Central Community College’s
Ord Learning Center will celebrate CCC’s 50th anniversary April 26
with a Community Builders Event from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. Business tours
will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will go in the following order to Oak Ridge Farms
Hydroponics, Cobblestone Inn and Suites/Trotter Event Center, Cetak’s Meats and
Sausages and Misko Sports.
A complementary dinner and celebration will begin at 7:30
p.m. at the Ord Learning Center, 1514 K St. For a full schedule, visit www.facebook.com/cccordlearningcenter.
CCC expanded its educational services in the Ord area in
2010, beginning with renovation of the former Hamilton Telecommunications Call
Center in partnership with Greater Valley Loup Activities Inc. and Valley
County Economic Development.
Also in 2010, CCC received a $175,105 grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to build community and economic capacity in Valley,
Sherman and Greeley counties. CCC successfully completed the grant in 2014 in
cooperation with the Nebraska Community Foundation, Heartland Center for
Leadership Development and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
The expanded Ord Learning Center offers a full range of
services, including certified nursing assistant and medication aide training, ACCUPLACER
college placement testing, first aid/CPR/EMT certification, academic advising
and distance learning classes, GED assessment and study, continuing education courses,
early entry programs for Ord High School juniors and seniors, area high school student
programs and a summer entomology camp.
Thanks to donations to the Big Give to Valley County, a
$500 Ord Learning Center Scholarship was established in 2015 and has since been
awarded to three students.
For more information on the Ord Learning Center’s
classes, programs and services, call Crystal Ramm at (308) 728-3299.
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.