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WNCC officials, dignitaries break ground on $17.33 million renovation project

December 21, 2017 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF —Western Nebraska Community College broke ground for its $17.33 million renovation project on its Scottsbluff campus Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Government officials, foundation board members, faculty and staff gathered for the short ceremony. WNCC president Todd Holcomb, State Sen. John Stinner and WNCC Public Relations and Marketing Director Allison Judy all spoke at the event.

The renovations will focus on three main areas: the Platte Valley Companies Performing Arts Center, the Learning Commons and the Howard P. Olsen Student Success Center.

“The Platte Valley Companies Performing Arts Center will offer new places for our acclaimed performing arts students and the new Judy Chaloupka Theater will provide an enhanced experience for patrons to enjoy theater programming and socializing space,” Holcomb said.

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Holcomb said the learning commons will provide a comfortable and flexible space for students to learn, study and socialize. Included in the learning commons will be a new bookstore and café.

“The new Student Success Center is geared with the student in mind,” Holcomb said. “It creates an open and welcoming space where all important services like financial aid, counseling and advising are located together to create a seamless experience.”

Holcomb thanked several groups and organizations in his speech.

Judy also shared her thoughts on the ground breaking.

“This has been really an exciting time for us,” she said. “The community has been so supportive of us through our comprehensive campaign. I think it shows we really do make a difference.”

Judy said anyone can follow the progress of the renovations online at wncc.edu/renovation.

“We’re working with our general contractor, Samson Construction, and they are going to provide webcams for us that we can set up,” Judy said. “It’s a great way for any patron at any point if they want to see the status and see what’s going on.”

The schedule of the renovations is designed to not interfere with classroom time.

“Obviously, it’s going to get a little noisy in there at times, but we’re really making every effort to reduce that impact that it will have on our students because obviously they continue to be our number one concern,” Judy said.

Judy talked about what she is looking forward to from the renovations.

“The whole project is so exciting to me. I’m excited to see how it’s going to streamline services for our students and how it’s going to make it a better experience for them,” she said. “I keep saying that over and over, but that’s who it’s for, it’s for our students.”

The renovation project is expected to be complete by July 2019.