Fulfilling JCCC's Mission


How well does JCCC fulfill its mission?

Innovative, high-quality curriculum

  • JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses that form the first two years of most college curricula.
  • Class size averages 25 to 30 students, which is much lower than at many larger colleges and universities.

Preparation for college/university transfer

  • The college has more than 100 transfer agreements with regional colleges and universities, which assure admittance without loss of time or credit.
  • More than 40 percent of JCCC students enrolled in fall 2013 planned to transfer to another college or university.

Occupational preparation and retraining

  • JCCC offers more than 50 programs of study, with nearly 150 one- and two-year career degree and certificate options that prepare students to enter the job market in high-employment fields.
  • Eighty-three percent of respondents to a survey of students who had completed a career program at JCCC in 2013-2014 and were employed indicated they were employed, and 89 percent of their employers rated the overall job preparation their employee had received at the college as "good" or "very good."
  • Continuing education classes are available to help county residents hone their working skills or acquire new ones, either for the jobs they hold now or to prepare for new careers.
  • Professional education is offered to individuals who are required by state licensing boards, certifying agencies and professional associations to obtain continuing education units (CEUs). Professions currently served include health and human services, mediation, early childhood educators, payroll and human resources managers, and individuals in technical trades.

High enrollments and accreditation

  • With more than 44,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each year, Johnson County Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the state.
  • JCCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
  • Individual college programs are accredited by associated professional organizations.
  • JCCC is a board member of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

A diverse student body

  • Over 18 percent of Johnson County's recent high school graduates come to JCCC. For fall 2013, 38 percent of first-time freshmen from Johnson County attended JCCC.
  • However, the average age of JCCC's students is 25, which means that many older students take JCCC classes, either to fulfill personal goals or to change their lives by acquiring a college education or career training.
  • Over 77 percent of JCCC's students reside in Johnson County. Female students make up 52 percent of the student body. About 25 percent are non-Caucasian.
  • Sixty-eight percent of JCCC's students attend classes part time.

Dedicated faculty and staff

  • The college has more than 925 full-time faculty and staff. Another 1,400 people work as adjunct faculty or part-time staff.
  • Most faculty members have master's degrees, and many have or are earning doctorates.
  • Faculty and staff have won many awards for excellence.

A beautiful, well-maintained campus

  • The 245-acre campus, which opened in 1972 with six buildings, is located near the population center of the county at College Boulevard and Quivira Road. Today, there are 21 major buildings on campus.

Supportive student services

  • JCCC offers students state-of-the-art computer labs (both PC and Mac) as well as fully equipped health care, language and science education labs.
  • The Academic Achievement Center provides walk-in learning assistance to all JCCC students, including help with study skills, reading, math and instructional technology. The AAC can also help newly admitted students prepare for the COMPASS placement test. In addition, AAC offers several college preparatory classes.
  • The Math Resource Center provides instructional/tutorial support on a drop-in basis to all JCCC math students. The MRC also has group study rooms that students can reserve if they have a group of three or more. Students can also borrow textbooks, solutions manuals and calculators for use in the MRC, or rent graphic calculators.
  • The Writing Center is a free student and community drop-in support center committed to assisting all writers in any stage of the writing process with any kind of writing project. The Writing Center offers a range of support services, including personalized 1-credit-hour one-on-one teaching to improve basic writing skills, an online writing lab, grammar and speech/pronunciation software, and a hotline to answer writing questions. Students can also borrow English textbooks, grammar quizzes and keys and headphones. 
  • Counseling Center faculty assist students in reaching their goals through educational , career and personal counseling, including comprehensive academic advising  and support of mental health initiatives on campus and in the community.
  • The Career Development Center provides assistance for students with the career decision-making process; career assessments; career counseling, exploration and selection of a college major or career; and in the job search process when seeking work experience through a job or internship.
  • The Hiersteiner Child Development Center serves children of students, faculty and staff by providing care and education for children age 1 year and walking through age 6 years, as long as the child turns 6 after Sept. 1.
  • Testing Services administers COMPASS and COMPASS ESL for entry-level course placement; foreign language placement exams; CLEP exams; the ACT national test, the ACT residual test and HESI for selective admission programs; waiver and proficiency exams; exams for online and self-paced courses; faculty makeup exams; and correspondence testing for other academic institutions. Testing Services also provides ADA testing accommodations approved through Access Services and Prior Learning Assessment credit. 
  • Student Life and Leadership provides numerous student engagement and leadership activities that enrich and enhance the college experience.
  • Through JCCC Billington Library’s one-search discovery of online, digital and print resources, patrons have access to more than 130,000 books, 50,000 journals, 15,000 videos, 45,000 music recordings and 1.5 million art and architecture images. The library offers nearly 100 computer workstations and wireless access to JCCC students, staff, faculty and community members. Research assistance is offered by phone, email, chat or in person by MLS-degreed faculty librarians, and patrons can access the library from their mobile devices using the library’s mobile application. Faculty librarians also provide information literacy classes in library and college classrooms.  A national interlibrary loan system allows students and faculty to request materials not locally accessible. Students with disabilities may access both print and online library resources using assistive technology available in the library. In addition, there are more than 400 seats for student study and seven study rooms for private use or groups.
  • The Science Resource Center provides free tutorial support on a walk in basis to JCCC students taking a science class. Students can also check out textbooks, student solution manuals, calculators, anatomy models and microscopes. Computers with educational software and printers are also available in the SRC for student use.
  • The Language Resource Center staff work with students in foreign language and interpreter training courses. The working lab offers a number of services as well as free tutoring to students enrolled in foreign language courses at JCCC.

Programs for special student groups

  • The college's Honors Program stimulates and challenges academically talented students.
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities through a variety of services including (but not limited to) note takers, readers and scribes for exams, extended time for exams, assistive technology or materials produced in alternate format. Interpreters and transliteraters are available as are assistive-listening devices.
  • Developmental and basic reading, writing and math courses are available using traditional classroom techniques or multimedia technology.
  • International and Immigrant Student Services serves individuals wishing to come to the U.S.; those presently in the U.S. on a visa; those in asylum or refugees, pending permanent resident status (having filed an I-485 application for permanent residence); or those with undocumented status or with cultural adjustments, language and regulatory issues.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages courses are available at many levels.
  • Because not every student can take courses taught in the conventional classroom, JCCC also offers online classes, telecourses, self-paced study, courses taught by arrangement, weekend classes, classes at local high schools, late-start classes, accelerated classes and credit through prior learning assessment. Telecourses are available on videocassette, or nightly and on weekends on Time Warner Cable channel 17, Comcast of Olathe channel 22, or Consolidated Communications channel 17.
  • The Adult Basic Education, GED and ESL programs served 1,916 students in 2014-2015, 1,610 of whom completed at least 12 hours. More than 1,077 of those students studied English as a second language, 57 received their GED, 106 increased citizenship skills, 57 went on to postsecondary education, 144 retained and improved their employment and 13 became employed. 

Collaborative programs with other schools

  • More than 3,900 area high school students take courses for college credit through JCCC’s College Now program each year. College Now courses are offered at 27 area high schools. Another 1,200 high school Quick Step students enroll in classes on the JCCC campus for college credit. Quick Step students take more than 100 different courses on JCCC’s campus or at College Close to Home locations to help them earn credit while they are still in high school.
  • JCCC’s College Close to Home program offers general education credit courses at locations around the county. DeSoto High School, Shawnee Mission North High School, Olathe Health Education Center, Lawrence College and Career Center and the Lawrence Peaslee Center are the current College Close to Home locations.
  • In addition to transfer/articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities in Kansas and Missouri, JCCC has degree completion agreements in place with Avila University, Baker University SPGS, Cleveland Chiropractic, Columbia College, DeVry University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Friends University, Kansas City Art Institute, K-State Global Campus, Kansas Wesleyan University, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri Western University, Ottawa University, Park University, Rasmussen College, Rockhurst University, Southwestern College-Professional Studies, University of Central Missouri, the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, UMKC, University of Saint Mary, Washburn University and Webster University that offer courses in the evening and weekends, online, web-assisted, guided/independent study or a combination of methods of delivery.
  • Arts education programming is provided for students at their own schools and at the Carlsen Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

International education

  • International education spans the entire range of college activities at JCCC, from credit and continuing education courses to study abroad and international service projects in Mexico and Uganda. JCCC offers many international courses in business, humanities and social sciences and 12 foreign languages, and provides opportunities for students to study in one of 30 countries. JCCC partners with colleges in China, Italy, the Netherlands, Peru, and Russia to bring international faculty to the college, and experts on international topics visit the campus each year. The college annually hosts the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, which brings thousands of people to campus to experience Japanese culture and food.
  • JCCC is one of 20 U.S. regional centers for the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii and is a member of the Institute of International Education, the Forum on Education Abroad, the College Consortium for International Studies and the International Relations Council of Kansas City.
  • The college has received a number of grants to internationalize its curriculum and to provide international faculty development opportunities.
  • JCCC is one of the top community colleges for student study-abroad awards from the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. In 2013-2014, 10 JCCC students studied in China on full scholarships, and five studied in Russia with significant funding. In addition, students studied in Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Spain and Uganda. One student was also selected for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange and Study Program in Germany, co-sponsored by the U.S. and German governments.

Lifelong education and workforce training

  • JCCC's continuing education branch is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area, and one of the largest in the U.S., providing contract training in management and supervisory skills. Organizations of all sizes and employees at all levels turn to JCCC for skills training, leadership development and process improvement. 
  • JCCC Continuing Education has one of the top computer software and information technology training programs in the metropolitan area, featuring state-of-the-art hardware and software, top-notch instruction, and affordable course fees.
  • With all of its noncredit workforce training and personal enrichment programs combined, JCCC has nearly 23,000 enrollments each year in more than 4,600 certification, recertification and relicensure workshops, seminars, independent study, computer and information technology classes, and contract training events.
  • More than 3,800 employees of 85 area companies take advantage of contract training courses specifically tailored for them and presented at the college or on site at the workplace.
  • Through the college’s On Your Site program, credit classes can be delivered at area businesses upon request. A recent host for JCCC’s credit classes was the Lawrence Energy Center.

Social/cultural/recreational enrichment

  • Allied with the major performing arts organizations in greater Kansas City, the Performing Art Series at Johnson County Community College provides a suburban alternative for patrons who enjoy attending performing arts events. This multivenue performing arts facility presents one of the largest and most diverse multidiscipline performing arts series in the region. Aligning with the college’s educational mission, the series also arranges for master classes, workshops and demonstrations, providing the opportunity for the community to interact with artists from around the world.
  • In addition to the series, the Carlsen Center supports events sponsored by other JCCC departments as well as activities and performances sponsored by community groups and local arts presenters who rent the space in all, nearly 200 events a year are presented in the Carlsen Center’s performance halls. During its 2014-2015 season, 49,605 tickets with a value of $1,177,331 were issued to all performances. Since opening in 1990, nearly 1.9 million people have attended performances in the Carlsen Center.
  • The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at JCCC is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region and the only contemporary art museum in Kansas. The museum houses a range of exhibition spaces, including major exhibition galleries, permanent collection galleries, a new media gallery and an intimate "focus" gallery. In addition, a new Kansas Focus Gallery is devoted to artists associated with the state. The museum also houses Cafe Tempo (seating 110), a 200-seat auditorium, and two arts education classrooms for children and adults. 
  • JCCC collects contemporary art from around the world. The work of more than 1,300 regional, national and international artists is represented in JCCC's collection, which features a diverse range of painting, photography, clay, sculpture, works on paper and new media. In addition to the museum, the college's collection is installed in "focus" areas in the corridors, dining halls and other highly visible and accessible locations across the campus, sparking a spontaneous engagement with art for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The museum also houses the largest and most significant collection of works by artists associated with metropolitan Kansas City, as well as an extraordinary collection of contemporary Native American art.
  • In April 2006, Public Art Review magazine named JCCC one of the top 10 university/college campuses for public art in America, citing the outdoor sculptures and the paintings, ceramics, photography and works on paper installed throughout the campus.

Affordable costs

  • Cost per credit hour is $91 for Johnson County residents, $106 for Kansas residents outside Johnson County, and $214 for out-of-state residents.
  • Student Financial Aid oversees the awarding and disbursing of approximately $35 million in scholarships, grants, work study and loans to students to assist them in financing their education. They also provide advice on institutional, state and federal aid programs to students who may be eligible.
  • Costs vary for continuing education courses.

Easy enrollment

  • JCCC has an open admissions policy. Students wishing to attend the college must file an application, submit official transcripts and complete an assessment process. Students may register for classes via the Web.
  • Enrollment in continuing education classes is continuous by phone, fax, Web, mail or in person throughout the semester.

Athletics on campus

  • Men and women participate in 15 intercollegiate sports. Men compete in basketball, indoor track, outdoor track, cross country, half marathon, soccer and baseball. Women compete in basketball, indoor track, outdoor track, cross country, half marathon, soccer, volleyball and softball.
  • The campus has excellent indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. The indoor facilities include the 3,500-seat gymnasium, the Barbara Gill Lifetime Fitness Center and the Fieldhouse, a 43,000-square-foot area with a 200-meter, six-lane track and a multifunctional area that can be configured for basketball, volleyball and tennis. The outdoor facilities include six tennis courts, baseball/softball diamonds, a 10-lane track and soccer fields.
  • JCCC is sanctioned under the National Junior College Athletic Association and participates in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. With 11 national championships, 91 top-five national finishes, 131 regional titles, 169 conference titles, more than 1,500 All-American athletes, and more than 300 academically honored athletes, the Cavaliers are successful both on and off the fields and courts. 

Promoting economic development and partnerships

  • To support industry training needs, the college partners with the Kansas Department of Commerce to help companies access workforce training funds.
  • In 2014-2015, the Small Business Development Center provided free and confidential management consulting and technical assistance to 459 existing and aspiring business owners. Small business training was provided to 950 workshop attendees. The SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Kansas Department of Commerce and JCCC. The KSBDC partners with the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Subcenter, which assists small businesses in 18 northeastern Kansas counties with potential market expansion through procurement opportunities with the government.
  • The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute coordinates four national data collection/data sharing projects. The largest community college benchmarking project in the country is called the National Community College Benchmark Project. More than 250 colleges participate annually, collecting more than 150 measures of student success and college key performance indicators. The Cost and Productivity Project collects discipline level cost data and faculty/student ratios. In addition, the Benchmarking Institute created a national fiscal benchmarking study for community colleges, called Maximizing Resources for Student Success, that uses activity-based costing methodology to examine instructional and student services costs and their impact on student outcomes. The Workforce Training Project is currently being expanded to serve as a project for continuing education divisions to help them track and compare their ROI, customer satisfaction and other performance measures. The Benchmarking Institute also hosts the annual National Benchmarking Conference, which features nationally-known key-note speakers, workshops and break-out sessions designed to help colleges understand and use benchmarking metrics.