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Samantha Morgan is North Platte Community College’s “Business Student of the Month” for September. The Iliff, Colo. native graduated from Caliche High School in 2014. Her parents are Bob and Diane Morgan.
Duell Puttergill, of Tryon, shakes hands with David Fudge, NEBRASKAland Days executive director, after receiving a $750 scholarship from NLD. Pictured left to right are: Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Puttergill, Fudge and Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach.
Two members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team have been awarded scholarships to help further their education.
A Pinewood Derby® racetrack will be one of the highlights of the 15th annual Kids’ Discover festival at North Platte Community College.
The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10, is designed to be both fun and educational for children. A variety of booths will be set up around NPCC’s South Campus, including the Pinewood Derby® track, which will be located in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
NCMPR District Five Director Dewey Price presents Jessica Epting, area lead graphic designer for Mid-Plains Community College, with a Medallion Award.
The Mid-Plains Community College Public Information and Marketing Office has been recognized for its marketing and promotional efforts by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations – District Five.
Rex Kemp, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor for North Platte Community College, checks the refrigerant pressure in a walk-in freezer compressor. Kemp will teach a CFC certification course this fall.
Registrations are now being accepted for the second round of eight-week fall classes at Mid-Plains Community College.
Most begin mid-October and continue through December. Many, such as the following, are open enrollment, meaning anyone can take them.
Governor Pete Ricketts presents a Grower Award to Jamie Peters, Kristen Grimes and Crystal Welch. All are part of the Working on Wellness team at Mid-Plains Community College. ?
Mid-Plains Community College is the recipient of a Governor’s Wellness Award.
The college was one of 43 organizations from 28 Nebraska communities to earn one of the awards this year. The recognition is given to employers who develop successful workplace wellness programs.
Virgil Nelson stands outside the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus earlier this summer. Nelson retired from the college in 1996.
The walls can’t talk, but that’s OK. Virgil Nelson probably knows more stories than they do anyhow, and he’s more than happy to share them.
Nelson was an institution at Mid-Plains Community College. He and Boyd Gentry were the first instructors hired when the college was formed. They were there when the doors opened Aug. 31, 1965 on what was then the North Platte Junior College.
North Platte Community College softball players and the NPCC Knights mascot attended a pep rally at the Sutherland Public Schools on Friday. It was part of a series of College Week events.
“If you can dream it - you can be it.” That’s the philosophy at Sutherland Public Schools where students are encouraged to start thinking about college as early as kindergarten.
Roberta Eller, of North Platte, participates in a distance learning class at North Platte Community College. The instructor for the class is based out of McCook.
Distance learning has come a long way since its humble beginnings at Mid-Plains Community College in the early ’90s. MPCC is offering 313 distance learning courses during the Fall 2015 semester, serving approximately 911 students.
Just learning about the Sunday College option at Mid-Plains Community College? There’s still time to enroll.
Registrations are now being accepted for the second eight-week session of Sunday College, which begins Oct. 25. The classes offered are: MATH 1150: College Algebra and ENGL 1020: Expository Writing II.
Boyd Gentry sits on the North Platte Community College North Campus, reminiscing about his teaching career. Boyd retired from the college in 1993, at the age of 60.
Boyd Gentry was going to be a military man. At least, he thought he was. It was in his blood.
Gentry’s father served in World War I, he had two brothers in the Marines, one brother in the Army and a sister in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
Tyree Peter, of Omaha, makes a face after seeing what’s inside a steer Thursday on North Platte Community College’s South Campus. The West Central Research and Extension Center set up its mobile beef lab to give NPCC students a lesson in agriculture.
Students at North Platte Community College got an up close and personal look at the inside of a steer’s stomach Thursday.
Dr. Bill Hasemeyer was the first in his family to go to college. It’s a good thing he did.
The move would eventually lead him to a rewarding 42-year career in the field of education, but it wasn’t entirely by choice. The Superior, Neb. native had other plans after graduating from high school in 1946.
Jeff Duncan has been named as North Platte Community College’s newest “You Rock” Award winner. The honor is given to NPCC employees who demonstrate exemplary customer service.
Duncan, an area campus technician, was nominated for the award by Kaci Johnson, Broken Bow Extended Campus coordinator.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte has announced additional fall community classes. They include:
Arts and Crafts:
“Bob Ross Painting, Autumn Glory” – This class will teach people the Bob Ross style of painting. They will create a painting featuring fluffy clouds floating across a blue and pink sky, reflected on a beautiful blue lake and snow-capped mountains. The lake is surrounded by leafy trees and fall-colored bushes.
A replica of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show was presented in the Wild West Arena in 1973. A similar event was brought back in 2014.
A rich history surrounds the host site of the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo. The Wild West Arena, 2400 N Buffalo Bill Ave., is home to numerous events every year.
Cindy Odean, merchandise coordinator for the Wranglers, organizes t-shirts and caps that will be for sale during the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo.
Concessions for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo will be provided by The Wranglers, the official booster club of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
People unable to attend this year’s Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo on Sept. 18-19 can still catch the action thanks to an online streaming option.
Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, cheers on Avery Norton, 5, of North Platte, after she ropes Wednesday during the Partner Up Rodeo.
Members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team got to be on the other side of the fence Wednesday.
Instead of receiving instruction from their coaches, they were the ones providing the instruction – to about 185 special needs students at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
NebraskaLand National Bank President and CEO Mike Jacobson hands a check for $25,000 to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Wednesday. The money will go toward NPCC’s ongoing remodel of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
NebraskaLand National Bank donated $25,000 to the North Platte Community College Foundation on Wednesday. The money will go toward NPCC’s ongoing remodel of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
Jordan Sale, senior, and Robert Battreall, sophomore, hold up mouse pads at North Platte High School. On Friday, Mid-Plains Community College presented 100 mouse pads to the computer labs at NPHS. MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the donation provided the college and the high school with an opportunity to work together to fill a need.
(Photo courtesy of Mo-Foto Photography)
The contestants may be the stars, but it takes a lot of people working behind the scenes to put on a good rodeo. The following are some of the key players in this year’s Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo.
Boots and Phillips
Stock for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo will primarily be provided by the Boots and Phillips Rodeo Company based out of Lexington.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 Rail Town U.S.A. College Rodeo, Sept. 18-19.
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action will take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.
Elizabeth Peters, NPCC music instructor, speaks during a Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday.
Students at North Platte Community College will benefit from $1,250 worth of donations from the Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club. The money was presented to college officials Tuesday during a Kiwanis Club meeting at The Depot Restaurant.
Cutlines: Kyle Lauer’s name was on the winning ticket Saturday during a drawing for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. The drawing was during the annual Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte.
Kyle Lauer, of McCook, Neb., is the winner of the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. His name was drawn at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte.
Hundreds of people gathered around the raffle car prior to the drawing. Dr. Jody Tomanek, MPCC area vice-president of academic affairs and North Platte Community College, and Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development - representing the NPCC Foundation, which conducted the raffle, thanked everyone who worked on the car and everyone who bought tickets this year.
The man who donated the car, Tom Curtis, of Hershey, also said a few words.
“Donating this car to the college was just a good choice,” said Curtis. “It had been sitting around for 25 years, and I never did anything with it. The guys at the college do a good job with their restoration program.”
Time is almost up. One lucky winner will drive away with the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car this weekend, and it could be you.
Tickets will be sold at the Holiday Inn Express from 1-9 p.m. Friday and at the Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte from 8 a.m. until the 2 p.m. drawing on Saturday. A total of 10,000 raffle tickets costing $10 each were made available this year.
Registrations are now being accepted for fall community classes through the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise in North Platte. The classes include:
Arts and Crafts
“Dorothy Dent Painting” - Karen Pochop, certified Dorothy Dent instructor, will walk participants through the step-by-step process needed to create a beautiful rendition of the “October Fruit Stand.” Paintings will be taken home at the end of the class.
David Olson and Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development, hold up a jug at Pop Corner. Olson is asking people to put money into the jug to help fund the renovation of the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium at North Platte Community College.
If there’s one thing David Olson believes in, it’s giving back.
North Platte Community College will host a blood drive next week for the American Red Cross. The drive will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the student lounge in the W.W. Wood Building on North Campus.
Haven’t bought a ticket for the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car, yet? Tickets are still available at several locations, but time to purchase them is running out.
Tickets can be found at the Welcome Centers on North Platte Community College’s North and South campuses, the Welcome Center at McCook Community College and at MPCC’s extended campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine.
Community Bank President at Equitable Bank Levi Fisher hands a check for $10,000 to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Thursday. The two were joined by Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development (to the right of Purdy), and numerous Equitable Bank employees.
Wanted - a mascot to represent the North Platte Community College Knights athletic programs.
NPCC is seeking an extroverted individual with a certain degree of theatrical and dance skills to be the official mascot for the Knights. The individual must be motivated, with a strong desire to engage and entertain audiences while enhancing the college experience.
Nursing students from Mid-Plains Community College helped move patients/equipment into the new patient tower at Great Plains Health on Tuesday. Doing so gave them a chance to learn the layout of the new building. The students included:
Becca Faust, of North Platte, and Ashley Kautz, of Grant
The former Post Office and Federal Building at Fifth and Jeffers streets in North Platte was once home to the North Platte Junior College. The building sold in November of 1999.
Monday marked a special day in history for North Platte Community College. It represented 50 years since the college officially opened its doors on Aug. 31, 1965.
Mid-Plains Community College will decrease its local property tax asking by 4.88 percent.
The information was presented by MPCC Vice-President of Administrative Services Mike Steele to the MPCC Board of Governors on Wednesday night. It’s part of the proposed budget for MPCC for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Mid-Plains Community College will post the only increase in enrollments among the six community colleges in Nebraska for the 2014-15 academic year. That’s according to findings from a recent enrollment audit.
MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the Enrollment Audit reflected a .5 percent increase in Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) over the prior year's (2013-14) enrollments. FTE is formulated by dividing the total number of credits completed by 30 (representing a single student taking two semesters of 15 credits).
Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Joe Leamon, owner of JL Construction, Inc., and Dick Cappel, project organizer, stand in front of what will soon be a new boarding facility for the MPCC Rodeo Team. Construction on the building began this week.
Finding a place to keep horses just got a little bit easier for members of the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.
A 20-foot by 100-foot pole barn was erected this week on the west end of the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. When finished, it will provide 10 stalls with attached corrals.
North Platte Community College is giving students another opportunity to take a class in art history or ceramics this semester. Both will be offered as 12-week classes starting in September.
ARTS 2310 Art History I will be from 2-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 21. It will be in Room 135 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. The class is worth three credit hours.
Mid-Plains Community College knows people are busy. That’s why it’s doing everything it can to make sure classes aren’t just affordable - they’re accessible, too.
Rich Docekal, MPCC adjunct instructor, Dr. Jody Tomanek, area vice-president of academic affairs and NPCC, and Rose Holechek, MPCC adjunct instructor, pose for a photo during a recognition ceremony at MPCC’s Ogallala Extended Campus. Docekal and Holechek were two of 72 adjunct instructors honored for their service to the college.
Classes start Monday at Mid-Plains Community College, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to register for the 2015 fall term.
MPCC offers a variety of classes to fit the needs of all students, whether they are seeking an associate degree, certificate or diploma, are wanting to brush up their job skills or are simply interested in learning a new hobby.
Obtaining an associate degree within 24 months is now a possibility for virtually everyone - thanks to the newest program offering from Mid-Plains Community College.
Students enrolled in MPCC’s Sunday College option will attend classes on Sunday afternoons and early evenings, starting Aug. 30. They will complete coursework online on their own time the rest of the week.
Auditions for North Platte Community College’s Select Choir will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
They will be in Room 115 of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus. Those who try out are welcome to take songs to sing, but material will also be provided.
The countdown is on.
Two days of fast-paced, hoof-stompin’, bull-snortin’ action are about to take over the Wild West Arena in North Platte, and only a handful will come out on top.
Mid-Plains Community College will welcome several new full-time faculty and staff members to its North Platte location this semester. They include Roger Fattig, Stephanie Seamann, Jimi Cole, Dr. Carla Long, Tara Naughtin, Hillary Sims, Michelle Sterling, Emily Geschwentner and Lyn Battreall.
Roger Fattig is the new first-year building construction instructor at MPCC. A Brady native, Fattig has been involved with construction his entire life.
Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy speaks during an all-campus meeting at North Platte Community College on Monday. NPCC employees who attended the meeting were introduced to new faculty and staff and were updated on the many accomplishments the college has had in recent months. Among other things, those included increased enrollment, progress toward a new campus at Valentine, the introduction of a new strategic plan, a gym remodel on South Campus and classroom upgrades on North Campus.
Josh York is NPCC's new director of housing and student activities. He will live on the college's North Campus.
Students attending North Platte Community College this semester will be greeted by new staff in the housing and student life departments.
Josh York, formerly the assistant director of housing and student activities for NPCC, has been hired as the director of housing and student activities.
Businesses searching for part-time help will have a chance to connect with potential employees Aug. 31 at North Platte Community College.
The Career Services and Student Life departments at the college will host a Part-Time Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fireplace area of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC’s South Campus.
Five students represented the McCook Community College PBL chapter during the PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago. They were back row, left to right: Grant Moore, Andie Noltensmeier and Janelle Davis and front row, left to right: Whitney Goeman, Kendall Lienneman.
Mid-Plains Community College was well represented during the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill.
Theresea Reeves, a non-traditional student, receives guidance on a painting from McCook Community College Art Instructor Rick Johnson. Johnson was instrumental in helping to start an Associate of Fine Arts degree at MPCC.
Mid-Plains Community College has become the first community college in the state to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree.
The college received a letter Tuesday announcing approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the final step in the process.
Hundreds of items will be up for grabs during North Platte Community College’s annual surplus auction Saturday, Aug. 8. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until everything is sold.
Items will be set up in the alley behind the W.W. Wood Building, the main building on NPCC’s North Campus. There will be a preview Friday, Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Virgil Nelson speaks to fellow retirees during a breakfast and tours July 16 at NPCC. Pictured clockwise from left are: Boyd Gentry, Larry Smith, Nelson, Dr. Bill Hasemeyer and Patsy Smith.
They may be gone, but they haven’t been forgotten.
North Platte Community College retirees were celebrated July 16 with a breakfast and tours on the NPCC South Campus. The event was by invitation only. Approximately 20 people attended.
The MPCC Rodeo Team was presented with six bucking chutes Thursday night. Those participating in the presentation were Steve Christy, Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee member, Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Rod Innes, chairman of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Nicolaus)
Rough stock riders on the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will be able to practice year-round thanks to the generosity of the Phillipsburg Rodeo Committee.
Representatives of the committee presented six bucking chutes to Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach, and Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach, during the first performance of Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo on Thursday night in Phillipsburg, Kan.
Twenty-five graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program received their LPN pins Thursday. They were recognized during a ceremony at North Platte Community College.
Pictured back row, left to right are: Jonathan Rosenberg, Mariesha Brown, Shantel Barta and Kaylin Schultz, of North Platte; Rachel Zeigler, of Ainsworth; Katherine Nesi, of Valentine; Kimberly Starr, of McCook; Chelsey Shaul, of Ainsworth; Jeffery Walent, of Sargent; Rebecca Rossenbach, of Anselmo; Marti Turner, of Burwell and Heidi Kulp, of Arnold.
Middle row left to right are: Anessa Kivett, of Hershey; Samantha Parrett and Sophie Schreiber, of North Platte; Brooke Piester, of Gothenburg; Courtney Hallett, of North Platte; Stephenie Nelson, of Stapleton; Tasha Schroder, of North Platte; Staci Dack and Katelyn Rabas, of McCook; Daile Coleman, of Bassett; Brittany Dowse, of Sargent; Chandra Bitterman and Kelsey Hauser, of Broken Bow.
Front row left to right are MPCC nursing instructors: Addie Robinson, Marina Makovicka, Brett Niemeth, Nicole Kissinger, Lana Albrecht-Watson and Kathy Harrison.
The world will be a bit more caring starting on Thursday.
That’s when 24 graduates of the Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nursing program will receive their LPN pins, signifying the start of a lifetime of serving others.
The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise will launch a free Youth ATV Training on Aug. 1 at the North Platte Community College North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive in North Platte.
There are two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Classes will be divided by age group, 6-9 and 10-16. Six students from each age group will be allowed in each session.
Four Mid-Plains Community College employees were recognized with a surprise awards ceremony Tuesday.
They just thought they were attending a luncheon, until they were greeted by about 45 of their friends, family members and co-workers at the North Platte Community College South Campus cafeteria.
Alex Broadfoot, of McCook, explains the process he went through to build an elevator. His classmates voted his final project as their favorite.
Finals week was a fun one for students in the electrical technology program at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
One of the highest demand professions in the nation is also proving to be one of the most overlooked.
Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all other occupations.
The Mid-Plains Community College raffle car will be on display at Grandma’s Memories Antiques and Collectibles, 1615 E. Fourth St., on July 7. The public is invited to view it and purchase raffle tickets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan is being raffled by the North Platte Community College Foundation. Known in many circles as one of the most famous “icons” of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world.
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.
Jason Bush, of Ogallala, works with copper tubing at North Platte Community College earlier this spring. High school students are invited to attend a Registration Day on Thursday to learn more about the technical programs NPCC has to offer.
High school students will get an in-depth look at technical programs during a Registration Day on Thursday at the North Platte Community College North Campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen and Terry Waite love spending time outdoors with their granddaughter, Cambria Mann. Waite raised three children while working full-time and advancing her education in the nursing profession.
It was either be a nurse or join the railroad.
Those were the options Karen Waite, of North Platte, contemplated as a senior in high school. Looking back, she’s glad she made the choice she did.
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.
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.
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.
Recycling will be one of many topics studied this summer in an online ecology and environment class offered by NPCC. The class begins June 8.
Students interested in studying nature will have the perfect opportunity to do so this summer. Sara Morris, biology instructor at North Platte Community College, plans to offer BIOS 1210: Ecology/Environment beginning June 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Platte Community College students hold candles during an Alpha Beta Theta induction ceremony. Alpha Beta Theta is a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is the only club at NPCC that is strictly academic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian and Judy Lusk, of North Platte, enjoy a scuba diving trip to Roatán Honduras. A scuba diving class will be offered at NPCC on Tuesday.
Scuba diving in Nebraska? It happens more than most people realize, according to Deland Humpherys.
He would know. The North Platte man has been diving for about nine years, four of which he has taught scuba classes.
“It all started with a mid-life crisis,” said Humpherys. “My wife and I had always wanted to scuba dive, so in 2006, we decided to try it. We started out with Jim Wiezorek, owner of Watersports Unlimited in North Platte, and had so much fun that I went to Honduras and got my instructor certification.”
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.
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.
McCook Community College students Dakota Terry and Brittany Broomfield were interviewed by NTV-Kearney News reporter Jon Jankowski today in conjunction with MCC’s “Purple Out Day” and “Team Abbee.” The news feature will air tonight either on the 6.m., 10 p.m. newscasts, or both. The MCC baseball team will wear purple today to honor Abbee Terry, 11, who suffers from epilepsy. Abbee will throw out the first pitch for the 5 p.m. softball game against North Platte. Purple Day will feature a number of activities aimed at raising epilepsy awareness, including signed items from several MCC and NPCC teams.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellie Granger, an eighth grader at St. Patrick’s Junior/Senior High School in North Platte explains how triangle structures hold up better under pressure than square structures. The demonstration was part of a science fair Thursday at North Platte Community College.
They might not have all the answers, but they know how to find them.
Research, documentation, analysis and perseverance are just a handful of the skills middle and high school students learned while preparing for the annual science fair at North Platte Community College on Thursday.
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.