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Strong school systems truly form the foundation of strong communities, and we are proud that Hastings Nebraska has a long history of investing in education and learning. Several high-quality public and private schools are here to serve students from kindergarten to college and beyond.  From art class to calculus, from how to weld to how to write business plans, our schools give students the knowledge, experience and values they need to compete in and contribute to our local and global economies.  Here's a quick look at the four Hastings-area schools for K-12 students and the four institutions that deliver advanced learning, training and career opportunities. Simply click on each link to learn more.

Elementary and secondary schools

Hastings Public Schools: Our primary public school system is a Class III, type K-6-2-4 school, and is accredited AA. Total enrollment is well over 3,000 students. The boundary of this School District No. 18 is the City of Hastings, and the assessed valuation is over $800 million. The District has six elementary schools located in neighborhoods throughout the city. A brand-new Hastings Middle School for grades 6-8 will open in August 2008. The system operates one public high school, located in north Hastings. A modern, well-equipped facility, Hastings Senior High School has an auditorium, gym, all-weather track, library and digital media center, and much more to ensure students receive a diverse, well-rounded educational experience.

Adams Central School District: This public junior high and high school, located just a few miles west of Hastings, serves the rural areas surrounding the city and residential developments outside city limits. It is a modern, fully accredited, Class C1 school district that serves over 450 students. More than 50 curricular and 20 co-curricular classes and activities are offered, spanning a range of fields, disciplines and interests.

Hastings Catholic Schools: This private school system, serving over 700 students, operates St. Michael's Elementary School for grades K-5, St. Cecilia's Middle School for grades 6-8, and St. Cecilia's High School for grades 9-12. Priests, sisters and lay people teach and work to fulfill a mission to prepare all students to become responsible citizens, life-long learners and strong Catholic witnesses, who find meaningful purpose in this life and for eternity.

Zion Lutheran School: This private school system provides a parochial education for preschoolers and grades K-8. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association, it serves more than 130 students. The mission of Zion Lutheran Church and School is educating for eternity.

Additional K-12 services
The Hastings-based Educational Service Unit No. 9 serves K-12 schools in a six-county area. It provides supplemental services to schools that would otherwise be unable to afford them, such as teacher training and development courses, nurses and counselors, substitute teachers, a film and audio-visual library, and a special school for students with developmental challenges.

 

Colleges and universities

Hastings College
Throughout its 125-year history, Hastings College has provided a quality liberal arts education for its students, while serving as an important educational and cultural resource for the Hastings community. Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private college with about 1,100 students and is an NAIA Division II school. It offers 68 majors in 34 fields of study, 12 pre-professional programs, and a master of arts degree in teaching. Hastings College's beautiful 105-acre campus includes well-equipped academic buildings and student facilities, along with the recently completed $14.5 million Osborne Family Sports Complex, which features a football and soccer stadium, sports arena and educational center.  As well as the addition of the Morrison-Reeves Science Center, a brand new, state of the art science facility scheduled to open in 2009.

Hastings College is earning an impressive reputation nationally, as well as within the Midwest. It is recognized as a National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report and is listed is several other publications, including Barron's Best Buys in College Education. More broadly, Hastings College has established international exchange agreements with colleges and universities in Russia, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. These relationships allow Hastings College students and faculty to attend or teach at a foreign university and bring the enriching presence of international students back to Hastings Nebraska.

Creighton University School Of Nursing, Hastings-Mary Lanning Campus
Based in Omaha, Creighton University offers traditional and accelerated programs to prepare students to become licensed Registered Nurses. It operates an additional campus in Hastings, Nebraska adjacent to the Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital. The Mary Lanning Campus provides all the academic excellence of the Creighton Campus. Students benefit from Creighton's outstanding faculty and reputation as one of the nation's leading universities, while clinical experiences for nursing courses are at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, one of the area's finest health care facilities. This B.S.N. program can also provide a well-rounded education in both nursing and liberal arts, in partnership with Hastings College, the site of the liberal arts and support science classes. This program is approved by the State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League of Nursing.

Central Community College-Hastings Campus
Central Community College is a two-year comprehensive college that specializes in vocational-technical and academic transfer programs. The Hastings Campus, two miles east of Hastings, covers 640 acres, has 19 buildings, and educates about 3,000 part-time and full-time students each year. Students can earn associate of arts and associate of science degrees, associate of applied science degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Over 30 career education programs are offered in Hastings, including agriculture and related careers; automotive and transportation; business; construction; manufacturing; electronics and information technology; health care careers, including Nebraska's only two-year dental hygiene program; human and social services; and media arts and graphic arts. In addition, the College provides specialized courses to fit the particular needs of business and industry.

Other unique CCC offerings include:

  • The Small Business Institute, which provides services to small-business owners including training programs, applied research, a library, and a small-business incubator. Lower interest rates are available for entrepreneurs who need cash to start up or to boost growth.
  • A variety of lab environments, such as computer labs, an industrial technology lab, and an assistive technology lab
  • The Woodlands Dining Room, operated by hospitality management and culinary arts program students
  • A newly remodeled child care center, Pooh Corner College, which provides learning experiences for students enrolled in child-care courses
  • A 18-hole Elks/CCC golf course, which serves as a field lab for horticulture students.

Joseph's College of Beauty-Hastings Campus
Joseph's Colleges of Beauty and Barbering offer education and careers in men's and women's hair design. Joseph's has been under the same ownership since 1965 and has 8 locations in Nebraska, including the Hastings campus. Joseph's has trained thousands of licensed cosmetologists and barbers. It is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences and the Nebraska Department of Health-Cosmetology Division

Number of Schools*

School

Public   

Parochial 

Elementary 

6

2

Middle School

2

1

High School

2

1

*Source: Public Records, 2008

Number of Students*

School 

Public   

Parochial 

Elementary 

1,754

346

Middle School

462

133

High School

958

200

 *Source: Individual Schools, Spring 2008


Teacher/Pupil Ratio*

School 

Public

Parochial

Elementary

1/10

1/15 

Middle School

1/10 

1/09 

High
School

1/10 

1/08 

*Source Individual Schools, Spring 2008
Max Capacities for Public Schools

Grade Level

Capacity

Elementary 

2,895 

Middle School*

900

High School 

1,250 

*New Middle School Included

Public Education Facilities

Type 

Number 

Enrollment 

Teacher/Pupil Ratio 

Elementary 

1,754 

1/10 

Middle School 

462 

1/10 

Sr. High 

958 

1/10 

Community College 

1,277 

1/20

* Source: Individual Schools, Spring 2008

Private Education Facilities

Type 

Number 

Enrollment 

Teacher/Pupil Ratio 

Elementary 

346 

1/15 

Middle School 

133 

1/9 

High School 

200 

1/8 

College 

1,136 

1/12 

*Source: Individual Schools, Spring 2008
 

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