NICC Moves Macy Campus To New Dream BuildingAug 15th, 2006 | By tcj | Category: 18-1: The Winding Road to Student Success, Tribal College News
Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) is moving into a new building at its main campus in Macy, NE, this summer. For the students, faculty, and staff, a long awaited dream has come true, according to President Micheal Oltrogge.
The facility includes five classrooms, a computer laboratory, and a science lab, the first science lab that NICC has had. It will also house their student services, administrative offices, and a multipurpose room, which can be used for a gym or an auditorium.
The college operated for 20 years in a metal building that previously had been a tractor shed. “When it rained, a river ran through it,” Oltrogge says. Mold grew throughout the building. An accreditation team told them several years ago that it was a hazard to human health.
“We are delighted to have a new facility,” says Oltrogge. A graduate of NICC, he is now working on his doctoral dissertation.
The new building was constructed out of steel with a brick veneer and will have climate control, unlike the old building. A tribe, two federal agencies, and other benefactors made the move possible, including the Lilly Foundation, American Indian College Fund, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe, USDA Rural Development, and U.S. Department of Education Title III.
The college provides higher education and opportunities for life-long learning to “Umonhon (Omaha) and Isanti (Santee Sioux)” people and other students. Established in 1979, it also served the Winnebago Tribe until 1996, when that tribe established its own tribal college, Little Priest. Now NICC has three campuses – Macy, NE; South Sioux City, NE; and Santee, NE. The next step will be to acquire ground in Santee and build there.