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Apr 19
MPCC seeks community input on facilities master plan

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Mid-Plains Community College will accept suggestions from the public regarding what its campuses should look like over the next decade. 

A public input session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the student lounge of the W.W. Wood Building on the college's North Campus in North Platte. 

All ideas will be compiled into a list and given careful consideration as the college moves forward with a facilities master plan. 

"The facilities master plan will be a tool that will guide our overall physical development concept and reflect our strategy to provide facilities that support the college mission," said Mike Steele, MPCC vice president of administrative services. "We want all of our stakeholders to be involved with the process. That includes taxpayers as well as MPCC faculty and staff." 

The college is nine months into the process. MPCC employees and consulting architects have already submitted their recommendations. The goal is to have the plan finished by the end of June. 

The MPCC Board of Governors will make the final decisions regarding any remodels or additions that may take place. 

"Right now, we are just gathering as much input as we can so that the Board can make the best decisions possible," said Steele. 

At the same time that it is working on a facilities master plan, the college is also assembling an academic master plan to pave the way for growth within its departments.    

"We believe that by completing the facilities and academic master plans together we will create a guide that supports the needs of our employees, students and communities within our 18-county service area," Steele said. 

The final public input session for the facilities master plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (MDT) Tuesday in Imperial. 

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​​​