North Platte Community College celebrates a 50 year anniversary of the founding on August 31, 1965. The institution was initially known as North Platte Junior College. A variety of interesting historical details are provided in an article for the North Platte Telegraph written by Heather Johnson.
The Nebraska legislature formed Mid-Plains Community College between 1973-1975 by bringing North Platte Junior College, McCook Junior College (founded in 1926 and Nebraska's oldest two-year college), and Mid-Plains Vocational Technical School (founded in 1967) together. A detailed history of the institutions is available on the Mid-Plains CC website.