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2016 Archive


  • Press Release

    Short-line engineer training gets an overhaul
    November 17, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College and the National Academy of Railroad Science (NARS) have combined efforts to design an intensive, eight-day course that will provide short-line engineers with training on locomotive...
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    JCCC designated as military-friendly school
    November 11, 2016

    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 Made
    November 02, 2016

    If you binge-watched horror movies for Halloween but still haven't had your fill, then horror on stage awaits you on board of the Mary O'. Mary O' is a play, unlike anything you have ever seen, something that has never been done...
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    JCCC receives grant to train veterans in truck-driving program
    October 19, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College is one of seven technical and community colleges across the nation to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety...
  • Honors program’s dynamic duos
    October 15, 2016

    Like mother, like daughter: Venita and Kirsten Cucurella "I learned about JCCC through an online web search," Venita Cucurella said. "My daughter attended JCCC during her senior year. She had such a good experience that I...
  • Press Release

    Seeking six students for STEM scholarship…
    October 12, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Current Johnson County Community College students are eligible to apply for a prestigious scholarship program from the National Science Foundation. The scholarships, based on past academic performance and...
  • New culture, new country, familiar goal
    October 07, 2016

    Twenty-five years ago, Fabiola Cruz had just gotten married. She was 15, the daughter of seasonal farm workers who moved wherever harvest time took them. Now, at 40, she’s a college student who’s already finished her associate...
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    Firehouse Subs donates AED to JCCC Police Department
    October 06, 2016

    Em Smail, supervisor of JCCC Dining Services, Gregory Russell, chief of police, and Tara Ruff, franchise owner of the Firehouse Subs in the JCCC food court, show off the new campus AED device. Photo by Susan McSpadden/JCCC OVERLAND PARK, Kan....
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    JCCC wins $10,000 national Green Genome Award for sustainability efforts
    October 03, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College is one of nine community colleges from across the nation to receive a 2016 Green Genome Award for exemplary efforts to promote sustainability. The award is presented by the American...
  • Winning at Sustainability
    October 03, 2016

    Over at the Center for Sustainability, they’re making more room on the trophy shelf. Announced only a few weeks apart, Johnson County Community College scored three major national awards for its ongoing sustainability...
  • Paving the way
    October 01, 2016

    Johnson County Community College has been selected to be a partner school with PAVE (Peer Advisers for Veterans Education), a nationally recognized peer mentor program for veterans. According their website, “PAVE connects incoming...
  • Press Release

    Good number of JCCC students voted in 2012, report shows
    September 28, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – As the nation goes to the polls to elect a president in November, Johnson County Community College again will participate in a national study that gauges how many college students choose to engage in the democratic...
  • Press Release

    National coalition chooses JCCC as outstanding recycler
    September 27, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The National Recycling Coalition selected Johnson County Community College as its higher education award winner for 2016. The organization gives singular awards in the categories of for-profit and non-profit...
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    Out and About with JCCC
    September 24, 2016

    JCCC students, faculty and staff packed up and hit the road in recent months to take a sample of our campus life to the community. You could catch JCCC representatives at Sporting Kansas City soccer matches, T-Bones baseball games and the Spencer...
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    JCAE spells GED® S-U-C-C-E-S-S
    September 24, 2016

    Johnson County Community College's Adult Basic Education/GED® Program spells out ways to gain not only academic credentials, but future degrees and knowledge that can launch its students into fulfilling careers. This week programs...
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    JCCC signs agreement with Central Methodist University to benefit students
    September 19, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In a document signed today, Central Methodist University agreed to accept a Johnson County Community College associate of arts or associate of science degree as fulfillment for CMU's general...
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    Johnson County Community College wins national Climate Leadership Award
    September 15, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Citing its commitment to sustainability issues within higher education, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected Johnson County Community College for a...
  • Job Shadowing
    September 09, 2016

    Over iced coffees in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center lobby, Kashae Roark learned what a career in marketing might be like from someone who’s already committed to the career. Morgan Shandler, public relations and marketing specialist...
  • Audrey Weber and the rugs she makes

    From what they gave away
    September 03, 2016

    Audrey Weber may be one of the few people who takes delight in old T-shirts just so she can tear them up. Weber, interpreter for Access Services at Johnson County Community College, makes rugs, purses and bags from strips of material. Soon...
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    On Being More Human
    September 03, 2016

    The Human Being Project asks “How does education make you a better human being?” The English department at Johnson County Community College is sponsoring Common Read’s The Human Being Project, which debuted during Cav...
  • JCCC Food Court

    7 secrets of eating on campus
    August 27, 2016

    If your stomach rumbles while you’re at Johnson County Community College, you could always hop into your car and head to a nearby restaurant. There are good ones nearby, to be sure. But if you haven’t sampled what JCCC Dining...
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    Connecting with American Indians
    August 20, 2016

    Growing up, 21-year-old Angela Sas knew she wanted a career that would let her help others. But she could not envision what it would be. Last summer, the Johnson County Community College student volunteered at a community-run permaculture farm in...
  • Press Release

    JCCC announces new leadership in its Instruction and Operations branch
    August 15, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – After successful nationwide searches, Johnson County Community College has selected the following higher education professionals for key leadership positions within the Instruction and Operations branch of the...
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    Take a special topics class
    August 13, 2016

    From anthropology to zoology, Johnson County Community College offers classes called “Special Topics” designed to fill unique niches in a student’s educational and career development. These classes aren’t...
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    Celebrating artistic achievement
    August 13, 2016

    Student creative writers will read their work aloud to celebrate artistry and trumpet the release of “Mind’s Eye,” the student literary magazine of Johnson County Community College. From 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18,...
  • David Moore

    People to meet. Places to go.
    August 13, 2016

    It’s safe to say David Moore, a 2015 JCCC graduate, is literally going places. Moore currently is junior sales and business development manager for a tech startup company in Germany. However, Moore’s global adventures and...
  • Samantha Courtney

    Samantha’s perseverance
    August 06, 2016

    When Samantha Courtney turned 16, she worked as a cashier at a supermarket. It wasn’t a bad job, she explained. The company treated her well. She had the job throughout high school. Still…she looked at a coworker and saw...
  • Take a virtual campus tour
    August 06, 2016

    When you have 22 buildings scattered over 234 acres, as JCCC does, that can be somewhat daunting for new and potential students. Therefore, the college has partnered with YouVisit, a leading virtual reality company with one of the largest...
  • Up to the challenge
    July 30, 2016

    Three career-related events at Johnson County Community College push high school students to collaborate, concentrate and create. The Healthcare Challenge and the Entrepreneurship Challenge joined the Technology Challenge to interest students in...
  • Samira Hussein

    Internationalizing human resources
    July 30, 2016

    Samira Hussein, a professor of business administration at Johnson County Community College, has relatives spread around the world. Her sister lives in Australia, her brother in Saudi Arabia, her niece in England, her in-laws in Egypt, and the rest...
  • Frances Thomas

    Instilling confidence behind the wheel
    July 23, 2016

    Frances Thomas loves driving trucks. For nearly three decades, she drove all sorts of trucks for UPS, and now she’s teaching others how to safely maneuver the big rigs. As an instructor at Johnson County Community College’s...
  • Jon Roberts

    Getting in the door
    July 23, 2016

    The Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) recognized Jon and Camille Roberts, co-founders of Custom Storefronts, Inc., with its very first Exporting Business of the Year. Elisa Waldman, director of the KSBDC, explained that the...
  • Learning through interaction
    July 16, 2016

    Every year, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) chooses a business to honor with its Existing Business of the Year award. For 2016, CTe Learning, owned by Steve Waddell, accepted the award. Waddell struggled while in high school,...
  • Sustainability Sculptures
    July 16, 2016

    When Edward Tajchman rolled out his sculpture from the Arts and Technology Building, people paused. They gawked. What they did next surprised its creator. “As soon as we wheeled it out, people started smiling. I didn’t expect...
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    JCCC introduces scholarship for Continuing Education students
    July 15, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Do you need a job? How about a better job? Would training help you get there? If so, Johnson County Community College’s Continuing Education Scholarship Fund might open a door for you. This year, thanks to...
  • Danny Alexander

    Real Love, No Drama
    July 09, 2016

    Why Mary J. Blige? As Danny Alexander explains it, he wants to write about the things (and people) no one else has written about. Alexander, professor of English at Johnson County Community College, chose Mary J. Blige as the subject of his book...
  • Nancie Chenoweth

    ‘You can do it, too’
    July 09, 2016

    It was going to be a tough sell. Nancie Chenoweth-Dejmal knew that. Johnson County Community College had just opened its dental hygiene program, and she wanted in. The college needed candidates that would successfully complete the program and go...
  • Getting to the heart
    July 09, 2016

    Every year, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) chooses an up-and-coming business to honor with its Emerging Business of the Year award. For 2016, Athletic Testing Solutions, owned by Eric Schroder and David Kuluva, accepted the...
  • What’s your American Dream?
    July 01, 2016

    Students in two journalism classes at Johnson County Community College partnered with public television station KCPT to gain real-world experience in writing, editing, video and promotions. The project was called Re:Dream, a nationwide effort to...
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    Heartland Chamber Music Festival stages free concerts
    June 30, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The popular Heartland Chamber Music Festival returns this summer for a nine-day run from Friday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 6. The festival, now in its seventh year with Johnson County Community College...
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    JCCC interior design receives reaccreditation from National Kitchen and Bath Association
    June 24, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The interior design program at Johnson County Community College has received reaccreditation from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), effective until 2022. The NKBA accredits college and university...
  • John Zimmerman

    Persistence pays off
    June 11, 2016

    Editor’s note: John Zimmerman began his studies at Johnson County Community College in the spring of 2004, but it wasn’t until after the spring of 2016 that he was ready to transfer to Kansas State University. Why? Zimmerman...
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    Lafayette Norwood among 12-member induction class for Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
    June 10, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Former Johnson County men’s basketball and golf coach Lafayette Norwood is among 12 inductees for the 2016 class of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, which was announced Wednesday. The induction ceremony for...
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    Kansas Regents recognize JCCC with data award
    June 09, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College was honored Wednesday with a data quality award by the Kansas Board of Regents. The award, now in its fourth year, serves as a way to recognize institutions for excellence...
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    JCCC announces honor rolls for 2016 spring semester
    June 09, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has released its student honor roll listings for the spring 2016 semester. Students appearing on the President's Honor Roll have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and have...
  • Dave Ellis

    Offering a helping hand on first steps
    June 03, 2016

    Raise your hand if you like filling out forms. Odds are, you’re a high school senior unsure of where you want to go to college, or even if you want to go to college, you’re not going to raise your hand. Filling out forms can be...
  • Jeffery Redmond

    Courage to change
    June 03, 2016

    “Ask yourself every day, ‘What would you do if you didn’t doubt yourself?’ and then do that,” said Jeffery Redmond. This philosophy led Redmond to Johnson County Community College, to membership in...
  • We 'can' help!
    June 03, 2016

    When alumna Laura Pulliam was searching for a service project for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, she picked the food pantry at Johnson County Community College. The reason was simple, she said. In her first summer as a student at JCCC,...
  • Chris Stanley

    Web Development Magic
    June 03, 2016

    Chris Stanley describes his web development certificate as “a little bit of magic.” “It really was a little bit of magic to me,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting too much when I...
  • Cassie Nelson

    Retired. Returning. Ready.
    May 27, 2016

    Cassie Nelson could be enjoying her retirement in various ways – taking vacation, relaxing or spending more time with family. Instead she’s at Johnson County Community College to get her degree, finishing what she started years...
  • Samuel Sommerville

    JCCC foreign language prof is happy 'ayudar'
    May 27, 2016

    Students learning Spanish at the U.S. State Department will benefit from the work of Samuel Sommerville, professor of foreign language at Johnson County Community College.  The School of Language Studies at...
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    Foundation chooses Adam Hamilton as Johnson Countian of the Year
    May 24, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, has been selected as the Johnson Countian of the Year by the board of the Johnson County Community College...
  • Chris Stanley

    Web Development Magic
    May 21, 2016

    Chris Stanley describes his web development certificate as "a little bit of magic." "It really was a little bit of magic to me," he said. "I wasn't expecting too much when I enrolled." But…poof! He used...
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    Hospitality and Culinary Academy at JCCC named for John 'Jack' and Glenna Wylie
    May 16, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The newest building at Johnson County Community College will be named the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy after the late businessman and philanthropist John “Jack” Wylie and his departed...
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    JCCC introduces metro tuition rate for Missouri residents
    May 13, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Because the price of quality education is sometimes an obstacle for people wanting to go to college, the new Johnson County Community College metro tuition rate makes it more affordable for those who want to cross...
  • STEM: It's a Girl Thing
    May 13, 2016

    Flying drones. Artic parkas. Robots made from toothbrushes. All this, and more, was part of STEM: It’s a Girl Thing, a half-day workshop for fourth and fifth-grade girls at Johnson County Community College.  It was a...
  • Steve Gerson

    ‘Time to be thankful’
    May 13, 2016

    Steve Gerson, professor of English, is a happy man. It’s not just because he’s retiring after 38 years at Johnson County Community College. It’s not because he’s been chosen for a prestigious national award....
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    Sandate appointed to fill JCCC board vacancy
    May 06, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Henry Sandate has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College. Sandate, Shawnee, self-employed, State Farm agent, will complete the term of Bob Drummond, who...
  • Andrea Broomfield

    Kansas City, food and history
    May 06, 2016

    Andrea Broomfield, professor of English at Johnson County Community College, has written a tribute to her hometown. She calls it “a labor of love.” The book “Kansas City: A Food Biography” shares hundreds of...
  • Marlon Moore

    Marine, mover and motivated
    April 29, 2016

    Marlon Moore is going to be a fire fighter. He’ll need courage to run into burning buildings, but he’s already proved he’s courageous enough to start over. “It’s kind of intimidating, thinking...
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    21 high schools represented at Metro Kansas City Model United Nations, hosted by JCCC
    April 26, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Students from 21 Midwestern high schools gathered at Johnson County Community College April 13 to solve world problems. As part of the annual Metro Kansas City Model United Nations conference, 275 delegates from...
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    JCCC announces 2016-17 season for Performing Arts Series
    April 25, 2016

    Garrison Keillor OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Foreigner, The Official Blues Brothers Revue and the Broadway tour of “Annie” lead the parade of stellar shows that will be part of the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series at Johnson...
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    JCCC board sets meeting to narrow trustee applicants
    April 19, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The JCCC board of trustees has scheduled a special board meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, to be held in the Hugh W. Speer Board Room at Johnson County Community College. At the meeting, the board will narrow...
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    JCCC environmental science professor named NEH Summer Scholar
    April 08, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Deborah Williams, professor/chair of environmental science, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the...
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    NJCAA takes note of JCCC’s sports information director
    April 07, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Tyler Cundith, long-time sports information director at Johnson County Community College, was honored April 1 with a service award by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at a dinner in Colorado...
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    Model U.N. Receives Distinguished Delegation Award
    April 04, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received Distinguished Delegation award at the 2016 National Model United Nations conference for their representation of the Kenya.   In...
  • Cosmetology student dresses the hair of a prom-goer.

    Pretty for Prom
    April 02, 2016

    Rita’s chestnut-brown hair towered high on her head, the tumbling curls sequestered in place by clips of glittering butterflies. It was prom night, and Rita was getting the full treatment – hair, makeup and manicure. But she...
  • Small experiences total big rewards
    April 02, 2016

    One-on-one conversations with professors. Stimulating advanced learning opportunities. A comfortable sense of belonging. Individually, all these Johnson County Community College experiences would be meaningful to say the least, but...
  • Culinary students

    Regional win propels JCCC culinary team to national competition
    March 29, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Culinary students from Johnson County Community College who won a regional championship in St. Louis this month will be heading to the national competition in Phoenix this summer. The team, made up of five students...
  • Eve Blobaum

    Defining community and the diminishing small town
    March 26, 2016

    What exactly makes up a community? Eve Blobaum, associate professor of sociology at Johnson County Community College couldn’t help but ask the question that has perplexed sociologists for years. "It's a bear of a...
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    JCCC recognized nationally for developing quality public health program
    March 22, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College is being recognized for creating new paths and re-imaging instruction for public health professionals. It is one of only six community colleges nationwide receiving the award. The...
  • Carla Northington

    Compassion across continents
    March 18, 2016

    Carla Northington works as a burn-unit nurse at Children's Mercy Hospital. It's a tough job, even for the most compassionate of caregivers. But Northington knew she could do it. While a nursing student at Johnson County Community...
  • Naturalization ceremony

    I pledge allegiance…
    March 18, 2016

    In Yardley Hall March 16, flags were waved, names were read, and Johnson County Community College student Jacqueline Bitendelo and 187 other people became American citizens. The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of her two older brothers who...
  • Jerry Cook

    Mr. Chairman
    March 11, 2016

    Inspiring learning to transform lives can positively change communities. Such are the cornerstone pillars that Jerry Cook builds from as a leader in higher education. “I am one who believes that teaching and and learning are...
  • Matthias Lechner

    Creating 'Zootopia' and a career
    March 07, 2016

    Disney artist Matthias Lechner offered Johnson County Community College students a sneak peek at his latest movie, “Zootopia,” and answered questions about getting started in an animation career. Lechner is art director of...
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    Ted Cruz for President Campaign Rally to take place at JCCC Wednesday
    March 01, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be holding a campaign rally on Wednesday, March 2, in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the event starting at 6:30 p.m. This...
  • Hosting a championship
    February 27, 2016

    On the evening of Saturday, March 19, a national champion will be decided on the court of Johnson County Community College. The National Junior College Athletic Association D-II women’s basketball championship game will cap off a week of...
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    Bob Drummond submits resignation from JCCC board of trustees
    February 22, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Bob Drummond has submitted his resignation from Johnson County Community College board of trustees.  The trustees will consider his resignation at their regular monthly meeting on March 24th, 2016. Drummond...
  • Mpho Kekana

    Ripples From Apartheid
    February 19, 2016

    Mpho Kekana grew up in a township in South Africa amidst the fall of apartheid and the freeing of Nelson Mandela. Like ripples from a rock thrown into a pond, the effects of that political upheaval led to his graduation from Johnson County...
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    JCCC Model United Nations team wins two position paper awards, honorable mention
    February 18, 2016 | Media contact: Anne Christiansen-Bullers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received an Honorable Mention Delegation Award plus two position paper awards for its portrayal of France and Vietnam at the 2016 Midwest Model...
  • Maria Kuripet Diaz

    From trauma to triumph
    February 09, 2016

    Maria Kuripet Diaz, winner of a BizFest scholarship through the JCCC Foundation, is sure that without those funds, she’d never be successful in college. She imagines herself as a receptionist at a car dealership, trying to squeeze in...
  • Johnson County certifies JCCC as a green partner
    February 04, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College was honored today by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioner as a certified green partner. The county board recognized JCCC and six other local businesses and organizations...
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    Academic Excellence Teams selected for national tournament
    February 04, 2016

    Two teams from Johnson County Community College Academic Excellence Challenge teams will compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Community College National Tournament Feb. 26-27 – a first for the organization. Previously, only...
  • Kendyl McDougald throwing a javelin

    Athlete, leader, scholar and volunteer
    January 30, 2016

    When Kendyl McDougald, Johnson County Community College student-athlete, wasn’t practicing her javelin throws, she was studying. When she wasn’t studying, she was volunteering. For her hard work, McDougald received the Lea...
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    JCCC announces honor rolls for 2015 fall semester
    January 25, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has released its student honor roll listings for the Fall 2015 semester. Students appearing on the President's Honor Roll have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and have...
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    JCCC names Waldman head of Kansas Small Business Development Center
    January 25, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College is pleased to announce that Elisa Waldman has been selected as the new regional director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at JCCC. She replaces Malinda...
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    Six faculty members chosen for Distinguished Service Award
    January 22, 2016

    To recognize and reward excellence in job performance, a judge has chosen six Johnson County Community College faculty members for the Distinguished Service Award for 2016. After reviewing applications and supporting materials, Dr. Beth Chance,...
  • Erica Nelson

    JCCC hoop teams ranked in top 5
    January 06, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams have both earned top-5 national rankings in their respective national polls release on Wednesday, Jan. 6,...
  • Daniel Jenab

    Depth of perception
    January 01, 2014

    If Daniel Jenab is being honest, he wasn’t that excited about going to Johnson County Community College – at first. “My preconceptions were not very positive,” he said. “I thought, ‘This...