When was College Park Established?
Construction began for College Park in late summer 1991. Classes began the fall semester in 1992.
How was College Park Funded?
The community of Grand Island had a vision of bringing private and public educational offerings together under the same roof. The funding for College Park has all come from private funds amounting to near 5 million dollars. Eight hundred generous donors contributed. In addition, the Hall County Board of Supervisors and Grand Island Little Theatre designated some of their own funding to relocate to College Park.
About College Park
College Park at Grand Island opened in August 1992 with educational offerings from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Nebraska Kearney, Central Community College, and the Hall County Extension offices. The creation of College Park was due to the efforts of many exemplary citizens of Grand Island to address the shortage of Higher Education in the community. The College Park Committee embarked on a $4.7 million fund raising campaign to create a home for partner institutions to collaborate in providing degree and non-degree course offerings to adult learners in the Grand Island area.
Today, College Park provides students opportunities to receive Adult Education and Training and Development from Central Community College, degree offerings and professional development from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, small business assistance from CFRA, personal and professional development from Leadership Tomorrow, youth programs and enrichment from the Hall County Extension Office, and Arts and Entertainment experiences from the Grand Island Little Theater and College Park.