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
Campus Café Webzine – MCC
MCC: Contact the Office of Student Life
Campus Café is an online news an art source created by students. Content includes 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.
Campus Crusade for Christ -MCC
MCC: Contact the Office of Student Life
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/Drama Club - NPCC
NPCC: Ritch Galvan at 308-535-3767 or email@example.com
MCC: Clay Grizzle at 308-345-8173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The club participates in several activities for the benefit of the community and travels to see theatre at nearby colleges.
Fishing Club - MPCC
NPCC: Paul Knopick at 308-535-3608 or email@example.com
The MPCC Fishing Club is for any and all MPCC students who want to fish competitively or even learn how to fish. The purpose of the club is for bringing MPCC students together to share fishing experiences and knowledge, meet other students who share a love for the outdoors, teach others how to fish, and build relationship. Members do have the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level in various fishing tournaments.
Gay Straight Alliance - MPCC
NPCC: Augie Sanchez at 308-535-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MCC: Michael Jonckheere at 308-345-8154 or email@example.com
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.
International Student Organization - MPCC
MCC: Shannon Corder at 308-345-8133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Nebraska - NPCC
NPCC: Nicole Kissinger at 308-221-6409 or email@example.com
MPCC LPNAN is part of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Nebraska. Membership is open to students enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program or pre-nursing students enrolled in college as preparation for entrance into the Licensed Practical Nursing program. The mission of the MPCC Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Nebraska is to support, promote, and represent all aspects of practical nursing through promotion of quality health care standards, representation of LPNs legislative and regulatory issues, and promotion of the diverse functions of LPNs to consumers and other healthcare professionals. The MPCC LPNAN functions to preserve and foster the philosophy of practical nursing, to provide students with networking opportunities with other nurses in the state, to update students on legislation that affects public safety, and encourage student participation in interdisciplinary activities and community service. Students will have the opportunity to attend legislative and state nursing conventions.
National Student Nurses Association of Nebraska- NPCC
NPCC: Lana Albrecht-Watson at 308-221-6415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The MPCC NSSNA Chapter is part of the Nebraska State Student Nurses’ Association. Membership is open to students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Nursing program or pre-nursing students enrolled in college as preparation for entrance into the Associate Degree of Nursing program. The mission of the MPCC NSSNA is to model the importance of community mindedness and consistently create high standards that support nursing students through leadership, education, scholarship, legislation, and networking. Students will participate in community service activities, organize and perform organizational fundraising activities, and will have the opportunity to attend State and National Student Nurse Association conventions.
MPCC Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTS) - MPCC
MCC or NPCC: Contact the Office of Student Life
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: Brandon Pritchett at 308-345-8115 or email@example.com
NPCC: Mindy Hope at 308-535-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NAFME - MPCC
NPCC: Pamela Koch at 308-535-3755 or email@example.com
MCC: Mirna Cabrera at 308-345-8187 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Select choir is an auditioned group while anyone may join concert choir and instrumental ensemble without an audition.
Phi Beta Lambda - MPCC
NPCC: Contact the Office of Student Life
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 or email@example.com
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.
Student Senate - MPCC
NPCC: Chase Grabau at 308-535-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MCC: Rachel Bashor at 308-345-8108 or email@example.com
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 funding for organizations on campus to participate in a number of activities and conferences. Each campus is allotted $15,000 to give away to their organizations. $1200 total is allotted for community campuses events.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematic) - NPCC
NPCC: Jared Daily at 308-535-3751 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Club is 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. The STEM club participates in various college and community activities including science fairs, education events, local school visits, science shows, and other related events.
Yard Rake - NPCC
NPCC: Dr. Jessie Allen at 308-535-3748 or email@example.com
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 Ralph G. Brooks Residence Hall as well as house complexes, in which men and women live in separate sections. The cafeteria and recreation area are located in Brooks Hall along with a free laundry facility. Requests from new students for room reservation should be submitted through CampusWeb student portal with a $200 Housing 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. Please call the Housing Director at 308-345-8177 with questions.
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 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 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 for all active MPCC students. These I.D./Activity cards are required for admission to all school functions and activities. They also allow housing students access to housing buildings on each campus. Every student is encouraged to acquire an identification card in their campus’s library.
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 a center for college recreational activities and lunchtime meals where housing students can use their meal plans, and MPCC students and employees who are not on meal plans can pay cash for lunchtime meals. Facilities include a lounge area, conference room, 4 big screen televisions with HDMI capabilities, and a fire place.
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 175,000+ books, e-books, journals, DVDs, CDs, and other items included in the library collections at McCook and North Platte.
There are 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 page.
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 libraries.
The von Riesen library is located on the McCook Community College campus and contains the children’s and young adult library. There is a study room available for group or individual study. The North Platte Community College LRC is housed on the South Campus in room 146 of the McDonald-Belton building. This collection includes the MPCC Administration library and the Nursing department materials. Upon request, materials contained in these special collections libraries may be available to instructors and students. The campus libraries have comfortable seating and study tables as well as free coffee all day.
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 page 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.