Beatrice campus president Bob Morgan says the York City Council has approved the lease, allowing SCC to use space in a local convention center. The college will lease three rooms and office space for about $1,700 a month on an 18-month lease.
“The lease will begin on January 1st,” Morgan says. “We will probably have some high school career academy courses in there about two weeks after. We hope to offer continuing education and credit classes in the spring term.”
Other leases for learning centers are in the preliminary stages in Nebraska City and Plattsmouth. Morgan says the college is working with owners of properties and city officials in both communities, to secure special use permits.
“Nebraska City’s (learning center) is going to be located downtown in the business district and the same way with Plattsmouth,” Morgan says. “We’re going to go into the historic downtown in Plattsmouth in an older building that will take some renovation.”
After meeting with community leaders in southeast Nebraska who were searching for ways to better access higher education, Southeast Community College began studying the establishment of regional learning centers to compliment the school’s three main campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford.
Morgan says, “We’re trying to not only have the three campuses but also make sure we have a learning center where we offer credit and non-credit courses so people in our 15-county area would not have to drive any more than the 30 to 35 miles.”
He says the learning centers should lead to increased enrollment at the community college and offer greater access to opportunities in higher education.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice