Posted On: 10/28/17 5:15 PM

Photo credit: Central Community College

As Two-Year Colleges begin their postseason play this weekend, it’s worth noting that some of the top programs in the country come from Nebraska and are fueled by local talent.

The National Junior College Athletic Association is divided into three divisions - similar to the NCAA. Western Nebraska CC in Scottsbluff is currently ranked #4 nationally in Division I while Iowa Western - located just across the river into Council Bluffs, Iowa, is ranked #2. Western Nebraska competes in Region 9 while Iowa Western is in Region 11.

McCook Community College also is Division I and plays in Region 9 with Western Nebraska. 

In NJCCA Division II, Central Community College in Columbus is ranked #11 nationally and competes in Region 9 with Southeast Community College in Beatrice and North Platte Community College. Northeast Community College - in Norfolk - competes in Region 11 in Division II and is ranked #20 nationally. 

Nebraska does not have any NJCAA Division III programs.

Without a doubt, a large part of the success the schools have had comes from rosters infused with talent from Nebraska high school ranks. A generation ago, two-year colleges struggled with the JUCO label stigma,

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