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. [caption id="attachment_49" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ronda Haumann[/caption] “I actually took some LPN (licensed practical nurse) classes at...

Hospital administrator climbs to the top with help of MLT program

Danni Franzen was going to get out of town. [caption id="attachment_62" align="alignright" width="240"] Danni Franzen (George Hipple Photography)[/caption] “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...

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...

MPCC offers fast track to dental assisting

[caption id="attachment_67" align="alignright" width="200"] Ashlie Walters, of Sutherland, takes a maxillary impression from Elisha Keim, of Cozad. Walters and Keim are students in the dental assisting programat MPCC.[/caption] 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...

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...

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...