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Apr 17
Open houses planned for NPCC custom built home

The North Platte Community College Foundation is inviting the public to tour its 2017 custom built home. Open houses are planned for 5-7 p.m. April 20 and April 27. 

The home is also open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or by appointment. Tours can be scheduled in person through the North Campus Welcome Center, 1101 Halligan Drive, in North Platte, or by calling 535-3601. 

The home, which is located on NPCC's North Campus, was unveiled to the public last week. Bids for it will be accepted until 2 p.m. (CDT) May 5. 

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in the college's Building Construction, Electrical and Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) Technology programs because students in those programs built the house – an ongoing tradition since 1971. 

The idea is that by constructing a home from the ground up, the students gain hands-on, real-world experience and an appreciation for quality craftsmanship that they can take with them into the workforce. 

This year's 1,736-square-foot auction house includes three-bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining areas, a spacious kitchen and a laundry/mud room. 

"The design and finish is nearly identical to the 2016 auction house, which was extremely popular," said Roger Fattig, building construction instructor. "The exterior is designed for curb appeal with an interesting roofline and rock accents on the front, as well as high, arched windows on both the front and back of the home." 

The entire house was constructed according to energy-efficient building practices, and the triple pane windows are an example of that. The windows, from the Pella Designer Series, come with the option of adding easy-to-change blinds between the glass. 

Features in the kitchen include a large island, French doors and Rustic Alder cabinets with a Fruitwood stain, lights underneath and quartz countertops. 

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, a tray ceiling and dimming lights, while the master bathroom includes a walk-in, ceramic tile shower. 

One of the guest bedrooms is equipped with two bi-fold door closets, and the guest bathroom sports a double vanity. All rooms have hardwood floors, with the exception of the bedrooms, which are carpeted. 

Because the house is designed to be set on a basement, it has space for a large stairway. The Diamond Kote siding on the outside of the home comes with a 50-year warranty. 

More information about the project house, including how to bid on it, is available at

For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program and other important information, please visit the MPCC website at:,,

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​