Mid-Plains CC celebrates new location, dedication to education
■ Mid-Plains christens new facility; bachelor degrees now available.
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
A large crowd gathered at the new Mid-Plains Community College Imperial Extended Campus building Friday to celebrate, among other things, a new facility, dedication to education in southwest Nebraska, and the work of many people to make the facility a reality.
Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Mid-Plains, said the campus began in the high school and at home, referring to Chase County Schools’ use of Mid-Plains programs and classes.
He also referred to the fact that the extended campus got its start in Campus Coordinator Brenda Ledall’s house, before moving to the former Golden West Motel campus.
Dr. Chipps noted colleges need to invest in the technology to be able to reach people who want to further their education. The new facility will be able to educate people in the classroom, on-line or via distance learning.
“It’s our obligation to help communities grow,” Dr. Chipps said. “We really believe community colleges are America’s greatest stimulus factors,” referring to classes that “deliver short term training” to position people for the work force.
Others speaking to the crowd during the ribbon cutting included State Sen. Mark Christensen; Leslie Carlholm, director of economic development for the City of Imperial, and MPCC board member Glenn Colson.
Colson said it was important for MPCC to “get out into the communities and meet people face to face,” despite the technology that allows instant communication via machine.