Member Spotlight: Central Community College

For our March Member Spotlight, we look at Central Community College (CCC) which has been nationally recognized recently for its cutting-edge, trendsetting programs and for high achievement in sustainability.

CCC is a multi-campus community college serving a 25-county area in central Nebraska – approximately 14,000 square miles with a population of more than 300,000.

CCC offers 37 career and technical education programs with a focus on degree, diploma and certificate programs requiring two years or less to complete. The college also offers an academic transfer program for students who want to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year college or university.

Additionally, the college offers classes in communities throughout its 25-county service area, online learning and training and development for business, industries and other organizations.

The central administration office is in Grand Island. Three main campuses are located in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings. Educational centers are located in Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington and Ord. CCC also uses a variety of distance learning techniques to provide educational services in some 90 communities in its service area.

Last month, CCC was a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Bellwether Award, which focuses on cutting-edge, trendsetting programs. CCC’s project, Hands-On Independent Mechatronics Education Curriculum, focused on training future workforce in areas such as bioscience, automation and instrumentation.

In 2023, CCC earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This designation ranked CCC as #2 in the United States and #5 in North America in the two year college category.

More information about CCC programs and sustainability efforts can be found at the CCC website.