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 Mid-Plains Community College 

Name: Mid-Plains Community College
President/CEO: Michael R. Chipps
Cities: North Platte, McCook, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine
State: NE
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Rural
Year Established: 1973

Governing Board Website


Mid-Plains Community College


Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 2,988
Part Time:  64.7%
Fulltime:  35.3%

Male: 48.7%
Female: 51.3%

African-American: 2.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%
Hispanic: 4.4%
Native American: 0.3%
White: 82.9%
Other: 9.2%


 Mid-Plains Community College President

Michael R. Chipps

 Mid-Plains Community College Board Chair

Elizabeth Benjamin
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“The Mission of Mid-Plains Community College is to provide quality lifelong learning to our 18-county constituency and as we are considered 'the poster child' for educating rural Americans, our challenge is massive. On a daily basis, we broker higher education through our three major campuses, four extended campuses and 35 learning sites, which are scattered across our 20,500 square miles of rolling plains and Sandhills where, in some places, there are more cattle than people. Located in the center of this massive geographic area is Mid-Plains Community College. It is challenging to measure the magnitude of impact we are having, but if numbers served speak to impact, we are continually serving well over one out of every 10 service area residents each year. It is a life-inspiring challenge to be a part of such a great and worthwhile cause!” 

Interesting Facts

  • Mid-Plains Community College’s service area covers one-third of Nebraska--five percent of the population.  
  • Last year, about 12 percent of our service area residents successfully completed some type of post-secondary education from MPCC.
  • The college recently completed a $19-million fundraising campaign to underwrite an Events Center at the McCook Community College Campus and a $9-million Heath Complex at the North Platte Community College South Campus.  In addition, the college recently opened a new $1.5 million campus facility in Broken Bow and will soon complete a new $1-million extended campus operation in Ogallala. 
  • The Center for Enterprise is the college’s regional business training division and focuses on contract and customized training, professional training and development, testing and certification and business and community services. 
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