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Western Nebraska Community College

Founded in 1926 as an extension of the University of Nebraska, Western Nebraska Community College became inactive after only one year but was reopened in 1929 under the association of the Scottsbluff Public Schools System. Eventually the school became independent and now operates as a public, two-year institution. More than 2,200 students are enrolled at the college, located in Scottsbluff, Neb. The Military Times EDGE ranked the college No. 1 in its Best for Vets Two-Year College in 2011 ranking, and G.I. Jobs named the institution as a military friendly school for two years in a row.

Programs Offered

Western Nebraska Community College provides an online option for many of its courses to make obtaining a college education easier for working professionals and busy adults. The curriculum is delivered through Blackboard, a commonly used online learning platform, which enables students to utilize all the functions of a traditional classroom from their remote locations. Course materials, virtual chat, online tests and quizzes, discussion boards, and online lectures contribute to the learning experience. Helpful tips for effective online learning are listed here as well.


Western Nebraska Community College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1988. It also holds specialized accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


After selecting a program of study, freshman applicants need to apply for admission by completing an application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and submit scores from the ACT or SAT or complete the COMPASS test and their official high school transcript. Transfer students will follow the same process except they must also send in college transcripts in addition to their high school transcripts. Students enrolling for online learning programs are required to discuss their educational goals and intended online courses with their academic advisors prior to admission. International applicants are welcomed at Western Nebraska Community College provided they can demonstrate proficiency in English as a secondary language and meet the necessary admission requirements.

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