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Feb 28
MPCC to break ground on Imperial Campus expansion March 13

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An architect's rendering shows what the MPCC Imperial Campus will look like after it is expanded. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for March 13.

Mid-Plains Community College will break ground on its Imperial Campus expansion March 13. The public is invited to attend the ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. (MT) at 1324 Broadway St., in Imperial. Refreshments will be provided. 

The MPCC Imperial Campus provides the Chase County region with both traditional and non-traditional classes, business and targeted industry trainings and a variety of avocational and recreational courses. 

Over the years, a rise in student enrollment coupled with increased partnerships with local businesses and industries has resulted in a need for additional space. 

Plans are to construct an approximately 2,500-square-foot addition on the north end of the existing building. Two new classrooms and a multi-purpose room will be added as will new restrooms, a mechanical room and a storage room. The south end of the building will be remodeled to include a simulation lab. 

The expansion will provide space for additional enrollment in general education/transfer courses, nursing, CPR and emergency medical services, on-site applied technology courses and numerous other hands-on learning opportunities. 

Enhanced workforce training, state-of-the-art mobile training equipment and advancements in distance learning technology will be possible. The community will be able to use the rooms for everything from meetings and business trainings to children's classes and educational workshops. 

The cost of the project, including the addition and a full remodel of the existing structure, is estimated at $1.5 million. In addition to MPCC's contribution, funding came from the City of Imperial, the Chase County Board of Commissioners, donations from several local businesses and organizations and the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, of Omaha. 

The goal is to complete the expansion by the summer of 2021.

Feb 28
MPCC Rodeo Team plans spring fundraising rodeo

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The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team will host its annual spring fundraising rodeo in McCook on March 13-14. 

Entries can be called in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 at (620) 275-1655. 

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. each night at the Kiplinger Arena at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds. 

Admission for the regular performances is $10 per person with the exception of children 12 and younger – who will be admitted free. 

The public is also welcome to attend slack, the overflow from the regular performances, for free. That will begin at noon on March 13 and at 9 a.m. on March 14. 

Concessions and team merchandise will be for sale throughout the event. Proceeds will go toward a combination of scholarships, practice equipment and travel expenses for rodeo team members. 

Both the Nebraska State Rodeo Association and the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association sanction the rodeo in McCook. It is sponsored in part by a grant from Red Willow County Tourism. 

Feb 27
Boy Scouts reward NPCC STEM Club

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Jared Daily, North Platte Community College physics and engineering instructor, accepts the Community Involvement Award on behalf of NPCC's STEM Club Sunday at the Annual Boy Scouts Award Banquet in North Platte. The Boy Scouts selected the club for the award in appreciation of the educational STEM Day the club provides for the Cub Scouts every year.

Feb 26
MPCC rodeo team member competes in The American Semi-Finals


A Mid-Plains Community College steer wrestler is vying for the biggest paycheck of his life in Fort Worth, Texas this week. 

Wynn Schaack, of Wall, S.D., is working his way up the ranks in the semi-finals of RFD-TV's The American - the world's richest one-day rodeo. 

"It's exciting," said Schaack. "Being at this level has definitely made my competition stronger. It has been a lot of fun." 

The event pits the top athletes in the world from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association against up-and-coming champions from the semi-finals. The total payout through qualifiers, the semi-finals and The American, itself, is $2.35 million. 

Schaack has had a good run so far. He made it to the the semi-finals by competing at three qualifying jackpots – one in Montana, one in Texas and one in Rock Springs, Wyo., where he took the reserve champion steer wrestling title at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals. 

A total of 170 steer wrestlers qualified for The American Semi-Finals this year. Schaack advanced to the top 30 on Monday – winning the second round of slack with a time of 3.6 seconds. 

He's up next during the first semi-finals performance at the Cowtown Coliseum on Thursday. The top 10 contestants after the third semi-finals performance on Saturday will compete again on Sunday, and of those, six will punch their tickets for The American March 7-8 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

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The territory might be new to him, but Schaack has a lot of things to remind him of home. Those include his horse – raised on his family's ranch and sired by the family's proven heading, heeling and calf roping stallion, PC Frosty Calibar. 

Wynn also has a support system in his father, Clay, a former PRCA steer wrestler, who is hazing for him, a family friend and a cousin, Brandy Schaack, of Hyannis, is competing at the semi-finals in breakaway roping. 

Although they can't be there in-person, his MPCC Rodeo Team teammates are cheering him on from Nebraska as well. Wynn is a steer wrestler, team roper and tie-down roper on the team while studying agribusiness at MPCC's campus in McCook. 

Between his father's influence and the instruction of MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach Garrett Nokes, who placed fourth in the world standings at the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo, Wynn has had some tremendous mentors helping him get to where he is today. 

"They've taught me a lot," Wynn said. "Now, I just have to put it into practice." 

More information about The American can be found at Live coverage is available at

Feb 26
SKD book drive nets more than 100 books

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The Sigma Kappa Delta book drive at North Platte Community College yielded a total of 124 books for Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney. SKD members sorted the books and prepared them for transport Monday. 

Feb 25
NPCC faculty offer $1,000 scholarships


The Mid-Plains Education Association is offering two $1,000 scholarships to students at North Platte Community College. Applications must be turned in by April 3. 

The MPEA consists of non-technical faculty members at NPCC. They award the scholarships every year, using money from donations and funds collected during 50/50 raffles at home athletic events. 

The scholarships are available to any student enrolled in at least nine credit hours for the 2020 fall term at NPCC. Applicants must have already completed at least 12 credit hours, which can include dual credit classes, through Mid-Plains Community College and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be considered. 

MPEA members will choose the winners. Among other things, selections will be based on academic excellence and any additional accomplishments at school, work or in the community. 

The money can be applied to tuition, books, school supplies, living expenses or anything else to help a student be successful in college. 

Applications are available at the NPCC Financial Aid Office, in the Welcome Center on South Campus and from any MPEA member. 

Completed forms must be returned to Jimi Cole in Room 124A of the McDonald-Belton Building on NPCC's south campus, 601 W. State Farm Rd. 

Scholarship recipients will be announced April 20 at the NPCC Honors Convocation.

Feb 25
MPCC booth wins Best of Show

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Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor Rex Kemp and electrical technology instructor Jake Elmshaeuser stand beside the Mid-Plains Community College booth that won Best of Show over the weekend. The men represented MPCC at the booth Saturday and Sunday during the Oregon Trail Home Builders Association Homeshow in Ogallala. 

Feb 24
Longtime adult education instructor retires

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Wanda Hornbacher, of North Platte, is honored for her years of service during a retirement party at North Platte Community College on Monday. Hornbacher was an adult education instructor for 25 years.

Feb 24
MPCC Graphic Design students attend “Meet the Pros Conference”

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MPCC Graphic Design and Communication students attending the recent "Meet the Pros Conference" in Omaha include: (from left): Philip Ryan, Alex Cahill, Travis Halligan, Mary Osborne, Angie Evans, and Elise Stevens.

Six Mid-Plains Community College Graphic Design and Visual Communication students recently attended the annual "Meet the Pros Conference" held at Scott Conference Center in Omaha.

Students attending were Elise Stevens and Mary Osborne from McCook Community College, and Philip Ryan, Travis Halligan, Alex Cahill, and Angie Evans from North Platte Community College.

The event featured keynote speakers from Los Angeles and New York as well as several speakers from local agencies including Swanson Russell, Bailey Lauerman, Bozell, and LinkedIn.

"One of the highlights of the conference was agency tours," said Instructor Becky Meyers. MPCC students chose to tour Bozell which recently relocated to a new building. The tour guides presented students with valuable tips on preparing for job interviews.

Another favorite from the event was the round table discussions.

Professionals from the community moved from table to table every ten minutes and students were able to ask each one questions about their role in the design community and get advice on entering the job market in visual communications.

Feb 24
Applebee’s raising money for PBL members

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The North Platte Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is joining forces with Applebee's in North Platte for a flapjack fundraiser. Short Stacks for a Tall Cause will be from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 29 at Applebee's. 

The PBL chapter helps NPCC students prepare for careers in business. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward expenses associated with the chapter competing at a state leadership conference in March. 

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time through Valerie Perez, (308) 352-8446, or

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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​