Nebraska Building New Campus in Macy

Feb 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 13-3: Sustaining Our Future, Tribal College News

Breaking ground at NICC are F. Lee Holiday, finance director; Ralph Swain, vice president of academic affairs; Robert Stands, vice president of administration; Dr. Ross Primm, president; and Lemuel Harlan, USDA/SARE coordinator.

Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) broke ground last fall for its new 23,000-square foot campus headquarters near Macy, NE. The college recently purchased 20 acres of deeded land just east of U.S. Highway 75 overlooking the village of Macy.

The new building will include a library, cultural preservation center, bookstore, 60-seat amphitheatre, science lab, smart classrooms and computer labs, and faculty and administrative offices. For students with young children, the college will provide a child development center. A smaller, natural resources building will house a classroom and hydroponic greenhouse. The college expects the structures to be completed by fall 2002, according to NICC Vice President of Academic Affairs Ralph Swain.

During the construction, NICC is installing the technology necessary to electronically deliver certain classes from the main campus in Macy to its other three campus locations (Santee, South Sioux City, and downtown Omaha). The college received $51,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a five-year U.S. Department of Education grant for learning technology ($350,000 per year), and a Bush Foundation grant for faculty development ($30,000). Faculty will use a new distance education classroom at the Macy headquarters to deliver their classes, according to NICC Information Technology Director Dan Cotter.

Phase II of the construction will include student apartments and a vocational-technical facility. WPC Group of Kansas City will serve as the construction management team and general contractor.

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