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A community college in northeastern Nebraska welcomed its local students to an open house to see what life might be like after graduating from high school.

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 3:44 p.m. CDT

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MACY, Neb. – Nebraska Indian Community College hosted three local high schools on its Santee campus to participate in an open house to show students what life might be like after graduation.

Students were able to pass through 8 different stations to get hands-on insight into various degree programs, from taking samples in the new NICC greenhouse to using a flight simulator and drone.

Academic Dean Dr. Kristine Sudbeck said it’s important for these students to see what opportunities they have in their own backyards.

“It’s literally on the road from them, so they don’t have to cross the state or the country to get their certificates or associate’s degrees for higher education,” Sudbeck said.

Professors give 30-minute instructions at each station allowing students to really learn about university life.

However, the NICC already gives students a head start with their free dual enrollment program that allows them to take credit hour courses.

Santee High Junior, Layla, said these resources are what most attract her to higher education.

“To help us plan for our future and to give us different options of where we want to go and to help us see if we’re going into this area what different things it’s going to bring us,” Layla said.

Santee High Graduation coach Leah Thomas adds to the idea that more events like the Open House better prepare students for the next steps in life after graduation.

“I really think these are great events to give our students a taste of what’s available to them,” Thomas said.

NICC used the open house to promote its mission to provide access to courses.

They plan to welcome more students from surrounding areas and across the country to their enrollment rosters for the upcoming fall semester.

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