Southeast Community College is in a transformational period that is guided by its 2015-19 Strategic Plan. One of these transformative phases involves increasing the College's capacity to produce a skilled workforce and to ensure students have affordable access to higher education. As a first step toward this goal, the College completed its first Facilities Master Plan in 2016, which included recommendations to replace most of the College's current facilities. Many of SCC's facilities were inherited and have exceeded their expected life span. To move forward on the Facilities Master Plan, the College attempted a bond in 2016 to increase its capital tax levy authority to fund more than $360 million in facilities projects.
Although the bond did not pass, the College's need to expand its capacities to produce skilled workers and to modernize its facilities remained. Over the last 10 years, SCC has produced more than 18,000 graduates in many skilled career fields, including health sciences, transportation, manufacturing, welding, construction, information technology, and many others. Although approximately 90 percent of SCC graduates stay in the state, there continues to be a tremendous need for qualified skilled workers throughout Nebraska.
The College is in the process of moving forward on expanding its capacities with a much smaller scope of projects that can be funded within the College's existing funding authority. The College has received approval from its accreditation agency, the Higher Learning Commission, to initiate and complete these and other projects prior to SCC's comprehensive accreditation review in 2022. To maintain its accreditation status, the College is required to comply with accreditation criteria, including the need to have sufficient facilities infrastructure to support its operations. The first set of projects includes one substantial project on each campus and a learning center facility in Falls City. The projects:
The College's Facilities website includes additional information on these projects as well other recently completed projects. The College's Facilities Master Plan also is available on this site. In addition, regular updates on progress made toward facilities projects will be provided.