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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.
Nebraska Public Power District representative Larry Linstrom and Misty Robertson of Wells Fargo Bank, the major sponsor of NPPD's annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented two checks for $8,000 each to Mid-Plains Community College at the Nov. 20 Board of Governors meeting.
Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team member Tyler Viers of Comstock won the bull-riding event at the Professional Roughstock Series World Finals College Championship on Friday, Nov. 15, in Rapid City, S.D.
Viers rode "Tiger Lily" for a winning score of 73 in the college championship, sponsored by Dickey's Barbecue Pit. He competed against top bull riders in three regions.
The Union Pacific Railroad received the Nebraska Community College Association's 2013 "Friend of the College' Award for its support of Mid-Plains Community College during ceremonies conducted during the NCCA's annual meeting Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
The UPRR has long been a supporter of MPCC and the community college structure. It has been utilizing MPCC's training programs and facilities for more than four decades.
Mid-Plains Community College's Spring 2014 registration opened on Monday, Nov.11, for all current students and will open on Monday, Nov. 18, for new students.
Elizabeth Benjamin, Chair of the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors, received the Nebraska Community College Association's 2013 Governor's Award during ceremonies conducted during the NCCA's annual meeting Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
November is National Career Development Month
Did you know…?
MPCC's Career Services Center has many offerings..
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is raffling a handmade saddle to raise money for travel and other expenses incurred by members of the club.
"We travel extensively and when you figure the costs of transporting five to six horses, 9-10 kids, meals, fuel and other costs it can get pretty expensive," said Mike Janecek, MPCC Rodeo Team faculty advisor.
Paul M. Wood has been selected as the 2013 Mid-Plains Community College Alumni of the Year. He was presented with the award during the Nebraska Community College Association's Annual Meeting held Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
A recent article in the Omaha World Herald indicated that in an effort to recruit new students in a stiffly competitive market, colleges such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doane College and Iowa State University have either dropped or plan to drop their requirement of waiting until official high school transcripts and standardized test scores arrive before accepting an applicant.
Although the streamlined process might be new for some colleges, at Mid-Plains Community College it has been standard procedure for more than a decade. According to Michael Driskell, Area Recruiter, MPCC's admissions process can be summed up in one word – easy.
North Platte Community College art students this semester are reaping the rewards of a yearlong renovation project that was completed with the help of fellow NPCC students. The project was part of an effort by the Creativity Unlimited Arts Council to renovate the old post office building at Fifth and Jeffers Streets in North Platte and turn it into the Prairie Arts Center (PAC). The plans included renovating the basement in the 100-year-old building and creating an area that the college could use for its three-dimensional art classes, such as sculpture and pottery.
November is National Career Development Month
Choosing a career for the first time or changing careers may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The Mid-Plains Community College Career Services Center can assist you in selecting a rewarding career.
Several members of North Platte Community College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter began thinking "Out of the Box" recently as they participated in a fundraiser to benefit The Connection Homeless Shelter in North Platte and raise awareness of homelessness.
The Connection's "Out of the Box" fundraiser invited area businesses and organizations to create a 3 to 4-foot shelter made entirely of cardboard boxes, one 10-foot two-by-four, and as much duct tape as they wished. Participants were also allowed to create a decorative set for the structure using other items.
This holiday season, give a gift that spreads more than holiday cheer with a blood donation through the American Red Cross. Each time you give blood, your donation can help save three lives.
Imagine if those three people help to save three lives, and then those people help save three more lives, and so on, and so on. Together, we can help spread hope this holiday season by giving something that doesn't cost a thing, but can offer so much more.
Changes have recently been made to MPCC's online course registration process. When Spring 2014 registration for current students opens on Nov.11, students will need to review and submit several online forms before they will have access to CampusWeb Course Search (where online registration happens) the first time for the term. New student registration begins Nov. 18.