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Public Invited to 50th Anniversary Event in Lexington

April 14, 2017

Central Community College-Lexington will celebrate CCC’s 50th anniversary with a Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 24.

The public is invited to the event, which will include refreshments, door prizes and a chance to see the center, which is located in the Dawson County Opportunity Center, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway

The Lexington Center opened in 1977 and was first located on the second floor of an old bank building in downtown Lexington and included only office space. A move two years later into a former hospital allowed the center to expand to two offices and a small classroom. It gained a second small classroom when it moved into a former law office in the early 1980s.

In 1998, the City of Lexington offered CCC a city-owned building in downtown Lexington. The building was extensively remodeled by the college, and once completed, it provided space for a receptionist, two medium-sized classrooms, three offices and storage.

The Lexington Center moved to its current location in January 2011 where a reception area, four offices and 13 classrooms combined with technology allow it to offer a broad range of educational opportunities. These include avocational-recreational, nursing assistant, medication aide, CPR, EMT, adult education and English as a second language classes; GED classes and testing; certificate, diploma and degree programs; and business and professional training.

Central 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.