Custer Campus serves as Mid Plains model

Broken Bow’s Custer Campus, and Mid Plains Community College campus was given the opportunity to shine Monday. Community leaders from Ogallala were in town to tour the campus and talk to project promoters R.J. Thomas and Jerry Adams about the community’s vision. Mid Plains has been working with Ogallala to build an onsite campus in their community. The building has been purchased and plans developed. Dr. Chipps set up the tour, he said, to ‘recharge’ project energies. Dr. Chipps restated Governor Heineman’s words from the ribbon cutting, when he asked for others to look to see what can be accomplished in a rural community. The guests said they were extremely impressed with not only the building, but the community support that made it happen. Thomas, Adams, and Broken Bow Mid Plains College Coordinator Dona Davis served as hosts. “The extended campus in Broken Bow is a state of the art facility,” said Davis. “This fall we are offering 45 this semester.” Davis remarked that when the building was built he thought it would serve the community well into the next decade but with the building has also come the enrollment. Speaking with nursing students during a class break, Davis pointed out that the students came from Cozad, Hay Springs and Ainsworth, as well as communities across Custer County. Classes in the other communities were full, and once settled, one of the students remarked that she thought she would stay even if an opening in a closer community occurred. The building was designed so that it too could grow. The floor plan and state of the art technologies placed into Broken Bow will be similar to the plan for Ogallala. It allows for new technologies to be tested on a smaller scale . Both buildings address the need for community meeting space as well as classrooms, and provide for storage for class specific items such as nursing and First Responder training. Adams talked about the overall vision for Custer Campus. The vision calls for Mid Plains College building to sit on seven acres of land to be shared with federal and state government buildings. Heritage Bank will share a building with the FSA Office, and hopefully the State Patrol, Adams said. footings are currently being placed. “This is a state of the art facility,” restated Davis, “the peak of the roof, the columns, the fountain, they all make an impression when people come into town.