Mid-Plains Community College is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new campus in Valentine. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 26 at 715 E. Highway 20 – next to The Niobrara Lodge.

“I encourage the community to come out and celebrate the completion of this facility and see the educational opportunities that can be provided to the area,” said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. “This project wouldn’t have happened without the commitment from the residents of the community of Valentine.”

MPCC has had a presence in Valentine since June of 2002. Up until last spring, the college offered online and distance learning classes in a storefront at 113 N. Hall Street in addition to providing numerous dual credit courses through area high schools.

However, continued demand for additional courses and the limitation of existing space at the storefront to hold multiple classes simultaneously, led to the construction of a larger facility.

In July 2016, crews broke ground on a new, approximately 7,500-square-foot building. The first classes in the new building, which features five classrooms, a testing room and a technical shop, began in March.

The facility provides Cherry County residents with localized, on-campus academic classes, such as Business, CNA, LPN and Information Technology, and with the shop, has the potential for technical course offerings.

The public is welcome to tour the campus from 3-5 p.m. on July 26 then partake in a community appreciation dinner at 5:30 p.m., following the ribbon cutting. There will be a Board of Governors meeting at 6:30 p.m., which the public is also invited to attend.