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Mar 01
Last week for MCC’s African photo exhibit


The photography of McCook Community College history and government instructor Dr. Doug Clouatre, will be on display through Friday at the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery on campus.

Clouatre, who was traveled the world extensively, is sharing favorite photographs from two trips to Africa – his trip last summer to Madagascar, Rwanda and Kenya and the trip he took in 2001 to the Serengeti.

These photos include silverback gorillas in Rwanda, cheetahs in Kenya, a baby cobra in Botswana, nine lions gathered after taking down an elephant, ringtail lemurs, a whale, a black mambo and many more.

The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 9:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mar 01
MPCC students ‘meet the pros’ in Omaha

5-graphic-design-students.jpgFIVE MID-PLAINS Community College sophomores taking the graphic design and visual communications portfolio class had the chance to meet with professionals in their fields at a conference last week in Omaha. Attending the conference were (from left) Ashley Laurie, Rebecca Lorens, Emily Karr, Tony Pachecco and Cameron Fagan. (Courtesy photo)

Five Mid-Plains Community students in the sophomore portfolio class attended the "Meet The Pros" event at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha Monday and Tuesday.

"This was a great conference," instructor Becky Meyers said. "In addition to presentations by dynamic speakers we had the opportunity to speak with professionals individually and tour two distinctly different businesses."

She said the strength of this conference is that it allows students to focus in on their key interests and talk to a wide range of professionals in those areas. This conference included speakers with backgrounds in print and web design; in areas such as branding, copy writing and advertising. Experts sharing their passion included those from small businesses to large Midwestern multi-national firms.

Sophomore Rebecca Lorens said everything about the conference was awesome: the food, speakers, tours, and endless opportunities.

"The most beneficial part to me was meeting personally with the pros, asking them questions, and learning more about the design industry," she said.

Students attending this trip included: Tony Pacheco, Emily Karr, Rebecca Lorens, Ashley Laurie and Cameron Fagan.

Monday's keynote offered background and insight into Omaha's "The Swimmers of the Lagoon" a large art installation piece commissioned by Visit Omaha (Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau) which helped promote the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

As part of the conference groups the MPCC contingent toured Omaha's Grain & Mortar studio, a former furniture factory where industrial elements like pulleys, pipes, bricks, and valves provides symbolism and inspiration.

Tuesday included a "round-table" discussion where new speakers were rotated every 10 minutes and allowed students to visit with professionals in a more informal setting.

"The roundtable is always one of my favorite parts of the conference," Meyers said.

Students heard from professionals representing: Bailey Lauerman, Bozell, Verde Martin, Ervin and Smith, Yahoo, Daake, Callahan Creek, and Flywheel.

Sophomore Emily Karr said from the standpoint of someone who will be graduating soon the "Meet the Pros Conference" was a very good experience.

"We heard from several different speakers from different areas of business, and personally it helped me narrow down my choice of career paths after I graduate," Karr said.

Tuesday's keynote speaker was Amy Schwartz, Design Director at "Cards Against Humanity." She is a Chicago designer specializing in branding, digital experiences, and games. She is currently the Design Director at Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox and was the winner of Command X at the 2015 AIGA National Design Conference and 2016 Emerging Designer Award by AIGA Chicago.

On the way home Tuesday, the group toured Sandhills Publishing in Lincoln – where MCC alumnus Grant Moore works. Formed in 1978, the company produces trade and consumer magazines, computer software, and online services – mostly serving the transportation, agriculture, aircraft, heavy machinery, and technology industries.

 "It's a huge organization and is spread out over 60 acres of land serving clients internationally, so we were able to see both sides of the spectrum from a smaller operation Monday to Sandhills large operation in Lincoln Tuesday," Meyers said.

Feb 28
McCook to host rodeo team fundraiser

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Cord Hesseltine, of Halsey, rides a bronc for the MPCC Rodeo Team during the Iowa State University Cyclone Stampede in Ames, Iowa earlier in the season. The team will benefit from a fundraising rodeo March 17-18 in McCook. (Photo courtesy of TF Event Photography)                      

The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will benefit from a fundraising rodeo March 17-18 in McCook. The event is open to the public. It will be at the Kiplinger Arena at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. 

"Contestants will be a combination of Kansas Professional Rodeo Association members, members of the Nebraska State Rodeo Association and college students," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. "It will be a nice mix of current, past and future professional cowboys and cowgirls all competing against each other. There's going to be a lot of talent on display, and it should be a great rodeo." 

The action begins with slack at noon on March 17, followed by the regular performance at 7 p.m. On March 18, slack will start at 10 a.m., and the regular performance will be at 7 p.m. 

Slack is free to watch, but there is a $10 charge for the main event. Children 12 and younger will be let in for free. 

Money raised through admission fees and through the sale of concessions and team merchandise will be used for scholarships for rodeo team members and to help offset travel and general operating expenses of the team. 

"That funding is crucial," said Nokes. "In order to grow, we have to have continued support. We're leading the region in the men's team standings right now, and a lot of that is due to the equipment and practice facilities provided to these students through the generous support of our boosters and community members. That's what's setting us apart and getting us top recruits." 

Last year, the rodeo helped fund a horse trailer for the team, and this year, a portion of the proceeds will be put toward a bucking machine for the rough stock riders to practice on. 

"We couldn't do those kinds of things without the area backing us," said Nokes. "I just can't say enough about our sponsors and our booster committee. The concessions will be homemade by The Wranglers, which makes this a great event to take the family to both for the entertainment and for the food. I would encourage everyone to support them in supporting us."

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

Feb 27
Nursing students receive Community Health Award

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Mid-Plains Community College nursing students Gina Melcher, Christina Blanton and Samantha Robins hold up a plaque and certificate the MPCC chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association received for winning the 2016-17 Community Health Award. 

Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College are the recipients of a 2016-17 Community Health Award. 

Members of the MPCC chapter of the Nebraska State Student Nurses Association were recognized Feb. 18 at the 68th annual NSSNA convention in Lincoln. Accepting the award were students Christina Blanton, Gina Melcher and Samantha Robins, all of North Platte. 

The chapter received the award for a community service project it organized last spring, a benefit "Run For Your Life!" 5K and Kids' Mile Run/Walk. The chapter raised $2,000 from the event through entry fees and the sale of bracelets and tutus. 

Proceeds were donated to a 7-year-old boy from North Platte, Aiden Solon, who was diagnosed with bone cancer. A tremendous amount of people showed up to the race in support of Solon, including his family, friends, teachers and members of the general public. 

NSSNA Board members felt the event was deserving of the Community Health Award based on its reflection of professional nursing and influence on the maintenance of health and wellness in North Platte. 

MPCC is the third college to receive the honor. The Community Health Award was previously presented to the Bryan College of Health Sciences in 2015 and to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016. 

"The nursing students and faculty at Mid Plains Community College are honored to have received this special award," said Lana Albrecht-Watson, nurse educator for MPCC. "Our students have demonstrated compassion and selflessness on various community service projects, but the 5K for Aiden was special. They worked so hard on raising money and promoting the run, knowing that 100 percent of the profits would go to him." 

Also at the convention, Robins was elected to the executive committee as first vice president of the NSSNA. 

Her responsibilities will include assuming the duties of executive committee president in his/her absence and planning and overseeing arrangements for the NSSNA's annual convention, which thanks to Robins' new position, will be hosted by the MPCC chapter next year in North Platte. 

In preparation, Robins will be responsible for assembling committees, supervising committee activities and contacting speakers and exhibitors. 

"MPCC's nursing advisors, faculty and students are very proud of Samantha," said Albrecht-Watson. "She was chosen out of hundreds of nursing students in Nebraska's community college and university systems. Samantha has proven to be a dedicated, dependable and engaged student and a leader among her peers." 

Robins will travel to Dallas, Texas in April to the National Student Nurses' Association 65th Annual Convention to represent her school and the NSSNA. She will be joined and supported by nine of her classmates as well as faculty advisors Albrecht-Watson and Nicole Kissinger.

Feb 23
Public invited to “Dream” concert

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The North Platte Community College concert choir will be among the groups performing during a "Dreams" concert March 9 at the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Hope, inspiration, motivation – music students at North Platte Community College want to leave their audience will all of those feelings on March 9. 

They will perform at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

"This time around, our students have chosen the theme, 'Dreams'," said Elizabeth Peters, music instructor. "The goal is to encourage those who hear the music to look out and beyond and realize that their dreams really can take them to new places." 

Songs have been carefully selected to support that theme. They include, Roy Orbison's "Dream," from the "You've Got Mail" soundtrack, "The River of Dreams," by Billy Joel and "Hallelujah," written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen. 

"The students will be doing the latest Pentatonix version of 'Hallelujah'," said Peters. "It's amazing and, because Cohen just recently passed away, it will be a little nod to the composition of the piece." 

The jazz ensemble will perform the R&B song, "My Shot," from the musical "Hamilton," and the concert choir will sing "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Peters said the latter has been a really good song for the choir to work on. 

"One of the lines that I was talking to students about in rehearsal was, 'And the world will be better for this'," said Peters. "I want to encourage them to keep reaching, even after graduation, even though, sometimes, chasing our dreams and accomplishing the things we want can take our last ounce of courage." 

Peters will direct the concert and select choirs while Ron Daly directs the jazz ensemble and Carmen Allen directs the chamber ensemble. Allen will also serve as collaborative accompanist. 

"It will be a great concert," said Peters. "We have a new combination of students every semester with a tremendous amount of talent. Community members will have a chance to hear both instrumentally and vocally what the NPCC Music Department is doing and accomplishing. It's pretty awesome." 

The performers will include: 

Concert choir (a * denotes select choir)

  • Chantel Burch*
  • Amy Taft
  • Chelsea Fraser
  • Erin Hajj
  • Tim Hall
  • Max Hansen
  • Lisa Hodgen
  • Jasmine Johnsey
  • Jacob McNeel*
  • Melissa Mitchell*
  • Justin Morgan*
  • Malachi Murtaugh*
  • Marissa Pascoe*
  • Trevor Pochop
  • Kristin Simpson*
  • Skylar Stethem*
  • Jon Wardyn*
  • Maximus Wohler*

Chamber ensemble

  • Holly Williams – flute
  • Chelsea Fraser – clarinet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Camerin Burtle – alto saxophone
  • Bob Allen – bassoon, trumpet
  • Carmen Allen – oboe

Jazz ensemble

  • Camerin Burtle –alto sax
  • Tori Grasz – alto sax
  • Justin Morgan – tenor sax
  • Chelsea Fraser – bari sax
  • Malachi Murtaugh – trumpet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Jon Wardyn – guitar
  • Don Kurre – bass guitar
  • Logan  Winters – piano
  • Tristan Winters – percussion
Feb 22
North Platte man approaches 50 years in technical education

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Gordon Peeks offers advice as electrical student Grant Pavelka bends a pipe Tuesday at North Platte Community College. Bradley Gillen, also an electrical student at NPCC, is in the background. 

Next year will be a special one for Gordon Peeks. It will mark the 50th year that he has taught industrial education in Nebraska. 

The milestone is one the Chappell native is proud of. It's also one that makes him chuckle. That's because when Peeks first started thinking about careers - teaching wasn't even a consideration. 

"When I graduated in 1964, I knew two things: "I didn't want to go to Vietnam, and I didn't want to be a teacher," said Peeks. "I'd had so many rotten teachers in high school." 

Peeks enrolled late in what was then Kearney State College and studied math and chemistry instead. However, he didn't find enough fulfillment in those areas to make them into a profession. 

His delayed registration ended up being a blessing in disguise. Few advisors were left by that time, and the one he was assigned to was in the industrial education department. 

"He encouraged me to take a couple of drawing and architecture classes as fillers, and before I knew it, I was hooked," said Peeks. 

He married in 1968, and the following year, his wife took a job as a housemother. She and Peeks relocated – into a dorm of 400 women. 

The fact that he was living on-campus made Peeks the perfect candidate for a new opening at the college. 

"They were short an instructor in Advanced Woods," said Peeks. "I was contacted and told that I was going to be the lab aide. At that point, I still didn't want anything to do with education. It took them three meetings to convince me." 

Peeks felt like a fish out of water the first semester. 

"I was no longer with my peers," Peeks said. "I was teaching a lot of guys who had just come back from Vietnam. I was in my early 20s, and they were in their 30s. Not only were they older than me – they also had more experience. A lot of them had been officers." 

His ability to adapt and gain the admiration of his students is ultimately what convinced him to pursue a career in education. 

"What changed my mind was that I was able to get concepts across," said Peeks. "The vets respected me for what I knew and what I could show them. That built a sort of camaraderie among us, and suddenly, the classroom had a pull on me." 

What should have been four years at the college turned into five as Peeks picked up the classes needed to become a teacher. 

"Instead of doing the regular major/minor option, I chose a comprehensive major and bit the whole thing off in 60 hours," said Peeks. "I'm glad I did. It gave me a broader perspective." 

He graduated from Kearney State with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Education in 1969 then earned a master's degree from the college in '71. 

"The course of study was the same for both degrees, which allowed me to get a professional certificate," said Peeks. "At that time, there were no doctorate programs for industrial education in the state, so my certificate was lifelong." 

Peeks would go on to pick up another 60 graduate hours, 48 associate hours and 25 baccalaureate hours throughout his career. 

"I spent a lot of time in school in the summers," said Peeks. "Working with people in my field deepened my respect for the profession. I was able to take all the things I was doing, pair them with what others were doing and become a better teacher." 

Peeks began teaching at Elm Creek while he was still at Kearney. In 1971, he and his wife moved to North Platte where she had been offered a job as a counselor. Because there weren't any positions open in education at the time, Peeks found work with the railroad. 

Two days before he was supposed to start, an opportunity opened up through the church he attended, Our Redeemer Lutheran. Peeks was asked to replace a teacher, and soon he was teaching all subjects and coaching all sports for sixth through eighth grades. 

"For a while, I also taught math to second through eighth grades, and because I was the youth director, also taught Sunday school," said Peeks. "It was a huge change from teaching at the college level where the students were self-motivated. At the elementary level, I had to find ways to get the kids' attention before they wanted to learn." 

He also wasn't prepared for the prep time. 

"Just learning what had to be taught was a challenge," said Peeks. "I had zero background in that area. My curriculum guides ended up dog-eared." 

In 1972, Peeks accepted a job at North Platte High School. He remained there for the next 41 years, and taught a variety of classes, including: Electricity, Electronics, Residential Wiring, Algebra I and II, Applied Physics and Credit Recovery. 

Health concerns forced him to resign from the high school in 2012, but he stayed involved in education through the Sylvan Learning Center. 

In 2014, Peeks accepted his current position at North Platte Community College - part-time lab assistant for the Electrical Technology department. 

"It's been a godsend," Peeks said of working at NPCC. "It's great to be back in a college environment." 

One of the best parts has been seeing familiar faces. 

"This will be the last year that I have students at the college that I also taught at the high school," said Peeks. "That's been great. Anytime I cross paths with former students and see how successful they've become, it makes me feel warm inside." 

One of those students, now residing in South Carolina, recently tracked Peeks down and sent him an email. He wanted Peeks to know that a porch swing Peeks helped him build as a freshman in high school is still getting good use. 

"Only now, he sits on it with his grandkids," said Peeks. 

That lasting impact on students and the relationships he's built with them over the years is why Peeks has no immediate plans to retire. 

"I'm still having fun," Peeks said. "I want to finish 50 years of teaching. That's my first goal. I suppose I'll leave when I physically can't do it anymore. I always joke that I've earned this white hair and receding hairline, but in reality, the students keep me young. I would miss seeing them every day." 

Peeks is the first one to the electrical classroom every morning. He arrives at 7:20 a.m., opens the doors and eagerly waits for the students to stream in about 40 minutes later. Some call him, "Gordie," others call him, "Coach," - all seem to enjoy him just as much as he enjoys them. 

"I don't know what I would do without those kids," Peeks said. "I love watching them apply themselves – whether it's setting up a circuit and making it work or taking a theory and putting it into practice. That's what makes life worthwhile."

Feb 21
NPCC employees honored with You Rock Awards


Jessica Epting

Five employees at North Platte Community College have been recognized for demonstrating exemplary customer service. 

Jessica Epting, Ann Walsh, Randy Peterson, Camden Grasmick and Mike Summers were presented with You Rock Awards on Monday at NPCC's North Campus. 

Jessica Epting 

Epting is the area webmaster and graphic designer for the college. She was nominated by nursing instructors Nicole Kissinger and Lana Albrecht-Watson. 

The women said Epting has been a tremendous help to them by creating signs and flyers for numerous student activities. She also designed t-shirts, a large banner, race bibs and a superhero poster for a 5K hosted by the nursing department. 

"Jessica is a team player and a wonderful member of the NPCC family," her letter of recommendation reads. "She has been great and does not balk at anything we ask her to do. She has really gone above and beyond for the nursing department." 

Ann Walsh 


Ann Walsh

Walsh, area lead graphic designer for the college, was nominated by the NPCC Student Life Office. She was praised for her quick turnaround time and quality work on last minute projects. 

"Ann has been exemplary for us here in Student Life whenever we need her, and we are so appreciative of that," her nomination letter reads. "It gives us peace of mind knowing that we can always count on her. Ann deserves this award because she rocks." 

Randy Peterson, Camden Grasmick and Mike Summers 


Randy Peterson, Camden Grasmick

Peterson, Grasmick and Summers are custodians on NPCC's North Campus, where they were nominated by staff and faculty. 

"These guys are always so cheery and happy as they work," their nomination letter reads. "They keep our building looking nice. If we need to change anything, or need help setting up a room, they are more than willing to help us." 

Peterson was lauded for being the "go-to guy" and for taking over full maintenance responsibilities until more staff could be hired following the retirement of a longtime custodian. 

Grasmick was described as someone who goes above and beyond what is expected of him and of being efficient, kind, respectful and a pleasure to be around. 

"Camden and Mike have such shining personalities and upbeat attitudes," the nomination letter reads. "All three of these gentleman are about the happiest and most easygoing around. Their attitudes are contagious. They are our greatest ambassadors."

Feb 16
Exhibition promotes science appreciation

Imaging 2.jpgMiranda Felix, of Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, examines the mouth of Callum Ward, of Gothenburg Public Schools. It was all part of the Western Regional Science Fair at North Platte Community College on Thursday.

The world became a little bit safer Thursday morning. That's after students from six area high schools learned how to save a life at North Platte Community College.

It was all part of the Western Regional Science Fair, which the college hosts every spring to encourage high school and middle school students to develop an appreciation for science and consider it as a possible career field.

This year, "Hands-On CPR" was one of the interactive breakout sessions in the Health and Science Center. Those in the workshop learned how to respond to an emergency situation and perform hands-only CPR in rhythm to the popular Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive."

Meanwhile, next door, other students were wrist-deep in the mouths of manikins. Lauri Rogers, director of the dental assisting program at NPCC, and her students demonstrated how to take and read dental X-rays and explained the importance of infection control.

On the second floor of the building, science meet participants learned how and why blood clots form by creating a comparative response with glue.


After cleaning up, the students headed down the hall to learn about the Great American Eclipse, which will take place Aug. 21. They left the building with a kit full of information about the solar event, including the best location to view the eclipse, and links to online resources. They also took home a pair of sun viewing glasses.

"I think the breakout sessions are one of the coolest things about this meet," said HaLea Messersmith, a science teacher at Cozad Community Schools. "These students want to get their hands dirty. They learn by doing, and the college gives them a way to do that."

Across campus, in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium, rows of tables were lined up with science projects, some of which, students had spent months working on.

Through the process, the learned how to conduct and analyze research, prepare a presentation and speak in public when explaining their findings to a judge.

The projects ranged from thinking under pressure, fighting bacteria and fingerprinting to understanding illusions, determining whether white bread or wheat bread molds faster and identifying sources of glucose. There were 84 projects altogether.


Corby Condon, a student at St. Patrick Junior/Senior High School, presents his project at a science meet at North Platte Community College on Thursday. The title of his project was, "The Affects of Wind Speeds On Cooling Rate."

Winners received medals and ribbons and advanced to the 2017 Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Science Fair at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln on April 20.

Additionally, eighth grade winners were invited to attend a State Science Meet at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in June.

The winners in the middle school division were:

  • First – Kayla Schilke, Chase County Schools
  • Second – Rian Good, Gothenburg Public Schools
  • Third – Bronson Long, Gothenburg Public Schools
  • Fourth - Sean Worthman, Cozad Community Schools
  • Fifth – Elissa Foley, Gothenburg Public Schools
  • Sixth – Alyssa Kolbo, Cozad Community Schools

The winners in the high school division were:

  • First – Sam Aden, Gothenburg Public Schools
  • Second – Emma Ferguson, Chase County Schools
  • Third – Keifer Anderson, Gothenburg Public Schools
  • Fourth – Samantha Jack, Eustis-Farnam Public Schools

A new award was also given out this year. Lincoln Industries donated $125 in cash to an overall winner from Lincoln County. That winner was Landon Klasna of St. Patrick Junior/Senior High School in North Platte.

The science meet was sponsored by the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, UNMC's Area Health Education Center and the Nebraska Coalition For Lifesaving Cures.

Feb 16
Registration open for second round of spring classes


Registrations are being accepted for the second round of eight-week spring classes at Mid-Plains Community College. Some classes begin as early as March 12.   

Many can be taken either online or via distance learning. Students can sign up for any of them the first week they are offered. A complete list of courses can be found online at

Some of the classes available include: 

BIOS 1600: Current Issues in Biology – The course reflects issues discussed in the current world of science. Topics can cover cancer, biological terrorism, HIV/AIDS, emerging infectious diseases, stem cells, Alzheimer's and the human genome. Studies reflect the scientific and historical basis, current status and effect on society. 

BSAD 1010: Personal and Professional Development – The class emphasizes the relationship between image/social awareness and job success. It covers on-the-job situations of problem-solving, time management, goal setting, business etiquette, listening skills, work groups and the relationship between productivity and job attitude. A major emphasis is placed on developing productive work ethics. 

BSAD 1090: The Job Application Process – The instruction is designed to provide all students with the tools and skills to develop an effective job search campaign. Topics include, but are not limited to, methods of finding a job, resume preparation, the development of customized application letters, interview techniques and preparation of follow-up communications. Students utilize word processing skills. 

CSCE 1604: Introduction to Microsoft Word – The course is an introduction to basic features of the Microsoft Word software program. Special attention is given to the utilization of graphics, templates, report styles, tables and WordArt. There is a $5 fee. 

CSCE 1644: MS Office Excel – The course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and concepts of using Excel spreadsheet software in a hands-on environment. Students benefit from a step-by-step approach. The class fee is $5. 

EMTL 1110: CPR Rescuer - The course is intended to provide the student with training, as an individual or as a team member, to administer adult, child and infant CPR. Use of an AED, pocket mask and bag valve mask is also included. The class fulfills the CPR requirement for most health-related trainings. The $15 fee covers the cost of a book and a two-year certification card. 

ENGL 0990: College Prep Writing - College Prep Writing is a review of grammar and sentence writing skills including use of words, parts of speech, parts of a sentence, agreement of subject and verb, punctuation of sentences, vocabulary development and paragraph development. The course strengthens English proficiency before attempting college composition. 

ENGL 1020: English Composition II – The class focuses on extended source-based writings and projects, including a required research paper. An emphasis is put on organizational strategies for research, the integration of multiple resources and the ethical use of information to produce informative and/or argumentative texts. 

MATH 0900: Elementary Algebra – The course reviews real number operations, algebraic expressions, exponents, the solving of linear equations, graphing, operations with polynomials, solving quadratics and solving word problems. 

MATH 1150: College Algebra – This course is the study of relations, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities. 

MUSC 1010: Music Appreciation – The class is an introduction and overview of the history of Western art music, from the Middle Ages to modern times. It includes the elements of music, historical style periods and major composers and selected works.

NURA 1100: Nursing Assistant – This course trains a non-licensed individual to provide safe, effective and caring services to patients, resident and clients in a variety of health care settings. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate from MPCC and qualify for placement on the State of Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry. The fee is $5. 

PHIL 1150: Intro to Logic and Critical Thinking - Students encounter an analytical method of language analysis, logic, fallacies, construction of valid arguments, the notion of evidence, relevant questioning and problem-solving techniques. 

PHED 1240: Golf – The one-credit hour, co-educational course is designed to introduce students to the sport of golf. Emphasis is placed on fundamental etiquette, skill techniques, rules and history of the leisure sport of golf. Students participate in the activity individually and within a group. The fee is $10. 

PHED 1260: Beginning Yoga – The co-educational course is designed to promote balance and strength for the body and mind. The class combines breathing, stretching and positive affirmations to relax the body and mind while creating strength and tone for total body wellness.

UPHR 1670: Couch Reconstruction and Upholstering – This class teaches frame and spring repair, pad replacement and how to recover large projects. The fee is $35. 

It's strongly recommended that those who want to register for a class make an advising appointment 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. More information about financial assistance is available by calling (308) 535-3705 in North Platte or (308) 345-8112 in McCook. 

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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​