York, NE - Southeast Community College's York Learning Center was officially dedicated Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The center, located inside the Holthus Convention Center at 3130 Holen Ave., is now open and is offering credit and noncredit classes.
York Mayor Chuck Harris welcomed an audience of approximately 75 people. He said it was positive to have the College offer courses in York.
Dr. Dale Kruse, chairperson of the SCC Board of Governors, said, on behalf of the Board, that he was excited to see SCC expand its educational offerings beyond Gage, Lancaster and Seward counties.
Paul Illich, SCC president, said the learning centers, which SCC has pledged six in the 15-county service area, help the College attain its mission as an "open-access" institution.
"This allows us to focus on our open-access mission," Illich said. "It ensures that all residents of SCC's service area will be within 35 miles of a learning center."
Illich went on to say that SCC is addressing two primary issues facing the region: the lack of qualified workers and to provide affordable higher education options.
The York Learning Center is the first of six centers throughout SCC's 15-county service area designed to better serve the education needs of the communities. Other communities identified as sites are Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, and Wahoo.
Kym Wallingford is the coordinator of the York Learning Center. Persons interested in learning more about the facility can call 402-323-3635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.