Name: Mid-Plains Community College
President: Ryan Purdy
Cities: North Platte, McCook, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine
Campus Setting: Rural
Year Established: 1973
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Part Time: 64.7%
Full Time: 35.3%
African American: 2.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%
Native American: 0.3%
Quote from the President
“The mission of Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) is to provide quality lifelong learning to our 18-county constituency, and as we are considered 'the poster child' for educating rural Americans, our challenge is massive. On a daily basis, we broker higher education through our three major campuses, four extended campuses, and 35 learning sites, which are scattered across our 20,500 square miles of rolling plains and Sandhills where, in some places, there are more cattle than people. It is challenging to measure the magnitude of impact we are having, but if numbers served speak to impact, we are continually serving well over one out of every 10 service area residents each year.”
- Mid-Plains Community College’s service area covers one-third of Nebraska—five percent of the population.
- The college recently completed a $19-million fundraising campaign to underwrite an Events Center at the McCook Community College Campus and a $9-million Heath Complex at the North Platte Community College South Campus. In addition, MPCC recently opened a new $1.5 million campus facility in Broken Bow and will soon complete a new $1-million extended campus operation in Ogallala.
- The Center for Enterprise is the college’s regional business training division and focuses on contract and customized training, professional development, testing and certification, and business and community services.