Mid-Plains Community College is giving prospective students and their families even more opportunities to experience its programs first-hand.
The college will launch a series of Visit Days this month to showcase its campuses, offerings and services. Among other things, participants will be able to tour their programs of interest, sit in on a class, meet instructors, join in hands-on projects, learn about the various services MPCC offers and meet new friends through fun activities led by current Mid-Plains students.
Specialists from a variety of departments will be available to answer questions and provide information about financial aid, housing and credit transfer among many other topics.
“Visit days are a great opportunity as they offer a different take on the typical campus visit and include several activities students might otherwise have to plan individually,” said Mindy Hope, area director of recruiting and admissions. “They provide a more complete perspective on what it’s like to be a college student. Visit Days let prospective students experience a lot of what the college has to offer, from academic programs, instructors and potential classmates to student organizations, residence halls and life outside of the classroom. Visitors get a complete view of the college’s resources in a single day.”
Anyone thinking about taking college classes is encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided, and all prospective students will receive a free hoodie.
Visit Days are scheduled for Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Jan. 22 and Feb. 26 in North Platte and McCook from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Check in will begin
at 9 a.m. RSVPs are required at https://campus.mpcc.edu/ICS/
Registration for spring classes is just around the corner at Mid-Plains Community College. Spring registration opens for returning students Oct. 14 at all campus locations. It opens for new students Oct. 21.
MPCC offers a variety of options for taking classes, making it easy for students to pursue a postsecondary education at a time convenient for them. Course schedules can be viewed online at mpcc.edu/course-schedules.
On-site, online, distance learning and Sunday College formats are all available. MPCC also has a dual credit program, which allows high school students to save time and money by taking classes that count for both high school and college credit simultaneously.
The first round of spring classes will begin in January. It is recommended that those interested in registering make an appointment with an advisor first by calling (308) 535-3701 in North Platte or (308) 345-8102 in McCook.
MPCC provides numerous scholarships, grants and loans to qualified students. For more information about financial assistance, call (308) 535-3705 in North Platte, or (308) 345-8111 in McCook.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a trooper attempted to stop a 2003 Chevrolet Impala for fictitious license plates near the intersection of Newberry and Halligan in North Platte. The vehicle fled and the trooper initiated a pursuit.
The vehicle traveled on several streets on the east side of North Platte before coming to a stop near 14th and Taft streets. The driver was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver, Joshua Baker, 31, of North Platte was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, driving during a 15-year revocation, fictitious license plates, no proof of insurance, no seat belt, possession of marijuana – less than one ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The entire pursuit lasted less than ten minutes. Baker was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.
Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.
“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”
Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”
Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.
Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.
“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.
Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.
Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.
Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.
A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.