Hastings College and Central Community College enter agreement for student opportunity

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:30 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College and Central Community College have signed a new partnership Wednesday opening the door to new opportunities for students.

For years the two schools have worked together to transfer course credits earned at the community college to the university. Now full-time Hastings College students can enroll in CCC courses to expand their education.

“Now students who are in any major who have a dream or an interest in another part of the things that might be happening out at the community college are able to partner their liberal arts degree with that technical minor certificate,” said Barbra Sunderman, the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hastings College.

Students who are taking at least 12 credits at Hastings College can enroll in up to six credits at CCC at no extra cost to them. The goal is to let the liberal arts majors get technical minors or certifications to help better prepare for the jobs they want.

“Hastings College has an outstanding national reputation. It brings students here from throughout the country and this is an opportunity for them to find out more about the central Nebraska specific jobs and be able to get some specific training in some of these technical areas,” CCC President Matt Gotschall said.

One example used was an art major taking a welding course to be used for sculptures.

“Often in the past students would have to, if they wanted to take a class, they would have to do that on their own,” Hastings College Executive President Rich Llyod said. “Navigate that system on their own and by building a seamless model students then can work with an academic advisor at both institutions to create a seamless pathway.”

CCC has a big focus on technical degrees and manufacturing. With the partnership with Hastings College they hope it will create more teachers and professors in this field as well.

“I think the number one thing is utilizing our facilities and our program equipment because the more people we can get in there the more people we can get into industry,” CCC Hastings President Jerry Wallace said. “A lot of our business partners look forward to us having graduates.”

There will be a cap on the total number of credits that students can take from CCC. They will be allowed enough to complete a minor or certification.

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