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

'Blue Goose' returns to MCC campus (08/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Thanks to newspaper readers, McCook Community College has been reunited with its long lost "Blue Goose" and preparations are being made to bring it back for the college's 90th anniversary celebration Sept. 3. Since leaving campus in 1988, the Blue Goose has been owned by Joe Bellamy of Elwood and the vehicle is still being used for special occasions including weddings, proms, birthdays and now -- for an anniversary celebrating Nebraska's oldest community college...
College buys houses, sets proposed budget (08/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains board of governors approved the purchase of four homes for student housing in McCook and approved for publication a budget proposal of $42.8 million. The four homes, on the 900 block of East D, are already being rented for EMT students. Each house will cost approximately $95,000...
New student union, 90th anniversary party, new teachers greet McCook college students (08/23/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A new and improved student union, a new wave of teachers, positive trends in student retention, and a 90th anniversary celebration highlight the start of the fall semester at McCook Community College. The major renovations this year to the student union -- and in the past couple years at Brooks Hall -- are all part of Mid-Plains Community College's Master Facilities Plan...
College housing (07/27/16)
The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors will conduct a public hearing today at 6:30 p.m., in McMillen Hall Room 213 on the McCook Community College campus to discuss the purchase of four houses in McCook, in the 900 block of East D and sandwiched between the Knights of Columbus Hall and Felling Field. ...
MCC launches new 'Bridge to Success' program Aug. 2 (07/18/16)
McCOOK, Neb -- In August, McCook Community College will launch its brand new "Bridge To Success" program to help incoming freshmen get a head start on the academic year and put them on track to graduate in two years. Through this program students can arrive on campus two weeks early, move into the residence halls and set up their rooms while taking a foundational English course (ENG 0990) to help bridge high school skills to college. ...
Families needed for MCC Adopt-An-Athlete program (07/13/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Juggling school work, athletics and a new environment can be tough on a college student, especially one attending school miles away from home. That's where the Adopt An Athlete program can help. Families who participate in the Adopt An Athlete program are paired with an athlete, or more than one if they choose, from those participating in the six sports at McCook Community College: volleyball, baseball, women's and men's basketball, softball and golf...
College opens London theater trip to public (06/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College is inviting anybody interested in theater to join them on the May 2017 theater trip to London to be led by a Stratton native. While dates and times are not finalized, MCC's "Not Your Average Theater Group" is tentatively planning to arrive in London around May 14, 2017...
College board advances ID policy, OKs bids for Valentine campus (06/23/16)
IMPERIAL, Neb. -- Meeting in Imperial Wednesday, the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved second reading of an identity theft prevention policy and a number of bids related to the Valentine Extended Campus. The identity theft prevention requires procedures to be put in place to prevent such theft...
Community Hospital wins top honors (06/21/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital representatives traveled to Denver recently to receive the Peak award, the highest honor for performance excellence awarded by the Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) to organizations in Colorado and some surrounding states. The hospital learned in December it had been selected by a panel of judges as a 2015 recipient. Community Hospital was among three recipients, and the only hospital, to receive the Peak award...
Salaries, bids OK'd (05/26/16)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- New salaries and bids for the Valentine extended campus were approved by the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors Wednesday night. President Ryan Purdy's contract was extended for a third year, and his base salary set at $220,000, increasing to $226,600 in fiscal 2017-18. There was no guarantee in base salary for the third year...
College board will consider salaries, Valentine bids (05/23/16)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Bids for items related to the Valentine extended campus and contracts with non-negotiated employees, adjunct faculty and the college president are on the agenda for a meeting of the Mid Plains Community College Board of Governors in North Platte on Wednesday...
Advice to graduates: Surround yourself with helpful people (05/06/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Donald Jackson, a 1967 graduate of McCook Junior College and now president of Hastings College, told members of the McCook Community College Class of 2016 their education at MCC can lead them to whatever dreams and goals they've set for themselves...
Take that, car! (05/04/16)
Glass shards and plastic pieces dance in mid-air as McCook Community College music student Kacie Payne of Dunning takes a sledge hammer to the back window of a junk car Tuesday morning. The "take-a-swing, smash-a-car" fund-raiser at MCC raised money to replenish the music department's travel funds after the class traveled to Omaha to see "The Phantom of the Opera" recently. ...
Longest-tenured teacher retires in 40th year (04/27/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Jim Hall -- the longest-tenured McCook Community College employee -- arrived on campus in 1976. The toughest thing he ever had to do was write his letter of resignation. "It took me almost three weeks," he said. Hall is one of three long-time instructors retiring this year. ...
College board meets here Wednesday (04/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A work session will be followed by selection of an auditor, the possible purchase of a new bus and 17 computer network switches at Wednesday's meeting of the Mid Plains Community College board of governors. The meeting will be in McMillen Hall Room 213 on the McCook Community College campus...
MCC's Jim Garretson glad he 'returned' to teaching (04/26/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Jim Garretson quit teaching a couple of years after he started. He had what many in the profession call "a negative experience" and never wanted to teach again. But he did. On Thursday McCook Community College will honor his 40-year career at a retirement open house...
Former cop finds true calling as teacher (04/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- After spending four years in college with no degree, Mike Hendricks returned to his home for the summer but had no job. So his mom decided to help him look. Afterall, she knew a friend who knew a friend who knew a friend of the police chief. Her connections paid off. His first job in the real world was as a police officer with the Tulsa Police Department...
Former MCC student's work on display at Wrightstone Gallery (02/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- On his way to class in 2008 Lucas Kotschwar -- an undeclared student -- used to walk by the artwork hanging in the gallery. On Monday, the Wrightstone Gallery on the McCook Community College campus will showcase selected works from that same student -- now, artist Lucas Kotschwar...
MCC tuition, room rates increase (02/25/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors approved tuition and room and board increases earlier this week for the upcoming year. The board approved a $3 per credit hour increase in 2016-17 resident tuition, bringing the total from $81 to $84 for the academic year. ...
Mid-Plains priority scholarship deadline March 1 (02/23/16)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- As people assess their finances at tax time, it's also time for those attending college to fill out federal financial aid forms, prepare for scholarship deadlines and explore the best options for paying for college. At Mid-Plains Community College there is more than $1.2 million in scholarships available but the priority scholarship deadline is March 1...
MCC groups gearing up for Spirit Week activities (02/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College men's and women's basketball teams will host rival squads from North Platte Tuesday for the final home games this season at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. In addition to the action on the court, several campus groups and organizations will be involved in a variety of "Spirit Week" activities. Tuesday's doubleheader is set to start at 5:30 p.m. with the women's match followed at approximately 7:30 p.m. by the men...
Veggies key component for Driml Memorial Chili Cookoff (02/09/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- One judge wrote, "Wicked chili!" Another wrote, "Needs more spice." A third scribbled, "My favorite. Ummm, bacon!" One judge said this was the most celery he'd eaten in years. Within the first four or five entries of chili, the five men judging the annual "Dick Driml Memorial Chili Cook-Off" at McCook Community College Saturday were developing red faces and the sniffles. ...
College ends Nebraska athlete restriction (01/28/16)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Rules won't require that one-third of Mid-Plains Community College athletes be from Nebraska, following action by the board of governors Wednesday night. After the board approved the change in policy on third and final reading, McCook Community College Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said he won't stop in-state recruiting...
16th annual Dick Driml memorial chili cookoff Feb. 6 (01/22/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Community College Indian Boosters plan their 16th annual Dick Driml Memorial Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center on the McCook Community College campus. Coordinators are looking for chili chefs to compete for trophies and bragging rights of the "Best Chili."...
'Defying Gravity' -- MCC staging 'Challenger'-themed play (01/19/16)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Seven McCook Community College students and one graduate will stage a Space Shuttle Challenger-themed play later this month, which will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Challenger's ill-fated mission in 1986. This play, "Defying Gravity" takes a "free-structured look" at the 1986 Challenger disaster and focuses on the teacher who died with six others as they hurtled into space at the center of an exploration...
Fidler Scholarship to help fine arts students (12/29/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Students attending McCook Community College will benefit from the benevolent spirit of Raymond and Nadine Fidler. The McCook College Foundation has received an endowed gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Fidler with her directive that it establish the Raymond and Nadine (Miller) Fidler Scholarship Program at McCook Community College. ...
NPPD donates $15,600 toward MPCC scholarships (12/18/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College received two checks totaling $15,600 from the Nebraska Public Power District on Wednesday night. The money will be split equally between McCook Community College and North Platte Community College and used for scholarships for students pursuing careers in the engineering and electrical fields...
Policy would ease athletic scholarship rules (12/17/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved on first reading an amended Athletic Grants-In-Aid policy which eliminates a requirement that at least one-third of student athletes on each MPCC-approved team be Nebraska residents...
College board meets Wednesday (12/14/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- The Mid Plains Board of Governors will consider a policy on athletic grants and aid on first reading Wednesday, as well as consider the purchase of a pickup truck and two minivans from Janssen Motors of North Platte for a total of $70,553...
MCC Fan Appreciation Night tonight (12/07/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community College officials expect one of the largest crowds of the year tonight for "Fan Appreciation Night" at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. MCC is offering free admission to all fans and the first 300 receive a free MCC rally towel courtesy McCook National Bank. Tonight is also the MCC Booster's "Join the Tribe Night" and Phi Beta Lambda Ugly Sweater Night...
College seeking input on former McCook Elks Club (12/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- College officials are seeking input from the community and area business leaders as they search for the best way to utilize the former Elks Club building. Perry and Vicky Case donated the building and roughly 14 surrounding acres to McCook Community College in November. The property has served a variety of roles over the years, including multiple stints as a golf course and at one time it was a popular softball locale...
McCook's old Elks Club donated to Mid-Plains Community College (11/19/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Area Governing Board members made it official at the board's monthly meeting Wednesday, unanimously accepting the former Elks Club property and building as a gift from Perry and Vicky Case. It's a process both parties have been working on for more than a year...
Old Elks property to be donated to college (11/13/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- More details will be announced in an upcoming release from the college, but the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors is set to consider the gift of the former McCook Elks Club property. The agenda for Wednesday's meeting in McCook includes an item to consider acceptance of the property from Perry and Vicky Case and authorizing Mid-Plains President to sign a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the board. ...
Buck Rogers and Judy (11/12/15)
Students from Rick Johnson's painting class at McCook Community College and fourth graders from St. Patrick's Catholic Church visit the "Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art" Sheldon Statewide exhibit at the Museum of the High Plains in downtown McCook. ...
Wrightstone repair approved (10/29/15)
VALENTINE, Neb. -- Replacement of a natural-lighting system in the Wrightstone Art Gallery in McCook was approved by the Mid-Plains board of governors Wednesday night. Meeting in Valentine, the board approved a lone bid from SpecPro Inc. for $112,847 plus tax to replace the Kalwall system that allows natural light into the classrooms and the art complex...
MPCC rodeo team plans timed event fundraiser Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (10/19/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Area cowboys and cowgirls will have the opportunity to show off their skills and help the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team in the process later this month. It's the second year the team has hosted a timed event fundraiser at the Kiplinger Arena in McCook. This year, the fundraiser will be broken up into two days...
McCook man handed keys to 'new' '57 Chevy (10/15/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- It was a beautiful day for a drive, and Kyle Lauer was grinning from ear-to-ear Thursday as he climbed behind the wheel of his new 1957 Chevy two-door post sedan. Known in many circles as one of the most famous "icons" of the 1950s, the car is a legendary classic sought by collectors all over the world...
Leadership key to rural future (10/08/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The list of issues facing rural Nebraska communities seems insurmountable. Chuck Schroeder's list grew with each screen shot he flashed on the wall during his presentation at the Southwest Nebraska Rural Symposium at McCook Community College Wednesday...
Active shooter drill all too real in light of national news (10/02/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The blood and guns were fake, but the seriousness of the active shooter drill at McCook Community College Thursday was very real. Coordinated by Community Hospital in McCook, the drill seems especially apropos after the Thursday shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where nine students were killed. (See page three.)...
A look back, Hasemeyer helped shape MPCC (09/25/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Dr. Bill Hasemeyer was the first in his family to go to college. It's a good thing he did. The move would eventually lead him to a rewarding 42-year career in the field of education, but it wasn't entirely by choice. The Superior, Nebraska, native had other plans after graduating from high school in 1946...
Hospital, college to cooperate for active shooter drill Oct. 1 (09/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital of McCook will be conducting a mock active shooter incident at McCook Community College at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. The drill is a way to test collaboration between all responding agencies, said Dari Olson, safety director at Community Hospital...
Symposium to focus on rural issues (09/21/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A one-day rural symposium is set to bring together experts from across Nebraska to McCook Community College where they will talk about the current issues facing rural communities and its leaders. The Southwest Nebraska Rural Symposium is set for Oct. 7 at the Weeth Theater on the MCC campus. The event is set for 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $25...
Mid Plains board considers budget Wednesday (09/15/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- The Mid-Plains Community College plans a budget hearing at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Room 200 of the W.W. Wood Building on the North Campus of North Platte Community College. At the regular meeting, the board will consider a budget to decreasy the levy by .4 cents per $100 assessed value to 5.9500 cents, down from 6.500 cents for the 2014-15 budget...
McCook man wins restored '57 Chevy (09/15/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Kyle Lauer, of McCook, Neb., is the winner of the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car. His name was drawn at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte. Hundreds of people gathered around the raffle car prior to the drawing. ...
9/11 tribute Friday (09/10/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- To commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States in 2001, McCook Community College music education students (National Association for Music Education), along with the help of the MCC Choir, will present a special 9/11 program and memorial Friday on campus at 12:15 p.m...
Valuation increases enable college to reduce tax levy (08/27/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Valuation increases have enabled Mid-Plains Community College to reduce its tax levy from 8.2 cents per $100 valuation to 7.8 cents while increasing its general fund budget by about a million dollars. MPCC's overall valuation for the 18-county service area went up 16.55 percent. ...
Remodeled Brooks Hall full, enrollment up (08/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- With students back on campus this week, McCook Community College officials are excited about a couple early "key" numbers -- enrollment and residency numbers in remodeled Brooks Hall. According to the latest figures enrollment is up at MCC by almost 6 percent, every bed in Brooks Hall is filled and students are returning to campus with a new enthusiasm...
Brooks Hall renovation celebrated (08/17/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College invested more than $2 million in its McCook campus dorm facilities recently and celebrated completion of the project this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The renovation project added approximately 2500 square feet to the Brooks Hall building and included expansions to the kitchen and dining area, installation of an elevator and electrical upgrades to the entire building, among other enhancements...
Brooks Hall ribbon cutting set Monday (08/13/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Newly-renovated Brooks Hall on the McCook Community College campus officially opens Monday and the public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. inside the refurbished lobby. Refreshments will be served and college officials will conduct tours of the $2.082 million project, which included the addition of an elevator and an addition to the cafeteria, which includes more than $200,000 in kitchen upgrades.
College officials say the excitement among students is pretty evident as Brooks Hall will be filled to capacity - 100 percent occupancy -- for the Aug. ...
MPCC first to offer Associate of Fine Arts (08/07/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College has become the first community college in the state to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree. The college received a letter Tuesday announcing approval by the Higher Learning Commission, the final step in the process...
MPCC reps offer tips for college-bound students (07/31/15)
It's a whole new world. For many students, the start of college represents freedom, coming-of-age and new adventures. The key to maintaining a positive experience, according to two experts from Mid-Plains Community College, is a combination of preparation and common sense...
NPCC honors retirees with tours, breakfast (07/31/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- They may be gone, but they haven't been forgotten. North Platte Community College retirees were celebrated July 16 with a breakfast and tours on the NPCC South Campus. The event was by invitation only. Approximately 20 people attended...
Mid Plains board recognizes two individuals (07/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A former board member and a new program director were recognized and steps were taken toward purchasing property for an extended campus Wednesday by the Mid-Plains Community College board of governors. Elizabeth Benjamin was recognized for her years of service to the board, and was presented with a plaque and the wooden gavel she used during meetings...
Nunsense opens this week at Fox (07/07/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- "Nunsense" a musical comedy by Dan Goggin, is set to open tonight at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre with three more shows to be performed by the local cast later this week. The cast includes Kathy Latta, Christy Stevens, JeriLynn Karr, Tyler Rambali and Lori Hinze...
Save energy during summertime heat (06/10/15)
After an unusually mild and wet spring -- McCook is .9 of an inch ahead of normal precip -- we've moved right into summer-type weather, hitting 96 degrees about 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are alternatives to sweating through the summer or eating peanut butter sandwiches to be able afford paying your electric bill, according to the Nebraska Public Power District...
Elks donate $50,000 for MCC scholarships (06/05/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook Elks Lodge No. 1434 was once a booming organization. At its peak, local membership totaled more than 3,300 and the lodge, led by the Elks Club, prospered financially. Today, only 131 call themselves McCook Elks but a gift of $50,000 to the McCook College Foundation will provide a long lasting legacy in supporting students at McCook Community College...
POW tour seats filling up (05/26/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Already more than half of the available seats are booked to enjoy one of the area's great "mysteries" to be uncovered as part of the Buffalo Commons Storytelling tradition this year. The Friday June 12 "History's Mystery" tour will explore the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp...
Long-time MCC teacher wins Budig award (05/08/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A long-time teacher on the McCook Community College campus has been named the 2015 winner of the Gene A. Budig Outstanding Faculty Award. At Friday's commencement ceremonies Jim Hall was named winner of the Budig award, which also comes with a $1,000 cash prize. The MCC Instructor has been a pillar in the mathematics and science divisions for the past 39 years...
MCC confers 135 diplomas, certificates (05/08/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- A City Council request for neighbors embroiled in a dispute over a local dog kennel operation to discuss the matter further has yielded no results and it appeared as if councilors would ask to reschedule a vote on imposing a limitation on the business Monday evening...
Sophomore athlete to speak at MCC graduation (05/06/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Sophomore Amber Nicole Madigan will address fellow students, staff, faculty, friends and family when she takes the podium Friday as commencement speaker for McCook Community College's commencement ceremony. Graduation is set for Friday at 10 a.m. at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center where 102 graduates are expected to take part. Attendees with mobility issues are encouraged to use the southeast entrance as pick-up and drop-off points...
'Random knock on the door' led to EMS career for Kathy Dernovich (04/28/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- During the fall of 1981, Kathy Dernovich was a stay-at-home mother of three. A stranger knocked on the door of their Culbertson home and changed the trajectory of her life forever. "Ed Oberg was knocking on doors looking for people to join a group of Culbertson residents who wanted to learn emergency medical training," Dernovich recalls...
Chet DeVaughn retiring after 43 years as teacher, coach (04/28/15)
Chet DeVaughn's teaching career follows a path of doing what made the most sense, but it's also been a career he calls extremely rewarding. He's retiring from McCook Community College this year. A retirement open house is set for Wednesday at the Weeth Theater on campus from 3-4:30 p.m. for DeVaughn and Kathy Dernovich. The public is encouraged to attend...
College board in process of replacing member of board of governors (04/24/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- At Wednesday night's Mid Plains Community College Board of Governors meeting, Louie Stithem announced that Elizabeth Benjamin, one of two Board members that represent District One, had submitted her resignation from the Board. The Board accepted her resignation at that time. In the event a vacancy occurs on the Board, Nebraska Statutes 32- 560 and 85-1514, together with Board Policy set forth the process to fill the vacancy. Specifically Board Policy 1400 provides:...
Rehab, trainer position created; college board position open (04/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Mid Plains Community College governors approved a rehab sciences / athletic trainer position Wednesday in a meeting in McCook. Officials hoped creation of the position now would give time to advertise and find a quality candidate in time for the fall 2015 term...
Hormel finalists announced (04/22/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Seven finalists in the Hormel Entrepreneurship Competition are set to make their final pitches this Friday for a chance to win $25,000 in prize money to develop or expand their business. Presentations are open to the public from 1-5 p.m. in McMillen Hall on the MCC campus, room 213...
Board vacancy, purchases on college agenda (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors will accept applications to serve on the board following the resignation of Elizabeth Benjamin, who submitted her resignation effective March 26. Meeting in McCook Wednesday, the board is expected to declare a vacancy and seek applications in hopes of filling the spot with an open ballot at its May 20 board meeting...
Board vacancy, purchases on college agenda (04/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The Mid Plains Community College board of governors will accept applications to serve on the board following the resignation of Elizabeth Benjamin, who submitted her resignation effective March 26. Meeting in McCook Wednesday, the board is expected to declare a vacancy and seek applications in hopes of filling the spot with an open ballot at its May 20 board meeting...
Scholarships, awards announced for MCC Paint-In (04/15/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- More than 250 area art students took part in the annual paint-in and art exhibition at McCook Community College Friday afternoon. The event provides a unique opportunity for high school art students to work as a team during the creation of an impromptu piece of art, which is critiqued immediately upon completion and potentially honored by event judges. ...
MPCC fire school courses signup deadline Wednesday. (03/16/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Firefighters and emergency personnel from four states are scheduled to be on hand in McCook March 28-29 when Mid-Plans Community College hosts its two-day multi-course fire school. The deadline for registration is March 18. Emergency personnel departments in Kearney, North Platte and McCook have committed to the school. However, officials are hoping more area departments and emergency personnel will take advantage of this low-cost, all-in-one, fire school...
College to serve 'A Shot of Reality' about binge drinking (03/03/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- "A Shot of Reality" is coming to Mid-Plains Community College. Binge drinking, alcoholism, drunk driving, health risks and social mistakes are some of the many topics that will be covered in the presentation designed to educate students about encountering alcohol in a college environment...
Mid-Plains to begin offering Sunday College (02/27/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Mid-Plains Community College is offering a new option for people who want to obtain an associate degree, but have little time to do so. Classes for Sunday College start in August. The idea is for students to be in a classroom on Sunday afternoons and evenings, then complete coursework online the rest of the week...
College increases tuition, room and board (02/26/15)
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- It's going to cost students an extra $2 per credit hour to take "for credit" classes through Mid-Plains Community College next year. On Wednesday, the MPCC Board of Governors approved a 2.13 percent increase in resident tuition - raising the per credit hour rate from $79 to $81...
Dick Driml chili cookoff Saturday (02/06/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook, Nebraska, Community College Indians Boosters 15th annual "Dick Driml Chili Cook-off" will be Saturday in the Peter & Dolores Graff Events Center on the MCC campus. The MCC Indians will be playing Lamar, Colorado, Community College with the women's game at 2:00 p.m. ...
Foundation offering 67 scholarships to McCook Community College (01/23/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- Student financial aid is one of the key categories of support provided by the McCook College Foundation to students attending McCook Community College. The Foundation has established 23 board designated scholarships and 44 Donor Specified Scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,000 which are awarded to full and/or part-time students enrolled at MCC. ...
Kids Academy 'The World Around Us' set for Friday (01/20/15)
McCOOK, Neb. -- The January Enterprise Kids Academy class, "The World Around Us," is scheduled for this Friday, Jan. 23 at MCC McMillen Hall room 213. This class is free! McCook Community College international students will share about their native country, language, popular foods, traditions and customs with participants during the hour-long class, which starts at 11 a.m. (Note, this is a time change from the original schedule, which originally was at 9 a.m.)...
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.. ...