Posted 11 months ago
By Scott Carlson
The Union Pacific Railroad received the Nebraska Community College Association’s 2013 “Friend of the College’ Award for its support of Mid-Plains Community College during ceremonies conducted during the NCCA’s annual meeting Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
The UPRR has long been a supporter of MPCC and the community college structure. It has been utilizing MPCC’s training programs and facilities for more than four decades. Some details of the partnership include the following:
Many UPRR upper-level positions require higher levels of post-secondary education. Most recently, UPRR and MPCC partnered to create a corporate training opportunity for their employees.
With MPCC’s ability to deliver the required training both on-campus and on-line, and with the railroad offering free tuition for UPRR training and 85 percent tuition reimbursement for general education courses, admissions into the program continue to grow each year and have already demonstrated wide success in the number of completed certificates, diplomas and degrees by UPRR’s workforce on a national level.
“These are but a few examples of the cooperative relationship that MPCC has with the Union Pacific Railroad,” said Kent Miller, NCCA executive board president and MPCC governing board member. “On behalf of MPCC and the west-central region of Nebraska, we thank you and present you with a small token of our appreciation as the NCCA’s Friend of Community Colleges for 2013. We know that our relationship will be long and prosperous.”