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December 16, 2018

As we look toward a new year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the last 365 days.

Throughout 2018, our campus came alive with the hustle and bustle of student life, community events, and achievements big and small. Together we broke records, made lasting memories and took one step closer toward each of your tomorrows. Here’s a look at how it all went down:

Student success

This year was one for the books when it came to student success:

  • Student Katherine Copley received a Phi Theta Kappa New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship at the National Trustee conference in New York City.
  • One hundred and eleven students studied abroad through exciting and enriching opportunities offered by the College.
  • Three students – Kyle Davison, Brandon Lane and Sara Clinton – presented posters at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference in Pittsburgh.
  • Eman Alsadeq and Arianna Michaelson won an annual sculpture competition sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Fine Arts department.
  • Eric Fecteau served as a Degree in 3 student trailblazer, taking the majority of his general education classes at JCCC and transferring to KU Edwards Campus. He is on track to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in just two and a half years.

This list goes on and on. We’re so proud of each and every accomplishment.

Campus Transformation Project

There’s no denying the incredible changes made throughout campus this year. Two new buildings – a Fine Arts & Design Studios facility and a Career and Technical Education Center – have taken form. They are scheduled to open in January and June respectively. Our Gymnasium received a major makeover (seriously, check it out if you haven’t been by!), and our Student Center is in the process of being revamped to create a more seamless experience.

Read more about our campus transformation.

Generous donations and contributions

Each year is marked by the generosity of our community members and advocates. This generosity came in spades in 2018. At Some Enchanted Evening alone, more than $800,000 was raised to support student scholarships.

Athletic achievements

2018 proved to be a monumental year for our athletics department, paving the path for new faces, records, achievements and more. Here were the highlights:

  • Baseball coach Kent Shelley picked up the 1,000th win of his coaching career with a 19-2 victory at Fort Scott Community College in April.
  • The JCCC volleyball team placed third at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II Tournament! This is the sixth time the team has finished among the Top 3 at nationals.
  • Women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad notched his 300thwin at the helm of the program.

Campus safety

When it comes to maintaining a safe and secure campus community, we’re committed to giving students, faculty, staff and visitors peace of mind. This dedication has not gone unnoticed – in 2018, JCCC was named the seventh safest educational institution in the nation by ADT.

As we say hello to 2019, we have much to look forward to. We’re continuing to transform our campus with updates that will benefit each and every one of us. We’re launching a refreshed website in January that will take your experience to the next level. Finally, we’re commemorating our 50th anniversary. All year long, we’ll celebrate and connect with everyone who makes up the fabric of Johnson County Community College. 

Each new year brings change, but our promise to you remains the same: We’re as committed as ever to inspiring learning to transform lives and strengthen communities.

Happy New Year from all of us at JCCC!