Nebraska is located right in the middle of the country, in the Midwestern region. It is known for its treeless prairies, ideal for raising cattle, as well as for producing beef, pork, corn, and soybeans. The climate in Nebraska ranges from very cold winters to very hot summers, and thunderstorms and tornadoes are common.
Nebraska is the 9th least-densely populated state, with the population estimated to be 1,855,525 in July 2012 (according to the U.S. Census Bureau). However, the two largest cities in Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha, grow in population every year. Lincoln, the state capitol, was recently named the happiest and healthiest city in America by Gallup.
Security employment outlook:
In May 2012, there were 4,180 security guards employed in the state of Nebraska. The location quotient for the state is 0.57, which means that there are fewer security guards in Nebraska than compared to the national average. The greatest job opportunities for security guards are in the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas, where the population is greater and, therefore, the need for security is higher. In Western Nebraska, which is made up primarily of farm towns, only 30 to 210 security guards were employed for the entire area in May 2012. As the cities of Lincoln and Omaha continue to grow, the need for security guards is also expected to grow.
Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education administers three grant programs:
- Access College Early Scholarship Program – for high school students
- ACE Plus Scholarship Program – for college students who received an Access College Early scholarship when they were in high school
- Nebraska Opportunity Grant – available to students who meet certain qualifications, including being a Nebraska resident, attending a Nebraska college or university, and having a minimum EFC as determined by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).