Mike Jacobson during the 2015 Academic All-Stars ceremony Tuesday at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
One visit with Amy Taft and it’s easy to see why she was selected as the 2015 spring commencement student speaker for North Platte Community College.
Her name consistently appears on either the Dean’s List or the President’s List. She is involved in numerous campus activities, including peer tutoring, choir, Phi Theta Kappa and Drama Club - the latter two as club president.
It’s a brief moment, but it signifies a huge step on the pathway to nursing.
A total of 27 Mid-Plains Community College students will receive Associate Degree of Nursing pins Friday during a special ceremony planned for noon at the North Platte Community College South Campus McDonald-Belton Theater.
Didn’t have time to take that introductory accounting class you wanted to this semester? No problem. It and many others will be available through Mid-Plains Community College in the coming weeks.
Numerous courses will be provided online or through distance learning in addition to those offered in a classroom setting. Registration can be done by calling 535-3774.
The upcoming classes include:
Sara Morris, biology instructor, helps a student, Taylor Hill, adjust water temperature for a DNA experiment at North Platte Community College.
Sara Morris never intended to become a teacher. Now, after more than 50 years in the profession and facing her third retirement, she can’t imagine life any other way.
Cpl. Season Trevino and detention officer Tracy Wofford instruct NPCC students Jessica Jarvis and Shelby Clark to take off their jewelry in the Lincoln County Detention Center on Wednesday. The students visited the jail as part of a class project. ?
Two softball players from North Platte Community College got a look at “life on the inside” Wednesday afternoon. Shelby Clark and Jessica Jarvis visited the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center as part of a role reversal project for a human communications class.
McCook Community College's Dakota Terry and Jason Lighthall won academic athlete of the year honors recently while the MCC softball team compiled a team grade-point average of 3.48 to win the award for MCC's Academic Athletic Team of the Year.
Tina Walker, Mid-Plains Community College Area Director of the Learning Resource Center, was named the 2014-2015 winner of the award for MCC Professional Achievement in Student Support.
McCook Community College Art Instructor Rick Johnson –has been named the winner of the 2014-2015 MCC Faculty Achievement in Student Success Award.
MCC students named top in their divisions
McCook Community College honored four students this years as the top students in the fields of Business and Technology; Science and Math; Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Services; and applied technology.
Outstanding students in their academic division included: Molly Hannon, Kassidy Gillen, Jamee Stewart and Jimmy Hickert.
These students were selected as their respective divisions’ outstanding student based upon their academic achievement, their participation in division activities and activities during their attendance while completing their education at MCC.
Molly Hannon -- Outstanding Student in the Business and Business Technology Division.
“This student is an amazing young lady, a truly dedicated student and an outstanding athlete,” said her nomination letter.
“She exemplifies leadership by actively participating in class activities and volunteering for leadership roles in group projects.”
“Molly submits high-quality work and has a positive attitude which radiates enthusiasm in the classroom,” said another nomination. “She is a team player and a creative problem-solver. She is quick to recognize the needs of her classmates, and often steps up and mentors those who are struggling.”
Hannon was cited for being “skilled at looking at topics from multiple points of view, and mediating group discussions.”
“She always wears a smile and is a delight to have in class.”
Kassidy Gillen -- Outstanding Student in the Mathematics and Science Division
“Kassidy has been a dependable and conscientious student,” said her nomination letter. “She has had no apparent academic weaknesses. She demonstrated an ability to get along with her peers and to be a leader among her peers in the laboratory portion of our classes.”
The letter went on to say that Gillen demonstrated “an intellectual curiosity as she pursued resources in and outside our class.”
Gillen was noted for her work in Microbiology, Nutrition and Human Anatomy as well as Physiology I and II.
“Kassidy is extremely self-motivated and committed to receiving a quality education while she is at MCC. I can only encourage Kassidy in her pursuit of her future in nursing education.”
“Kassidy is an excellent student who always has a smile on her face and a pleasant greeting when you meet her,” said another letter, “Kassidy will do well in whatever she pursues in her profession!”
Jamee Stewart-- Outstanding Student in the Humanities, Human Services and Social Sciences Division.
“Jamee’s work ethic is exceptional and is one of the many characteristics that define her as an outstanding student. Her work is meticulous and always completed on time. As a person she is friendly, courteous, and respectful of her instructors and fellow students. She is destined for great success,” said her nomination letter.
“Jamee is one of the most outstanding students I’ve had in the 20 years I’ve taught here” the letter said. “She has the second highest grade in my Introduction to Sociology class during that time. In addition to being highly intelligent, she is also sociable, with a great smile and many friends.
“I don’t nominate students for this award very often because few qualify but Jamee certainly does and I recommend her for this division award without reservation!”
Jimmy Hickert -- Outstanding Student in the Applied Technologies Division –
Jimmy Hickert was cited for his strong desire to become a great welder. During the first semester, Jimmy put in extra hours welding every week while remaining “very engaged” and with a positive attitude, according to his letter of nomination.
In addition Hickert has taken a job welding for Schaffert Manufacturing, and has “done a great job with positive feedback.”
“He is the kind of student whose efforts will help the welding program grow its relationship with local employers and well as provide a positive name to Mid-Plains Community College and the students that we develop,” the letter went on to say.
Two McCook Community College sophomores claimed Vice President’s Awards at Honors Convocation Thursday. Andrea Miller, Culbertson, won the Vice President’s Award. Brittany Broomfield, McCook, won the Vice President of Student Services Award.
Samantha Zirnig has been named “Student of the Month” for April by the North Platte Community College Business Department.
Zirnig was born and raised in North Platte and is a 1999 graduate of North Platte High School. She is married to Justin Zirnig.
‘Random knock on the door’ led Kathy Dernovich to EMS career
During the fall of 1981, Kathy Dernovich was a stay-at-home mother of three. A stranger knocked on the door of their Culbertson home and changed the trajectory of her life forever.
“Ed Oberg was knocking on doors looking for people to join a group of Culbertson residents who wanted to learn emergency medical training,” Dernovich recalls.
“With three kids, what really perked my interest was thinking ‘Wow, one night a week, for three hours, participating in training other than potty training,’” she said. “I remember I even had to ask Ed to explain what being an EMT entailed and if Culbertson even had an ambulance.”
A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for Kathy and for retiring history instructor Chet DeVaughn. The public is encouraged to attend.
MCC’s Chet DeVaughn retiring after 43 years as teach, coach
Chet DeVaughn’s teaching career follows a path of doing what made the most sense, but it’s also been a career he calls extremely rewarding. He’s retiring from McCook Community College this year.
A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for DeVaughn and Kathy Dernovich. The public is encouraged to attend.
Mid-Plains Community College is one of four community colleges chosen as a semifinalist in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to draw attention to education leaders, teachers, top employers and students across the U.S. who promote or exemplify readiness for college and careers.
Top honors announced at MCC for students, instructors, staff
Thirty-seven McCook Community College students were inducted into The Eta Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Thursday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Event Center.
Members of the NPCC select choir practice in the McDonald-Belton Theater on Tuesday. They will be part of a year-end concert April 30.
North Platte Community College will round out the spring semester with a cultural experience. The music department has planned an “end of the year” concert for 7:30 p.m. April 30 in the McDonald-Belton Theater.
The event will be accompanied by an art show featuring the work of approximately 32 NPCC art students. Both activities are free and open to the public.
MEMBERS OF THE McCook Community College play “Proof” which opens Friday on campus include Ethan Poore (left) and Allison Priddy. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee at the Weeth theater in Tipton Hall on campus.
MCC's 'Proof' opens Friday on campus
The McCook Community College production of David Auburn’s award-winning “Proof” comes to the MCC stage this weekend.
The play, directed by MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle, opens with performances Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on campus. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
“I just think it’s a wonderful script that turns the focus on family dynamics and trust while delving into the fine line between genius and mental illness,” Grizzle said.
“Proof” is the story of a young woman named Catherine, played by McCook High School senior Allison Priddy. She is the daughter of Robert, (Don Harpst) a brilliant mathematician, who misplaces both his brilliance and his sanity in his later years. Catherine, a budding mathematician herself, must give up her schooling and her most creatively productive years in order to take care of her father.
The play opens with Robert -- who has just died -- and Catherine, conversing with his ghost. She wonders if she may have inherited his tendency toward madness. Robert had first shown signs of madness in his mid-twenties. Catherine just turned 25. Her suspicions seem confirmed when sister Claire (played by Kyla Monie) and Robert's protégé, Hal, (Ethan Poore) begin to treat her as if she is mentally unstable.
“Ultinately, Catherine has to confront who she is,” Grizzle said.
Priddy, who plans to attend MCC after graduation, said the role of Catherine has required her acting to dig to a deeper level than she’s ever had to before.
“It took me awhile to understand Catherine and her world,” Priddy said.
“This story deals with some serious family issues,” Harpst said. “It has more ‘real-world issues than most plays so it’s given us all much deeper challenges intellectually. I just love the dynamics of the father/daughter relationship in this play.”
Poore, who plays one of Robert’s former math students, said he likes how once you get into the story there are many ways to interpret the things Catherine and Robert say to each other.
Kyla Monie plays the estranged daughter “Claire” who comes to Chicago for her father’s funeral and tries to reconcile with her estranged sister.
“It’s so much different than what you might see on stage at a typical community play or even a school play,” she said. “You’ve got one daughter who makes many sacrifices to stays home in Chicago and look after her father and then you have my character Claire, who thinks she has all the answers even though she lives in New York.”
“There are some serious issues like mental illness and caring for family members but the dialogue is real, sometimes even funny.” Priddy said. “I think all-in-all it’s a very entertaining story.”
“Proof” won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play and was made into a movie by the same name staring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Grizzle said the play does have mild adult language and while it is a serious play he believes there are enough amusing moments -- and an intriguing mystery -- to keep the story balanced and the audience entertained.
Seven finalists in the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition are set to make their final pitches this Friday for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money to develop or expand their business.
Rowan Gordan, house manager of the Nebraska Youth Center, speaks to a social work class at North Platte Community College on April 16. She was one of several presenters talking to the class about her career.
Students in Tonya Townsend’s Intro to Social Work class had the chance to learn from professionals in the field April 16 at North Platte Community College.
Townsend, who is herself a nationally certified school psychologist, invited a social worker; youth care specialists and a behavior consultant to speak to her class about their jobs. All are from North Platte.
Pat Smith sprays off his ’55 Thunderbird. Smith did mechanical work and rebuilt wrecked vehicles for a second income most of his life.
They’re not your traditional college students. They’re grandfathers. Their hair is tinged with silver, and their eyes are crinkled with years of smiles and laughter, experience and wisdom.
All have spent their lives in North Platte, and all are Union Pacific Railroad retirees. Some have known each other for years, while others were only recently adopted into the group.
Each has a passion for restoring old vehicles and a desire to live each day to the fullest. They fit right in at North Platte Community College.
Erin Mitchell, Ricki Reason, Anna Watts and Gina Poncelet competed at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They are Phi Beta Lambda students from North Platte Community College.
Four North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were among those competing at the PBL State Leadership Conference April 3-4 in Kearney. They were Erin Mitchell and Ricki Reason, both of North Platte, Gina Poncelet, of Gering, and Anna Watts of Ogallala.
Mid-Plains Community College is rolling out a new program that will allow people to earn information technology (IT) certificates by taking online courses. Classes will be available starting in the fall of 2015.
“We wanted to target those individuals interested in gaining a knowledge of computer science, but who work all day and aren’t able to be on campus,” said Emmanuel Luke, IT instructor at North Platte Community College. “Taking classes online is often easier for them.”
Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development; Joe and Dorothy Conger; Danielle Schiel; Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Ryan Purdy, MPCC president, face the crowd during an Honors Convocation Thursday at NPCC. The Congers donated the first-ever Joe and Dorothy Conger Single Mom Scholarship to Schiel.
Outstanding students, faculty and staff were recognized Thursday during the seventh annual Honors Convocation at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College is accepting scholarships from farm bureaus within its 18-county service area.
In Lincoln County that includes the Kent Boyer Memorial Scholarship administered by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation. The Lincoln County Farm Bureau also awards two $500 scholarships to applicants based on financial need.
Chelsey Shaul has been named as a Mid-Plains Community College “Student Nurse of the Month” for March. Shaul is a licensed practical nursing student from the Valentine Extended Campus.
Dalton Simants, of Gothenburg, has been named “Business Student of the Month” at North Platte Community College. His parents are Scott and Becky Simants.
Dalton graduated from Brady High School in 2014, and is currently studying business entrepreneurship at NPCC. His expected college graduation date is May of 2016.
“I chose NPCC because it was affordable, and I could get the degree that I wanted,” said Dalton. “Also, I can keep my job while attending school because I’m not that far away.”
Dalton’s future plans include mechanical work and returning to his family’s farm. He has also tossed around the idea of opening a mechanics shop.
His instructors know he will do great no matter what path he chooses.
“Dalton is currently in my Introduction to Accounting class and is a very enjoyable student to teach,” said Ann Reichle, accounting instructor. “He has a good business mind combined with a consistent work ethic that will serve him well in his future plans.”
When not in class, Dalton enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.
Nebraska college and university students in need of a general physics class will have the opportunity to complete one via distance learning.
Mid-Plains Community College will offer PHYS 1410: General Physics I this summer. It will be taught by Jared Daily, a physics and engineering instructor at North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College has announced its "Nursing Students of the Month" for the spring semester. Pictured are those from the second-year Associate Degree Nursing program at MPCC. They include: front row, left to right: Sarah Riddell, Merry Sedlacek, Holly Barrett and Jami Comer. Middle row: Tasia Stumpf, Nicole Miller, Kristin Clapp. Back row: Justina Snider and Elana Ramos.
Bitterman Walent Rossenbach
Three licensed practical nursing students at the Broken Bow Extended Campus have been named “Nursing Student of the Month” by the Mid-Plains Community College Nursing Faculty. They are: Chandra Bitterman, who received the title for January, Becky Rossenbach, Nursing Student of the Month for April, and Jeffrey Walent, the May honoree.
McCook Community College sophomores Andrea Miller and Amber Madigan were recently honored for being named as MCC’s representatives of USA Today’s All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Nils Koch, a German exchange student attending North Platte Community College, stands in front of the White House. He recently returned from a congressional internship in Washington, D.C.
Ask Nils Koch about a typical day in a congressional office, and he can tell you. In fact, he has a better understanding of the inner-workings of the U.S. government than most Americans – despite the fact that he’s from Germany.
“I couldn’t be a congressman,” said Koch. “They are so busy. It’s too much for me.”
Children at McDonald Elementary react to a science show conducted by the North Platte Community College STEM Club on April 7. The club, advised by Jared Daily, NPCC physics and engineering instructor, performs science shows every year for local elementary schools and youth groups. The college students also participated in "Science Night" on Friday at Jefferson Elementary.
More than 250 area art students were on the McCook Community College campus Friday for the annual paint-in and art exhibition.
Students from Norton Community High School placed first in the paint-in competition, Hitchcock County was second, Chase County third and a team from McCook received honorable mention.
Thomas Hoxmeier of Southern Valley High School received the “Best of Show” award with his piece “Thursday Matinee.”
Alleyah Evans, a student at North Platte Community College, sings in front her classmates Wednesday in preparation for an April 16 recital.
There will be a spring vocal and piano recital April 16 at North Platte Community College. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mid-Plains Community College Broken Bow Extended Campus has announced a new series of traditional and online classes. It includes:
“Intro to QuickBooks”
Participants will learn how to track a company’s transactions and finances with a single, intuitive and easy-to-use software program.
They will have the option of either using laptops preinstalled with QuickBooks, or using their own laptops. The class will be taught with QB 2015.
The class will be from 6-9 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, April 19-May 3. The class is worth one credit hour. Ann Reichle is the instructor.
“Spring Planting and Gardening Tips”
This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate how to pair annuals and perennials to create customized planters and flower beds. People can use their own planters. The class will be at the Custer County Garden Center, 500 Thelma St., in Broken Bow.
The fee is $10. That does not include the cost of materials, which will have to be purchased separately at the Garden Center. The class is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 20.
“Simply Social: Eating Well and Wise with Social Media”
Participants will learn to use Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets to improve nutrition, find delicious and easy recipes and sharpen food preparation skills while debunking common food myths and misdirected claims.
The class is available at 8-9 a.m. and at 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 22. People can choose which session they want to attend. The fee is $10, and the instructor is Jessye Goertz.
“Introduction to Golf”
This course is designed to introduce students to golf. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental etiquette, skill techniques, rules and history of the leisure sport. Golfing will be done both individually and as part of a group.
The one credit hour class is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 14 through May 12. The instructor is Kaci Johnson.
“Commercial Driver’s License”
The 15-hour course prepares drivers for basic CDL written tests. Topics covered include: general knowledge, pre-trip inspections, air brakes, combination vehicles and safe transport of cargo.
Students will have the opportunity to add an hour and a half of driving time for an additional cost, but must indicate during registration that they want the option.
The class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16-17, with optional drive time planned for April 18. The fee is $165, and the instructor is Dennis Holtz.
“Nebraska Boating Safety”
The Nebraska Boating Safety course is required for all power boat operators at least 14 years of age, or born after Dec. 31, 1985. That includes operators of personal watercraft and all power boats. Students must attend all hours of class time to be certified.
The test out option requires advanced online study. More information is available at boatsafenebraska.org. The free class will be taught by a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission official. It will be from 2-5 p.m. April 26.
Pre-registration is required for all the classes. To sign up, call (308) 872-5259.
MEMBERS OF THE McCOOK Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed at the state leadership conference in Kearney.
McCook Community College hosted the Mid-Plains Community College Tech Exploration Day which included hands-on demonstrations and displays from the instructors in Building Construction, Auto Body, Automotive, Electrical, Diesel, Welding and HVAC.
Elizabeth Haag, Ben Sinclair, Angela Demilt, Hannah Magill, Sara Savage, Soliel Atenza and Nadyne Crumly
Students from two public speaking classes at North Platte Community College were recognized with awards this week.
Sarah Magill and Ben Sinclair won the bi-annual Word Speeches Competition at the college. Whitney Edwards and Angela Demilt placed second.
The McCook Community College women’s basketball team will hold a garage sale Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 906 Norris Avenue in McCook with the event serving as a fundraiser for the Lady Indians program.
McCOOK COMMUNITY COLLEGE students in the Accelerated Paramedic class recently finished 12 weeks of training on campus. This 12-week program is designed to provide the required classroom training and education to develop competent Paramedics. The accelerated version of the paramedic training consolidates the didactic training in which the students attend class 40 contact hours per week for 12 weeks.
The Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center will host art students from nearly two dozen area high schools Friday when the McCook Community College Art Department stages its annual paint-in competition.
Linda Morris was presented with a “You Rock” award Monday by NPCC staff. Pictured from left to right are: Cindy Odean, Gail Knott, Linda Morris and April Fager.
Linda Morris is North Platte Community College’s newest “You Rock” award winner. The honor is given to NPCC employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service.
Morris is a part-time administrative assistant for NPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus (OEC). She was nominated by Gail Knott, area director of outreach for Mid-Plains Community College.
A total of 29 new members will be inducted into the North Platte Community College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society on Sunday. The Alpha Beta Theta Chapter is the only club on campus that is strictly academic.
The inductees were sent invitation letters earlier this year encouraging them to join PTK. Selection was based upon grade point average.
According to Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the Alpha Beta Theta Chapter, inductees must have a 3.5 GPA to begin with and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA. Students who qualify must apply for membership and pay a lifetime fee.
Aryn Meisinger and Valerie Most serve soup at the NPCC Volleyball Team – Sophomores table Thursday night at the Souper Bowl Cook-Off. Their table ultimately won the title of “Best Soup.”
About $900 was raised from the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday night at the Quality Inn and Suites. North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
A total of 11 teams cooked and served their best concoctions in an attempt to win the titles of “Best Soup” and “Best Décor.”
Emma Petersen and Sam Roessler take a stroll in one of the scenes from “The Good Doctor.” Bea Webster and Ryan Carey also star in the comedy, which the North Platte Community College Theater Department will present April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.
It’s an easy step that could save someone’s life.
That’s how Amanda Koubek, account manager for the American Red Cross, feels about donating blood during an upcoming drive April 13 at North Platte Community College.
The collection is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the student lounge on NPCC’s North Campus. Appointments can be made by calling or texting 563-260-4115, and walk-ins are also welcome.
The founder of Life CONsequences will speak at North Platte Community College. Ethan Fisher spent three years in prison for vehicular homicide – an experience that convinced him to turn his life around.
The NPCC Student Life Department will bring him to the McDonald-Belton Theater on April 20 to share his story and talk about the choices that led him to a life as a convicted felon. The title of his presentation is, “Good Saturday Night = Lifetime of Compromised Dreams.”
It’s about to get messy. A total of 11 teams are signed up to compete in the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on Thursday at the Quality Inn and Suites.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
While most McCook Community College students spent spring break away from campus, a small group of students spent it with campus Vice President Andy Long in Texas.
It was all part of the MCC Leadership class and included stops in Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Their stops included AT&T Stadium, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas; the Alamo and Historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio; Sea World and the beaches of Corpus Christi.
Marco Pascolo, of Italy, works on a project in a physics lab at North Platte Community College on Monday. Pascolo will transfer to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the fall to study electrical engineering and play basketball.
Statistics in a new report are no surprise to administrators at Mid-Plains Community College. In fact, the information reinforces what they’ve known all along - more students are earning college degrees than traditional data indicates, and MPCC has a hand in it.
North Platte Community College student Marco Pascolo, Emilee McCurdy, a sophomore at Eustis-Farnam High School, and NPCC student Matt Kellie, measure the speed of light using a chocolate bar and microwave oven Monday morning at NPCC.
Pascolo and Kellie are studying relativity in a physics class taught by Jared Daily, NPCC physics/engineering instructor. McCurdy, who is thinking about pursuing chemical engineering, got the chance to sit in on a physics lab with the men as part of a college tour.
Elizabeth Benjamin has resigned from the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors. Ryan Purdy, president of Mid-Plains Community College, received notice of the resignation, which goes into effect immediately.
In her message to the rest of the MPCC Board, Benjamin said, “Louie, Ted, Mike, Garry, Kent and Ernie - it was my honor to serve with you these last 10 years. And to Ben, Jo, Cindy and Karen, I hope that you enjoy your tenure on the Board as I did.”
A Music Talent Scholarship Audition Day has been scheduled for April 18 at North Platte Community College. It will be on the South Campus in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building, according to Elizabeth Peters, music instructor.
“We want to give prospective students a day where they can showcase their talents with a vocal and/or instrumental solo performance in addition to doing a short interview,” said Peters. “We are inviting current NPCC students who want to either receive or renew a scholarship to audition as well.”
Auditions can be scheduled by contacting Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-535-3755.
More than 300 girls attended the Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at NPCC on Thursday. They got a first-hand look at careers in science, math and other non-traditional fields.
Banker, paramedic, chiropractor, photographer – the careers were all on the table Thursday during the annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference.
MPCC Leadership Class students take a break from sightseeing at SeaWorld. Back row left to right: Chandler Wagner, Vince Lyons, Brooke Ruggles, Katelyn Kinne, Emilene Sides, Amanda Dreher, Sam Harper, Colton Daily and Zackary Wright. Front row left to right: Kyla Monie, Hannah Goss, Valerie Most, Aryn Meisinger.
Wednesday’s cloudy skies and cool temperatures were a snap back to reality for four students from North Platte Community College.
That’s because the weather was much warmer in the place they were the day before - San Antonio, Texas.
Jared and Packer Daily got an aerial view of the North Platte Community College South Campus during a plane ride with Dr. Roger Simpson. Jared is a mathematics and physics instructor at the college.
A father and son from North Platte are taking their relationship to new heights thanks to an aviation class offered by Mid-Plains Community College.
Jared and Packer Daily are enrolled in Basic Ground Training, a course for people wanting either pilot or ground instructor certification. Taught by Les Olsen in Valentine, the distance learning class prepares students for the federal private pilot written exam.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Arts and Crafts:
“Oil Painting - Sunset,” – Participants will create a 16-inch by 20-inch sunset oil painting. Instructor Pam Cullen will provide guidance about color mixing, composition and values. All supplies are included in the $70 cost. A discount is available to Creativity Unlimited Arts Council members.
Cutline: Angela Buesing, of Gothenburg, prepares to take a job skills assessment test Monday at MPCC in North Platte. The college has been selected to receive a Career Preparedness Award.
Mid-Plains Community College has been named as a Career Preparedness Award recipient by the Nebraska ACT State Organization.
The honor makes MPCC Nebraska’s community college representative in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
11-year old Abbee Terry throws out the first pitch Thursday at Purple Day activities for McCook Community College softball and baseball games.
Carra Johnson searches for parts in the Automotive Technology Department at MPCC on Thursday. She’s learning what it would be like to operate a parts store.
There’s more to working in an automotive shop than grease and gears.
Students find that out first-hand when they enroll in the Automotive Technology Program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
Sherry Mihel, former area student advisor for MPCC, helps student Kelsey Medina, of Ogallala, during a previous Advising/Financial Aid Day. A similar event is scheduled at the Ogallala Extended Campus on April 8.
Mid-Plains Community College is making it easy for people to sign up for classes at its extended campus locations. Four Advising/Financial Aid Days are scheduled at Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.
MPCC advising, financial aid, records and registration staff will travel to each site to make sure both new and returning students are as prepared as they can be to start summer/fall classes.
Students from Hitchcock County, Dundy County-Stratton and Sutherland claimed top team academic honors Wednesday at the Inter-high Day scholastic competition at McCook Community College. Here are the results:
Mid-Plains Community College will have a hand in increasing the number of shop and industrial technology teachers in Nebraska.
That’s thanks to a new partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present the comedy, “The Good Doctor,” April 8-11.
The Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter, and Anton Chekhov, a physician who became one of the greatest Russian playwrights in history.
NPCC choir members practice ahead of a “Nebraska Sings” concert planned for Saturday. The students will perform alongside the Heartland Singers at 7 p.m. at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center.
Choir students from North Platte Community College will be among those participating in the “Nebraska Sings” project this weekend.
NPCC’s Select Choir and Concert Choir will join with the Heartland Singers to offer a concert Saturday at the North Platte High School.
Mid-Plains Community College will offer and in-depth look at its programs and services during a series of Registration Days starting in April.
People will be able to sign up for classes at the events. They will also receive all the information needed to begin coursework at MPCC in the fall.
Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College raised more than $1,000 for the family of Michelle Heisz over the weekend. The Stapleton woman died in a vehicle accident in November.
The MPCC chapters of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association and the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska hosted a St. Patrick's Day-themed 5K run/walk Saturday at the North Platte Community College South Campus to benefit Heisz’s children.
“We were extremely pleased with our turnout,” said Nicole Kissinger, nursing instructor. “We had about 60 adult racers and 25 kids in the kids’ mile.”
Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division.
The results were:
Men 15-19 years
1. - Clayton Pagel
2. - Elliot Purdy
3. - Ethan Fessenden
Women 15-19 years
1. - Rebecca Ady
2. - Jessica Coons
3. - Hannah Pagel
Women 20-29 years
1. - Kaylin Hinton
2. - Serena Findley
3. - BreAnna Zierke
Men 30-39 years
1. - Ryan Purdy
2. - Bill Edelman
3. - Aaron Schroder
Women 30-39 years
1. - Sarah Cardenas
2. - DeeAnn Jensen
3. - Cassandra Foster
Men 40-49 years
1. - Jamie Gastineau
2. - Gerald Halouska
3. - John Rosenburg
Women 40-49 years
1. - Shelly Halouska
2. - Janice Skiver
3. - Denise DiGiovanni
Men 50-59 years
1. - Bob McKain
2. - John Haller
Women 50-59 years
1. - Tammi McKain
2. - Sue Mulligan
3. - Nancy Deckert
Men 60-69 years
1. - Douglas Foster
Women 60-69 years
1. - Barb Chamberlain
2. - Betty Cooksley
3. - Terri Weaver
Men 70 and older
1. - James Schanoedke
Women 70 and older
1. - Donna King
More than 400 of the area’s best high school students from 19 area schools will compete for top academic honors Wednesday on the McCook Community College campus Wednesday for the annual Inter-high day competition.
These students will be competing in 28 areas this year and competing for $14,000 in scholarships and 250 hours of free summer credit hours.
Abbee Terry, an 11-year old who loves cheering for her favorite baseball and softball players, will throw out the first pitch Thursday when the McCook Community College softball team hosts North Platte on “Purple Day.” She suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy her "Purple Day"pitch will help raise awareness about the disease.
A 1957 Chevy Two-Door Post sedan will be the car raffled by Mid-Plains Community College this year. The Transportation Division of MPCC unveiled the restoration project Friday morning at The Platte River Mall in North Platte.
Known as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world. It is the 11th vehicle restored and modified by Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech students, faculty and staff at North Platte Community College.
The NPCC softball team was among those competing in the 2014 Souper Bowl. The 2015 cook-off is scheduled for April 2.
Teams are needed for the fifth annual Souper Bowl Cook-Off on April 2 at the Quality Inn and Suites.
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate sponsors the competition every year to raise money for local charities.
This year, proceeds will be donated to the PAWS-itive Partners Humane Society (PPHS), which promotes responsible pet ownership, the adoption of homeless animals and spay and neuter programs to control pet overpopulation.
Much progress has been made on the new Nebraskaland Days office at the Wild West Arena. The organization plans to move into the building later this spring.
Building construction students at North Platte Community College took advantage of the warm weather Wednesday to work on a couple of big projects.
Registrations are still being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
“2014 NEC Code Update Seminar” – This course is approved for 12 Continuing Education Unit hours by the Nebraska State Electrical Division. Topics include: agricultural and irrigation wiring, grounding and bonding.
Mary Allberry, formerly of North Platte, credits Mid-Plains Community College with igniting her passion for learning.
If there’s one thing Mary Allberry believes in, it’s education.
The once stay-at-home mom has written two books and traveled around the world teaching because of a thirst for knowledge. She credits Mid-Plains Community College for starting her on the path to success.
The Transportation Division of Mid-Plains Community College will unveil its newest customized car restoration project at 10 a.m. Friday at The Platte River Mall in North Platte.
The car is a 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, it is a legendary classic car sought by collectors all over the world.
The McCook Community College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter along with the MCC softball team is sponsoring a “Purple-Out” event March 19 to help raise awareness about epilepsy.
McCook Community College art students help judge the McCook High School Art show now showing at the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery on campus.
Members of NPCC’s Brass Ensemble practice ahead of an instrumental concert planned for Thursday. Counterclockwise from left are: Bob Allen, Courtney Nunberg, Donna Pucket, Andrew Parish, Alex Farber, Walker Baird and Carmen Allen.
North Platte Community College will present an instrumental concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the McDonald-Belton Theater. The show is the first of its kind at the college.
Velvet Nuzum-Neth is North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for February. She is originally from Des Moines, Iowa.
Nuzum-Neth graduated from North High School in 2009, and is currently majoring in business with an emphasis in accounting at Mid-Plains Community College.
The McCook Community College choir, select choir, jazz band and various ensembls will perform in concert Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Weeth Theater in Tipton Hall on the MCC campus.
A project a year and a half in the making has finally come to fruition at Mid-Plains Community College. The 2013-14 assessment report, “A Work in Progress,” is now available at mpcc.edu.
It demonstrates that faculty and staff are committed to answering the question, “What can we do better?” and supporting MPCC’s mission of providing quality educational opportunities for lifelong student learning.
Ballroom dancing will be one of the many classes offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise this month. Others include: Basic Excel Skills, Investing Strategies and Hair Braiding.
Registrations are being accepted for spring community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor for North Platte Community College, checks the refrigerant pressure in a walk-in freezer compressor Tuesday. Kemp will teach a CFC certification course later this month.
A chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification course will be offered at North Platte Community College this month. It’s open to anyone who handles refrigerants.
“A Shot of Reality” is coming to Mid-Plains Community College.
Binge drinking, alcoholism, drunk driving, health risks and social mistakes are some of the many topics that will be covered in the presentation designed to educate students about encountering alcohol in a college environment.
The free program is mandatory for students living on MPCC campuses. It is also open to the public.
Elizabeth Dowling, Mayra Barraza and Erin Zeigler demonstrate toothbrushing at Maxwell Public Schools on Monday.
The women are dental assisting students at North Platte Community College. They taught kids in kindergarten through sixth grade how to brush and floss, quizzed them with dental trivia, showed photos of healthy teeth versus rotten teeth and distributed oral hygiene kits.
The third and final phase of a $1.6 million remodeling project is underway in the North Platte Community College McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
Work to replace the bleachers, which are more than 40-years-old, started Monday. The plan is to install new bleachers, including some chairs with backrests, to enhance the viewing experience during sporting, educational and cultural events.
Slots remain for MCC fire school courses March 28, 29
Mid-Plains Community College’s Fire Science Department is hosting a two-day, multi-course fire school in McCook March 28-29.
Courses are being offered in: special rescue (off-road/wilderness); farm-vehicle extraction; advanced auto extraction, grain bin rescue; bus and heavy truck training; basic and advanced rope rescue; wildland firefighting, basic pump; live fire training; patient disentanglement; apparatus operation; and crash investigation awareness for firefighters.
MCC Intramural coed volleyball Sundays in March
Intramural Coed Volleyball begins Sunday night and will continue through the month of March at 9 p.m. Sundays at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College Campus.
Mid-Plains Community College is offering a new option for people who want to obtain an associate degree, but have little time to do so.
Classes for Sunday College start in August. The idea is for students to be in a classroom on Sunday afternoons and evenings, then complete coursework online the rest of the week.
Members of the Business and Professional Women group in North Platte surround Cassie Condon, BPW president, as she hands a check for $3,000 to Carol Bodeen, area director of development for Mid-Plains Community College on Thursday at The Depot.
The money was raised through the BPW’s annual Wine and Brew Festival in October. It will go toward scholarships for three non-traditional female students attending North Platte Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy, Area Vice-President of Academic Affairs and North Platte Community College Jody Tomanek and MPCC Rodeo Team Coach Dustin Elliott present Aukai Kaai, MPCC student and rodeo team member, with a $1,000 scholarship Wednesday night during a MPCC Board of Governors meeting.
It’s going to cost students an extra $2 per credit hour to take “for credit” classes through Mid-Plains Community College next year.
On Wednesday, the MPCC Board of Governors approved a 2.13 percent increase in resident tuition - raising the per credit hour rate from $79 to $81.
Fees will stay the same at $15 per credit hour. The total per credit hour tuition and fees will go from $94 to $96. Changes will affect the 2015-16 academic year beginning July 1.
McCook Community College is hosting an exhibit showcasing one of Nebraska’s most celebrated artists, “John Robert Weaver.” His works are on loan from the Museum of Nebraska Art. This exhibit runs through March 6
Jessica Epting, area lead graphic designer, uploads content to MPCC's website. The website was recently revamped as the result of an action project.
Mid-Plains Community College has made great strides the past three years. That’s according to data indicating significant improvements to policies and procedures.
“Every three years we come up with a strategic plan for shaping our future,” said Andy Long, area vice president of student affairs and McCook Community College. “It’s developed based on community input sessions, employee feedback, a student engagement survey and feedback we receive from our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.”
This week is National Entrepreneurship Week, and the Nebraska Business Development Center within the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise is asking people to celebrate by encouraging local entrepreneurs.
“We are country made up of entrepreneurs,” said Charlie McPherson, area NBDC coordinator. “America is what it is today because of men and women who created something from nothing, or took over a business and built it up.”
Research indicates the importance of entrepreneurs and small businesses has been a central theme in discussions of national recovery.
Dr. Glynn Wolar, faculty advisor for the North Platte Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, joined Alex Gruciullo and Forrest King, PTK vice presidents, in handing out approximately 120 valentines to residents at Linden Court on Feb. 14. Members of the PTK Alpha Beta Theta chapter made the valentines as part of a community service project.
Two Mid-Plains Community College students, Grant Moore and Stephanie States, recently attended the “Meet the Pros” conference at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha along with Graphic Design Instructor Becky Meyers.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile coming to the McCook College campus Thursday.
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MPCC announces second round of spring classes
Registrations are now being accepted for the second round of second semester classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Most begin in March and run through May.
The classes include:
- BIOS 1090/91, General Botany – The class begins March 16 and continues through June 4. It is a one-semester introductory course in botany, designed for biology majors, general education students and medical program students. The course is a basic study of plants and plant-like organisms, including topics related to plant anatomy, physiology, growth, reproduction, morphology, taxonomy, genetics and ecology. The pre-requisite is General Biology, BIOS 1010, or instructor permission.
Marques Thomas, Trysten Terry, Nate Morton and Aaron Parshall, fourth graders at Jefferson Elementary, receive help with a math assignment from NPCC student Fadil Robinson on Friday.
It was a win-win for both groups.
North Platte Community College education students spent Friday morning at Jefferson Elementary mentoring fourth graders and helping them with math assignments.
Dani Sheneman, Dorothy Schneider, Rayanne Paulman, Zach Vivod, Nicholas McDougall and Jessica Mcquistan gather around a sign in Normal, Ill. The MPCC students attended the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference Feb. 13-15.
Six students from Mid-Plains Community College were among more than 2,500 people attending the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference Feb. 13-15.
The event, which is the largest college conference of its kind in the U.S., was at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.
Participants listened to nationally acclaimed speakers and attended a variety of workshops, learning about everything from expressing self-identity to addressing social justice issues.
The students, along with their advisors, Sky Seery and Tina Walker, represented the North Platte Community College Gay Straight Alliance and the McCook Community College Gay Straight Alliance.
It’s on the house! Local elementary students and their families will be admitted for free to the North Platte Community College Knights basketball game Friday, Feb. 20.
That’s as long as the students are wearing shirts representing their schools. Admission will also be waived for Girl Scouts in uniform and their families.
The Knights will be up against Southeast Community College in a doubleheader. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s game will start at 7:30 p.m.
Both will be in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium on NPCC’s south campus.
The Heartland Hellcats roller derby team will sign autographs between the games.
Gage Bellamy, 17, a junior at Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, flips through a Mid-Plains Community College Course Catalog after taking a test at Inter-High Day on Wednesday in North Platte. The competition made Bellamy think about attending MPCC on his way to becoming an engineer.
Gage Bellamy wants to be an engineer.
Exactly what kind of an engineer – he hasn’t decided. However, the junior at Eustis-Farnam Public Schools is pretty sure of the route he wants to take to reach his goal. It starts at a community college.
“I’ve actually been thinking about Mid-Plains Community College,” said Bellamy, 17. “My sister is taking engineering classes at UNL, so I’ve been able to compare university and community college systems. I know she struggles with being able to get that one-on-one instruction.”
Mid-Plains Community College is now an approved FedEx Training Center – the only one of its kind in west central Nebraska.
“That means anybody who successfully completes the Professional Truck Driving Course offered by the MPCC Center for Enterprise will be eligible to apply for a job as a FedEx driver,” said Dennis Holtz, professional truck driving course instructor. “They will be guaranteed an interview. It also cuts down the amount of drive training they have to do with FedEx if they get a job with the company.”
April Fager has been honored with a “You Rock” award from North Platte Community College. The area database technician was nominated by her NPCC co-workers for demonstrating exemplary internal customer service.
“April embodies the heart and soul of exemplary customer service,” reads one of her nomination letters. “For her, it is effortless.”
Other college employees praised Fager for her pleasant attitude, professionalism, creativity and going above and beyond what’s asked of her.
Her efforts to better track students through the Jenzabar program, the creation of an online admissions form and introduction of portals on Campus Web were also noted.
“April is an integral part of helping MPCC Disability Services deepen its impact,” the nomination letter continues. “We have made huge strides not only for current students, but for future students. We truly appreciate all that she does.”
Fager was presented with a traveling trophy for her accomplishments Tuesday in NPCC’s north campus Welcome Center.
Twenty-eight nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College attended a Nebraska Nurses’ Day at the Legislature conference in Lincoln Feb. 12. Among other things, they learned how to use their voices to impact health care.
Nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College were among those attending the 2015 “Nebraska Nurses’ Day at the Legislature” conference in Lincoln Feb. 12.
A total of 28 of the college’s Licensed Practical Nurse and Associates Degree in Nursing students took part in the event. They were accompanied by Lana Watson, advisor of MPCC’s Nebraska State Student Nurses Association chapter, and Nicole Kissinger, advisor of MPCC’s Licensed Practical Nurse Association chapter.
The group was among more than 600 professional nurses and nursing students that converged on the ballroom of The Cornhusker hotel to learn how to use a collaborative voice to impact health care in Nebraska.
Participants also learned how to make a difference through advocacy, how to read legislative bills and how to prepare and give testimony.
They heard updates about new legislation, met with senators, networked with peers from around the state and watched a Nebraska Nursing Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“The experience was a positive reinforcement to the students that the role of a nurse includes excellence in advocacy, care and lifelong contributions toward the betterment of others,” said Watson.
Ashley Schaub and Kalie Race, of North Platte, take in the sights at the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 12. They were part of more than 600 professional nurses and nursing students attending a conference.
The event concluded with a tour of the historic Nebraska State Capitol. Students visited the Supreme Court Courtroom, observed the Legislative Floor and admired the artwork scattered across the building’s walls.
Students attending included: Kyla Bailey, Brooke Piester, Macey Budke, Kaylin Hinton, Ashley Schaub, Kalie Race, Leera Dutton, Trevor Blake, Bre Zierke, Katrina Wright, Sophie Schreiber, Stephenie Nelson, Hollie Graves, Anessa Kivett, Mariah Strasburg, Andrea Alvarado and Sara Boyer, all of North Platte.
Chandra Bitterman, Marti Turner and Hanna Kelley of Broken Bow also went, as did Staci Dack, Katelyn Rabas, Caitlyn Conroy and Kimberly Stull, of McCook. Katie Nesi, Daile Coleman, Chelsey Shaul and Rachel Zeigler, of Valentine, rounded out the group.
Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College are planning a benefit to help the children of a woman killed in a vehicle accident Nov. 26.
Michelle Lynn Heisz, 34, of Stapleton had been riding in a minivan just north of North Platte when it crossed the center line and struck a semi.
A shipping complication has delayed the start of the John Robert Weaver exhibition on the McCook Community College campus by one week according to MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson.
Starting Feb. 23, MCC is scheduled to receive the Robert Weaver pieces from the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Weaver is one of the state’s most celebrated artists and his work will be exhibited through March 6.
Mary Pierce has been named as the new Ogallala Extended Campus (OEC) coordinator for Mid-Plains Community College. She starts the job Feb. 23.
Pierce lives in Ogallala and has spent the past 15 years working as a reporter and editor for the Keith County News.
"This is an exciting new challenge for me," Pierce said of transition to MPCC. "I'm looking forward to working with the community in a new way."
A support group at North Platte Community College is providing some much-needed comfort and healing to local military veterans and their families. NPCC is a host site for the At Ease program offered through Lutheran Family Services.
At Ease is confidential trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military personnel, veterans and their loved ones. It serves those affected by trauma reactions and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
People love them for their stand-up comedy and performance poetry. Now North Platte will have the chance to experience another side of Ignatius “Iggy” Mwela and Chad Songy - known collectively as CoMeTrY.
“CoMeTrY put on an entertainment show at NPCC in the fall of 2014,” said Josh York, assistant student activities director. “The duo will return Feb. 16 to present an educational piece.”
Mwela and Songy will stress leadership development and diversity appreciation during a show that promises to be informative, relatable and entertaining.
Community colleges are the future.
That’s the belief of Cindy Duncan, one of three new members on the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors.
The optimism is what prompted her to run for a seat on the board, and why she’s thrilled about her new role.
“I really think community colleges are poised for a great growth period,” said Duncan. “MPCC has continually shown it’s ready for whatever wave of newness is coming, and I’m excited to be part of that movement.”