Central Community College-Holdrege
will celebrate CCC’s 50th anniversary March 21.
The public is invited to an open house and a Holdrege
Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the
center, which is located on the east side of the Phelps County Ag Center, 1308
Second St. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.
CCC first had a Holdrege Center in the 1980s, but it
closed. In 1995, the college worked with the Holdrege Economic Resource
Organization (HERO) to reopen the center in a downtown storefront. It moved to
its current location in 1998 and expanded from 1,770 to more than 4,000
square-feet in 2010. The Holdrege Center serves Franklin, Furnas, Gosper,
Harlan, Kearney and Phelps counties.
Community College dates its beginning to Sept. 12, 1966, when Area Vocational
School No. 1 opened in Hastings. Legislation in 1971 created the state’s six
community college areas, one of which was CCC and its 25-county service area in
central Nebraska. Today, CCC has campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and
Hastings and centers in Holdrege, Kearney and Lexington.