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By Jan Rahn
Managing Editor

Last week, a group of Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) administrators visited Perkins County High School  as a stop on their aggressive “35 Schools in 35 Months” campaign throughout Greater Nebraska.
Knowing how important it is for students to get a jump start on higher education, and especially knowing the importance of recruit retention in small communities such as those in Perkins County, MPCC President Dr. Michael Chipps said, “Students that take community college courses in their own communities start families here and they do things that actually secures them and anchors them to their community.”
That’s the reason they are touring 35 high schools in 35 months. It’s a partnership both college and high school administrators are hoping to expand and strengthen.
“Any chance we could have to offer kids an opportunity to have college credit before they go into their first year of college is just going to advance them to go into a college with the basic understanding of what it’s like to take college courses,” said Tobin Buchanan, Perkins County Schools superintendent.  
Buchanan said part of the dual credit courses the high school may start offering include math, business, ag and industrial fields. The school is just beginning to look into it, said Buchanan.
“When you are looking at the last 10 year census in our 18 county area, we’ve lost 6,000 residents,” said college president Chipps. “So we’ve dropped from 94,000 to 88,000. So what that tells us is—and our board knows this—is that we’ve got to be even more aggressive about being out here to meet with students and being able to tell them about how great Mid Plains Community College really is.”