Health, Safety, and Security
Accidents and Injuries
Every effort is made to prevent accidents. MPCC assumes no liability, expressed or implied, for the result of sickness or accidents involving personal injury to any student, whether in connection with college properties or elsewhere. Students attending MPCC are not covered by Worker’s Compensation.
Drug Abuse Prevention
The colleges of Mid-Plains Community College are declared drug free in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act. Assistance is available through the Advising Offices located at MCC or the McDonald-Belton Campus of NPCC for students seeking help for problems associated with illegal drug and alcohol use. Professional advisors will assist with referrals to local community agencies, hospitals or private treatment facilities. A full copy of Mid-Plains Community College Alcohol and Drug policy may be in the Student Right to Know section of this catalog.
If there are doubts about the seriousness of an accident or illness, an emergency team will be called. The rescue team can make the medical determination once they arrive. Don’t hesitate to use any campus phone and dial 911. Identify yourself and give specific information and directions so a rescue team can respond. After you have made the initial call, please inform proper campus officials and call the switchboard operator and inform him/her of the emergency.
The institution does not provide on-campus medical services other than emergency first aid. However, medical services are readily available at local clinics and the area hospital. MPCC reserves the right to call for medical services in case of accident or illness to a student on campus. The expenses for medical services shall be the responsibility of the student.
The college recognizes that a student with an infectious disease may wish to continue to engage in as many normal pursuits as the condition allows, including education experiences. The college recognizes that a student in this situation should be allowed to continue his or her education in the least restrictive environment as long as the condition is not a threat to the student, other students, employees, and persons coming in contact with the infected person.
Safety and Illness
The institution provides an education environment as free as possible from recognized hazards. Students and employees are expected to comply with all safety and health requirements whether established by the college or by federal, state or local law.
MPCC follows standard OSHA guidelines. Students not in compliance with these guidelines will not be allowed in classes requiring the use of power equipment. Examples of power equipment include power sanders, power saws, electric drills, welders, lathes, etc.
The college does not provide insurance for students. Students are personally responsible for their health and accident insurance coverage. Student insurance plans are available through several insurance carriers and the college suggests that the student carry some form of health and accident insurance on themselves.
Student Life On-campus
Many student activities are offered at Mid-Plains Community College-both in McCook and North Platte. Student clubs, intramurals, dances; intercollegiate athletics, Student Senate, and student organizations are open to all MPCC students.
Follett Bookstores operate facilities at McCook Community College and North Platte Community College. They carry a complete stock of textbooks, school supplies and other college related merchandise. Because the Follett Bookstores are independently owned, checks for purchases made there must be made payable to “Follett Bookstore.”
Career Services Center
Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The Career Services Center is a place for students, potential students, and the general public to go for assistance in selecting a rewarding career specialty. The Career Services staff will work with you using a variety of screening assessments to help you discover your own unique strengths, interests, values and aptitudes. The results of the assessments will be interpreted by trained career guidance staff who will also help to answer any questions that you have. You can then focus on learning more about specific careers that fit your individual style. You will be introduced to a variety of resources to help you learn how fast a particular career field is growing, what the average salary is, where those jobs may be located, and what training is required in that career field. Thus, the Career Services Center offers a number of varied resources to help you find a career specialty that fits you.
Career Services Centers are located in North Platte at the North Campus and in McCook at von Riesen Library. Access to a variety of education and career-related services is available including:
- ACCUPLACER - A Product of College Board
- GED Testing
- Adult Basic Education/ESL Services
- ADA Accommodations
- Transition Services- a program of special interest to single parents, displaced homemakers, and non-traditional career students
- Work Keys testing and Job Profiling
- Test proctoring
- Job application, résumé, cover letter, and interview assistance
Students may access CLEP testing which, in some circumstances, will help you obtain college credits without taking the class.
The Career Services Center is the place to go for specialized licensure and certification testing. The Center in North Platte is an official ACT Center providing specialized testing for professional certifications such as ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). The Career Services Center is an approved test site for: MOS certification, PPST, ParaPro, Praxis School Leadership Series, and WorkKeys Proficiency Certification for Teacher Assistants. Testing is also offered through Pearson VUE for certification in various aspects of Information Technology, as well as other professional licensure and certification exams.
Contact the staff at the Career Services Centers to find out which particular services are available at each Center. Call North Platte at 800-658-4308, Ext. 3618; or McCook at 800-658-4348, Ext. 8128.
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center, located at MCC, is open to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years for MPCC students, faculty, staff, and the community. Licensed through the state of Nebraska, the Center has daily preschool and afternoon activities designed to encourage each child’s overall growth. The Center serves as a training site for students studying Early Childhood Education. Students participate in all aspects of the program to develop their skills for observing and interacting with young children while under the supervision of experienced teachers.
Clubs and Organizations
Associated General Contractors (AGC) Student Chapter - NPCC
The Associated General Contractors of America/North Platte Homebuilders Student Chapter is open to students who have an interest in construction. Members of the student chapter are eligible for state and local scholarships. The chapter also provides an excellent opportunity for future employment and an awareness of the overall construction industry.
Campus Café Webzine – MCC
Campus Café is an online news an art source created by students. Content included upcoming events, news stories, entertainment reviews, videos, and photos. All students are invited to submit content to the webzine in the form of editorials, short stories, poems, review, and photos, videos, art and sports scores. Webzine meets for one hour a week, time and day determined by semester. Students may also work on the webzine for 1 hour of college credit per semester.
Campus Crusade for Christ - MCC
MCC: Lynn Salyer at 308-345-8157
Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) is a non-denominational organization that provides an opportunity for development of friendships and personal character in the context of Christian values. Activities offered to students include: weekly meetings for fellowship and Bible studies, small group Bible studies and regular special events. Students also attend a three day fall retreat with students from other Nebraska campuses, a week-long “Christmas Conference” in Denver with 2000 college students from six Midwest states, training opportunities over spring break and opportunities for service and leadership training throughout the world during the summers.
Court Jesters - NPCC
NPCC: Ritch Galvan at 308-535-3767
This organization is intended for any student who is interested in live theater or films. Theater offerings range from musicals and serious drama to experimental theater.
Gay Straight Alliance - MPCC
NPCC: Sky Seery at 308-535-3727
MCC: Michael Jonckheere at 308-345-8154 or 8127
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) o Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC), a student-led organization, are committed to the following: creating a socially accepting atmosphere of support for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning their sexuality (LGBTQ), or are heterosexual allies of such students. We are working towards creating a gathering place that is open and free of judgment for members to unite.
Intercollegiate Athletics - MPCC
NPCC: Kevin O’Connor (AD) at 308-535-3758
MCC: Jon Olsen (AD) at 308-345-8144
The colleges are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Nebraska Technical Community College Athletic Conference. Any full-time student is welcome and encouraged to compete for a position on any athletic team. Most teams offer open tryout periods for those interested in competing at the college level. The institution competes in men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s softball, men’s baseball, golf, and women’s basketball.
International Student Organization - MPCC
MCC: Shannon Vrbas at 308-345-8142
NPCC: Heather Pucket at 308-535-3710
The International Student Organization encourages students to become involved in college and community multicultural life while assisting new students coming from diverse backgrounds with adjustment to college life at MPCC. The organization promotes the sharing of global perspectives, backgrounds, and life styles while encouraging exploring local and U.S. Customs and culture via meetings, group events, tours, and social activities.
Intramural Activities - MPCC
NPCC: Chase Grabua at 308-535-3729
MCC: Student Life at 308-345-8108
The colleges offer a wide variety of intramural activities for both men and women. Interested students are encouraged to participate. Programs include coed volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball.
Mid-Plains Community College Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Nebraska - NPCC
NPCC: Lana Albrecht-Watson at 308-535-3670
MPCC LPNAN is part of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Nebraska. Membership is open to students enrolled in the LPN Program or pre-nursing students enrolled in college for preparation to enter the LPN Program. The function of MPCC LPNAN includes: to preserve and foster the philosophy of practical nursing, to provide networking opportunities with other LPN students, to keep students updated on legislation that affects LPNs and public safety, representing the LPN program, and encouraging students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities and community service.
Mid-Plains Community College Student Nurses’ Association - NPCC
NPCC: Lana Albrecht-Watson at 308-535-3668
MPCCSNA is part of the Nebraska State Student Nurses’ Association. Membership is open to students enrolled in the ADN program or pre-nursing students, enrolled in college as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. The function of MPCCSNA includes: promoting and encouraging a students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities, representing the ADN program, and promoting and encouraging collaborative relationships and projects with Nebraska Nurses’ Association District 7.
MPCC Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTS) - MPCC
MCC: Contact – Dr. Brian Obert – 308-345-8109
NPCC: Contact – Joshua York - 308-535-3635
The purpose of NTS shall be to provide compassion, strength, and support to all non-traditional students. NTS is open to any MPCC student self-identifies as a non-traditional student. Members are required to be registered for a minimum of one college credit per semester and to maintain a 2.0 GPA. The organization serves as a connection point for students to discuss challenges, share experiences and to be connected to their college. NTS also will hold mini-workshops throughout the year on topics of interest to the student from financial aid, student life, and classroom and campus life involvement activity opportunities.
MPCC Student Ambassadors - MCC & NPCC
MCC: Kelly Rippen at 308-345-8107
NPCC: Mindy Hope at 308-535-3773
The members of this organization are very important in promoting public relations for this college. These students are responsible for giving tours of the campus to prospective students and acting as guides and hosts during special events.
Music Groups - MPCC
NPCC: Music Dept. at 308-535-3755
MCC: Music Dept. at 308-345-8187
The colleges offer various vocal and instrumental groups which provide musical experiences to interested students. These groups perform for the student body, community, and throughout the state.
Nebraska Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NAFCS) - MCC
MCC: Loretta Hauxwell at 308-345-8165
This organization is open to any student interested in Family & Consumer Sciences. Activities are designed to promote Family & Consumer Sciences as a profession and give the student social and educational experiences while on campus.
Phi Beta Lambda - MPCC
NPCC: Angie Chittick at 308-535-3739, Kathy McCune at 308-535-3741.
MCC: Janet Stalder at 308-345-8174, Lorrie Mowry at 308-345-8172.
Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for college or post-secondary students pursuing a business, office technology, business teacher education or business-related career. Members have an opportunity to participate in local, state, regional and national activities/conferences.
Phi Theta Kappa International - MPCC
NPCC: Dr. Glynn Wolar at 308-535-3763
MCC: Shannon Vrbas at 308-345-8142
The Phi Theta Kappa Society is an international honors organization for the recognition and promotion of scholastic achievement among students of two-year colleges. To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed 12 academic hours and have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 (both MPCC Campuses). The four hallmarks-scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship - provide the cornerstone of a wide range of programs and opportunities for PTK members.
Skills USA (Formerly Vocational Industrial Clubs of America or VICA) - NPCC
NPCC: Greg Cudzilo at 308-535-3639
VICA is a nationwide organization for young men and women enrolled as full-time students in secondary and postsecondary vocational courses in trade, industrial, technical and health education. Members may be students in high schools, area technical schools and two-year colleges. VICA’s purposes and activities relate to the career goals and interests of its members.
SMAC-(Students Making Active Choices) - MPCC
MCC: Student Life at 308-345-8108
The mission of SMAC is to provide preventative health information to the student body through role modeling, teaching, and counseling. The group addresses a variety of health topics including alcohol consumption, impaired and distracted driving, tobacco use, safer sex, mental health, and nutrition. New members complete the Certified Peer Educator training.
Student Senate - MPCC
NPCC: Chase Grabua at 308-535-3729
MCC: Rachel Bashor at 308-345-8108
The Student Senate operates independently on both MCC and NPCC campuses. The organizations serve two very important roles. One, they provide an essential voice for the student body in college operations and community affairs. The second role of Student Senate is to provide campus-wide entertainment. In the past, this has included dances, homecoming, comedians, speakers, and hypnotists. Senate has the responsibility of planning, coordinating and producing these events.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) - NPCC
NPCC: Jared Daily at 308-535-3751
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic Club shall be to stimulate and encourage a strong interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics both here at MPCC and in the college area at large. In addition, the MPCC STEM Club shall create avenues for research, career advisement, education and academic and professional networking.
Yard Rake - NPCC
NPCC: Jessie Allen at 308-535-3748
The Yard Rake is NPCC’s online publication. Student staff members create and/or gather content, which can include news, opinion, creative writing, art, audio or video. Check out the Yard Rake at http://theyardrake.blogspot.com.
The colleges offer a wide variety of intramural activities for both men and women. Interested students are encouraged to participate. Programs include coed volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball. For more information in McCook, contact Student Life at 308-345-8108. For more information in North Platte, contact Student Life at 308-221-6452.
Students must park in designated areas on campus. Students are permitted to only park one registered vehicle on campus.. Students may not park in areas that are marked for visitors, faculty, administrators and staff. Mechanical repairs to any vehicle is prohibited on campus property due to the safety hazard it causes. In the event your vehicle leaks fluid of any kind on campus property, it will be the owner’s responsibility to clean up the leaked fluid. Failure to do so will result in towing at the owners expense or possible citations
Any vehicle found on Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) property that has not been moved for a period of three days or longer, with the exception of MPCC housing vehicles with displayed housing parking tags, will be considered abandoned and will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Single Parent Transition Services
Transition Services is a grant-funded program providing supportive services for Mid-Plains Community College students who are single parents (male or female), single pregnant women, displaced homemakers, or students pursuing a nontraditional career. Clients may receive assistance in the form of career counseling, self-improvement workshops, and emotional support. Financial support may also be available; however, the client must qualify per specific program guidelines. For more information at McCook call the Transition Services Coordinator at 800-658-4348, Ext. 8128 or 308-345-8128. The Coordinator at North Platte can be contacted by calling 800-658-4308, Ext. 3621 or 308-535-3621.
MPCC Career Services Centers offer career and employment services on each campus, as well as connecting to services at the Extended Campus sites. The Career Services Centers provide a point of contact between students and employers. Career and employment services for students and alumni include assistance with résumé preparation and critiquing, cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, job search assistance, and online posting of employment opportunities. Employment related events are hosted periodically on campus, and employers are invited to set up on-campus information and interview sessions. A unique partnership with Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor allows continuously updated job postings and employer contacts. Students may register for employment services on the CampusWeb or by making personal contact with Career Services staff.
Student Housing - McCook
McCook Community College operates a co-educational facility, Ralph G. Brooks Residence Hall, in which men and women live in separate sections. A laundry facility is available campus. Requests from new students for room reservation should be sent to the MPCC Office of Student Life, 1205 East Third St., McCook, NE 69001 with a $200 reservation fee/damage deposit. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis and are limited to students registered for 9 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Housing for the summer session is available on a limited basis.
Student Housing - North Platte
MPCC’s North Platte Community College operates student housing units on both the North and South Campuses. Each unit on the North Campus houses four residents with two bedrooms (two residents per bedroom), a kitchen/living room area and a bathroom. A coin operated laundry and a game room also are available on the campus. The South Campus Housing also houses four residents with two bedrooms (two residents per bedroom), a kitchen/living room area and a bathroom. There is a Community Building featuring a coin operated laundry and a game room. Requests from new students for room reservation should be sent to the MPCC Office of Student Life, 1205 East Third St., McCook, NE 69001 with a $200 reservation fee/damage deposit. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis and are limited to students registered for 9 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Housing for the summer session is available on a limited basis.
Student Identification and Activity Cards
Student identification & activity cards are issued by the college when tuition and fees are paid. These I.D./Activity cards are required for admission to all school functions and activities.
Student Lounge - North Platte
A student lounge is located on each campus in North Platte. Facilities include a dining area, lounge area and game area for pool and video games.
Student Union - McCook
MPCC’s MCC Student Union is the center for college recreational activities. Facilities include a lounge area, a big screen television, and a game room.
Student Success Centers
The purpose of the Student Success Centers is to serve students for academic success. Student Success Centers are located on the campuses of McCook Community College and North Platte Community College where professional staff is available to assist students in the instructional areas. Services include:
- providing tutors at no cost to the on-campus and online student (there is no guarantee that tutors can be made available for all classes)
- proctoring course examinations
- providing a controlled study environment with available help computer access
- ACCUPLACER® testing
- and much more!!
Additional assistance is provided through mini-sessions on such topics as test-taking techniques, overcoming test anxiety, note-taking, and résumé writing. Tutorial software is also available in reading, math, and writing. A number of the Student Success Center services may be provided through special arrangement at the Extended Campus locations.
To make testing appointments or for more information, contact the staff at the Student Success Centers by calling North Platte Community College at 800-658-4308, Ext. 3731, or McCook Community College at 800-658-4348, Ext. 8105.
McCook Community College has multiple computer classrooms and a number of computer stations available to students. The lower level of the library has computers for student use and for computer-aided instruction. Both campuses of North Platte Community College have multiple computer classrooms and computer stations available to students in programs, classes, or for use as a lab. At the South Campus, the computer lab in the Learning Resource Center is open to students during normal hours of operation. On the North Campus, computer labs are maintained by departmental personnel and may be used during designated hours. Students are reminded that ethical usage of college owned computers and college internet services is required; violations will be subject to sanctions per the MPCC Student Code of Conduct.
Learning Resource Centers – Library Services
Mid-Plains Community College provides learning resource services to on and off-campus students via libraries housed on the McCook and North Platte community college campuses. The library collections at each site contain both print and electronic resources designed to support the college’s curriculum and facilitate student and faculty research. Users can access a combined electronic catalog which details the 45,000+ books, e-books, journals, DVDs, CDs, and other items included in the library collections at North Platte and McCook.
Each library has a wireless environment with a number of desktop and laptop computers loaded with the latest software which enables students to complete homework and access online courses, the Internet and the numerous full-text research databases offered by the libraries. Current students, faculty and staff can access these research databases 24/7 while on campus or remotely via the libraries’ web pages and/or Mid-Plains’ CampusWeb.
Both libraries provide magazines, newspapers and a limited selection of popular fiction titles for leisure reading. Resources that are not owned by one of the Mid-Plains libraries can be procured through interlibrary loan. McCook Community College’s von Riesen Library and the North Platte Community College Learning Resource Center (LRC) also participate in a statewide initiative which allows students, faculty and staff to procure borrowing privileges at other college and university libraries throughout Nebraska.
The North Platte Community College LRC is housed on the South Campus in room 146 of the McDonald-Belton building. North Platte Community College’s North Campus houses specialized departmental libraries that contain resources specific to each technical program. The nursing department’s library is the most comprehensive of these special collections and their materials are listed in the college’s online library catalog. Upon request, materials contained in these departmental libraries may be available to instructors and students from other departments.
For more information please call 308-535-3726 for the North Platte Community College LRC or 308-345-8117 for McCook Community College’s von Riesen Library or consult the library’s web pages on the Mid-Plains Community College website (http://www.mpcc.edu).
Tutoring services are available on a one-to-one basis and in small groups at no cost to the student. Contact the Student Success Centers in McCook or North Platte for more information. For those students needing tutoring services while studying through the extended campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine, contact the extended campus coordinator for information. Students taking online classes off site may call the North Platte Community College Student Success Center for tutoring services information.