“I came here with the mindset of I’ll be here one year and be out,” said Kloppenberg, of Elizabeth, Colo. “Then I was going to work.”
Two years ago, Corbin Kloppenberg had his mind set on earning his Welding Technology Certificate at Western Nebraska Community College in minimal time so he could enter the workforce as soon as possible.
But Kloppenberg soon found it difficult to leave WNCC. After getting to know the instructors, staff, and students of the College, Kloppenberg knew he found a second home on campus.
“I couldn’t stay away,” he said. “It was kind of like, why not? And I’m really glad I came back.”
So, after earning a Welding Technology Certificate in 2017, Kloppenberg returned as a Cougar to earn an Automotive Technology Certificate this year. Kloppenberg will be one of 300 students to earn a degree or certificate at the 86th Annual Commencement, which will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Palace.
Those graduating Saturday are represented by 36 communities in Nebraska, 20 states, and 20 countries.
In addition to commencement on Saturday, WNCC will also be hosting a GED graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. and a nurse pinning at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Plex at the John N. Harms Center.