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News about McCook Community College and the Mid Plains Community College area.

College pays for Brooks Hall equipment (12/18/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College governors approved payment of $215,117 for kitchen equipment in the Brooks Hall Cafeteria. The action was taken at Wednesday night's regular board meeting in North Platte. The equipment was provided by Institution Services Inc., and will be funded out of student room and board charges...
MCC grad brings award -winning tech skills 'home' (11/28/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Sometimes, "Plan B" turns out much better than "Plan A" ever would have. When she graduated from Republican Valley High School, Veronica Waddell wanted to become a lawyer. She just wanted to leave home and see what else was out there...
MCC's 'A Christmas Carol' play a family stage tradition (11/21/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Nothing like a bit of 19th century "Merry ol' England" to lend a little perspective to the frantic modern-day pace of the holidays. For some families, a McCook Community College tradition has become a family holiday tradition. For the past month or so, some McCook dinner table conversations go something like this:...
Concert for Cancer Care to feature Bellamy Brothers (11/21/14)
McCook, Neb. -- Community Hospital's third annual Concert for Cancer Care will feature the pop/country group, the Bellamy Brothers performing a Christmas concert. As presenting sponsor, Community Hospital is excited to bring the Bellamy Brothers to the McCook historic Fox Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21...
Brooks Hall project on agenda for governors (11/19/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- A bid for an addition and remodeling of Brooks Hall on the McCook Community College campus is among the action items on the agenda for today's meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors. It is set for 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 at the W.W. Wood building on the North Platte Community College campus...
Business plan competition simplified, relaunched (10/20/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A popular business development contest which helped start up a number of successful McCook ventures is back with major changes that officials believe will make it better and even more enticing. Through a partnership with McCook Community College and area business sponsors the "new and improved" Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition is accepting applications through Dec. 1...
MCC to rename Events Center (10/06/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College will officially rename the Events Center Wednesday when it will become the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. The public is invited to the formal ceremonies that will take place in the lobby from 5:30-6:30 p.m...
Changes in store for this year's 'A Christmas Carol' (10/01/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A long-time Christmas tradition is returning to the Fox Theater stage again this year, but longtime loyalists of "A Christmas Carol" will see a new treatment of the holiday favorite. Auditions for McCook Community College's presentation of the Charles Dickens classic are set for Sunday, from 2-5 p.m. at the Weeth Theater on the MCC campus...
MCC play recalls 9/11, honors heroes (09/11/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Few events in our lifetime will resonate like the events that transpired on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York. McCook Fire Chief Marc Harpham worked full-time for the city of McCook Fire Department. His shift at the fire station just ended at 8 a.m. and he was preparing to go to his part-time job as a meter reader for Nebraska Public Power District. Then history unfolded in front of him as he watched the events on television from the fire station...
North Platte man wins MPCC's project car (09/08/14)
Jessie Perez of North Platte is now the proud owner of the Mid-Plains Community College's 10th custom car project -- a '67 Camaro RS 350/350.
College lowers tax levy (08/29/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College's budget will be up about a million dollars, but its levy will be down a third of a cent per $100 valuation, thanks to property tax valuation increases. Meeting in North Platte Wednesday, the proposed budget will be forwarded to local newspapers for publication and a public hearing on Sept. 10...
Mid-Plains gets distance learning funding (08/29/14)
North Platte, Neb. -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul visited Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte today to present the college leadership with a plaque to commemorate their award of $118,700 to further their distance learning capabilities...
MPCC back in session for a 'milestone' year (08/25/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- For the first time in more than a decade, when classes started Monday at Mid-Plains Community College campuses, students will no longer be attending Nebraska's smallest community college. "We've passed that baton back to Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff," said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. "Our official full-time equivalent (FTE) Enrollment for 2013-14 was 1,899.2. The last report from WNCC was 1,866...
Firefighter tribute play: Auditions set for Sunday (06/24/14)
McCook Community College is holding auditions Sunday for a special 9/11-themed performance of the highly acclaimed play "The Guys" to be performed Sept. 11 at the Fox Theater in McCook.
College information technology, renewable fuels program outlines ready to go to state commission (06/20/14)
OGALLALA, Neb. -- Meeting Wednesday in Mid-Plains Community College's extended campus in Ogallala, the board of governors will consider requests to send the Information Technology and Renewable Fuels program reviews to the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education...
Buffalo Commons tour bus nearly full (06/10/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A few seats still remain for Friday's Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival Wild West Bus Ride to Camp Duke Alexis. This tour bus leaves McCook Community College at 9 a.m. Friday to visit one of Nebraska's most storied historical sites. In 1872, the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia was the guest of honor for a Royal Buffalo Hunt on the untamed frontier of what is today Hayes County...
College board sets salaries (05/22/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Salaries were the major item of business for Wednesday night's meeting of the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors, with increases approved for non-negotiated, adjunct faculty and the college president. President Ryan Purdy's contract was extended through 2016-17, $190,000 for 2014-15, $205,000 for 2015-16 and $220,000 for 2016-17...
Ribbon cutting ceremony marks grand opening celebration of Community Hospital's Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology (05/16/14)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of the completion of Community Hospital's Anderson Center for Radiation Oncology was held today in McCook. Participating in the ceremony were Community Hospital staff and board members; and community residents in McCook and the hospital's service area...
Lot 'O Shakespeare on stage tonight (04/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- MCC is bringing a one-man, interactive Shakespearean performance to McCook's historic Fox Theater tonight at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Timothy Mooney presents "Lot O' Shakespeare" -- a one monologue from every Shakespeare play in this one-man show. It's part "Lotto" part Shakespeare. Audience members will even have the chance to win prizes...
College board approves property purchase, other expenditures (03/27/14)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid Plains Community College president was authorized Wednesday night to sign documents to buy a house near McCook Community College. While there are no immediate plans for the property, 1111 E. Fourth in McCook, any space has valuable potential for the landlocked campus, officials said...
VP encouraged by dorm occupancy (01/21/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- While enrollment numbers at McCook Community College look to be strong this semester, Vice President Andy Long is also encouraged by the occupancy rate in the dorms. "It looks like we are up between 5-10 students in Brooks Hall over where we were last year at the start of spring semester. I appreciate the work our residence hall and student life staff has done to create a good environment," Long said...
Near-record enrollment expected to continue (01/13/14)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- For the past six semesters, enrollment numbers at McCook Community College have been near record levels and this semester officials expect that trend to continue as the spring semester begins today. During the 2012-13 fiscal year, MPCC recorded its second highest enrollment in history and numbers for the Spring 2014 semester are at or near those levels according to Kelly Rippen, Area Dean of Enrollment Management. ...
Reverse transfer provides credit where credit is due (11/27/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- In an effort to increase college completion rates and promote student persistence, Mid-Plains Community College is now offering a "Reverse Transfer" program that allows students to transfer credits accumulated at a four-year university back to MPCC, where they will count towards the two-year degree program requirements...
MPCC records second-highest enrollment (11/22/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- During the Nov. 20 Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, Kelly Rippen, Area Dean of Enrollment Management, announced that in the past 2012-13 fiscal year, MPCC recorded its second highest enrollment in history...
McCook attorney recognized as MPCC 2013 Alumnus of the Year (11/07/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Paul M. Wood has been selected as the 2013 Mid-Plains Community College Alumnus of the Year. He was presented with the award during the Nebraska Community College Association's Annual Meeting held Nov. 4-5 in North Platte...
Governors OK purchases, accept donations (10/24/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Board of Governors accepted a check for $4,800 from the McCook Sertoma Club toward a $22,000 pledge to underwite a state-of-the-art closed-loop audio assistance system at the MCC Events Center. So far, Sertoma has raised $17,200 toward the project...
Anticipation builds for MCC Fire Science program (10/22/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- College and city officials shared their enthusiasm surrounding changes being implemented to the local fire science program and indicated there was potential for even further collaboration between the two in the future. McCook Community College Fire Science Director Tim Zehnder and City Manager Jeff Hancock visited with citizens during the October Coffee with a Cop meeting at McDonald's and discussed progress resulting from their partnership to implement a internship program at the McCook Fire Department.. ...
Mechanic to share passion for small engines (10/21/13)
Mechanic to share his small-engine passion McCOOK, Nebraska -- When he was in his small engine repair shop people always told Thomas Whipple he should teach a class about his life-long passion. Now that he is retired, the Arapahoe man plans to do just that by offering an eight-hour class at McCook Community College on small engine repair with an overview of two-stroke and four-stroke cycle and associated components...
MCC enrollment steady; area shows slight decline (09/16/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College will post a slight decrease in its annual enrollments for the 2012-13 academic year. According to Chuck Salestrom, Area Associate Vice President of Public Information, Marketing and Development, last week's Student Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment audit reflected a 2.55 percent decrease in overall Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) from the prior year's (2011-12) record breaking 8.22 percent taken by the college's students. ...
College board approves budget (09/13/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- After two public hearings, the Mid Plains Community College board of governors took action to approve the 2013-14 budget recently in North Platte. First, the board unanimously moved to the use of property taxes to fund the 2013-2014 budget in the amount of $11,985,029. ...
MCC names dean of students (09/10/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College has named its new dean of students. Brian Obert, of Fort Collins, Colo., will take over his new duties Oct. 2. Obert was raised in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy for four years, then went on to receive a bachelor's degree in history from Colorado State University, a master's in Student Affairs also from CSU, and most recently received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.. ...
County offering history tour about Republican River settlement (09/10/13)
IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College's Imperial Extended Campus will offer a Republican River Valley history tour in September. An informational session will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, followed by a traveling tour from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21...
Mid Plains considers tax request (09/09/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors is set to ask for nearly $12 million in property taxes for the 2013-14 budget. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in North Platte, the board will consider a budget that calls for the taxes levied for each $100 in valuation to be decreased by 0.1494 cents, bringing it to 8.6455 cents for each $100 of assessed value...
Four full-time staff members join college (09/03/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Four new full-time staff members at McCook Community College completed their first week of classes this semester. They include: Jon Froelich: Student Success and Retention Coordinator and MCC Women's Basketball coach; Dan Sewell: Area Technology Specialist, Information Services Department, McCook campus; Clay Grizzle: Theater and Speech instructor; and Randy Chambers: welding instructor at the Center for Applied Science and Technology...
College board advances budget (08/29/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors advanced a budget, approved two new assistant residence hall director positions and approved a contract to upgrade the colleges' websites. The proposed budget reduces the tax levy slightly, from 8.7949 cents per $100 valuation last year to 8.6455, a 001494 decrease for 2013-14, and will be the subject of a hearing on Sept. ...
Mass casualty training set (08/28/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College Center for Enterprise will partner with McCook Fire Chief Mark Harpham, Community Hospital Safety Director Dari Olson, and EMS coordinator Robert Allen to offer Mass Casualty Incident training Sept. 10-11 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the City of McCook Municipal facility, 505 West C Street...
College board to consider budget proposals (08/26/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- A proposed budget will be considered for advancing to a public hearing Sept. 11 at Wednesday's meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors. Budget-related action items include consideration of a contract to update and develop the college website for not more than $52,000, creation of two assistant residence hall directors, one each in North Platte and McCook, recognition of representatives of the negotiating teams for the Mid-Plains Education Association, Mid-Plains Classified Staff Association, and consideringg a bid for security services for 2013-14.. ...
College sends message to 2063 (08/22/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College Vice President Andrew Long welcomed MCC staff, Foundation representatives and members of the public to the dedication of the new MCC Events Center's time capsule Tuesday morning. And, he invited them all back for its opening -- 50 years from now...
Fire Science program set to 'catch fire' (08/22/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Upcoming changes to the fire science program at McCook Community College could have the college poised to offer something unique and serve as the early stages of solidifying McCook as the fire science training hub for the region...
MCC Events Center Time Capsule ceremony set Tuesday (08/19/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Almost one year after the historic groundbreaking for McCook Community College's Events Center, college officials are inviting members of the public to a Time Capsule Ceremony to commemorate the event and thank the community. The ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Events Center. College officials have been compiling items to place in the time capsule, which will be opened in 2063...
College board approves new assessment position (07/25/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors approved the creation of a new position to measure how well the college is doing its job. The Area Assessment Coordinator will collect and analyze data such as transfer success, job placement and other outcomes for use in accreditation and administration...
MCC business students win national trophies (07/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Eight members of the McCook Community College Phi Beta Lambda chapter recently brought home six national trophies from the national PBL leadership conference in Anaheim, Calif. The team of Veronica Waddell and Ashley Noltensmeier won second place in Desktop Publishing, while fellow members Kasha Messersmith and Carlos Dominquez earned seventh place...
College opens Events Center to 'wellness walkers' (06/26/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The public is invited to join the McCook Community College Wellness Walker program. For a yearly student fee of $49, you can walk your way to wellness at the MCC Event Center track and receive wellness tips along the way. Walkers will receive a lanyard to wear while walking to identify them as an MCC Wellness Walker, allowing them access to walk during Event Center public hours (excluding holidays, public events, college events, and college closings)...
Grant native named vice president for McCook Community College (06/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A Grant, Nebraska, man is the new official in charge of McCook Community College. Andrew "Andy" Long has accepted the position of Vice President of McCook Community College. He currently serves as the Area Dean of Enrollment Management for Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo...
College board approves salary increases (05/16/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Salary increases for administrators and adjunct faculty were approved at Wednesday's meeting of the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors. Following a closed session to discuss personnel and litigation, President Ryan Purdy's contract was approved for 2013-14 with an increase in salary from $155,000 to $165,000, with a business interruption insurance policy of $200,000 added...
College to stream graduations (05/09/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Those who are unable to attend Mid-Plains Community College's commencement ceremonies in McCook and North Platte this Friday, May 10, will be able to view them live on the Internet. The links for the live streaming can be found on the college's homepage at www.mpcc.edu...
College board reissues bonds at lower rates (04/25/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid Plains Community College area board of governors approved reissuance of bonds for housing projects at the McCook and North Platte campuses for significant savings. The board approved the reissuance of bonds, not to exceed $3.9 million, at about 2.23 percent interest, about half of the previous rate...
Student speaker selected (04/15/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Barbara Ann Leising has been selected as the Student Commencement Speaker for the 2013 McCook Community College Spring Commencement Ceremony. She was chosen through an all-campus competitive selection process. She is the daughter of Phillip Leising and Teresa Leising. She was raised in Arapahoe and was homeschooled from preschool until her high school graduation in 2011...
MPCC Bridge Program helps educate low-income adults (03/20/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Thanks to a Bridge Program grant issued by the Nebraska Department of Education, Mid-Plains Community College will now offer assistance to low-income Nebraskans to acquire the necessary skills to enroll in post-secondary education and training...
College seeks input for evaluation (03/11/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit April 24-26 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association...
Part of True Hall legacy carries on at Events Center (03/06/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College has done its part in preserving a piece of history. The logo of McCook Community College on the gym floor at True Hall, the college's original gymnasium, has a place of honor in the lobby at the new, state-of-the-art, $10 million MCC Event Center. Darin Morgan, director of physical resources at MCC, said he and his staff spent about 45 days dismantling the gym floor piece by piece to preserve the logo...
Search reopens for campus vice president (03/05/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The search for the top McCook Community College campus official will be reopened, according to Mid-Plains Community College President Ryan Purdy. "I met with the MCC VP search committee on Wednesday and we agreed that we will reopen the search with the expectation that we will have a candidate selected by the end of this spring semester," he wrote in a campus-wide email Friday...
Governors hold room, board, tuition at same levels (02/28/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- With the University of Nebraska system poised to freeze tuition for two years, the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors voted to hold tuition, fees, room and board at the current levels for next year. Meeting in North Platte on Wednesday, the board voted to retain tuition and fees for Nebraska and border state students at $77 plus $15 per credit hour. A resident student would pay $1,380 per semester for a full load of 15 credit hours...
Costs, college clubs on agenda for Mid-Plains governors (02/25/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Setting tuition, fees, room and board are among the action items for a meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors. A work session is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 at the W.W. Wood Building on the north campus of North Platte Community College...
Annual 'Dick Driml Memorial Chili Cookoff' Saturday (02/06/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The MCC Indians Boosters plan their annual "Dick Driml Memorial Chili Cook-off" on Saturday, February 9, in the new McCook Community College Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. The MCC Indians will be playing Trinidad State Junior College with the ladies' game at 5 p.m. and the men's game at 7 p.m. Chili will be served during the games in the Auxiliary Gym...
College board elects officers, approves contracts (01/24/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Elizabeth Benjamin was elected to her fourth term as chairwoman of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors at Wednesday's regular meeting. Louie Stithem was re-elected as vice-chair; Glenda Hasenauer, re-elected as secretary/treasurer; and Ted Klug Jr. continues as assistant secretary/treasurer. Ernie Mehl, and Kent Miller will again represent Mid-Plains Community College on the Nebraska Community College Association Board of Trustees...
Negotiations, capital improvement projects on college agenda (01/18/13)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors will conduct a closed session and possibly take action on negotiations with the Mid Plains Vocational Education Association at a regular meeting Wednesday. The 6:30 p.m. regular meeting will follow a 4 p.m. work session in Room 200 of the W.W. Wood Building on the north campus of North Platte Community College, 1101 Halligan Drive in North Platte...
MCC: New emphasis on success, retention (01/14/13)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After spending the first semester in McCook Community College's new event center, college officials have now unveiled another new tool in the battle for recruiting students -- a new streamlined athletic website. Classes began today on campus with the athletic website -- www.mccindians.com -- up and running. ...
College offering Spring Birding Class (12/28/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Bird watchers, hunters, photographers and just plain nature lovers are invited to attend the spring birding class at McCook Community College This class is being offered during the Spring semester on Fridays from noon-2 p.m. from January 18 through May 3...
Santa's workshop draws more than 300 (12/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Santa Claus took his show on the road recently when his sleigh landed at the McCook Community College Events Center for holiday workshop than involved more than 300 people from the community. Santa's helpers from the college numbered more than 150 and included members of Phi Theta Kapp, the MCC Student Senate, athletes from the Lady Indian volleyball, basketball and softball team, the MCC Men's basketball and baseball teams. ...
State honors MHS staffer (12/12/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A staff member at McCook High School was recognized by the Nebraska Department of Education for going above and beyond. Kim Korgan, who works at the McCook Senior High submitting data requested by the state, was awarded a "Data Hero Award" certificate of appreciation from the Nebraska Department of Education. Superintendent Grant Norgaard presented the certificate to Korgan at the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night...
MCC Choir concert set Tuesday (12/10/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook Community College Choir under Director Tiffany Gapp will have its winter concert 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tipton Hall Theater on campus. Selections include; "All I Ask of You," "Footloose," "Rhythms of Life," "16 Tons," "Johnny B Goode," "Java Jive," "Gloria," "Sing Joy," and "I'll Be Seeing You," as well as Christmas selections...
Golf tournament benefits college students, staff members recognized (11/29/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two Mid Plains campuses received checks from NPPD's Celebrity Golf Tournament and several staff members received recognition at Wednesday night's meeting of the board of governors. Larry Lindstrom from Nebraska Public Power District and Terry Schutte of Wells Fargo, a major sponsor of NPPD's golf tournament, presented checks for $7,750 to North Platte Community...
College board to consider title changes, other items (11/23/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors plan a work session and regular meeting Wednesday in Room 200 of the W.W. Wood Building on the north campus of North Platte Community College. The work session begins at 4:30 p.m., and no action will be taken; the regular meeting is 6:30 p.m...
'A Christmas Carol' on stage this month (11/08/12)
The Ghost of Christmas Past (Phil Lyons, left) greets Ebenezer Scrooge (Don Harpst) in the upcoming McCook Community College production of "A Christmas Carol." The show will be performed at the Fox Theater on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale at Schmick's Market and the Office of Student Life and the MCC Business office through the week of the play, or at the door the nights of the show...
McCook man played key role in Cuban missile crisis -- documentary airs Oct. 23 (10/16/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- A 1948 McCook High School and 1950 McCook Community College graduate, Jerry McIlmoyle, will be part of a PBS documentary to air on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. The documentary, "Cuban Missile Crisis -- Three Men Go to War," marks the 50th anniversary of what many consider to be the most dangerous 13-day period in the history of mankind. ...
McCook Sertoma donates third installment for hearing loop system for MCC Event Center (08/17/12)
The McCook Sertoma Club presented a $3,100 check to the McCook College Foundation on Tuesday as its third installment towards the purchase of a Hearing Loop System for the new Events Center at McCook Community College. Through the use of a telecoil (t-coil) built into an individual's hearing aid and a conductive wire looped around the Events Center gymnasium, a hearing aid wearer will be able to pick up crystal-clear sounds and speech broadcast through the gym's public address system or any microphone by simply pressing a button built into the hearing aid.. ...
College rolls out new empheses, certificate (08/16/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College has added several new emphases and a certificate to its program offerings. Earning an emphasis along with a degree can enhance ones overall associate degree because there is a concentration of coursework in a particular area of study. While adding an emphasis is not a requirement, it adds value to an individual's skills, knowledge and experience...
Board OKs staff positions for new buildings (07/26/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two new custodial positions, and a raise for administrators and adjunct faculty were approved by the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors Wednesday night. The board also heard a preliminary report that the college area may have set an enrollment record for full-time equivalent students...
College board approves three-year contract with president (06/29/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors approved a three year employment contract with new college president, Ryan Purdy. Purdy will receive an annual base salary of $155,000 and additional benefits that combine for a total compensation package of $208,792...
Governors to consider Purdy contract (06/22/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College governors may offer new president, Ryan Purdy, a contract following an executive session Wednesday during a regular meeting. The closed session is toward the end of the agenda, listed for pending litigation, personnel and negotiations...
Purdy named MPCC president (05/24/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plain Community College Board of Governors chose to promote from within, elevating the college's Chief Financial Officer to the position of College President, Wednesday evening. Newly-appointed MPCC President Ryan Purdy has been with the college for 10 years and spent the last nine as the CFO and Area Associate Vice-President of Administrative Services, he was named the college's interim president in January after Dr. ...
College president recommendation on meeting agenda (05/18/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Consideration of a negotiated agreement with the Mid-Plains Education Association and recommendation for the hiring of an MPCC president are on the agenda for next week's meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors...
College offers tours into history of Old West (05/01/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College will offer a unique opportunity for individuals to literally step back into Nebraska's legendary history this June with a "Tales of the Indian Raids" guided bus tour and a "Cowboy Philosophy 101" workshop...
Officials see regional draw for fire course (04/27/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Officials have high hopes for a revamped Fire Science program at McCook Community College that could label the campus as a regional provider. The changes would allow the college to offer new firefighter certifications and the plans have received a high level of local support, reducing amount of money the college will have to provide...
College board approves bus purchase for McCook (03/29/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors approved the purchase of a new bus for McCook Community College and considered creating full-time coordinator positions at the Broken Bow, Ogallala and Imperial Extended Campuses...
MPCC offers new distance learning for Adult Education (03/28/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College has recently added some exciting new distance learning opportunities to its Adult Education program. After participating in a pilot program from September through November 2011, MPCC joined in a statewide initiative to adopt I-Pathways and U.S.A. Learns online programs. Both programs were specifically designed to accommodate the changing nature of the adult education curriculum and the variety of educational needs of adult learners...
College board plans work session, meeting (03/23/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid Plains Community College governors plan a work session at 4 p.m. Wednesday and a regular meeting at 6:30 in Room 200 at the W.W. Wood Building, 1101 Halligan Drive on the North Campus as North Platte Community College. The work session will include a presentation on dual enrollment, discussion of policy changes and a budget update...
College board plans work session, meeting (03/23/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid Plains Community College governors plan a work session at 4 p.m. Wednesday and a regular meeting at 6:30 in Room 200 at the W.W. Wood Building, 1101 Halligan Drive on the North Campus as North Platte Community College. The work session will include a presentation on dual enrollment, discussion of policy changes and a budget update...
Latest Mid-Plains fund-raiser raffle car is rebuilt '63 Nova (03/05/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Transportation Division of Mid-Plains Community College officially unveiled their latest custom car project, a 1963 Chevy Nova, Friday at the Platte River Mall in North Platte. Even before its "official" unveiling, the hotrod received accolades and took first place in its class at the Tri-City Street Rods annual auto show in Grand Island recently...
Some naming rights still available for MCC Events Center (01/20/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Area businesses and residents alike have shown their support and enthusiasm for the McCook Community College Events Center by purchasing naming rights to be placed on anything from rooms of the facility to gymnasium seats. Officials expect the events center to not only make MCC more attractive to area athletes and provide opportunity for an expansion of programs at the college, but to offer potential for conferences and sports tournaments that will benefit the community directly.. ...
College names interim president (01/19/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors accepted the resignation of MPCC President, Dr. Michael Chipps, which immediately released him from duties Wednesday evening, during their regularly scheduled meeting at North Platte Community College. The board subsequently named Ryan Purdy as the college's interim president...
MCC staff, faculty brace for changes (01/17/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After last week's announcement that two of the colleges top officials are leaving, McCook Community College faculty and staff returned to classes Monday as the spring term opens amid a flurry of change. Mid-Plains Community College CEO Dr. ...
Chipps says 'welcome back and farewell' faculty, staff (01/11/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- "Welcome back and farewell." That was the message of Mid-Plains Community College President Dr. Michael Chipps as he addressed faculty and staff at a campus meeting Tuesday at North Platte Community College. Dr. Chipps submitted his resignation to the MPCC Board of Governors last week after he was offered the presidency position at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. He has served as president and chief executive officer of the college since May of 2003...
MCC CEO announces retirement (01/11/12)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- At Tuesday's McCook Community College's Back-To-School campus meeting, Dr. Richard Tubbs, Vice-President and CEO of MCC announced his intention to retire effective Friday, June 29, the end of the college's fiscal year. "The past 12 years working here at McCook Community College have been wonderful because of the people -- the faculty and staff at MCC as well as the extraordinary support from the community of McCook," Tubbs told the faculty and staff...
Mid Plains president takes Northeast post (01/09/12)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid Plains Community College is expected to begin the search process soon to replace Dr. Michael R. Chipps, who has accepted the position of president of Northeast Community College. Chipps, who has been president of the Mid-Plains area for nearly nine years, will become the eighth president to lead NCC and its predecessor institutions no later than July 1...
Funding plan OK'd by college governors (12/22/11)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College became the fourth of six community colleges in the state to approve a funding plan that will be implemented if state support is increased next year. Meeting Wednesday in North Platte, the board of governors approved a funding proposal which allocates additional state aid in excess of 2012-13 levels based on three factors...
College reaches settlement with former employee (12/22/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors approved a $112,500 settlement with Carol A. Stensvad of McCook, Wednesday evening during a regular meeting in North Platte. Stensvad is a former administrative assistant at McCook Community College and was terminated in November 2009 for "undisclosed personnel reasons."...
College hopes to revitalize fire program (11/17/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- While the Fire Science Program at McCook Community College provides an important service, it still isn't meeting enrollment and completion standards set by a state agency. Meeting in McCook Wednesday night, the Mid Plains Community College board of governors forwarded a follow-up report to the Coordination Commission for Postsecondary Education, which noted the deficiencies in a 2009 report...
College board to review fire science program (11/15/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors will review a follow-up report pertaining to the Fire Science Program during a regularly scheduled meeting, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at McMillen Hall on the McCook Community College Campus...
College vote close on architect for cafeteria (08/25/11)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The issue of using an out-of-town architect for a cafeteria at North Platte Community College generated heated debate and a 6-5 vote Wednesday night. The vote authorized a contract with Wilkins, Hinrichs, Stober Architect to design a new cafeteria for NPCC's south campus, for a fee not to exceed 10 percent of total project costs...
Governors OK roof work (07/28/11)
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved an $87,956 project to replace the roof and skylight on Walsh Brady Hall on the McCook Community College campus. The contract was awarded to the Weathercraft Co. in McCook...
College OKs raises (06/30/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Following a closed-door session during a meeting, Wednesday, at McCook Community College, the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors moved to offer part-time hourly and salaried employees and adjunct faculty a 2 percent wage increase for 2011-12...
College board to consider utility easement (06/24/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors will consider approving a permanent utility easement at Kelley Park, during a regularly scheduled meeting, Wednesday, at McCook Community College. A work session is scheduled at 4:30 p.m., prior to the 6:30 p.m. meeting, at Weeth Theater...
MCC graduation (05/13/11)
Miguel Gonzales of McCook, Nebraska, accepts a McCook Community College diploma from Mid-Plains Community College board of governors representative Louis Stithem during MCC commencement ceremonies this morning. Gonzales is one of 120 graduates of MCC's 83rd graduating class. ...
St. Francis woman selected MCC commencement student speaker (05/12/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Cara Hunt has been selected as the student Commencement speaker for the 2011 McCook Community College Spring Commencement ceremony. She was chosen through an all-campus competitive selection process. She is the daughter of Carl and Gina Hunt. She was born in St. Francis, and attended school at St. Francis Elementary School and St. Francis Community High School...
On the move (05/10/11)
Events center gets the go-ahead (04/14/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors unanimously approved the construction of an events center in McCook during a monthly meeting at McCook Community College. "We've finally arrived," said Dr. Michael Chipps, taking the podium following a ring of applause and standing ovation in support of the boards vote. ...
New food, scenery all part of English college exchange (04/01/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Mid-Plains Community College is hosting students, faculty and an administrator from their sister school, North Lindsey College of England, as a part of their shared exchange program. The students are spending their time at North Platte Community College during their visit. They will also visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sports complex as well as various other locations...
MCC instructor seeks birds for teaching collection (03/25/11)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- McCook Community College science instructor Rob Bogardus has started a teaching collection of bird specimens and he's looking for the public's help in adding to that collection. Millions of birds die every year when the run into windows, get hit by vehicles or are killed by household pets. ...
MCC events center plans unveiled (12/10/10)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Representatives of McCook Community College released floorplans for the new events center that the college plans to break-ground on in April of 2011, during an unveiling event in McCook Thursday evening. The college was granted a parking easement by the McCook Board of Zoning Adjustment during their November meeting and has progressed with plans to relocate the Daughters of the American Revolution Building, presently located at the construction site near the intersection of East M and East Third streets.. ...