By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
It’s an exciting fall for the Imperial Extended Campus of Mid-Plains Community College. There are more community education classes, more for-credit classes and more dual-credit classes being offered.
The for-credit classes are offered mainly at the college campus at 1324 Broadway. They include Introduction to Nutrition, Expository Writing, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Beginning Computer, Photoshop Elements and Standard First Aid, among others.
There are 18 for-credit classes this fall. Campus Coordinator Brenda Ledall said, “We just keep increasing our schedules.
We try to accommodate the students’ requests.”
For instance, if a nursing student needs a nutrition class, MPCC will offer it and more students most likely will pick it up. “We try to anticipate what students might need,” Ledall added.
There are 14 community education classes offered this fall, including My Smartphone is Smarter Than I Am!, Understanding Your Medical Benefits, Meet the Kindle, Card Making Extravaganza and Knitting Basics.
Free classes include The Dirty Thirties and Imperial Now and Then.
Asked how the college schedules the community education classes, Ledall said, “Sometimes we have requests, and sometimes we look at the people in the community who would be good at teaching, and ask them for input.”
Others, such as Funeral Mythbusters, are a repeat due to the popularity of the class.
A special class is a History Tour of Southwest Nebraska, conducted by retired Fort Robinson Museum curator Vance Nelson of Ogallala.
This two-day class consists of instruction for an evening and a day of touring Native American battle sites, Massacre Canyon, the Great National Cattle Trail, soldier encampments and the Battle of Beecher Island.
“Vance knows Native American and pioneer history like no one else in the state,” Ledall stated.
Dual credit classes
Parents of high school students should be aware of the dual-credit offerings at Chase County Schools (CCS), Ledall said. There are 11 classes that may be taken for both high school and college credits this fall.
“We’ve had growth in this area,” Ledall noted, “and we can continue to expand because we have teachers who have finished their Masters degrees,” such as art teacher Chelsea Zuege.
“When we first started offering college classes,” Ledall said, “most students who wanted college classes had to do them at night or online. It makes sense to do them during the day now because of other activities” high school students are involved in at night.
The classes, if taken for dual credit, have a tuition cost. If they are taken only for high school credit, there is no cost.
If a student taking a dual-credit class receives an A or a B at CCS, one-half of the tuition is refunded. “It rewards our students for working hard,” Ledall noted.
“Some students graduate from high school with almost a whole year of college credits. It’s a win win situation,” she said.
In addition to the above mentioned classes, MPCC also offers a variety of online classes, as well as adult education, GED and English Language classes.
To register or for more information, contact the Imperial Extended Campus at (308) 882-5972.