Project HELP

A new opportunity through Mid-Plains Community College could help people with low-incomes land a good-paying, high-demand career in the field of health care. MPCC is part of the Project Health Education Laddering Program, aka Project HELP, which provides training and support to select individuals so they can complete a highly-skilled health-related program, improve their communication and...

Firefighters: A special breed

They’re the unsung heroes, the ones who risk their lives every day - often to save someone else. Driven by an inner call and fueled by adrenaline, firefighters help out in the darkest moments – simply because they can. “Some people call us crazy,” said Tim Zehnder, director of fire science at Mid-Plains Community College. “Maybe we are. You have to be a special kind of person to see...
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EMTs: Guardian angels of the medical world

They’re the front line workers – the first to respond when someone is injured or sick. The ones who take control of an emergency situation, provide immediate care, calm fears and often block the door between life and death. The world needs more of them. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics will grow 24 percent...

MPCC offers fast track to dental assisting

Mid-Plains Community College is now offering a faster way for people to embark on a career in dental assisting. Those with qualifying college placement exam scores will no longer have to interview for MPCC’s Dental Assisting Program. The timing couldn’t be better. “There is such a demand right now for dental assistants,” said Lauri Rogers, director of the dental assisting program at...

Medical Laboratory Technician: An overlooked opportunity?

One of the most lucrative and in demand professions in the field of health care is also proving to be one of the most overlooked. The need for medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) is rising dramatically, but few are stepping into the open positions. It appears the shortage will get worse before it gets better. “I heard this week that there are 76 job openings for MLTs in Nebraska,” said...

Hospital administrator climbs to the top with help of MLT program

Danni Franzen was going to get out of town. “My former classmates still tease me about that when I go to high school reunions,” said Franzen. “I was so determined to leave, and 25 years later, I’m still here.” Franzen is the senior director of Ancillary Services at Great Plains Health in North Platte. Her responsibilities include ensuring the clinical and operational success of...

Thedford woman gets second chance at a dream

You’re never too old to chase your dreams. Ronda Haumann, of Thedford, is living proof of that. The Mid-Plains Community College student went back to school in 2012, at the age of 57. Her goal is to eventually become a registered nurse. “I actually took some LPN (licensed practical nurse) classes at Mid-Plains Community College in 1973, right after I graduated from high school,” said...

ADN program

They don’t study to pass a test. They study to prepare for the day when they’re all that stands between a patient and the grave. That mindset is what helps Associate Degree of Nursing students at Mid-Plains Community College focus, train hard and, eventually, step into the workforce as registered nurses - prepared for anything life throws at them. MPCC offers a rigorous ADN program...

Nursing assistant: A foot in the door to health care

One of the fastest growing professions in the world of health care also requires one of the shortest amounts of training time. The number of nursing assistant jobs in the U.S. totaled approximately 1.5 million in 2014, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that figure will grow 17 percent by 2024 - much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand is attributed to an...

Student Life

I CAN be an active member of the MPCC community! Extracurricular activities let you apply what you learn in the classroom and help you build a foundation for success after college. MPCC prides itself on providing numerous activities and events throughout the year. The colleges offer a wide variety activities. Our students are encouraged to get out there and participate! Activities have...
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