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NPCC Lady Knights to have PINK OUT and Nurse Educator and Nursing Student Recognition night on Oct. 8
North Platte………..Immediate………… The North Platte Community College Lady Knights volleyball team will go “pink” to show their support of the fight against breast cancer during a “PINK OUT” game against Southeast Community College at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the NPCC South Campus gymnasium.
Further, the college’s Nurse Educators and Nursing Students will be recognized during the game.
Those who attend are encouraged to wear pink to show their support.
This will be the third “PINK OUT” volleyball game in history at North Platte Community College. “PINK OUT” games were created to help raise awareness about breast cancer and to educate young women about the disease.
Coach Thalken is hoping for a large turn-out due to the nursing program recognitions and to show support for breast cancer research.
For more information, contact Sally Thalken at (308) 535-3759.
North Platte Community College’s Auto Body program students had the opportunity to show off their skills and knowledge on Monday in friendly competition when they displayed their recently completed refinished and customized automobile hoods.
The North Platte Community College Choir will perform their Fall term concert entitled “Concert of Hope” this upcoming Thursday, October 9th in the McDonald-Belton theater on the NPCC South Campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.
According to the NPCC choir director Elizabeth Peters, that while there will be no admission charged, the “Concert of Hope” will focus on raising funds to benefit Great Plains Health’s Callahan Cancer Center. They are planning to sell “Concert of Hope” logoed t-shirts and will be ask for free will donations at the door. All proceeds will go to the Callahan Cancer Center.
There will be three groups performing at the Concert of Hope. Ron Daly will direct the NPCC Jazz Band with selections including "Happy" originally done by Pharrell Williams and "Bye Bye Blackbird." Elizabeth will be directing the concert choir in selections including "River of Dreams" originally performed by Billy Joel, "Deep Peace", and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the musical Carousel. She will also direct the Select Choir with music including "Bad Day" as recorded by Daniel Powter, and "Anyway" by Martina McBride. Donna Pucket will be the collaborative accompanist for both choirs.
The Concert of Hope will be presented for anyone who has been affected by cancer, either themselves or a friend or family member. The color of the night will be lavender, which is the color that represents anyone who has had any type of cancer. However, there are many colors that specifically represent certain types of cancers and organizers are encouraging attendees to wear those colors to show their support. “We want people to feel uplifted from the music and stories from this concert. We want to help in any way we can and we know that the power of music can work miracles,” according to Elizabeth. “I have seen it in my own family,” she added.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Peters, Music Instructor, North Platte Community College at (308) 535-3755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The NPCC Department of Theatre and Drama Club will conduct a "Costume Sale" on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the McDonald Belton Theatre on the NPCC South campus. The Theatre Department is cleaning out their costume stock and opening their closet doors to the public. The sale will include full character costumes, a variety of costume pieces, as well as vintage clothing items. All clothing is in adult sizes, but there many small costume pieces that would be great for kids. For more information contact Ritch Galvan, Instructor of Theatre (email@example.com).
A 32-student contingent of Lexington High School seniors visited Mid-Plains Community College campuses in North Platte and McCook Wednesday.
The North Platte Community College Foundation recently received a donation of $1,694.27 from the proceeds of the 2nd annual Heart and Sole 5K and 10K races which were held in North Platte last February.
The Keys to the Car
Photo: Jesse Perez gets some pointers from NPCC Automotive Instructor Bryan Herrick. Jesse L. Perez stopped by the North Campus of North Platte Community College on Tuesday afternoon to take possession of his new classic 1967 Camaro Rally Sport. Jesse was the winner of this year’s NPCC Raffle Car. His winning ticket was one of 6000 sold for the raffle. The proceeds will go fund the restoration costs of the next raffle car and create scholarships for automotive and auto body students.
North Platte Community College will again host their Fall 2014 College Transfer Fair on Monday, September 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CDT) in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton building on the North Platte Community College South Campus.
Employers and Non-Profit Organizations invited to register for Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair
Employers with “student-friendly” job openings and organizations that have volunteer opportunities will have a forum for offering those prospects to North Platte Community College students, alumni and the public at the Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will be holding open auditions for its fall theatre production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. The auditions will be held September 17 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and take place in the McDonald Belton Theatre on North Platte Community College’s South Campus.
The North Platte Community College-North Campus will host an American Red Cross blood drive, Tuesday, September 16, at the North Campus Student Lounge from 9:30 to 3:30.
While scheduling an appointment is encouraged, walk-ins are always appreciated and needed. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Amanda Koubek at 308-660-6709 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is it-the final countdown. At 2:00 p.m. (CDT) this Saturday, the winning ticket for Mid-Plains Community College’s latest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will be pulled during Colonel Cody’s Show and Shine Car show in downtown North Platte.
Kirkland Productions entertainer Cindy Pierce brought her witty humor, enthusiasm, and overall charisma to students and staff at North Platte Community College Monday evening.
Students who are new to North Platte Community College took part in Orientation Day activities Monday at the college. Although the college’s fall term has officially begun, students may register through the first week of the class that is being offered. Visit www.mpcc.edu for class schedule. It is strongly recommended that students wishing to register make an advising appointment by calling (308) 535-3774 in North Platte or (308) 345-8102 in McCook.
The North Platte Community College “Select Choir” performance ensemble is looking for singers of all voice types.
Auditions for the Select Choir will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in room 115 on the South Campus. The only requirement for those interested in auditioning is that they come prepared to sing.
North Platte Community College will have a New Student Orientation (NSO) on Monday, Aug. 25.
Only new students are required to attend, however returning students are welcome. There will be no daytime classes during Orientation 2014 activities. Evening classes will be held as scheduled.
Several students in North Platte Community College’s Human Relations class recently collected coin and cash donations and organized a bake sale to benefit the March of Dimes “Prematurity Campaign.” The students raised a total of $150 to help families have full-term, healthy babies. Pictured from left to right are NPCC Speech/Human Relations Instructor Nadyne Crumly, Michaela Clark, May Briggs, Kinsey Bush, Shayla Spurling, Akau Deng and Steven Keltz.
Student move-in day at North Platte Community College is set for Saturday, Aug. 23.
According to Janelle Higgins, NPCC Dean of Student Life, students in Pod One will move in from 8 to 10 a.m.; Pod Two from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Pod Three from 12 to 2 p.m.; and North Campus students from 2 to 4 p.m.
A variety of North Platte area businesses and organizations will have a “Community Fair” to welcome North Platte Community College students during student move-in day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the South Campus of the college.
Classes at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations are set to begin Aug. 25, but there is still time to register for the Fall 2014 term. Whether you are interested in updating your computer skills, improving your golf game, or taking the classes you need for your associate’s degree, MPCC is the place that can make it happen.
Fall Term classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25, at all MPCC locations.
It should be noted that daytime classes at the main campuses in McCook and North Platte will not take place on Aug. 25 due to New Student Orientation, however evening classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later will take place as scheduled.
Several Yoga classes, taught by certified instructor Charlene Greene, are among the wide variety of classes offered through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise this fall.
The installation of fitness equipment in the newly-renovated weight room on the upper-level of the North Platte Community College gymnasium Wednesday was one of the final steps in phase one of the gym renovation.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program had their pinning ceremony Thursday at North Platte Community College. Graduates include Hannah Magill of Broken Bow; Ellie Edson, Kayla Pethoud and Karri Stapp of Cozad; Anna McDaniel of Crookston; April Hickman of Dunning; Ashley Kautz of Grant; Rhea Hernandez, Theresa Rydalch and Marie Sahm of McCook; Becky Carson-Fitzgerald, Kayla Dotson, Melissa Gore, Ronda Haumann, Paula Konruff, Amber Simcox, Kassandra Stahl, Kristi Vierya and Chelsea Worth of North Platte; Brandy McConnell of Sutherland; Pacanda Carfield of Trenton; and Sarah Arnold, Holly Hockenbary and Anna Maas of Valentine.
“Spanish for Nursing 2990” will begin Aug. 26 at the South Campus. The three credit-hour course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and fulfills the “Human Relations” course requirement for nursing students.
Twenty-four students in the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will have their informal pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on North Platte Community College’s South Campus.
Everything from building materials, to shop equipment, to electronics and computers will be up for sale at the North Platte Community College Surplus Auction beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the college’s North Campus.
The North Platte Community College Sigma Omega PBL Chapter received numerous top-10 honors at the National PBL Conference held in Nashville, Tenn., June 23-28. Members attending included (left to right) Monique Leahy, Priscilla Vega, Cassandra Dishman and Erin Mitchell.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will offer a Commercial Driving License (CDL) course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at the North Platte Community College North Campus with instructor Dennis Holtz.
North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
While scheduling an appointment is encouraged and appreciated, walk-ins are always welcome and needed. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Rascal Martinez at (308) 386-6634 or email email@example.com.
David Pedersen, attorney for Mid-Plains Community College, administers the Oath of Office to Jo Etta Brown of Brule after she was selected as the MPCC Board of Governor’s District 2 representative Wednesday evening. Brown will complete the term of former board member David Lynch.
In an effort to simplify its annual Tech Fair, Mid-Plains Community College has revamped the annual competition, turning it into an online showcase of area high school tech projects.
North Platte Community College and the Nebraska Department of Labor will co-host a Truck Driver Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at the North Campus.
Southeast Community College business instructor RoxAnn Courdeyas presented Angie Chittick, North Platte Community College business and office technology instructor, with Delta Pi Epsilon’s “Outstanding Educator Award” during the Nebraska Career Education Conference June 2-5 in Kearney. Courdeyas was last year’s winner of the award.
Mid-Plains Community College’s newest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will be on display at the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car show and Parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 20. It will also be on display Friday afternoon at Walmart in North Platte.
Time is running out for Mid-Plains Community College’s Bridge Grant Program in the Medical Office Certificate program.
Faculty and staff at North Platte Community College prepare to give a Canteen-style greeting to participants of the NOW (Nebraska on Wheels) bus tour Wednesday at the college.
Six Mid-Plains Community College instructors were among those honored with BEST – Belong, Excel, Study and Travel – awards during the Nebraska Department of Education’s Nebraska Career Education Conference held recently in Kearney. Those who received awards were (left to right, standing) Jean Condon, Angie Chittick, Janet Stalder, Kathy McCune, (seated) Cathy Nutt and Lorrie Mowry.
Driver’s Education classes for area high school students will be offered at North Platte Community College from July 21-25. This course consists of 20 hours of classroom time and five hours of driving time as required by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.9 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the President’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.5– 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 Term.
A kickoff event for Mid-Plains Community College’s newest custom car project – a ’67 Camaro RS 350/350 – will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Bob Spady Buick GMC in North Platte. Raffle tickets are $10 each and no more than 6,000 will be sold.
Mid-Plains Community College Nurse Educator and Health Occupations Division Chair Marina Makovicka and McCook Community College Graphic Design Instructor Becky Meyers were honored with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) excellence award at the 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held May 25-28 in Austin, Texas.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Club officially became full-fledged college athletic team after a vote by the MPCC Board of Governors at their April meeting.
In memory of Dundy County residents Jim and Marjorie Reisher, the family has established a scholarship fund at Mid-Plains Community College designed to benefit current or prior residents of Dundy County or current/former students in the Dundy County-Stratton school system.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College will offer summer classes for children in the coming weeks. This is the inaugural year for the CFE’s Creative Kids Campus. The following classes will be offered in June and July.
Mid-Plains Community College Area Technology Specialists Farra Morgan and Matthew Schranz have been working in recent weeks to upgrade distance learning classrooms at the college with digital technology, thanks in part to an $118,000 funding partnership with the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.
Numerous four, six, and eight week classes are set to begin in June at Mid-Plains Community College campus locations and online.
When Comstock’s Tyler Viers joined the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team last July, the young bull rider was expected to do great things. Those expectations were realized recently when Viers was named the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2014 Great Plains Region Champion Bull Rider.
A statewide agreement on the transfer of college-level credit courses was recently re-signed by representatives from 27 Nebraska colleges and universities including Mid-Plains Community College.
In his 48 years of coaching high school and college basketball, North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball coach Dick Thurin never imagined that he would gain national recognition for a play he never even saw coming.
North Platte Community College held its 2014 Spring Commencement on Friday, May 9.
Kari Lynn Hunt was the student speaker at the commencement ceremony. NPCC Vice President Marcus Garstecki provided introductions and remarks, as well as the presentation of the graduation candidates. Ryan Purdy, President of Mid-Plains Community College, and Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC Area Vice President of Instruction, conferred the diplomas.
The NPCC Select Choir was on hand to provide music for the ceremony.
Carmen Sizer of Ogallala celebrates receiving her nursing pin during the Mid-Plains Community College Associate Degree Nursing pinning ceremony Friday at North Platte Community College. Sizer was one of 22 graduates from the program this year. Other graduates are Lisa Shimmin of Gothenburg; Susan Maucher of Hayes Center; Rebecca Gray of Maywood; Melissa Ebert and Tina Messersmith of McCook; Rawnie Barnes of Mullen; Kaleia Alberts, Erica Bargell, Makayla Bell, Amber Berliner, Donna Bielicki, Trista Borg, Shawna Coen, Whitney Gayman, Karrie Hanna, Kaitlyn Jensen, Brandi Obermeier and Lisa Rosenof of North Platte; Stefanie Schrack of Ogallala; Kathryn Hays of Phillipsburg, Kan.; and Autumn Jerred of Springview.
Jamie Peters, Mid-Plains Community College Area HR Specialist/Wellness Coordinator, presents nurse educator Lana Albrecht-Watson with a “You Rock” award for exemplary internal customer service on May 8. According to the nomination letter, Albrecht-Watson recently took over running the LPN program in a co-worker’s absence. “Lana is always willing to help anyone. She is the first to pick up the pieces and get the chaos worked through. She keeps a smile on her face while coordinating all the extra duties. She has helped me out too many times to count.”
Robin Rankin, Area Director of Adult Education/ADA, presents Cheyenne Swanson of McCook with an award for earning outstanding General Educational Development (GED) test scores during Mid-Plains Community College’s GED, Adult Education (AE) and English Language (EL) Recognition ceremony Tuesday evening. The ceremony honored GED completers and select AE and EL students for dedication toward achieving their personal goals.
North Platte Community College students had the opportunity on Monday to “bowl” off some steam at a bowling event organized by the NPCC Student Life organization. “It was a blast for all those students who were able to come,” said Josh York, Assistant Housing Director/Student Activities Special Events. “They really enjoyed it and were able to take a break from studying for finals to relax.” York said approximately 50 students showed up to bowl or just hang out with their friends at the event.
Those who are unable to attend Mid-Plains Community College’s commencement and ADN nurses pinning ceremonies in McCook and North Platte this Friday, May 9, will be able to view them live on the Internet.
Mid-Plains Community College students in the Associate Degree Nursing program will have a pinning ceremony at noon on Friday, May 9, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
Spring commencement ceremonies at McCook Community College and North Platte Community College will take place Friday, May 9. The ceremony at MCC will take place at 10 a.m. in the MCC Events Center. The NPCC ceremony will be at 3 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at the South Campus.
From his early childhood, Senko Pecarevic of Santa Fe, Argentina, found himself fascinated with the United States and the American culture.
Although his native language is Spanish, he began learning English when he was just eight years old. He dreamed of coming to the U.S. to learn, work, and experience all the country had to offer, but he had no idea how to make that happen. When a friend suggested that he pursue his education in America, he took the first step towards turning his dreams into reality.
Ariel Quiroga of Sutherland was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for March.
North Platte Community College students brought home numerous awards from the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference contest April 16-18 in Omaha.
Individuals who have completed their General Educational Development (GED) testing will receive graduation certificates in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of North Platte Community College.
Ronald Edel, Union Pacific Railroad Director of Mechanical Maintenance, shared insights about how technical students at North Platte Community College can use their skills and expertise to become gainfully employed in a good industry for a great company during a “Breakfast of Champions” informational seminar Tuesday at the college.
The North Platte Community College Music and Art departments will present a concert and art showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of the college.
North Platte Community College students took a break from their studies last week to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt and Whiffle Ball competition.
A new student visits with representatives from North Platte Community College’s Career Services department during Registration Day on Thursday at the college. Students who attended had the opportunity take placement tests, tour the college, and visit with faculty, staff and other NPCC students.
North Platte Community College students Scott Sperber and Amy Callendar-Taft, both of North Platte, were presented with $1,000 scholarships from the North Platte faculty members of the Mid-Plains Education Association (MPEA) during the annual Honors Convocation held April 22 at the college. According to Dr. Aaron McLean, MPEA President, money for the scholarships came from several successful fundraisers held throughout the year. The scholarships were dedicated this year in memory of the late Julie Goans. Pictured from left to right are MPCC President Ryan Purdy, MPEA representative Sara Morris, Sperber, Callendar-Taft, and NPCC Vice President Marcus Garstecki.
Six members of the North Platte Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, along with NPCC PBL Advisors Kathy McCune and Angie Chittick, attended the State Leadership Conference held April 11-12 in Kearney. Pictured from left to right are PBL advisor Angie Chittick, Cassandra Dishman, Priscilla Vega, Erin Mitchell, Monique Leahy, Desirae Wuestewald, Shelly Battreall and advisor Kathy McCune.
Sandy Tucker of Ogallala was the lucky winner of an oversized Husker rocking chair that was built and raffled by students in the North Platte Community College Building Construction program this year.
Cassandra Dishman of Gothenburg was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for February.
MPCC celebrates successful transition to Tobacco-Free environment – expands policy to include e-cigarettes
In 2010, Mid-Plains Community College became the first public post-secondary institution in Nebraska to enact a policy declaring that all of their college campuses would be entirely tobacco-free. The policy was recently expanded to include all types of electronic cigarettes as well.
North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
Erin Mitchell of North Platte was named North Platte Community College’s Business Student of the Month for January.
A trip to Splatterbox Paintball in Hershey turned a mundane Wednesday into a memorable adventure for more than 50 North Platte Community College students on April 2. “We had a great turnout, especially considering the weather was not looking too warm,” said Josh York, Assistant Housing Director/Student Activities. “Some students just watched, but others formed teams and played against each other. They all seemed to really enjoy it and didn’t want it to end even after we ran out of paintballs.”
Thirteen new members and one current member, Shelly Battreall, were inducted into North Platte Community College’s Alpha Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in a ceremony April 6 at the college. According to Dr. Glynn Wolar, PTK Faculty Advisor, 29 NPCC students are new to PTK this year.
There was a packed house at North Platte Community College Thursday morning as Rod Christmann, owner of Electric Solutions and representative of the North Platte Homebuilders Association, shared insights about how students can use their technical skills and expertise to become gainfully employed in a good industry for a great company during a “Breakfast of Champions” informational seminar.
The NPCC Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony for new members of the 2014/2015 academic year will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus.
In 2007, Audri Pelton of North Platte was well on her way to attaining her educational goals when life’s events set her on another path. Six years later, Pelton found herself back on the higher education track, thanks to the Reverse Transfer Program now offered at Mid-Plains Community College.
Students, faculty and staff at North Platte Community College had the opportunity to attend another CoMeTrY performance on March 25.
Students from nine area high schools submitted 124 projects in the 2014 UNMC/AHEC Health Science Meet at North Platte Community College on Thursday.
An oversized Husker rocking chair was one of four custom-made woodcraft projects raffled by students in the North Platte Community College Building Construction program this year. The lucky winner of the Husker rocking chair was Sandy Tucker of Ogallala. Other winners, all of North Platte, were Todd Aden (rocking chair), Linda Booth (blanket chest) and Nick Cox (Husker cooler).
North Platte Community College’s Student Senate raised more than $700 for the American Red Cross during their annual “Souper Bowl” cook-off held March 20 at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte.
North Platte Community College elementary education students and Knights basketball players (l-r) Aireon Porter, Cameron Williams and Akau Deng recently read Dr. Seuss books to second-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in North Platte. According to NPCC education instructor Carol Sandau, students in her education classes have been serving as volunteer para-educators at the elementary school this semester, helping take down or put bulletin boards, listening to students read, supervising small groups and assisting students with writing and spelling.
North Platte Community College Public Speaking student Jordan Blomstedt (center) teaches fellow students “the pretzel” country dance step Wednesday at the college. The lesson in country dancing was part of Blomstedt’s professional/business speech midterm project entitled, “The history of Country Swing dancing and instruction in the basic steps of Country Swing dancing.”
Registration is now open for 2014 Summer and Fall classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Summer term classes begin May 19 and the Fall Term will begin Aug. 25 at all campus locations.
The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present the Yasmina Reza comedy “Art” at 8 p.m. March 26-29 at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus.
North Platte Community College will have a Fitness Equipment Auction at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium on the South Campus.
The North Platte Community College Student Senate will host its annual soup cook-off and auction from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte.
North Platte Psychologist/Counselor Shari Shore was the presenter of the “Psyched Up!” workshop session during North Platte Community College’s annual “Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics” conference Tuesday.
North Platte Community College hosted “Elementary Night” during the college’s men’s and women’s basketball games against Southeast Community College on Feb. 22.
North Platte Community College Auto Body Instructor Don Wilson pops the hood on Mid-Plains Community College’s latest custom car project, a “Just Yellow” 1967 Camaro RS 350/350, at the Platte River Mall on Friday.
Although most of us hear and speak thousands of words each day, we rarely take the time to investigate their origins and ponder their meanings. Students in Nadyne Crumly’s Public Speaking class at North Platte Community College had the opportunity to do just that as they participated in the “Word Speeches” competition this semester.
Students, faculty, administrators and Mid-Plains Community College board members celebrated the opening of North Platte Community College’s new South Campus Cafeteria with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony Wednesday at the college. Construction on the $1.5 million project began in May. The new cafeteria features buffet-style food selections and seating for 100.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy signs the Time Capsule container during a ceremony Wednesday to commemorate North Platte Community College’s Health and Science Center that was completed in 2012. More than 40 items including USB files, articles covering the building plans, DVD’s and even a piece of the ribbon from ribbon cutting will be sealed in the container which will be opened in 50 years.
North Platte Community College Choir Instructor Elizabeth Peters and collaborative accompanist Donna Pucket rehearse with members of the NPCC choir in preparation for the Music Department’s spring concert which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the McDonald-Belton Theater on the South Campus of the college.
Ten Mid-Plains Community College nursing students and nurse educator Marge Kouba recently attended the Nebraska Nurses Association Day with the Legislators in Lincoln. The students heard speakers talk about current issues in the Nebraska legislature that affect nurses and the nursing profession, how bills are passed in legislature, and what they can do as nurses to help make their legislators more aware of the needs of nurses in the state. They also had lunch and a time of discussion with some of the Nebraska senators. Pictured left to right (seated) are Holly Barrett, Ashley Kautz, Ellie Edson, (standing) Samantha Parrett, Courtney Hallett, Jami Comer, Jen McGee, Tasha Clark, Tessa Cumming and Carissa Cornelius.
Mid-Plains Community College would like to remind all students and parents of students that the March 1 priority deadline for scholarship applications is fast approaching. Scholarship applications may be submitted after the priority deadline, however submitting on or before March 1 maximizes the scholarship awards.
A halftime shootout, sponsored by the North Platte Community College Foundation, was on tap for those who attended the NPCC Knights men’s basketball game on Feb. 19.
Excitement filled the air Wednesday at North Platte Community College as students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the new South Campus Cafeteria. The cafeteria is currently open for breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The college will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the facility at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Charles and Kathy Burr of Holdrege are the new owners of the North Platte Community College custom-built home, thanks to a winning bid of $108,000. The Burr’s winning bid will also allow them to have input in the completion of the home so it is suited to their personal style. Work on the college’s next custom-built home will begin in the college’s Fall Term.
Members of North Platte Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization are participating the “Community Days 2014” fundraising event.
Area Mentor’s and Mentee’s were special guests during “Mentor Night” at North Platte Community College on Feb. 14.
The Transportation Division of Mid-Plains Community College will unveil their latest custom car project, a 1967 RS Camaro 350/350, at this weekend’s Tri-City Street Rods annual auto show in Grand Island.
North Platte Community College Foundation sponsoring NPCC Knights halftime activities this Wednesday
The North Platte Community College Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit devoted to promoting and enhancing the educational opportunities at North Platte Community College, will sponsor the halftime of the NPCC Knight’s game against Laramie County Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
North Platte Community College will host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new South Campus cafeteria at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
North Platte Community College will have a Time Capsule Ceremony to commemorate the new Health and Science Center at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the lobby area of the building.
The Mid-Plains Education Association (MPEA) will award two $1,000 scholarships to North Platte Community College students for the Fall 2014 term.
A North Platte Community College student and her canine companion visit with a representative from Black Hills State University (Spearfish, S.D.) during NPCC’s College Transfer Day on Wednesday. Representatives from 16 higher education institutions attended. Students who attended received information about other colleges, their programs and financial assistance available.
In anticipation of the upcoming retirement of Diane Hoffmann, longtime Mid-Plains Community College Director of Nursing/Health Occupations Division Chair, the college recently announced its selection of two MPCC nurse educators to fill those positions.
North Platte Community College will have a “Mentor Night” at the men’s and women’s basketball games against Eastern Wyoming College on Friday, Feb. 14. There will be no admission charge for all mentors and mentees, and mentees will get free popcorn.
Mid-Plains Community College Associate Degree Nursing students (l-r) Erica Bargell (also MPCC’s representative for Student Nurse of the Year) and Todd Hovey attended the Nebraska State Student Nurses (NSSNA) convention Feb. 8 in Norfolk.
Educational leaders at Mid-Plains Community College gave a simple, but valuable piece of advice for high school seniors and college students today: Get in line early!
North Platte Community College Transfer Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Area on South Campus.
Are you looking for continuing education credits, professional development, or personal enrichment classes? The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College invites you to join us in one or more of the following classes.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will have their Spring Banquet on Saturday, March 15, at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte.
Scouts of all ages pose with members of the North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team during the college’s annual Scout Night on Feb. 1.
According to expert author Marc Adams, if you want to be a dynamic communicator and an exceptional speaker, you must learn the fine art of storytelling.
North Platte Community College will host a Ribbon Cutting for the new cafeteria and a Time Capsule ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The North Platte Community College Foundation has announced a fundraising campaign to replace the bleachers in the McDonald-Belton gymnasium.
This is the final week to bid on North Platte Community College’s custom home. All bids must be received by 12:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 7. The highest bidder will not only win the house, but will also have input in the completion of the home so it is better suited to their personal style.
North Platte Community College students, staff, and faculty have voted Rascal Martinez of Sutherland and Jacee Kershaw of Culbertson as the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Runners up were Dakota Rice of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and Tawnie McConnell of Sutherland.
Are you looking for continuing education credits, professional development, or personal enrichment classes? The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College invites you to join us in one or more of the following classes.
Although the Spring Term at Mid-Plains Community College officially began in January, the college will offer numerous Late Start and second eight-week classes in the coming weeks.
The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team will host Scout Night during their game against Central Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the NPCC South Campus gymnasium.
More than 90 high school students from nine high schools participated in the seventh annual Technical Skills contest Monday at North Platte Community College’s North Campus.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise recently announced that it is now home to the local Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) office. NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the College of Business Administration of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, North Platte Area Chamber & Development and Mid-Plains Community College.
Mid-Plains Community College received formal notification in December that the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) had voted to continue the accreditation of MPCC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation to take place in 2020-21.
Master hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand entertained a crowd of about 100 Tuesday evening at North Platte Community College. Wand has been entertaining students, faculty and staff at the college since 1995.
*Regretfully, the MPCC President’s List published on 1/8/14 did not include students who were taking Winterim classes. We apologize for the omission.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.9 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the President’s List for the Fall 2013 Term.
*Regretfully, the MPCC Dean’s List published on 1/8/14 did not include students who were taking Winterim classes. We apologize for the omission.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who completed 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintained an overall 3.5– 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 Term.
Are you looking for continuing education credits, professional development, or personal enrichment classes? The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise at North Platte Community College invites you to join us in one or more of the following classes.
North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the North Campus Student Lounge.
Time is running out for those interested in MPCC’s Reverse Transfer program – scholarships still available
Time is running out for former Mid-Plains Community College students who hope to take advantage of the college’s “Reverse Transfer” program. Scholarships still available.
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (from all campus locations) who complete 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintain an overall 3.9 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the President’s List for the Fall 2013 Term.
Arthur – Bradley Vasa
Arvada, Colo. – Chase Cleary
Atlanta, Ga. – Charles Parnell
Brady – Megan Polt, Devan Polt, Dakota Terry, Rachael Wardyn
Brule – Michelle Geiger
Brush, Colo. – Sandrina Hallahan, Sabrina Hallahan
Chappell – Kody Collins
Cheney, Wash. – Brian Sandusky
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Amber Madigan
Cozad – Joshua Yeutter
Crookston – Contressa Vigoren
Culbertson – Tanner Bauer, Andrea Miller
Curtis – Chelsie Markley
Dalton – Rachael Ernest
Deception Bay, Queensland – Luke Pittle
Dutch Harbo, Alaska – Dmitri Dela Cruz
El Cajon, Calif. – Victor Chonka
Eustis – Kelly Ryan
Fleming, Colo. – Taylor King
Gap Mills, W.Va. – Christopher Canterbury
Goodland, Kan. – Joel Linin
Grant – Steve Clint Maaliao
Hershey – Michael Summers
Humphrey – Arthur Wacha
Imperial – Shannon Liewer
Maxwell – Jessica Schrad
Maywood – Clay Chittick
McCook – Kelsey Collicott, Whitni Davis, Katherine Engbrecht, Kassidy Gillen, Joseph McCarty, Connor Palic, Megan Ruppert, Kelsey Woitaszewski
Melba, Idaho – Stephanie Hylton
North Platte – Larry Adkisson, Abigail Bradley, Ian Bridge, Amy Callendar-Taft, Kaleb Christensen, Laura Cox, Natasha Dearness, Amy Everhart, Jeremy Farris, Amariah Gesinski, Joseph Godfrey, Dylan Grieser, Gabrielle Hall, Donna Henne, Dustin Hergenrader, Taylor Johnson, Amanda Linderman, Gary McCandless, Nga T. Nguyen, Jason Parshall, Alyssa Payton
Brenda Rasmussen, Trey Smith, Rourke Stroup, Derek Thompson, Lauralee Vencill, Jocelyn Waker, Hannah Wilke, Kylie Wroot, Doug Yonker
Northglenn, Colo. – Maggie Burke
Ogallala – Shyanne Foster, Leslie Mendoza, Ivan Troxel
Olivehurst, Calif. – Rachel Silva
Omaha – Nicholas Wiemers
Ravenna – Emily Deines
Roseville, Calif. – Stephenie Johnson
Sister Bay, Wis. – Sarah Fruendt
Stapleton – Catelyn Lee
Sterling, Colo. – Darcelle Chrisp
Stratton, Colo. – Stuart White
Sutherland – Joli Hopping, Ariel Quiroga, Samantha Staggs
Thornton, Colo. – Shane Meltz
Trenton – Nicholas Murray
Udine, Italy – Marco Pascolo
Westminster, Colo. – Jordan Dickerson
Windsor, Colo. – Peyton Hansen
The following is a list of Mid-Plains Community College full-time students (all campus locations) who complete 12 or more credit hours in college-level courses and maintain an overall 3.5– 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA), which qualifies them for the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 Term.
Amherst – Tanner Taubenheim
Ansley – Ariel Whittlesey-Boeke
Arapahoe – Dakota Schroeder
Arapahoe, Colo. – Shelley Wamsley
Arnold – Ryan Moninger, Brady Weinman
Arvada, Colo. – Grayson Stroup
Aurora, Colo. – Sara Runia
Benkelman – Nickolas Beumer, Morgan Burrell, Joseph Rettele
Brady – Brittney Christophersen, Molly Hannon
Bridgeport – Jose Estrada
Callaway – Tanner Cline
Chicago, Ill. – Kenyon Gist
Culbertson – Alexandria Hamilton, Morgan Harouff, Savannah Johnson, Jacee Kershaw, Gabriel Ware
Dannebrog – Stephanie States
Elbert, Colo. – Heather Lehman
Fairbanks, Alaska – Janessa Newman
Gillette, Wyo. – Stephanie Casteel
Gothenburg – Rebecca Else, Lacy Holland, Kaytlyn Preitauer, Mariah Roe, Lisa Shimmin, Alexander Spencer, Shay Wear
Grant – Ashley Kautz
Hayes Center – Cody VanCura
Hebron – Amber Hartley
Herndon, Kan. – John Solko, Kaelea Stoney
Hershey – Jacob Bear, Shelby Mustion
Imperial – Rachel Bischoff, Melanie Carman, Uriel Martinez
Indianola – Michael Brodd, Brittany Broomfield
Julesburg, Colo. – Laura Beckman
Lakewood, Colo. – Nicholas Low, Matthew Zarlengo
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jordyn-Shayne Compehos, Barry Lasseigne
Lexington – Manuel Martinez, David Refior
Longmont, Colo. – Rachel Bashor
Loveland, Colo. – Ashley Carrera
Maxwell – Joseph Shifflett, Jacob Warren
Maywood – David Banning
McCook – Anthony Armstrong, BreAnna Brown, Shane Buck, William Burkert, Brian Calvin, Christian Conroy, Miranda Farley, Kyle Groshong, Amber Hilker, Miranda Holliday, Christifer Lines, Ryan Lukas, Tyler Rambali, Lisa Schoup, Whitney Sis, Christopher Swasta, Sydney Ulrich
Mills – Caleb Udd
Missouri City, Texas – Briana LaChapelle
Moorefield – Rebekka White
Mullen – Waylon Carpenter
Nebraska City – Bladen Bales
North Platte – Laura Alvarez, Walker Baird, Shannon Beckius, Isabella Berg, Trista Borg, Samantha Byrn, Tyler Calvin, Becky Carson-Fitzgerald, Theodore Ernst, Casey Fleck, Timothy Gray, Alexander Hanson, Drake Heikes, Savannah Higdon, Ciara Hurley, Jesse Johnston, Amber Jones, Hunter King, Forrest King, Kody Kramer, Monique Leahy, Jordyn Lindsey, James Maciejewski, Linda MaGee, Wendell Matthews, Shelby McClellen, Russel Miller, Michelle Olson, Ricky Plank, Stephanie Portaleos, Nichole Radke, Rodney Rawson, Teasha Scovill, Dawn Shirley, Charles Sprinkle, Sydney Standage
Ogallala – Jesse Barnes, Christopher Peters, Tonya Taylor
Omaha – Cameron Williams
Overton – Tyler Werner
Ovid, Colo. – Daisy Gusman
Oxford – Ashley Layton
Peyton, Colo. – Skye Buechner, Cora Buechner
Riverside, Calif. – Samantha Ojeda
Santa Fe, Argentina – Senko Pecarevic
Springview – Autumn Jerred
Stapleton – Courtney Ehlers
Sunshine, Victoria – Akau Deng
Sutherland – Samantha Kennedy, Matthew Martinez, Susan Quick
Trenton – Travis Jones
Valentine – Holly Hockenbary
Victoria, British Columbia – Gina George
Wauneta – Rebecca Strand
Wellfleet – Michael Schneider, Jessica Schneider, Andrew Schneider
Westminster, Colo. – Briana Dickerson
Nebraska Senator Tom Hansen poses with North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda members (left to right) Julie Hart, Kadie Hays and Farra Morgan following the Commissioner's Recognition of Student Excellence ceremony at the Nebraska State Capital on Nov. 25.
Three North Platte Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members were honored at the Commissioner's Recognition of Student Excellence ceremony at the Nebraska State Capital on Nov. 25. The event was held in the Rotunda and sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Those who helped make the 2013 Rail Town USA College Rodeo, presented by First National Bank-North Platte and Mid-Plains Community College, a resounding success were recognized for their contributions Wednesday night during halftime at the North Platte Community College Knights basketball game.
Santa and several of his elves paid a visit to North Platte Community College Tuesday evening to help kick off the Christmas season at the college's annual "Santa's Workshop" event.
During the evening, kids of all ages and plenty of volunteers joined in craft making, cookie decorating, puppet shows, and lots of other holiday activities.
"We really had a good turnout this year," said Josh York, NPCC Assistant Director of Student Housing. "About 175 people attended and we collected nearly 200 non-perishable items to donate to local food banks."
This was York's first year coordinating the event, which "made it fun for me and also for the helpers." He was quick to give credit to the NPCC Lady Knights softball team and coach Janelle Higgins, Erica Lieber, Jessica Hinrichs, and many student and staff volunteers for their help with the workshop.
The evening included two puppet shows presented by members of the softball team using puppets created by NPCC employee Nancy Eisele.
"The puppet shows were a huge success!" York said, adding, "I think a lot of the families that came out were looking forward mostly to the puppet shows, but they ended up having a great time with all the activities and left the college with smiles on their faces. I'm definitely looking forward to doing this again next year and continuing our success with Santa's Workshop."
Michael Summers of Hershey was named North Platte Community College's Business Student of the Month for October.
Summers graduated from Hershey Public School in 1979. During his time at NPCC, he has focused on earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business and Marketing.
"I selected NPCC because of its affordability, location, and student-to-teacher ratio," he said. "NPCC and the faculty have made the transition back to school, after 33 years, accessible and rewarding. The faculty is excellent and has provided me with personal guidance and a challenging curriculum."
Summers is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa at NPCC. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, music, and spending time with his grandsons.
Summers expects to graduate in 2014. Following graduation he plans to remain in the area and hopes to work for a local media firm in marketing and possibly start his own business.
The North Platte Community College Music and Art departments will present a concert and art showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the South Campus of the college. The evening will feature the college choir, select choir, and jazz band, plus an art showing by the NPCC art students, under the instruction of Dik Haneline, in rooms 135 and 137.
The NPCC Choir, directed by Elizabeth Peters with Donna Pucket as collaborative accompanist, will perform selections including "The First Noel," "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," and "Carol of the Bells." The Select Choir, also directed by Peters, will perform selections including "O Christmas Tree," "Sing Noel!" and "Have a Very Merry Christmas."
Members of the NPCC Choir are: Nicole Hines and Sonie Kuhlman of Gothenburg; Abby Kurtzer of Haxtun, Colo.; Matt Perry of Keenesburg, Colo.; *Baylea Vallier of Laramie, Wyo.; *Abi Bradley, *Kaleb Christensen, *Christian Farmer, *Amariah Gesinski, *Drake Heikes, Steven Marshall, *Jacob McNeel, Stacia Nutter, Amy Taft, Sara Savage, *Nikki Schmidt, Mariah Sprunk, Meshka Waya and *Kylie Wroot of North Platte; Mik Keeling of Sutherland; Frankie Lewis of Tryon; William Bartlett of Wauneta; and Briana Dickerson of Westminster, Colo. (*Indicates Select Choir member)
The Jazz Band, directed by Ron Daly, will perform numbers including "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," and "Silver Bells."
Members of the NPCC Jazz Band are: Mariah Strasburg of Arnold; Bre Zierke of Callaway; Karie Funk of Culbertson; Scott Miller of Hershey; Walker Baird, Abby Bradley, Brin Brauer, Kaleb Christensen, Drake Heikis, Joey Peck, Christina Rankin and Carl Rippe of North Platte; Clara Brown of Ogallala; and Matt (Rascal) Martinez of Sutherland.
Daly's guitar class, including Sonie Kuhlman, Walker Baird, Dylan Grieser and Samantha Cissell, will perform "Carol of the Bells."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Peters at (308) 535-3755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-Plains Community College Events Management Class will host a "Breakfast at Dinnertime with Santa" at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Salvation Army, 1020 N. Adams in North Platte.
Individuals can earn several college credits between semesters by taking one of several "Winterim" courses being offered by Mid-Plains Community College beginning the week of Dec. 16.
"These four week 'Winterim' courses give students a chance to earn college credit in a short amount of time," said Dr. Jody Tomanek, Area Vice President of Instruction. "These courses are great for students who are home over the holidays from a four-year university, high school students who are interested in earning college credit while on break, or any potential student who is looking for a quick way to earn some college credits."
The holiday season is upon us and finding a suitable gift for those we love can be difficult. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is to give a gift certificate for college classes and related expenses.
"Gift certificates are a great way to help with the costs of continuing education," said Chuck Salestrom, Mid-Plains Community College Area Associate Vice President of Marketing, Public Information and Development. "This truly is a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime."
Three students with distinctly different academic paths, are attending McCook Community College this semester in part because of the generosity of strangers they've never met. These students have distinctly differing motives that affect the locomotion of their lives to MCC: bugs, bucks, and a buddy.
Dorothy Schneider, is a 2013 graduate of Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C. She spent time growing up in San Jose, California. She's 1,477 miles from home and she is at MCC for one reason: bugs.
It happened to a South Dakota mathematician almost 40 years ago; then again to a Sutton girl nearly a decade ago. Now a Texas thespian is the latest to embrace the often challenging but rewarding role as a McCook Community College Instructor.
In an effort to increase college completion rates and promote student persistence, Mid-Plains Community College is now offering a "Reverse Transfer" program that allows students to transfer credits accumulated at a four-year university back to MPCC, where they will count towards the two-year degree program requirements.
As an added incentive, a scholarship fund is available to encourage students to return to MPCC to complete their associate degree. Students must meet a set of criteria to be eligible, but if eligible, the scholarship may fund tuition up to 15-credit hours. The college has identified more than 800 students who may be eligible for Reverse Transfer scholarship funds.
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Mid-Plains Community College campuses will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2.
Mid-Plains Community College recently developed an Articulation Agreement with Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., that will assure the acceptance of any MPCC Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) graduate as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student with junior standing.
Students with other degrees from MPCC are not included in this agreement. KWU welcomes those students, but will assess their transcripts on an individual basis.
The North Platte Community College Theater and Music Departments will present the musical "Godspell" by Stephen Swartz and John Michael Tebelak from Dec. 4-7 at the McDonald-Belton Theater.
The production, directed by NPCC theater director Ritch Galvan and NPCC music instructor Elizabeth Peters, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 with a matinee set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.