Central Community College’s Kearney Center celebrates 5 years

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Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 6:32 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Kearney Center Thursday night.

CCC administrators, faculty and students express their gratitude to the community and partners for helping make the center what it is today.

Dr. Kelly Christensen, Kearney Center administrator and the dean for training and development, says a lot has happened in the last five years, including new programming, additional partnerships and community growth.

“Of course, when we were looking at property out here, we knew Kearney High School would be across the street. But from that time on, there’s been so much more development commercially in the area,” said Christensen. “And, of course, you know we’ve just seen our community grow in terms of residential housing and more people coming to the Kearney area. It’s a very lively, vibrant community. It’s a great place for Central Community College to be.”

Christensen said looking forward, the Kearney Center will continue with strong programs, high quality programs, helping students be successful in the Kearney area, and also keeping up with changes in the workforce, and the demands for the high wage, high skill positions, because those are the positions they want to make available to students in the community

CCC’s Kearney Center began in 1958 as a practical nursing education program sponsored by the Kearney Public Schools and has grown in the number of programs offered, both for-credit and community education courses.