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Feb 28
BCE announces second round of spring community classes

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The public is invited to learn about alternative energy sources during a free class March 21 at North Platte Community College. The basics of renewable power generation, the size of equipment needed and safety concerns will all be addressed. 

The Business and Community Education Department at North Platte Community College is now accepting registrations for March classes. All are open to the public. They include: 

Arts and Crafts: 

Dorothy Dent Painting: Beautiful Poppies – Karen Pochop will demonstrate how to paint beautiful, spring, orange poppies with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. The result will be a completed painting ready to frame. 

The class is open to everyone from beginning to advanced painters. Students are asked to wear painting clothes and take Viva paper towels. There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Students will be responsible for their own meals. 

The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 on the North Platte Community College South Campus. The fee is $75. 

Tips and Techniques for Vase Arranging – This course will provide tips, techniques and design principles that can be used to arrange any bouquet. Students will arrange two bunches of flowers. All materials, tools and supplies will be provided. 

The class will be from 6-8 p.m. March 7 at The Flower Market, 510 N. Dewey St. The instructor is Sarah Talbott, and the fee is $40. 

Business and Technology: 

Time Saving Tips for Social Media – This class will offer time-saving tips for marketing products and businesses via social media. Techniques for improving efficiency will be stressed. The class will meet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 14 on NPCC's North Campus. The instructor is Lesli Torres-Abreu. The fee is $25. 

Kid's Corner: 

Make Your Own Toolbox – Children will learn how to make a toolbox that could also be used as a toy or garden box. All pieces will be pre-cut. Students will sand and assemble each. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on March 18 on NPCC's North Campus. Roy Licking will be the instructor. The fee is $25. 


Exploring Alternative Energy Sources - Dawson Public Power District and other electric utilities will discuss the basics of owning renewable power generation, such as wind or solar, and using it to offset energy consumption in a home or business.  Topics will include sizing of equipment and safety concerns for owners and linemen. Nebraska's net metering law and valuable tips on selecting a contractor will also be addressed.  

The class if free to attend, but pre-registration is required. The class is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. March 21 on NPCC's North Campus. 

More information about all of these classes and others offered through the college's Business and Community Education department, is available by calling Crystal Welch at (308) 535-3614 or online at

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​​​