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JCCC police officer walking and talking with a group of students

JCCC named 7th safest college in the U.S.

Teams of professionals and trained volunteers work around the clock to keep the JCCC campus safe and secure

Our College, Campus Life

Students in the electronics lab working on a hydraulic and pneumatic console

Demand grows for automation engineer technologists

Numerous job opportunities for program’s first graduating class

Our College

The 2018 Hare and Bell Academic Writing Contest winners are (from left to right) Savannah Price, Talita Shirky and Brandon Bender.

Hare and Bell contest recognizes great academic writing

Winners encourage others to ‘take a chance,’ write more

Campus Life, Our Students

Grace Palcic wearing a graduation cap and holding tassels from two different schools

Student doubles up on diplomas

College Now saves time and money; start your college journey in high school

Campus Life, Our Students, Our College

A cosmetology student styling a client's hair

Serving the community

JCCC provides experience-based education to its students, allowing them to gain real-world training while delivering a variety of services to the community.

Our College, Campus Life

Student relaxing while studying in a hammock set up in the COM courtyard.

Plan now, summer classes fill quickly

Choose on-campus or online classes this summer at JCCC. Classes run only Monday to Thursday, so you can enjoy three-day weekends.

Our College

Photo from above of students studying at an octagonal computer table.

Use Billington Library to help during finals

Campus Life, Our College

Graphic of a pathway with the words AccuCampus goals- track, engage and retain

Pathways + AccuCampus = Student Success

Your personal high-tech assistant is coming soon

Our College, Campus Life

Coach Kent Shelley posing with a framed JCCC baseball jersey with the number 1,000 on it.

JCCC Baseball 1000th win

JCCC head coach Kent Shelley reaches sports career milestone

Our College, Campus Life

Three JCCC students conversing at a reverse career fair.

Graduate with Confidence

JCCC’s Career Development Center is poised to lend advice and share resources to help students throughout their educational journeys.

Our Students, Our College

Jarar Bangash posing on the concrete circular stairs in the GEB building

Job shadowing opens doors

Engineering student Jarar Bangash found answers with Argus Consulting

Our Students, Our College

All adult members of the Schmidt family posing in the Shull Foyer of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

One family, many connections to JCCC

Everyone (except the toddler) has been a JCCC student

Our Students, Our College

Scene from the play 'Gruesome Playground Injuries'

Theatre students win at regionals

Time to ‘play’ at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Our College, Our Students

Sustainable agriculture participant harvesting on the JCCC Open Petal farm

Open Petal Farm: JCCC’s hidden gem

Open Petal Farm serves as a learning lab for JCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture students so they can learn the ins and outs of growing local, fresh produce.

Our College, Campus Life

Close-up of fashion show poster showing a woman wearing sunglasses with a city skyline reflected in the lenses

JCCC fashion students showcase ‘City Style’ April 20

Spring student fashion show features sustainable clothing

Our College, Our Students

Nils Beverlin

Sustainability initiatives support student scholarships

On-campus sustainability initiatives fund thousands of dollars in scholarships each year

Our Students, Our College

Back view of people taking the citizenship oath with their right hands raised. One person is holding a U.S. flag in his raised hand.

Hundreds become US citizens at JCCC

Naturalization ceremony celebrates journey to become American

Our College

The JCCC Corporate Challenge volleyball team

You can join the Corporate Challenge

JCCC faculty and staff are participating in the 2018 Kansas City Corporate Challenge for the fourth year.

Our College

JCCC faculty Jill Patton and student Munisa Khuramova pose amid a group of dressmaker dummies.

Fashion student and faculty showcase high style at KC Fashion Week

Fall designs by two of JCCC’s own take center stage

Our College

Andrew Hartnett poses with the family who hosted him in China

Study in China

Apply for a scholarship and study abroad

Our College, Our Students

Chefs presenting a cooking demonstration in the Wysong Family Culinary Theatre

Food is the performer at the Wysong Family Culinary Theatre

Flexible and unique space ideal for student learning and special events

Campus Life

Janelle Domoney surrounded by kitchen tools

Chef apprentice embraces a new future

Hard work and determination propel student’s success

Our Students

Students in the International Club posing by flags of various countries

‘Discover the World’ right here on campus

International students present on their homelands

Campus Life, Our Students

Tutor helping a student in the Writing Center

JCCC - Your student resource destination

From resource centers to tutors, JCCC has countless tools to help students achieve success.

Campus Life

Front of a cell phone showing a picture of Nayzia Thomas studying in her hospital bed

A labor of love: Student completes finals from hospital bed

Not even childbirth keeps Nayzia Thomas from finishing her finals

Our Students

Aerial view of students working at an octagonal computer station in the library

Not your ordinary library: Check out the benefits

Be successful; use the library

Campus Life, Our College

Lisa Elsener wearing Special Olympics medals

JCCC employee receives Courage Award

Lisa Elsener receives Lockton Courage Award

Our College

Dr.  Joe Sopcich and Beth Gulley with a group of faculty and administrators from Sukkur IBA University

Partnering with Pakistan: JCCC President Shares Community College Best Practices

Dr. Sopcich delivers the keynote address at a conference in Pakistan on the concept of community colleges.

Our College

Pat Morrison posing by the staircase on the first floor of the Regnier Center

A Heart and Home for International Students

Pat Morrison helps with housing, culture shock

Our College

Jessica Tipton sitting in an upholstered chair in the Billington Library

Librarians are ‘in the know’

Learning something new every day is part of the job

Our College

Sustainability efforts inspire student involvement

Students discover their passion by working with the Student Sustainability Committee

Our Students, Campus Life

Angela Walker poses for a photo sitting in a chair

Angela says, 'Apply for scholarships!'

A recent JCCC grad left debt-free. You can, too.

Our College, Our Students

Respiratory care students learn using a manikin

Respiratory therapy: An exciting and rewarding career. Interested? Apply by March 15

High demand and good pay await JCCC grads

Our College, Campus Life

Culinary students prepare food in a kitchen

Local high school chef team wins JCCC competition

Midwest students compete for culinary scholarships and awards

Campus Life, Our College

A man uses a computer in the JCCC library

Love your library

More than just a quiet place

Our College

Beth Gully

Professor builds memories from year in China

Sister school offers cultural exchange for teachers and students

Campus Life, Our College

Action shot of Morgan Hill on the soccer field

Student-Athlete Shares ABCs of College Success

‘JCCC Is One of the Best Decisions I’ve Made’

Our College, Our Students

A professor demonstrates using a stethoscope on a simulation dummy

Nursing students get ‘real’ in Healthcare Simulation Center

HSC celebrates 10 years preparing registered nurse students for real-life emergencies

Our College

Maya Abuhijleh holds up her cell phone showing a picture of

Mother and daughter land same JCCC job – 25 years apart

Two generations plan fun events for students

Our Students

An artistically arranged plate of food

JCCC Culinary Team to Compete for National Spot

Students on the road to culinary Olympic gold

Our Students, Our College

Isaac Jambor standing in front of a backdrop of the NASA logo

Student has a blast leading NASA team

Project manager Isaac Jambor blends science with people skills

Our Students

Photo looking into the Food Court located on COM 1.5

Easy ways to trim your waistline and save your budget

Healthy eating doesn't have to cost a fortune

Campus Life

2017 Gala raises over $600K for student scholarships

Student gives account of how funds transformed her future

Campus Life, Our College, Our Students

Katee McLean poses in her restaurant

Culinary grad’s hot new restaurant inspired by Swedish roots

Restaurateur credits JCCC for solid business foundation

Our Students

Anna Page confers with honors student

Q and A: All about Honors

Honors Director Anna Page tells what they do, how to join

Our College

Aristo Camburako poses in a restaurant. He's wearing his chef's toque and holding a plate of cookies

Chef Apprentice Graduate Mixes It Up on the Food Network

Aristo Camburako competes in the ‘Holiday Baking Championship.’

Our Students

Monsharell 'Marsha' Hall posing in a classroom

Entrepreneurship classes help student open her dream nonprofit

Former homeless pregnant teen opens KC maternity home

Our Students

Angelica Sandoval posing with her sculpture which includes 90 L E D lightbulbs

Museum Recognizes Fine Arts Professor

Kemper names Sandoval a ‘Woman to Watch’

Our College

Hugh Libby holding a model airplane as if to toss it.

Libby donates $2 million to new tech center

Entrepreneur hopes gift will help start students on their own paths to success.

Featured, Our College

One student applying sensors to the arm of another student as they work in the motion capture studio

Mo-Cap Studio: Animation done digitally

JCCC’s Motion Capture Studio uses professional-level technology

Campus Life, Our College

Salad with pears and greens on a triangular plate with the exterior of the Nerman Museum in the background

Café Tempo Wins Award

Campus Life, Our College

Close up photo of someone playing a violin. Only he hands are shown.

Serving the Community through the Arts

Innovative Arts Education program puts JCCC on the map.

Our College

Greg Ambuehl posing on a metal ladder going up to a railroad car

NARS training gets railroad careers rolling

Veteran uses NARS training to fuel second career.

Our College

Students sitting on the hill in front of the Student Center in the summertime.

Campus group’s scholarship helps students in need

By funding a scholarship, Campus Connections found a common cause that helps build relationships among its members — and helps JCCC students at the same time.


Corbin Crable holding a copy of In Cold Blood

Professor featured in ‘Cold Blooded’ documentary

Corbin Crable shares his reporting with a national audience.

Our College

Left to right - Alex Wells, Phyllis Greenquist, Andy Meenen

Student gets two ‘surprise’ degrees

JCCC counselors and staff come together to get two degrees conferred to a chronically ill student who wants to pick up a third.

Our Students

Left to right - Carol and Fred Logan

Logans sponsor new scholarship

First in family to go to college? DACA? Funds are now available.

Our College

Echo Tyler standing under trees with a fall foliage

Considering winter session? One student tells why to try.

Accounting major did the math: 4 weeks = 3 credits

Our College, Our Students

Mother sitting with son on her lap. The child is looking at a laptop on his lap.

iPads move migrant children toward secure future

There’s even an app to help break the poverty cycle.

Our College

Image of Jack Conners standing against a starlit night sky

Rocketing to NASA

Student Jackson Conners takes love of astronomy to the next level.

Our Students

A healthcare worker slides a medical record into a row of files

Health Information Systems lands in-demand partnership

The largest health IT organization in the world welcomes JCCC as an Educational Partner.

Our College

Student working at a computer

Students switch to digital-only news

The Campus Ledger, the student newspaper of JCCC, switches its focus to digital-only to improve multimedia collaboration and reflect the new reality of journalism.

Campus Life

Susan McSpadden, JCCC photographer

JCCC photog earns praise among peers

Award-winning work makes an imprint on College scene.

Our College

JCCC students Rebekah Lux and Nguyet Nguyen posing in a fashion design classroom

Designers Show Flair Among KC Fashion Elite

"Dress for success” takes on new meaning for two JCCC Apparel Design and Technology students whose collections are premiering at Kansas City Fashion Week this October.

Our Students

The Collaboration Center at JCCC

Come to the CoLab: JCCC's "creativity toolbox" for experiential learning

Campus Life, Our College

Close up of man's arms. He is sitting at a table writing in a notebook

College age is any age

Nontraditional senior students get a bargain tuition rate.

Our College, Our Students

Cecilia and Jessica Lopez

Sisters achieve ‘American Dream’

Two sisters found paths to their dreams at JCAE.

Our Students, Our College

Amy Pace

After being hit by truck, Professor Amy Pace finds strength(s)

Our College

Randy Stange

Cavs welcome new Athletic Director

Randy Stange looks forward to the future, building programs and facilities.

Campus Life, Our College

Secretary DeVos visits the automotive technology lab and speaks to faculty and students

JCCC Praised by DeVos

DeVos Visited Campus Thursday, Sept. 14

Our College

JCCC student Hunter Meyer

Save Time, Save Money

Use DegreeCheck to keep track of courses and grades.

Our College, Our Students

Professor Allison Smith, art history

Art + History = So-Cool Culture

Professor makes art history enthralling.

Our College

JCCC student placing wires on the scalp of a volunteer patient. The wires are for a sleep study

Get great jobs fast

JCCC's neurodiagnostic program sets the pace for accreditation.

Our College

Two customers examining the options at the Global Kitchen in the basement of the COM building

If you're hungry

Where and why to eat at JCCC

Our College, Campus Life

JCCC admissions staff gathered around Braden Decker waving at the camera

JCCC Admissions staff rally around one of their own

Braden Decker needs a new kidney. His co-workers rally in support.

Our College

Professor Mazen Akkam teaching a networking class

JCCC wins grant for cybersecurity classes

To strengthen its cybersecurity classes, Johnson County Community College will receive more than $20,000 from a national mentorship program.

Our College

Two JCCC students sitting on a sofa and working on their laptops

Info for online classes

Two systems, but one goal

Our College

JCCC student sitting in the electric car which has the JCCC logo on it

JCCC accelerates sustainable driving

Electric cars steer driver ed students away from gas guzzlers

Our College

Wil WIlcock

Student ditches art school for JCCC

Hanna 'Wil' Wilcock finds self-expression in JCCC Art Department

Our Students, Our College

Henry Fortunato giving a talk in front of a historical marker on the Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail.

JCCC’s history is just a trail away

The history of Johnson County Community College has now been shared with the community as part of a major enhancement to the Overland Park segment of the Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail.

Our College

Pierce Turcotte with his band members

Online student logs credits on the road

A humble natural musician with a passion for life

Campus Life

Phillip Peters

Australian earns GED® then plugs into Electrical Technology

Love and encouragement = Success

Our Students

At a recent convention in Orlando, CoSIDA president Andy Seeley (left) presented the organization’s 25-year award to Tyler Cundith, Johnson County Community College sports information director. Contributed photo.

Honoring excellence

JCCC Sports Info Director gets big win at convention

Our College

Dan Murtaugh

English professor publishes book on WWII-era writer

'Goodnight, Beloved Comrade' gives a voice to an unspoken epistolary love story

Our College

Bathroom trash bin labeled 'paper towel composting'

The Beauty of It

JCCC adds new initiatives that advance overall sustainability goals.

Our College

Graham Murphy under the trees in Fountain Square

Rebel with a Pathway

Learn how to plug into campus life

Our Students, Campus Life

Juniper Tangpuz posing by a model of Superman in flight

Fine Arts lab aide breaks barriers at mall studio

In April, the Fine Arts studio aide at Johnson County Community College became the first Artist in Residence at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas.

Our Students, Our College

Brend Burford posing in front of graphic design projects

Getting graphic

When Brent Buford realized he didn't have the skills his dream job required, he found the solution at JCCC. Now his dream's within reach.

Our Students

Rebekah Lodos

KCPT partnership opens world for JCCC students

Advanced Reporting class at JCCC pairs students with producers and reporters at Kansas City Public Television.

Our College, Our Students

Two JCCC students posing with a car wrapped with the JCCC logo

Car wrap gets a good rap

Blue Valley students get real-world marketing, design experience at JCCC

Our College

Cata Wedman posing outside on campus

8 great reasons to love JCCC

Student Cata Wedman shares her list

Our College, Our Students

Elizabeth Andrews

Undecided but not unexcited

Don’t have a major? Student Liz Andrews advises, ‘Find a spark and follow it.’

Our Students, Campus Life

Gheed Nomann

Student lands a dream internship

Professor presented opportunity, student got the gig

Our Students, JCCC

Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy with students walking across campus

Tuition stays same for 2017-18

Students win when tuition stays flat.

Our College

Kendra Wendte

In her own words: Kendra Wendte

‘JCCC is a college to get excited about’

Our College, Our Students

Alison Smith standing in front of a line of semis

Women of the Road

Female truckers steer into nontraditional career

Our College

Jonathan Gavra sitting with computer servers

Sprinting into tech fields

In only five weeks, Jonathan Gavra completed two computer-training courses.

Our Students

Left: Keilah Jadow, right: Roger Rigueroa

Two students design for KC Fashion Week

Two student fashion designers from Johnson County Community College have been chosen to share their styles at Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW).

Our Students

Several basketball players' hands reaching up to grab a basketball

Championship basketball: Both men and women head to Nationals

Both the women’s and the men’s basketball teams from Johnson County Community College will be playing in their respective 2017 NJCAA Division II Tournaments.

Campus Life

Young girl wearing safety goggles and holding a molecular model

JCCC gets grant to get STEM Scholars succeeding

Select students interested in working in science, technology, engineering and math have a unique opportunity to get the financial, academic and social support they need to complete their degree.

Our College

Ron Suskind in a chair addressing the Kansas Autism Conference

‘Life, Animated’ writer: ‘How does it feel to be you?’

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author, Ron Suskind, keynoted the annual Kansas Autism Conference.

Campus Life, Our College

Stock image of skateboarder

Alumnus to share documentary March 21

Our College, Our Students

Jessie Artigue

Tips for winning at social media

Blogger, stylist and podcaster Jessie Artigue shared her tips on creating social media during an appearance at Johnson County Community College.

Campus Life

Dan Kampen

For the love of his departed wife

Donor sets up scholarship for career programs

Our College

Two smiling students studying together in a resource center

Free tutoring!

Get help to succeed at campus resource centers

Our College

Nicole Fuentes

Student vlogger: “Why I Love JCCC”

JCAV producer shares her award-winning video, career goals

Our Students, Our College

Triple Play: Sisters Earn PMI-PBA® Certificates

Jennifer, Janelle and Natashea pass certification exam and boost their careers at Sprint.

Our Students

JCCC marketing class meeting in Collaboration Center

Local Store Gets PR Boost

When academic hunger meets real-world business needs, great things can happen.

Our College

Ben Carpenter poses in front of his food computer prototype model

Making a food computer

JCCC student wins national developer award for his futuristic project

Our College

A smiling Sarah Patton at a podium presenting her research

On the ‘trail’ of history

Student enjoys unique internship, uncovering past in JCCC archives

Our College, Our Students

Mary O' script with some measuring tape framing it; blurry costume drawing in the background.


Collaboration is fundamental.

Campus Life

Venita and Kirsten Cucurella with Olga and Michael Poleleyev

Honors program’s dynamic duos

The Johnson County Community College Honors program is not only seeing double, but seeing double double, with not one but two parent/child combos enrolled in the program at the same time.

Campus Life

Fabiola Cruz

New culture, new country, familiar goal

To get a good job, Fabiola Cruz had to learn English, then get a college degree. Persistence is getting her there.

Campus Life, Our College, Our Students

A montage of photos of JCCC's sustainability program

Winning at Sustainability

JCCC wins three national awards for its earth-wise efforts.

Campus Life

Paving the way

PAVE mentor program connects student veterans

Campus Life, Our College

A JCCC representative at the Sporting Kansas City stadium

Out and About with JCCC

Community engagement activities showcase innovative experiences.

Our College

Adult Basic Education/GED® Program photo montage

JCAE spells GED® S-U-C-C-E-S-S

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week celebrates the courage and conviction of lifelong learning.

Our College, Campus Life

Daniel Jenab

Depth of perception

Alumnus Daniel Jenab thought JCCC was for losers until he fell in love with the place

Our College

A job-shadow student meets with a worker in her chosen field.

Job Shadowing

JCCC students like Kashae Roark can meet with area professionals in their chosen fields.

Campus Life, Our College

Student interns in the AIHREA program

Connecting with American Indians

Internships allow students to explore their life’s path

Campus Life

Mind's Eye magazine

Celebrating artistic achievement

Student authors are published in Mind's Eye at JCCC.

Campus Life

David Moore

People to meet. Places to go.

Graduate credits JCCC for opening doors.

Our Students, Our College

Samantha Courtney

Samantha’s perseverance

Student Samantha Courtney overcame financial and familial roadblocks to succeed at JCCC

Our Students

Samira Hussein

Internationalizing human resources

Professor Samira Hussein brings global focus to business class

Our College

Jon Roberts

Getting in the door

Storefront design and fabrication company wins Kansas SBDC Exporting Business of Year.

Our College

Steve Waddell and his dog

Learning through interaction

Education company wins Kansas SBDC Existing Business of the Year.

Our College

A montage of the five sustainability sculptures placed in 2016.

Sustainability Sculptures

Five works of art placed around campus motivate discussion of environmental issues.

Campus Life

Nancie Chenoweth

‘You can do it, too’

In 1973 at JCCC, with four kids under age 10, Nancie Chenoweth began her inspiring educational journey

Our College

Eric Schroder and David Kuluva

Getting to the heart

Cardiac screening company wins the Kansas SBDC Emerging Business of Year.

Our College

Vadim Manuilov

International student Vadim Manuilov builds confidence, social skills at JCCC

JCCC helps Vadim Manuilov build confidence and increase social interaction

Our Students

John Zimmerman

Persistence pays off

Student John Zimmerman went from Fs to Bs in math, with a 12-year gap in between.

Campus Life, Our Students

Jeffery Redmond

Courage to change

Stuck in dead-end jobs, Jeffery Redmond empowered himself to change the world.

Our Students, Our College

Troop of young girl scouts from above

We 'can' help!

Former JCCC student Laura Pulliam and her Girl Scouts help JCCC food pantry

Our College

Dave Ellis

Offering a helping hand on first steps

Counselor Dave Ellis reached out to high schools to help students apply for college, even if the college wasn’t JCCC.

Our College, Campus Life

Cassie Nelson

Retired. Returning. Ready.

After successful corporate career, business leader Cassie Nelson continues learning in JCCC classroom

Our Students

Samuel Sommerville

JCCC foreign language prof is happy 'ayudar'

Samuel Sommerville’s work will be used by U.S. State Department to teach Spanish

Our College

Chris Stanley

Web Development Magic

When Chris Stanley found the right certificate program, his career fell into place

Our College, Our Students

Mpho Kekana

Ripples From Apartheid

Mpho Kekana grew up in a township in South Africa but graduated from JCCC. That story goes back to a researcher he met as a toddler.

Our Students