■ Editor’s note: This is one of a series of stories concerning students utilizing the Imperial campus of Mid-Plains Community College to obtain a degree and further their education.
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
An Imperial native realized her dream by taking classes in town through Mid-Plains Community College. Amanda Jantz graduated with an Associates of Nursing degree last May.
MPCC’s Imperial Extended Campus Coordinator Brenda Ledall said, “She was one of my first students, and a local girl, to take advantage of the classes here, and I’m so proud of her!”
Jantz, whose maiden name was Weiss, graduated from Chase County High School in 2003. She attended Mid-Plains in North Platte for one year, then took time off to decide exactly what she wanted to do with her life.
“Nursing was always in the back of my head,” she reminisced. Then, her mother, Carol Harchelroad, was involved in a serious vehicular accident, requiring much hospital time and rehabilitation.
Amanda took care of her, reinforcing her determination to become involved in nursing.
The Registered Nurse obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant licence, then began taking classes at Mid-Plains in 2005.
At the same time, she was working full time at Chase County Community Hospital, where she has been employed for five years.
She took classes online and through distance learning at the Mid-Plains campus in Imperial. Jantz said it was great that she only had to travel to North Platte for two classes, both involving labs.
“It was nice to be able to work, as I needed to work,” at the same time as she was taking classes. In addition, a “big plus” was being able to be home at night with husband Cody, a mechanic at Harchelroad Motors.
The hardest part about going back to school, Jantz said, was traveling. “We don’t have children. I don’t know how people do it” who have children while attending school.
The best part of continuing her education, Jantz said, was, “The fact that I could stay here most of the time. It’s cost effective, too. You drive down the street and hop on the computer.”
Jantz added that Ledall helped her tremendously with setting up advisors, finding classes and having the advisors journey to Imperial to determine her course work.
Currently, Jantz works 12 hour shifts at CCCH, working in all areas. She assists patients after surgery, emergency room patients, outpatient IV therapy and more. Jantz likes the “hands on stuff.”
She’s still trying to figure out what area of care she enjoys themost. They’re all good.
Jantz’s advice to prospective college students is this: “Life is not adjusted around school. It’s adjusted around me and my schedule.”
Mid-Plains makes that happen, she concluded.