Student Enrollment is up
17 percent at McCook Community College this semester and demand for residence
hall living in may be at an all-time high.
McCook Community College Vice President
Andy Long announced that enrollment is up 24 full-time students
and 59 more part-time students. This year 347 full
time and 230 part time students are taking 748 more credit hours than one year
Brooks Hall is set
up for 148 residents and this year there are 180 students planning to live on campus. That is up from 125
students just four years ago.
“Over the last couple years, we’ve increased our housing
capacity, by purchasing a few houses close to campus and for this fall our
housing staff has done an excellent job finding a rental and working with a
local hotel to find room for students as we have extra room at the start of the
year,” said Long.
Of those 180
students, 12 are enrolled in the Accelerated Paramedic program and are
typically housed in duplexes at 901 and 903 East D. MCC offers three sessions of Accelerated
Paramedic Program each year. The third session of 2017 begins Aug. 28 and runs
through Nov. 17.
IN ANTICIPATION OF THE growing demand for housing this year, MCC partnered with Prairie Gold Homes
to remodel home across the street south of Barnett Hall at 1111 E. Fourth.
The house is now a five
bedroom, 1-3/4 bath with all new interior, bathroom, kitchen, windows,
Last year part of
the “overflow” went to a home the college purchased at 1103 E. Third. This
summer, anticipating a high housing demand, MCC staff installed a new HVAC system,
new water piping system, new appliances, and removed trees at this home.
attribute the higher demand for residential hall living to several factors
including: an extensive remodeling program at Brooks Hall over the past several
years; a significant increase in the number of students coming to MCC to
participate in rodeo; changes in athletic policy requiring freshmen student
athletes to live on campus; increased efforts in student retention; and an
increase in the number of local students who used to commute to campus every
day but now want to live in Brooks Hall.
“We’ve worked really hard to create a great atmosphere for
our students on campus. A combination of our staff working hard to connect with
our students and improved facilities has really paid off in terms of students
living on campus and with student success,” said Long.
OTHER CHANGES THIS SEMESTER at MCC include, a new sociology/criminal justice instructor, a new
mentoring program and changes at Community and Business Education (formerly the
Center for Enterprise).
Chase County High
School graduate and Imperial native Sheri Hink-Wagner, has joined the staff to
teach sociology and criminal justice full time this semester. She has been an
adjutant faculty with Mid-Plains Community College for the past four years.
PROGRAM: Starting this fall a new Success Mentor Program (SMP) has been
launched to help students find the career path that is right for them by
pairing them with local employers in the students’ field of interest.
MCC is still
looking for businessmen and women are needed to mentor students one to two
hours per month. Those interested in serving as mentors can contact Hayley Kobza in
McCook at 344-8057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.