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Western Nebraska Community College, located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was established in 1926 when it was known as Scottsbluff Junior College. The school was closed temporarily after its first year, resuming operation in 1929 through its adoption by the Scottsbluff Public Schools System, and operated as part of that system until 1932 when it became a public two year institution. The school became known as Scotts Bluff County College, followed by another name change in 1968 to Nebraska Western College. In 1973 the state established the Western Technical Community College Area that was comprised of 3 institutions: Nebraska Western College, Western Nebraska Technical College and Alliance School of Practical Nursing. In 1978 the schools were merged into a single entity and in 1988 removed the separate campus names in favor of Western Nebraska Community College.
Western Nebraska Community College offers comprehensive educational opportunities, including those aimed at transfer and a large number of career programs. Academic transfer is achieved by completing a predetermined number of credits that qualifies as the first two years of a four year education, making an individual eligible for applying to four year institutions to continue their education. Career training programs are in typically high demand fields and provide the necessary education and training needed for an individual to become a qualified professional and enter the workforce in two years or less.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any individual that provides a completed application for admission, pays all fees, and supplies transcripts and tests scores will be admitted to Western Nebraska Community College as part of its mission to provide higher education opportunities for residents of the state and its service area. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine the extent of one's financial needs and their aid program eligibility for grants, loans and certain scholarships.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,100-$2,500
- Out-of-State: $2,400-$2,894
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $88-$110 per unit
- Out-of-State: $100-$120 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||89%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$4,734|
|Receiving Student Loans||23%||$3,510|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 17%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Western Nebraska Community College may provide student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Nebraska.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1974)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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