Central Community College-Lexington
will celebrate CCC’s 50th anniversary with a Business After Hours
event from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 24.
The public is invited to the event, which will include refreshments,
door prizes and a chance to see the center, which is located in the Dawson
County Opportunity Center, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway
The Lexington Center opened in 1977 and was first located
on the second floor of an old bank building in downtown Lexington and included
only office space. A move two years later into a former hospital allowed the
center to expand to two offices and a small classroom. It gained a second small
classroom when it moved into a former law office in the early 1980s.
In 1998, the City of Lexington offered CCC a city-owned
building in downtown Lexington. The building was extensively remodeled by the
college, and once completed, it provided space for a receptionist, two
medium-sized classrooms, three offices and storage.
The Lexington Center moved to its current location in
January 2011 where a reception area, four offices and 13 classrooms combined
with technology allow it to offer a broad range of educational opportunities. These
include avocational-recreational, nursing assistant, medication aide, CPR, EMT,
adult education and English as a second language classes; GED classes and testing;
certificate, diploma and degree programs; and business and professional
Community College dates its beginning to Sept. 12, 1966, when Area Vocational
School No. 1 opened in Hastings. Legislation in 1971 created the state’s six
community college areas, one of which was CCC and its 25-county service area in
central Nebraska. Today, CCC has campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and
Hastings and centers in Holdrege, Kearney and Lexington.