First National Bank of Omaha donates $100,000 to NPCC Health and Science Center

NBO check donation to Heath and Science Center
Monday, April 19, 2021

Pictured left to right: First National Bank of Omaha Vice President of Commercial and Agribusiness Banking in North Platte Cory Johanson and FNBO Vice President of Commercial and Agribusiness Banking in North Platte Lance Polk hand a check for $100,000 to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy on Monday. The donation will be put toward the expansion of North Platte Community College's Health and Science Center.

North Platte Community College's Health and Science Center expansion project received a major boost this week thanks to First National Bank of Omaha. 

FNBO contributed $100,000 toward the project Monday during a check presentation at the college. 

"All of us at FNBO are proud to support Mid-Plains Community College and the expansion of its NPCC Health and Science Center," said Lance Polk, FNBO vice president of commercial and agribusiness banking in North Platte. "It's rewarding to be involved in efforts to enhance the education of students in Western Nebraska pursuing careers in health care." 

MPCC President Ryan Purdy said the NPCC Health and Science Center expansion would not be possible without the generosity and support of the Mid-Plains Community College area.    

"FNBO made a generous gift in 2011 toward the initial Health and Science Center construction," said Purdy. "They have confirmed their continued support with this additional gift toward the expansion to allow for additional enrollments in the college's health care programs." 

Meeting a need 

The Health and Science Center is located on NPCC's South Campus. Constructed in 2012, it is home to the college's nursing, medical laboratory technician, emergency medical services, paramedic, dental assisting, math, biology, physics and engineering programs. 

As the demand for more nurses and health care professionals has increased throughout the college's 18-county service area and beyond, so has the need for more space to train those professionals. 

The planned expansion of the building will include additional classrooms to accommodate increased enrollment in nursing courses, lab space for nursing and emergency services and an office area for new faculty. 

Conference rooms, a classroom with flexible table and chair arrangements, private workspaces for students and a virtual innovation lab will also be constructed to complement existing programming and enhance learning experiences. 

Construction is anticipated to start by spring of 2022. 

The total cost of the project is expected to be nearly $4 million. 

Those interested in contributing to the expansion project can contact Kayla Thurman, the college's interim director of Institutional Advancement, at or (308) 535-3607.