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Nov 30
MPCC announces winterim classes


Registrations are now being accepted for winterim classes at Mid-Plains Community College. The majority of the classes will be online.

Registrations are now open for winterim classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Winterim is the period between the end of the fall term at MPCC and the start of the spring term. 

Most of the courses offered during the period are online. They are designed for those who either want to complete a class quickly or who need a specific class to complete a degree. Instruction will begin mid-December and continue through the first week in January. 

This year's winterim classes are: 


Arts 1010: Introduction To the Visual Arts – This three credit hour course is offered online by instructor Rick Johnson. It gives students an appreciation of the visual arts from a historical perspective and includes an overview of the creative process, the evolution of art and art as it relates to society. 


BSAD 1010: Personal and Professional Development 

Jean Condon will be the instructor for this three credit hour online class. A special emphasis will be put on relating image and social awareness to job success and to developing productive work ethics. The course covers on the job situations involving problem solving, time management, goal setting, business etiquette, listening skills, work groups and the relationship between productivity and job attitude. The class is designed for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business. 

BSAD 1050: Introduction to Business 

Jean Condon is also the instructor for this three credit hour online class. It provides an introductory study and overview of the role of business in society in addition to a discussion of the various disciplines of business. It will incorporate information about organization, management, human resource management, marketing and finance. The class will include a study and discussion of various strategies for success of specific public and private firms as well as small businesses. The vocabulary used to understand, analyze and interpret business news and information will be presented. 

BSAD 1090: The Job Application Process 

This online course, taught by Berva Arensdorf, is worth one credit hour. It provides students with the tools and skills to design an effective job search campaign. Topics will include, but are not limited to, methods of finding a job, résumé preparation, the development of customized application letters, interviewing techniques and preparation of follow-up communications. The student will utilize word processing skills. 

BSAD 2070: Risk Management for Events and Sports 

Mellissa Cochran will teach this three credit hour online class. Through it, students will learn to recognize potential risks in special and sporting events and to prioritize those risks for action and minimization. Practical strategies to manage risks of people, property and reputation will be stressed. Students will also learn how to comply with legal regulates such as permitting, insurance, vendor contracts, federal laws, state laws and local laws as they pertain to events. Fire codes, handicap compliance and security considerations when dealing with minors will also be examined. 


ENGL 2520: Literature of Nature 

This online three credit hour course is taught by Anne Schmit. It begins with an examination of the rural dream in America and proceeds to examples of long and short fiction focused on life in the outdoors. Students interested in this class must have first taken ENGL 1010 and earned a grade of 'C' or higher. 


MATH 0100: Fundamentals of Mathematics 

Jared Daily teaches this three credit hour online class. It consists of a review of the four fundamental operations on whole numbers, operations on fractions and decimals, the solution of practical problems involving percentages, investments, ratio, proportion and introduction to algebra. This course does not satisfy the general education requirement for the associate degree and cannot be used as an elective. It is not designed to transfer to a four-year college. 

Physical Education 

PHED 1040: Walking and Jogging 

Sally Thalken is the instructor for a one credit hour Walking and Jogging class. The independent study course is designed for students whose schedules or preferences make it difficult to enroll in scheduled physical education classes. The class introduces students to the fundamental skills of walking and/or jogging. The intent is to improve a person's stamina and overall fitness. There is a $10 fee. 

PHED 1810: Drugs and Sports 

Jon Olsen will teach the two credit hour online class, Drugs and Sports. The course is an introduction to the roles that drugs play in modern day sports. Instruction covers performance enhancing drugs, as well as the effects of prescription drugs, narcotics, over the counter drugs, alcohol, tobacco and all other nutritional supplements used to enhance an athlete's performance. The class also provides an overview of the science of each classification of drug, all social and ethical issues that arise with the topic of drugs and sports and examines the testing agencies, methods and reporting of drug use in sports. 

Political Science 

POLS 1000: American Government and Politics 

This three credit hour online course is taught by Doug Clouatre. It studies the functioning of the political system through an analysis and application of underlying theories.


SOCI 1010: Introduction to Sociology 

Allen Settles will teach this three credit hour course online. The class is an analysis of society, including the development of the social system, group formations and types of social organizations and the basic elements affecting those classifications. 

A complete list of classes offered by MPCC can be found at: It is recommended that those interested in registering make an appointment with an advisor first by calling (308) 535-3701 in North Platte or (308) 345-8102 in McCook. 

MPCC provides numerous scholarships, grants and loans to qualified students. For more information about financial assistance, call (308) 535-3705 in North Platte, or (308) 345-8112 in McCook. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​