by jamesc 8/26/2013 4:26:47 PM --
O’NEILL – The campaign to raise $2.5 million for a new Northeast Community College extended campus in O’Neill has received another significant financial shot in the arm. The Holt County Visitors Committee has contributed $50,000 towards the project that will see a new complex constructed on Highway 275, next to the Farm Credit Services of America building in O’Neill.
Committee President Scott Kaup recently presented a check to Northeast Community College President Dr. Michael Chipps. “The Holt County Visitors Committee is proud to support the extended campus project in O'Neill. We appreciate the commitment that Northeast has shown in the past for O'Neill and the neighboring communities. This is a major commitment to the future education in our area,” Kaup said.
The new extended campus will replace an existing, aging building that now houses Northeast operations in the Holt County community. Infrastructure as well as plumbing, heating and air conditioning in the former 1938 elementary school building are outdated. It is not American with Disabilities (ADA) Act accessible. In addition, since the building continues to be used for a number of public activities, security of the building and equipment is a concern.
The new O’Neill Extended Campus will offer more than what is available at the current location. In addition to more classroom and lab space, it will feature a separate facility with large overhead doors that will be designed for industrial training and agricultural training classes. A site adjacent to that portion of the facility is available for future expansion. Northeast Community College not only purchased the land for the facility, but is also committed to providing for the facility’s ongoing operational and technology needs long term.
Kaup said the visitors committee is very excited to see the impact the new facility will have on the region. “We have seen positive results since Northeast first made its commitment to our area in 1998. We encourage others to support this effort that will continue to provide quality college education courses here in North Central Nebraska.”
The capital campaign to finance the new extended campus is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Once funds have been secured, construction will take approximately 12-18 months.
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In addition to securing the land for the project, the College is also committed to funding the facility’s furnishings, technology and ongoing operational and staffing needs.