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Jan 20
Crawley joins MPCC Board of Governors

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The newest addition to the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors is no stranger to the field of education. 

Kirk Crawley spent his entire career as a teacher, coach and administrator within the Broken Bow Public Schools system. He was sworn onto the MPCC Board of Governors Wednesday evening during a meeting at the college's North Campus in North Platte. 

"I'm looking forward to getting my feet wet," said Crawley. "I'm anxious to see all the other campuses and what they have to offer and to understand the direction the board and administration wants to take those." 

Crawley is originally from Arnold. He was raised on ranch west of the community, and attended Arnold High School, which is where his interest in education began. 

"My mother had been a teacher at surrounding country schools, so education was always promoted to me from the time I was very young," Crawley said. "Then in high school, we had a program that allowed students to assist teachers in the classroom. I really enjoyed that, and the experience made me want to teach as well." 

Crawley graduated from Arnold High School in 1978 and enrolled in what is now the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He earned a degree in elementary education from UNK in 1982 and obtained a master's degree in education administration from the university in 1988. 

His first job out of college was teaching third grade and coaching junior high football and high school wrestling for the Broken Bow Public Schools. 

"I came in during the '82-'83 school year," Crawley said. "I had some really great mentors when I arrived, and those guys helped me get started the right way. I was able to build some strong relationships with the kids and their families, which ended up being the high point for me." 

Crawley coached both sports for more than two decades. As time went on, he also taught fourth and fifth grades, spent a year as the activities director and was the assistant elementary principal for the last five years of his career. 

"It was entirely different being an administrator as opposed to an educator or coach," Crawley said. "Instead of being zeroed in on a group of 20-25 kids, I had to focus on the needs of all the kids, which was an eye-opening experience even after being in education as long as I was. I always appreciated educators at all levels, but when I had to go into various classrooms and evaluate them, I really gained an awareness of the different skill sets needed for every grade." 

Crawley retired in 2016 but couldn't leave the educational world behind. Last year, he was approached by Louis "Louie" Stithem, also of Broken Bow, who, after 32 years of representing District Three on the MPCC Board of Governors, decided to step down. 

"He encouraged me to run for his seat," Crawley said. "I had worked with Louie and always found him to be an asset, not just to the board, but also to the Broken Bow community. I thought serving in his place would be an incredible opportunity to make a difference in higher education and to try to emulate some of those great characteristics Louie has shown over the years." 

While he doesn't believe there's any true substitution for experience, Crawley is looking forward to doing what he can to help meet the needs of the area through the MPCC Board of Governors. 

His first order of business will be gaining an understanding of operations and developing relationships with college employees and board veterans. 

"At the end of the day, we are all working toward a common goal – promoting Mid-Plains and the opportunities it offers," Crawley said. "No matter the level, education plays a huge role in impacting and improving lives. MPCC is a vital component of that. Just because you're in a rural setting doesn't mean you can't meet people's needs. It just means you do it in a different way. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Jan 20
MLT students gain phlebotomy experience

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Medical Laboratory Technician students Brittany Pollard, of Ord, and Jessica Rivera, of North Platte, conduct blood draws Wednesday morning at North Platte Community College. 

MLT students spent the week practicing phlebotomy and doing testing to determine the blood types of NPCC students and employees who volunteered ahead of clinicals the MLT students will participate in. 

Jan 19
MCC offering students workshops to ‘get a grip on homework’

McCook Community College is offering students the chance to "Get A Grip" on homework with a series of short academic workshop stations at the Learning Commons in von Riesen Library.

Through the end of the month, teachers, staff and students are offering a variety of study-related tips, tricks and hacks for academic success. These breakout sessions are informal and attendees are welcome to drop-in for specific questions. In addition student planners will be given away. Information sheets on tutoring hours and contacts will be available and as well as a schedule for final exams. Candy and door prizes will be given away.

The "Get A Grip On Your Homework" event offers 16 presentations on 11 topics stations including:

Study Strategies

Time Management

Using Outlook and the importance of including Syllabus dates in calendars

Color-coding planners

Technology help desk

Prioritizing and Not Getting Behind in Organization

A year in color to see your energy level

Questions about Citations

What Can the Library Do For You

Brainfuse online tutoring

New Year's Resolutions

Presenters include MCC Instructors: Sheri-Hink Wagner, Dr. Leah Christensen, Lisa Beans, Lorie Mowry; MCC staff Jacob Brandl, Hayley Kobza, Tamela Laurie, Katie Wheeler; and MCC students: Kallie Cathcart, Autumn Miller, Leslie Hernandez, Sydney Stewart.

Some of the sessions are one-time only and some are offered several times over the two-week period. For a complete schedule, please visit the MCC Learning Commons in von Riesen Library.

Jan 19
NPCC blood drive could have tremendous impact

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North Platte Community College student Jayden Horner, of Firestone, Colo., donates blood during an American Red Cross blood drive Monday afternoon on NPCC's South Campus. 

According to Amanda Wehnes, Red Cross donor recruitment account manager for the Midwest region, the efforts of NPCC students, employees and supporters yielded 23 pints of blood. The goal for the day was 21 pints. 

Each pint of blood can impact up to three patients, which means the NPCC blood drive has the potential to help 69 individuals. 

Jan 19
MCC social justice club leads MLK Day at student union

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McCook Community College's Social Justice Club and Student Services invited students, faculty and staff in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday at the MCC Student Union.

Members of the club led informal and education discussions about Dr. King and his influences.

Attendees were encouraged to add their dreams for the future to the "Dream Board" which will be displayed in Brooks Hall after the event.

The highlight of the MCC MLK Day was a panel discussion focusing on the influence of Dr. King on multiple generations. Featured speakers will include MCC's Tarome Alford, Dwight Smith and Destiny Davis. Here is the link to livestream video of the panel discussion:

Jan 13
Registration still open for spring classes at MPCC

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Dental assisting student Madison Cooper, of North Platte, takes an impression in lab. Spring classes began this week at Mid-Plains Community College, but there is still time to enroll.

The 2021 spring semester began Monday at Mid-Plains Community College, but that doesn't mean it's too late to enroll. 

MPCC offers a variety of options for taking courses including on-site, online, distance learning and Sunday College formats. 

Mid-Plains also has a dual credit program that allows high school students to take classes that count toward both high school and college credits at the same time. A list of available courses can be found at

First time students can submit an admissions application online at It's also recommended that those interested in registering make an appointment with an advisor first by calling (308) 535-3701 in North Platte or (308) 345-8110 in McCook. 

MPCC provides numerous scholarships, grants and loans to qualified students. More information about financial assistance is available at (308) 535-3705 in North Platte, or (308) 345-8111 in McCook.

Jan 13
NPCC to host blood drive next week


North Platte Community College will host an American Red Cross blood drive Monday on its South Campus. 

The drive, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the concessions area outside McDonald-Belton Gymnasium. 

Appointments are encouraged for social distancing. They can be made by calling Jason Osmotherly, the college's assistant director of student life, leadership and diversity, at 535-3762, downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

The need 

According to the Red Cross, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products. 

For a limited time, all blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Antibody testing will indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether the individual developed symptoms. 

Donations will be sent to a laboratory where they will also undergo routine infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within 7-10 days in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at 

Blood drive safety precautions 

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation. 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions, including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff, have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. 

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Jan 12
Mid-Plains Community College announces fall President’s List

A total of 113 students qualified for the President's List during the 2020 fall semester at Mid-Plains Community College. 

To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale. The qualifiers include: 


Beaver City - Cheyenne Dringman 

Bellevue - Ethan Fritz 

Big Springs - Josie Coggins 

Brady - Kate Axthelm 

Broken Bow – Mahala Sanchez 

Callaway - Delanie Pinkerton 

Cambridge - Joshua Paisley 

Cody - Sara Ford 

Cozad - Tatiana Orozco 

Curtis - Eric Storm 

Elwood - Carina Atterberry, Jaycee Wooters 

Gothenburg - Tarina Beenblossom, Mark Boson, David Cudzilo 

Grand Island - Grant Kohles 

Grant - Aryn Seiler 

Hayes Center - Avery Johnson 

Hershey - Benjamin Fischer, Caje Naranjo 

Holdrege - Trinity Raburn, Angela Villegas 

Imperial - Valerie Herbert 

Indianola - Dylan Hofman 

Kearney - Molly Walker 

Lamar - Sergio Alarcon 

Lexington - Jacqueline Reyes 

Madrid - Kathleen Doolittle 

Maxwell - Abigail Jurjens, Levi DeStefano 

McCook - Audrey Paisley 

Mullen - Alysen Daniels, Jade Lovitt 

North Platte – Treyce Barker, Blake Barner, Alexa Beltran, Dolan Branch, Logan Carlson, Brook Chromy, Kylie Dircksen, Ashley Dye, Elleigh Fisher, Georgia Flanders, Tyler Galvan, Steven Garcia, Emilee Gibson, Isaac Goff, Regan Gutschenritter, Madison Heinzen, Caleb Horne, Josiah Kautz, McKynzie Kelsey, Maya Lashley, Jenny Lim, Karisa Lower, Hallie Malsbury, Dawson McGahan, Duane Miller, Scott Mustion, Ignacio Perez, Derrek Ramos, Natalie Savage, Emmalee Schanou, Sylvan Singh, Julie Slattery, Cooper Sponie, Samuel Stacy, Benjamin Steele, Joshua Stoner, Daniel Wardyn, Riley Wiese, Ashtyn Winder, Dylan Woody 

Ogallala - Adriana Dieter, Joshua Gill, Miah Hoppens, Ethan LeGrande 

Overton - Morgan Olmstead 

Oxford - Curtis Layton 

Sargent - Stephen Nichols 

Sidney - Sarah Wamsley 

Stapleton - Kurtis Main, Hope Wade 

Trenton - Remington Hodges, Kyleigh Scott 

Wauneta - Alejandra Almanza 

Wellfleet - John Blackmon 


Byers - Ashland Baca 

Centennial - Stephen Ingalls 

Delta - KC Carlson 

Holly - Kallie Cathcart 

Milliken - Morganne Brown 

Paoli - Emily Trejo 

Snyder - Amber Wolever 

Yuma - Taylor Hansen 


Davenport - Adrienne LaBay 


Oklahoma City - Destiny Davis 


Bend - Chase Duran 

South Dakota 

Elkton - Kayla Engwicht 


Richfield - Jordyn Moon 


Monroe - Aiden Ferry 

Woodinville - Matthew Brady 


Maxim Mrakovcic 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Timur Krupalija 


Sophia Kiss, Jenny Singer 


Deniz Sari 


Alice Midiri 


Przemyslaw Zygmunciak 


Martin Poznanovic 


Carmen Leboreiro Iriarte 


Slavomyr Marchenko 

United Kingdom 

Adam Durband

Jan 12
Mid-Plains Community College releases fall Dean’s List

A total of 166 students qualified for the Dean's List during the 2020 fall semester at Mid-Plains Community College. 

To be eligible, the students had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale. The qualifiers include: 


Alda - Brock Butler 

Arapahoe - Edwin Aguirre Carmona, Hunter Swanson, Skyler Webster 

Arcadia - Jentri Hurlburt 

Arnold - Matthew Corbin, Hunter Weinman 

Bartley - Alexis Burke, Brady Porter 

Benkelman - Christina Collier, Timothy Ledford 

Big Springs - Alicia Brown, Matthew McClung 

Brady - Cauy Golter, Tad Grasz, Amanda Robison, Elizabeth Sitorius-Johnson 

Broken Bow - Jeana Chancellor 

Chadron - Madisyn Hamar 

Cozad - Brecken Loftin 

Culbertson - Alexandria Erickson, Neleigh Hauxwell, Matthew Searcey, Shayli Wilkinson 

Curtis - Reid Stout, Lorraine Taylor 

Enders - Hope Brosius 

Eustis - Katelynn Bartell 

Gibbon - Kaylee Palmieri 

Grant - Christopher Terry 

Hayes Center - Jaycee Lapp 

Humphrey - Allie Schneider 

Imperial - Sebastian Sis 

Indianola - Michaela Holdcroft, Jay Porter 

Juniata - Nolan Sughroue 

Keystone - Debra Cleveland, Jesus Juarez Mendez 

Lexington - Weston Kunkee, Selegna Harvey 

Loup City - Lake Reikofski 

Maxwell - Janie Sommer 

McCook - Logan Barenberg, Kirstin Collicott, Deanne Crocker, Nicole Dewey, Jesse Dickey, Terasa Emmons, Hannah Goltl, Lydia Hagan, Isaac Hart, Leslie Hernandez, Tanner Jacobs, Kyle Kinne, Emily Loker, Ashley Miller, Chasity Samaniego, Laurel Schmidt, Bria Simmonds, Sunnie Stephens, Kenna Ward 

Mitchell - Kenneth Hartline 

Mullen - Kaitlyn Crowe 

Norfolk - Josiah Wriedt 

North Platte - Abbi Allberry, Karen Allision, April Claussen, Madison Cooper, Evan Eckel, Matthew Elsten, Malorie Foster, Kali Griesfeller, Rainah Holm, Stephanie Johnson, Jaden King, Jona Knapp, Keegan Knott, Maxwell McIntosh, Krystal Meyers, Kody Miller, Kristyn Morris, Peyton Negley, Cailey Nutt, Madeline Ochsner, Allisa Overstreet, John Patterson, Josephine Preece, Nichole Rawn, Michael Richey, Sabrina Rivera, Luis Rodriguez, Autumn Sandoval, Emily Smith, Daniel Start, Malery States, Patrick Stickelman, Kaylen Streeter, Jason Taylor, Andrew Thalken

Ogallala - Kimberly Bassett, Savanah Tille 

Osceola - Cael Lundstrom 

Oshkosh – Catherine Seibel 

Palisade - Caleb Durham 

Paxton - Aaron Melvin 

Scottsbluff - Kelly Snelling 

Sidney - Janay Brauer 

Stapleton - Alissa Apperson, Ashton Apperson, Taliah Trimble 

Stratton - Elianna Sandberg 

Sutherland - Skylar Evans, Erica Hopping 

Thedford - Jared Inman 

Trenton - Autumn McCauley 

Tryon – Faith Correll 

Valentine - Jenna Cox, Sheyenne Hammond, Emmy Nadeau 

Wakefield - Jacob Dorcey 

Wallace - Haley Dawn Lundvall, Caleb Vote 


Yuba City - Morgan Coleman 


Aurora - Kirsten Greenwalt 

Briggsdale - Kimberlyn Krise 

Commerce City - Jennessy Aragon-Dennis 

Firestone - Jayden Horner 

Lakewood - Brittany Bui 

Thornton - Ashlyn Wheeling 

Weldona - Ruby Machado 

Yuma - Tania Lerma 


Madison - Jake Puciato 


Marion - Rae VanMilligan 

West Branch - Taylor Thein 


Colby - Patrick Toth 

Norcatur - Martin Gradillas 


Ulen - Brooklyn Spencer 


El Dorado Springs - Jace Cundiff 


North Las Vegas - Benjamin Montero-Malunao 


Portland - Zoey Bredleau-Beehler 

Redmond - Dominic Dertorossian 


Devon - Hao Yan 

South Dakota 

Hot Springs - Mykelsi Schnose 

Ree Heights - Landon Sivertsen 


Big Spring - Elijah Munoz 

Cleveland - Jevarrick Butler 

Fort Worth - Kyleigh Sullivan 

Haslet - Tristan Browning 

Irving - Markus Coronado 

Mesquite - Kayla Pope 

Odessa - Jordan Muschalek 

Palestine - Gabrielle Moore 

Paris - Trevon Dennis 

San Antonio - Thomas Nourse 


Delta - Lexee Johnson 

Richfield - Kristen Mogan 

Spanish Fork - Genevieve Hopkinson 


Rawlins - Jordan Jerome 


Maria Fernanda Canedo 


Travis Frank, Taryn Jenkins, Kojie Santos 

Republic of Belarus 

German Plotnikov


Danilo Matovic 


Carla Torrubia Cano, Maite Lara Garcia

Jan 12
NPCC selling surplus construction items/equipment

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The North Platte Community College Physical Resources department is clearing out surplus construction materials, tools and equipment. The public can bid on the items now until 6 p.m. Jan. 20 through the Isabell Auction Service website at:

Everything from carpet, doors, windows and mirrors to ceramic tile, extension cords and even basketball hoops are up for grabs. 

A skid-steer, front-end loader, semi-trailers, day cab semi-truck, mowers, welders, lumber, racks, carts, restaurant equipment and office furniture will also be available. Items will continue to be added to the auction through the end of this week. 

The auction is online only. A printable catalog is available on the auction website. 

More information about the items is available through Shawn Aten, NPCC Physical Resources director, at Questions about the auction can be directed to Isabell's at 532-6944.

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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​