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2015 Archive


  • Explore your interests, expand your world
    March 18, 2016

    What if you could have beautifully trimmed flowerbeds sprouting this spring that also produced nutritious food for your family?  What if you could make new friends (and learn a few new steps) while taking a swing dance class? Or learn...
  • Maggie Chen

    Respiratory care at JCCC
    December 21, 2015

    After getting her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Maggie Chen decided to come back home – not only to her parents but to the place where she grew up: Johnson County County Community College. Chen...
  • Gregory Choong

    Financially fit
    December 11, 2015

    Gregory Choong wants to help people be healthy – financially healthy – so they can make the most of the resources they have. He’s learning how to make that happen at Johnson County Community College. As the son of...
  • International family learning
    December 11, 2015

    Spouses and children of international students can lead lonely existences. They may have culture shock and few friends. Regulations may bar them from working, so their only social outlet may be their immediate family. However, a new change to the...
  • Nancy Whedon

    No one like Nancy
    December 04, 2015

    Monica Sambuu went looking for her boss one day. She found her in the basement washing dishes. “I asked her what she was doing. She said, ‘Oh, the dish washer said he didn’t feel well, so I let him go home.’...
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    Model United Nations receives Outstanding Delegation award at AMUN
    December 03, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received an Outstanding Delegation award plus two position paper awards for its portrayal of Ireland and New Zealand at the 2015 American Model...
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    Firehouse Subs opens first campus-based location at JCCC
    November 30, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College is the first-ever college to partner with Firehouse Subs® to open an on-campus sandwich shop. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening in November 2015 after an initial...
  • Examples of historical medical books and equipment

    They did what?
    November 28, 2015

    Most history classes talk about battles won and lost, but not about the different types of amputation saws used on the limbs of wounded soldiers. Most science classes don’t really discuss that either, nor the bacteria that invaded...
  • Matt Phillips

    Against the best in the world
    November 28, 2015

    Matt Phillips is one of the best young chefs in the world – so good that he recently represented the United States during a prestigious culinary competition in Hungary. But what does he eat when he’s at home? Rice. And...
  • Student analyzing a soda can

    CSI: JCCC
    November 23, 2015

    On TV shows, crime-scene technicians brush black powder on a doorknob to reveal a fingerprint. Moments later, the same technician has found a matching print on a database, and gruff, gun-toting cops leave to question their prime suspect. Ask...
  • New and Improved
    November 23, 2015

    Looking for a new class at Johnson County Community College? You’re in luck. You can choose from 110 of them. Yep – you read that right. There are triple digits on the number of classes with a...
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    JCCC rallies support for past Johnson Countian of Year SuEllen Fried
    November 17, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – SuEllen Fried, a long-time supporter of scholarships at Johnson County Community College, has been named a finalist in a national contest sponsored by L’Oreal Paris/USA. From more than 6,000 candidates,...
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    JCCC interior design program wins Excellence in Education Award
    November 13, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – For the second time in two years and for the fourth time overall, Johnson County Community College has been given a prestigious award from a national association for kitchen and bath designers. The National Kitchen...
  • History through a lens
    November 13, 2015

    Professor Vin Clark Students in one U.S. history class at Johnson County Community College won’t be turning in a research paper to prove what they’ve learned. They’re creating documentaries about regional history...
  • Student, Jamelle Blunt and counselor, Bruce Harvey

    Student Says Counselor Gave Him Courage
    November 12, 2015

    If you ask Jamelle Blunt why he wants to be a teacher, he’ll provide answers that many teaching candidates provide: mentoring youth, making a difference, following in the footsteps of a family member who’s also a teacher. Yet...
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    JCCC debate team wins three speaker awards at Oklahoma tournament
    November 11, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Johnson County Community College debate team picked up three speaker awards and a top-seed designation at a tournament hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma-Edmond Nov. 7 and 8. The team of Lilith Moore...
  • Veteran and Military Resource Center

    JCCC recognized for its work in helping military veterans
    November 10, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College once again has been recognized as a military-friendly school. Victory Media, the originator of Military Friendly® education and career resources for veterans and their...
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    JCCC trustee elected to national college association
    November 06, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Jerry Cook, a member of the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Cook, who...
  • Mary Davidson Cohen and Kimby Sweeney, fashion design student

    Some Enchanted Ensemble
    November 02, 2015

    For the gala Nov. 14 that honors her as Johnson Countian of the Year, Cohen will wear a custom-made silk brocade jacket, trimmed in teal, and black dress pants with appliqued details. Kimby Sweeney, who has attended JCCC as a part-time student for...
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    JCCC instructors host trip to Europe to study cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia
    October 29, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Learn about Egypt -- in England. Johnson County Community College is hosting a trip to Europe to study cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Two faculty members from JCCC will lead a trip to London, Oxford and...
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    JCCC debate team wins awards at two tournaments
    October 22, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The JCCC debate team traveled to two tournaments Oct. 17 and 18, with debaters winning awards at both tournaments.  At Emporia State University, Joe Getto and Arriq Singleton advanced to the quarterfinals...
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    JCCC and partners open training center at Logistics Park Kansas City
    October 21, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – To fulfill the employment and training needs of current and future companies at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kansas, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has joined with several partners to form...
  • Collage of photos showing people participating in the education roundtable

    Rep. Kevin Yoder visits JCCC
    October 20, 2015

    Schools and colleges are doing many things right but low-income students still need more help to be successful, according to educators who gathered Monday at Johnson County Community College. During an education roundtable organized by U.S. Rep....
  • Re-covered chairs in the Carlsen Center

    Little Black Dressed
    October 09, 2015

    Fans of “Flea Market Flip” and Pinterest posts should love this. All it took to save Johnson County Community College more than $26,000 in furniture costs was a frugal manager, a willing warehouse staff and some black...
  • Aberash Gebru

    Paying It Forward
    October 05, 2015

    Inspiration from her children’s success motivated Aberash Gebru to register for the 2015 Lace Up for Learning 5K Run-Walk. She knows firsthand the value of this event. Set for 8 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, at Johnson County Community College,...
  • Nancy Ingram

    New trustee Nancy Ingram
    September 12, 2015

    If education was a play, Nancy Ingram could make a case that she’s played all the parts. The newest member of the Johnson County Community College board of trustees has been a student, a professor, a school secretary, a parent, a...
  • Katie nelson

    Competing with cancer
    September 11, 2015

    Imagine traveling with teammates on your way to compete in a championship meet and you find out you have cancer. That is the reality that Katie Nelson, a sophomore on JCCC’s women’s cross country and track team, faced last...
  • Elizabeth Andrews

    Undecided but not unexcited
    August 28, 2015

    To all the other college students struggling to find a major, Elizabeth “Liz” Andrews has some advice: explore and get involved. Those strategies worked for her. Two years ago, Andrews came to Johnson County Community College...
  • Hala Ashour

    Hala Ashour’s first priority is her children, but classes at JCCC are important, too
    August 03, 2015

    When Hala Ashour’s three children sit down to do homework, so does she. “I believe in being busy, and getting educated, better than being busy with any other thing,” she said. Ashour takes classes at Johnson County...
  • Alix Osborne on Italy background

    To Florence, Italy, and back again
    July 27, 2015

    Alix Osborn began working in the restaurant business as a busboy for Brother’s Railroad Inn near Altoona, Kansas. A few years later, after training at Johnson County Community College, he had expertly prepared Tuscan cuisine in Florence,...
  • Keyboard with Lean Six Sigma button

    Save time, save money, improve quality
    July 27, 2015

    If you have been looking for a way to make your business or non-profit work more efficiently, you may doubt that simply taking an online class will help you reach your goal. Steve Webster, a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and an instructor...
  • Kevin Robertson

    Robertson’s route here
    July 20, 2015

    Four mornings a week, Kevin Robertson leaves his home in Kansas City’s Northland at 6 a.m. and walks four blocks to a bus stop. He boards the bus and then transfers to another. And then another. The third bus delivers him to the front...
  • Emerging Entrepreneurs Expo winners
    July 20, 2015

    Tracking community service hours in an easy-to-use smartphone application. Promoting musical talent so musicians can make a living. Developing a fashion school in Africa. These dissimilar but consistently innovative ideas placed first, second and...
  • Nate Anderson

    Discovering, connecting and transitioning
    July 13, 2015

    When JCCC alumnus Nate Andersen graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 2013, he felt academically ready for college. But he didn’t know what to do with his life, and he knew he had some maturing left to...
  • New Zealand culinary team wins; JCCC had best dessert
    June 29, 2015

    The New Zealand team won overall, garnering the highest number of points. Hong Kong won for best teamwork. Australia won for best appetizer. United Kingdom won for best main course and JCCC won for best dessert.  Felix Sturmer, professor...
  • Kathryn Grube

    Lobbying for color
    June 29, 2015

    Kathryn Grube, assistant professor of interior design, has received the 2015 Publications Award from Johnson County Community College for her research on the use of color on classroom walls. Grube has published four scholarly articles on the...
  • Nathaly Cifuentes

    Passion for People
    June 19, 2015

    Nathaly Cifuentes Riano is a hugger. The Johnson County Community College student (and student activities ambassador) works at the Student Welcome Desk – a perfect job for a person who loves meeting people. “I’m...
  • Help for nurses and patients
    June 19, 2015

    Looking for a job where demand is increasing? Consider becoming a licensed practical nurse through study at Johnson County Community College. As the baby boomer generation ages, more of the American population will be over 65 years old. In fact,...
  • Juan and (almost) done
    June 06, 2015

    Juan Piedrahita already had his bachelor’s degree when he decided to attend Johnson County Community College “I couldn’t find a good job in Colombia,” Piedrahita said of his home country. His plan, then, was...
  • Ada Thapa, JCCC international student from Nepal

    Earthquake, uncertainty and birthday cake
    May 15, 2015

    On April 25, Ada Thapa was waiting for a call from her parents to wish her a happy birthday. Instead, she got a call from a friend telling her that a massive earthquake had hit Nepal, just a few miles away from where her parents lived. Suddenly,...
  • Mary Mwashighadi

    Fashion design student close to realizing her dream
    May 04, 2015

    That’s Mary Mwashighadi talking about her desire to open a fashion design school in Kenya. She grew up there, in Nairobi, and wants to go back and teach sewing to children, particularly those who need a hand up. “In Kenya...
  • Award winning ice sculpture of Beyond Bounds 10th anniversary logo

    JCCC wins national award for catering Nerman Museum event
    May 04, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has won a gold award for catering its Beyond Bounds Electric! fundraiser from the National Association of College and University Food Services. The college won in the category of...
  • Belal Kattan

    Try and try again
    April 29, 2015

    If you’re having a tough time in class, where things just aren’t coming together, what do you do? Drop out? Try again? If you’re Belal Kattan, the answer is no – and yes. Kattan, a student at Johnson County...
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    W. Basketball – Conrad earns coaching honor
    April 16, 2015

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad was honored with the 2015 Spalding® NJCAA Women’s Division II National Coach of the award, announced by the NJCAA...
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    Campus Ledger earns top awards at state journalism conference
    April 16, 2015 | Diane Carroll

    The Campus Ledger, the official student newspaper of Johnson County Community College, has once again earned the All-Kansas Award from the Kansas Collegiate Media. In addition to being named the best two-year student newspaper in the state, Ledger...
  • Jean Cantero

    Finding his true calling
    April 13, 2015

    In those last few seconds of the NJCAA women’s basketball championship, Jean Cantero had to hide his excitement – as much he could – when JCCC’s Alexis Brown dropped the game-winning jumper at the buzzer. He...
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    Student researchers selected to travel to St. Petersburg as part of EcoRep Program
    April 07, 2015

    The JCCC team of Kait Bridges, Megan Gladbach, Kendyl McDougald and Emily Reno has been selected to take part in the International EcoReps student exchange in St. Petersburg, Russia, this May. Student teams from across America submitted...
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    Kansas City Arts Coalition accepts eight JCCC students to juried show
    April 07, 2015

    Eight fine-arts students from JCCC were accepted into the Kansas City Artists Coalition Undergraduate College Student Exhibition this year, the most of any higher education institution in the area. Avila University had the second-most accepted...
  • JCCC student fashion show

    Altering Fashion Design
    April 06, 2015

    When Joy Rhodes, professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design, took her sabbatical in 2013, she knew she wanted to use the time to study the latest technology, processes and trends in fashion product development. What she didn’t realize...
  • Megan Gladbach and Derek Boyd

    All-Kansas Award Winners
    April 06, 2015

    A few years ago, Derek Boyd was working in a warehouse, out of high school and not really considering college. Megan Gladbach was in high school, staring at the choice of what she wanted to do next and knowing she didn’t want the...
  • Kitchen design drawing

    NKBA? No Kidding: Be Awesome
    April 06, 2015

    If you’re going to remodel a kitchen in Shawnee, or redo a bathroom in Roeland Park, you’re going to want to hire someone with kitchen and bath know-how. You’ll want a graduate with a degree in kitchen and bath design...
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    Model U.N. team earns awards at 2015 National Model United Nations
    April 03, 2015

    The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College along with Northwestern Polytechnical University received a Distinguished Delegation award at the 2015 National Model United Nations conference for their representation of the...
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    The Campus Ledger among Mark of Excellence winners announced at SPJ conference
    April 03, 2015

    The staff of The Campus Ledger received six awards at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 7 conference March 28 in Omaha. Every one of The Ledger's six entries submitted to the Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards contest placed,...
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    W. Basketball – Wheeler named NJCAA All-American
    April 01, 2015 | Tyler Cundith

    Johnson County Community College women's basketball sophomore forward Nieka Wheeler (Independence, Mo.) was named to the 2015 NJCAA Division II All-America First-Team in a release by the association on Tuesday. Last week, Wheeler also was...
  • Hugo Ximello

    Artist, interpreter and volunteer
    March 21, 2015

    Hugo Ximello Salido owned a hair salon in Mexico in 2005. He knew no English and had only the vaguest idea of Kansas. Ten years later, he’s a Johnson County Community College student, an artist and a volunteer, a man with many interests...
  • Police Chief Gregory Russell

    To serve and protect (and serve again)
    March 21, 2015

    Gregory Russell might have been a professional ballplayer with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He might have been a doctor. But, almost by chance, he became a police officer. And now, after retiring from a distinguished 30-year career with the Kansas...
  • Mary Davidson Cohen

    Foundation names Johnson Countian of the Year
    March 17, 2015 | Diane Carroll

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College Foundation has selected Mary Davidson Cohen as the 2015 Johnson Countian of the Year. Cohen, a leader in education and a long-time community volunteer, will be honored this fall...
  • Melissa Wells

    Getting a new heart
    March 09, 2015

    One-year-old Sebastian is a happy little boy. He likes to initiate peek-a-boo with his mom and dad, Melissa and Alex Wells, who both work as counselors at Johnson County Community College. “He’s awesome,” said Alex,...
  • Alexa Summers

    Tuition is free, experience is priceless
    March 09, 2015

    Do you know what Alexa Summers did last summer? She took CPR and Anatomy from Johnson County Community College. What’s so great about that? She enrolled between her sophomore and junior years at Blue Valley Northwest High School. At only...
  • Chef Paula McIntyre

    The Other Celebrity Chef Paula
    March 09, 2015

    Paula McIntyre was part comedian, part tourism advocate, part philosopher and all chef when she visited Johnson County Community College March 2. McIntyre, a celebrity chef from Belfast, Northern Ireland, stopped by to give a cooking demonstration...
  • Students react positively to new web design.

    Ta-daaaah!
    February 22, 2015

    It’s fat-free, gluten-free and will erase that stubborn stain on your favorite jeans. Well, maybe not, but it is new and improved and designed to better meet our students’ needs. Notice the navigation above that big photo....
  • Alexis Railsback prepares for Miss USA pageant, reflects on her past (and future) at JCCC

    Miss Kansas USA
    February 22, 2015

    Alexis Railsback was taking classes at Johnson County Community College, working a part-time job, fitting in workouts (and working out fittings), all in hopes of becoming Miss Kansas USA for 2015. That dream became reality in November 2014 when...
  • Photo of Benjamin and Caleb Newton

    Twin entrepreneurs
    February 22, 2015

    If you’re going to be driving through Parsons, Kansas, in the year 2020, be sure to stop in to Benjamin and Caleb Newton’s renowned bakery and coffee shop. It isn’t there yet. But thanks to the entrepreneurship degree...
  • U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder speaks to student veterans at JCCC.

    Curbing veteran suicide rates
    February 22, 2015

    During a recent roundtable meeting at Johnson County Community College to discuss veteran suicides, Chris Stout told U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder the biggest problem associated with vets who kill themselves. “You don’t bring your...
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    W. Basketball - Brown back on track
    February 13, 2015 | Tyler Cundith

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A few weeks ago, Alexis Brown was making just about everything she fired at the rim, and was named conference player of week. Since then, her accuracy has been off slightly, but she got back on track Wednesday night...
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    M. Basketball – Cavaliers snap six-game skid
    January 01, 2014 | Tyler Cundith

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College men’s basketball team celebrated sophomore day with a 61-59 win over Highland Community College on Saturday afternoon at JCCC Gymnasium. The victory snapped a...