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Strengthening Our Communities

Extended Campus Capital Campaign

Through the Education Center in O’Neill, Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people throughout our region.

The former elementary school in which the Education Center is currently located, however, no longer meets the needs of today’s highly-technical learning environments and does not have space to expand training for businesses and industries.

The economic vitality of our area depends on the ability of our communities to educate a workforce capable of supporting, attracting, and sustaining economic growth. We can empower our region by expanding opportunities for all individuals to build the skills they need to succeed and to help our businesses thrive. We ask you to invest in a new Northeast Community College Extended Campus facility that will provide extraordinary dividends for years to come.

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Facility Location

O’Neill was chosen as the site for the new facility due to the location of the existing, well-established site, its central location in the nine-county service area, as well as ongoing support and commitment from the community. The College purchased seven acres of prime real estate located on Highway 275/20 on the east side of O’Neill, situated between Farm Credit Services of America and Central Valley Agriculture. This site has good access to the highway and has much of the required infrastructure already in place.

Through the Education Center in O’Neill, Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people throughout our region for more than 30 years.

The 1938 former elementary school in which the Education Center is currently located, however, no longer meets the needs of today’s highly-technical learning environments and does not have space to expand training for businesses and industries.

The economic vitality of our area depends on the ability of our communities to educate a workforce capable of supporting, attracting, and sustaining economic growth. We can empower our region by expanding opportunities for all individuals to build the skills they need to succeed and to help our businesses thrive. We ask you to invest in a new Northeast Community College Extended Campus facility that will provide extraordinary dividends for years to come.

Service Area

The nine counties to be served by the O’Neill Extended Campus encompass Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Garfield, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Rock and Wheeler counties. For those in the furthest reaches of Northeast Community College’s service district, they must travel nearly 2.5 hours to come to the Norfolk campus. With few other higher education opportunities in that part of the state, this project becomes even more critical. Last year, Northeast served 14 percent of the total adult population in the north central region, including 1,047 in credit classes and 3,356 in non-credit classes. In addition, about 22 percent of all students from across the region attended Northeast following high school graduation.

Northeast Community College has provided college-level classes, personal interest classes, and workforce training to thousands of people throughout our region for more than 30 years. When a new elementary school was built in O’Neill in 1998, Northeast Community College moved into the vacated elementary building that was originally built in 1938. This provided the region with a college facility and the first extended campus for Northeast Community College.

The Challenge
O'Neill Classroom
Over the past fifteen years, Northeast has invested heavily in the installation of modern technology systems and internet access to the building, as well as distance learning technology in several classrooms. An investment in a chair lift has also allowed students access to the basement level computer lab.

According to students and area residents, however, the effectiveness of equipping these older classrooms is compromised by the ambient noises produced by radiator steam heating and window air conditioning units that disrupt student learning. The rooms also tend to be either too hot or too cold, making it uncomfortable for the instructors and students. The classrooms on the upper level of the building are also not accessible to those with physical disabilities.

The building’s infrastructure is outdated with inadequate plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. In addition, since the building continues to be used for a number of public activities, security of the building and equipment is a concern.

Feasibility/Planning
Science Students

After listening to the feedback from students and area residents, Northeast Community College’s administration appointed a task force to assess the need for a new facility in the north central region. The task force concluded that, due to the condition and limitations of the current location, there is ample justification for a new facility.

Northeast then conducted feasibility study interviews throughout the north central region. Respondents indicated support of a capital campaign and recommended expanded programming to meet the training needs of the nine-county service area.

In response, Northeast Community College contracted with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to conduct a need assessment of the entire region. This process was recently completed and the College is currently reviewing this information to assist in further program development. In addition, the College has invested in additional personnel and resources in the College’s newly developed Center for Enterprise to assist with rural development, entrepreneurship, and customized business and industry training. Lastly, the College is investigating potential partnerships with four-year institutions to offer up to a master’s degree at this location.

Educational Programming

Expanded programming will complement the array of educational opportunities already offered at the extended campus, including:

  • Associate degree programs in 10 majors using a combination of traditional in-person, distance education, and online classes
  • A variety of workshops and classes in computer skills, supervisory skills, regulatory compliance, business-related skills, technical skills, and more
  • Customized business and industry training
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • College transfer coursework, as well as career/technical education offered through area high schools for both high school and college credit
  • Personal interest classes, such as cooking, basic computers, iPad/iPhone, digital photography, cake decorating, landscaping/gardening, youth classes, and more
  • Adult Education classes for General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and life skills
  • Student services, including advisement, testing, registration, proctoring, and a computer lab

Northeast is also seeking an opportunity to partner with a four year college or university to make obtaining a bachelor’s degree more convenient for residents in the area.

Campaign Co-Chairs
John Madsen
Nicole Sedlacek

 

Honorary Co-Chairs
Ron & Vicki Cork
Ken & Marjorie Osborne
Jim & Sheryl Hiatt
Don Schmaderer

 

Sector Leaders
Education Community - Amy Shane
Farming/Ranching and Agribusiness - Maurice Koenig
Financial Services - Randy Hupp
Governmental and Community Services - Bill Tielke
Health care Community - Wendell & Sharon Spencer
Industrial Technology - John Schindler
Non-Profits - Shannon Olberding
Retail Trade - John Kruse and Tracy Dennis

 

Ambassadors
Richard Albrecht, Ainsworth Doug & Linda Kapke, Burwell Scott & Darcy Poese, O’Neill
Dan Bird, Burwell Russ & Sue Lechtenberg, Butte Peg Schindler, Elgin
Dr. Jim & DeMarus Carlson, Crofton Rich & Jean McIntosh, O’Neill Jon & Jennifer Schmaderer, Stuart
Neil & Marge Classen, Lynch Ron & Barb Mejstrik, O’Neill Jan & Gene Schwager, Ewing
Jerry Ehlers, Ainsworth Boyd & Sue Mitchell, Atkinson Joe & Patti Skrdla, Atkinson
Dean Gilg, Long Pine Ted & Shelly Mlnarik, Clearwater Todd & Lisa Stelling, Orchard
Steve & Carolyn Gottsch, Chambers Paul & Jean Nordhues, Bartlett Joe and Carol Thiele, Clearwater
Carolyn Hall, Bassett Ray & Regina Paesl, Verdigre Beth Tielke, O’Neill
Gary & Karen Hoffman, Spencer James & Tammie Parks, Niobrara Rod & Kathy Worrell, Ainsworth
Amy and Erik Johnson, Springview Gil & Carol Poese, O’Neill  
     
What is the proposal?
The proposal is to raise funds needed to construct a new modern extended campus facility to serve the north central Nebraska region. This facility is expected to help retain and attract residents to the area, allow local residents the opportunity to continue their education, and provide workforce training to businesses and industries in the area.

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Will my taxes be increased as a result of this project?
No, Northeast will sustain the operation and maintenance of the facility within its current operational budget that is funded with property taxes, state aid, and tuition/fees. As a result, more of your tax dollars will benefit the local region.

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What will be the economic benefit and community impact as a result of this project?
There has been a positive economic impact in other rural Nebraska communities that have encouraged and supported similar projects as it stimulates other local development and attracts and retains families in the community.

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What types of new training opportunities will be brought to the region with the construction of the new facility?
The new facility will include an area designed to accommodate industrial manufacturing and agricultural training classes. New classrooms and lab spaces will also allow for additional training opportunities in nursing, science, computers, business and other areas. These classes will be offered based on current and future needs assessments. Northeast is also exploring opportunities to partner with a four-year college to transition students seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program.

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Where will the building be located?
The Northeast Community College Extended Campus will be located in O’Neill on east Highway 275/20 between Central Valley Ag and Farm Credit. This location will provide good visibility and can be easily accessed by students and others using the facility.

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Why was O’Neill selected as the site for the location of the extended campus?
Northeast has had a presence in O’Neill for the last fifteen years. This, combined with student and regional demographics, economic factors, previous market research studies, employment/training opportunities, and its central location in the region, led to the decision to build the new facility in O’Neill.

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Will the property on which the new structure is to be built allow for future expansion?
Yes, the entire site is 6.9 acres and the new facility will be situated to allow for future expansion.

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When will the new facility be completed?
The goal is to begin offering classes at the new facility by the Fall 2015 semester.

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Who will own and operate the building?
Northeast Community College will own the building and the land on which it is situated and provide operational funding.

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What is the total project cost and what does it include?
The total project cost is estimated to be $2.5 million. This includes all construction costs.

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Why is funding being sought through a capital campaign?
This extended campus facility will primarily benefit people in the north central region. Northeast Community College extended campuses in West Point and South Sioux City were also funded with donations from area residents. Northeast Community College has limited budget dollars to build facilities, and this project would be delayed indefinitely without our support.

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What financial support is Northeast Community College bringing to the campaign?
Northeast has committed to equip the building with the latest technology for enhanced learning and distance education, including a computer lab, a science lab, and a technical training facility. All furnishings will also be purchased by the College. These costs are expected to be approximately $200,000. In addition, the College will maintain ongoing staffing and operational expenses for decades to come.

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Will tuition increase?
Tuition will not increase as a result of this project. However, each year the Northeast Board of Governors evaluates if tuition costs need to be increased to cover budgetary costs for the entire College.

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What will be done with the current facility?
The current facility is owned by the O’Neill Public School system. They will determine how the facility will be used once it is vacated by Northeast.

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Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes. The Northeast Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; therefore, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor for questions regarding your specific tax situation.

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Are there opportunities for named or memorial gifts?
Yes, many opportunities are available for investors to make named gifts or gifts in memory or honor of a loved one. A list of naming opportunities is available in the "Naming Opportunities" insert.

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In what manner may gifts be made?
Donors may make gifts in the form of cash, pledges, credit card, securities, personal property, and agricultural commodities, including livestock and grain. We urge donors to discuss their gift with their tax and financial advisors. Gifts of personal property will be accepted should they enhance the College mission as determined by the Foundation Board. The “Ways to Give" on the back inside cover of the campaign brochure describes this in more detail.

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Will the Campaign accept multi-year pledges?
Yes, multi-year pledges (up to five years) enable investors to make more significant investments than might be possible with a one-time gift and realize optimal tax savings.

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How will donors be recognized?
Unless a donor requests to remain anonymous, donors will receive special recognition for their gifts in the Foundation’s annual list of donors, in an end-of-campaign advertisement, and in a grand opening publication. Room naming opportunities will be available for donations of $50,000 or more. A permanent donor wall in the facility will also recognize campaign donors who give a minimum of $500.

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Will the Campaign accept anonymous gifts?
Yes, we honor our donors' wishes. However, we encourage you to accept the appropriate recognition because often it helps other investors to know that a wide variety of individuals and organizations are committed to bringing this new extended campus to fruition.

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If more funds are raised than are needed to construct the facility, what will happen to them?
All donations that are given to the Northeast Community College Foundation with restricted purposes are used only for those purposes stated by the donor. Should excess funds from this capital campaign remain after the completion of the facility, they will be set aside in a fund and used only for future needs of the Extended Campus in O’Neill, such as equipment or a future expansion.

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What can I do to make this project a reality?
You can help by enthusiastically supporting this project and sharing your enthusiasm with your family, friends, and colleagues. And, of course, you can help with a monetary donation. Please contact Tracy Kruse, Capital Campaign Manager, tracyk@northeast.edu or 402-844-7056, or Dian Edwards, Campaign Coordinator, dian@northeast.edu or 402-340-6166, for more information on how you can help make this project a reality.

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What factors determined the location of the building site?
Traffic counts indicate that this location will provide maximum visibility and accessibility. This site is not located in a flood plain. The site preparation at this location will not require dirt work to elevate the soil base in advance of building construction. This property also affords adequate space building expansion.

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Will I get a chance to put a bid in on the building?
The college will issue negotiate a contract for building construction in accordance with college policies. The opportunity to offer a bid proposal will be available to all.

Latest News

Extended Campus Campaign

  • Speakers share impact of Northeast's West Point campus

    Speakers share impact of Northeast's West Point campus

    by amandab  6/16/2016 8:03:14 AM --  WEST POINT – Constituents may be most familiar with Northeast Community College’s main campus in Norfolk. However, the College also operates three extended campuses to serve those residents who live in the other areas across the 20 county service area.

  • Norfolk's future is focus of Community Conversation

    Norfolk's future is focus of Community Conversation

    by jamesc  3/31/2016 5:04:38 PM --  Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast Community College, speaks on strategies to the Norfolk’s area future during a Community Conversation Forum earlier this week at the College.

  • Northeast celebrates opening of new extended campus in O'Neill

    Northeast celebrates opening of new extended campus in O'Neill

    by jamesc  9/8/2015 9:35:22 PM --  O’NEILL – Northeast Community College and residents of North Central Nebraska commemorated the opening of the College’s new extended campus facility here Tuesday with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

  • Holt Co. Visitors Committee Contributes $50,000 To O'Neill Campaign

    Holt Co. Visitors Committee Contributes $50,000 To O'Neill Campaign

    by jamesc  8/26/2013 4:26:47 PM --  O’NEILL – The campaign to raise $2.5 million for a new Northeast Community College extended campus in O’Neill has received another significant financial shot in the arm. The Holt County Visitors Committee has contributed $50,000 towards the project that will see a new complex constructed on Highway 275, next to the Farm Credit Services of America building in O’Neill.

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Having the option to complete my nursing degree through the Northeast O'Neill education Center played a big part in the decision for my husband and me to move back to the area. I had been taking classes in Lincoln, but when the opportunity arose for my husband to join the family farming operation, our decision to move back home was made much easier by the fact that I could complete my degree here. All of my prerequisite classes transferred seamlessly, and I was able to pick up right where I left off with the added convenience of being able to do the classroom work close to home!"

Ann Crumly -- O'Neill, NE



My education at Northeast provided me the knowledge and skills I need to earn a living. Northeast also provides me the continuing education that is required to maintain State standards in my profession as an electrician. This project will provide an opportunity for our young people to obtain an education which allows them to remain in the State of Nebraska and Northeast Nebraska. It will also serve as an accessible workforce training site for residents in north central Nebraska.

John Schindler - Electrician - O'Neill, NE



I am excited about the prospect of a modern, state-of-the-art facility for post-secondary education in North Central Nebraska. Expanding the opportunities for present and future students of Northeast in this region is essential to our economic stabilization and continued growth.

John W. Madsen - Vice President/Sales Manager, Krotter’s Home & Auto Center



Northeast’s programming already plays a significant role in our regional economy, but by expanding the programming offered through the Extended Campus, Northeast will be able to help prepare the current workforce and the next generation of employees to fill skilled labor positions that are needed to grow our existing businesses and industries.

Nicole Sedlacek - Executive Director Holt County Economic Development



Northeast has worked very effectively with our West Boyd High School and the Northern Tier Schools (NTS) consortium to develop Learning Academies and to offer college and dual credit classes. Northeast Community College’s extended campus curriculum is a tremendous advantage to students of all ages living in the rural communities of Northeast Nebraska.

Russ Lechtenberg - Superintendent - West Boyd School (Spencer-Naper-Butte)

We Need Your Help!

The following information may be helpful as you consider how to support the project and also benefit from the tax advantages. All gifts go to the Northeast Community College Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Your gift will be used specifically for the purpose for which it was given, and will be greatly appreciated.

Cash

Cash contributions are tax deductible as an itemized deduction in the year you make the donation, up to a total of 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess over 50 percent can be deducted over the next five years.

Pledge

A pledge is a formal declaration of intent to give. Some donors fulfill their pledges immediately, while others complete their pledges by making regular monthly, quarterly, or annual payments over a five year period. Pledge payments may be claimed as tax deductions in the years they are made.

Commodities (livestock & grain)

When farmers deliver grain or livestock to market and transfer ownership to a charity, they receive greater tax savings than if they sell the commodity and then write a check from the proceeds. The farmer can still deduct all production costs on income taxes, and, depending on the producer’s specific circumstances, save on federal income tax, state income tax, and self-employment tax.

Appreciated Securities

A gift of long-term appreciated securities has two major advantages:

  1. it provides the donor with an immediate income tax deduction
  2. eliminates capital gains taxes to the extent allowed by tax law. If you donate stock that has risen in value and that you’ve held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and are entitled to a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock. Your income tax deduction is limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can be carried forward for five additional years. The information on this page is not offered as legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor to find out what gift option is best for you.
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