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Aug 22
MCC enrollment, housing demand up as Fall term begins

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 ago.

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, electrical/HVAC.

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.

College officials 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.

NEW MENTORING 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 kobzah@mpcc.edu.

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​​​