NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- May is quickly approaching and many students are getting ready to toss their graduation cap in the air.
For those who want to continue their studies for a higher education, Mid-Plains Community College wants you to know, you don't have to move away to do it.
Many people want to further their education, but can't leave because they have ties to the North Platte area.
MPCC has a partnership with Chadron State College, Bellevue University and Fort Hays State University, allowing students to stay in the area and pursue a bachelor's or master's degree.
"It provides opportunities in education that previously didn't exist in areas such as North Platte. It wouldn't be available for students here without the existence of these relationships" Stan Wudtke, Relationship Manager for MPCC and Bellevue University, said.
Wudtke said his door is always open for future students and for those debating continuing their education.
"Even if you are unsure, come on in. We can sit down and come up with a plan that works best for you" Wudtke explained.
Classes are offered online or through distance learning.
"I always think that continuing your education is the greatest, but I waited years to do it. Without this type of partnership I would have ended at my associate's degree" Amy Taft, CSC Student, said.
Taft has a family in North Platte, so she says, commuting or moving to Chadron is not possible for her.
The partnering schools have offices on MPCC campuses to be accessible for students.
"Students are always welcome to come in and I think at the end of the program, they are very pleased with their education and experience with us" Bobbi Johnson, CSC Program Coordinator, said.
To contact Stan Wudtke: Stan.Wudtke@Bellevue.Edu