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2016 Archive


  • New class: Spanish equivalent of Comp I
    January 09, 2017

    A new class at Johnson County Community College will help students who grew up speaking Spanish to better learn the spelling, grammar and other rules of their “heritage”...
  • Triple Play: Sisters Earn PMI-PBA® Certificates
    January 03, 2017

    It’s long been said, the family that plays together stays together and in the case of the three Brown sisters, the family that learns together earns certifications together. Jennifer and Janelle Brown are twins and Natashea is their...
  • Press Release

    Volunteers package 20,000 meals at BNSF to help stop hunger
    December 22, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Somewhere in the world, a child who is hungry soon will eat a meal packaged by volunteers associated with Johnson County Community. On Friday, Dec. 16, more than 145 people, mostly staff from Burlington Northern...
  • Press Release

    JCCC enters partnership with UPS on tuition assistance
    December 20, 2016

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has agreed to become a partner in the United Parcel Service (UPS) Earn and Learn® program. Under the terms of the agreement signed on Tuesday, Dec. 20, JCCC will allow a...
  • JCCC marketing class meeting in Collaboration Center

    Local Store Gets PR Boost
    December 03, 2016

    Students tackle collaboration – local business scores Energy that's created by collaboration is undeniable. When academic hunger meets real-world business needs great things can happen, which is why JCCC's Small Business...
  • Ben Carpenter poses in front of his food computer prototype model

    Making a food computer
    December 03, 2016

    Rest assured: it may be in pieces now, but Ben Carpenter will complete a personal food computer. “Those who know me know that once I get an idea into my head, I don’t stop,” he said. For his tenacity and technical...
  • A smiling Sarah Patton at a podium presenting her research

    On the ‘trail’ of history
    December 03, 2016

    Johnson County Community College alumna Sarah Patton wanted a history internship that was unlike any other. She found it researching for the Indian Creek Trail Interpretive Signage Project. The project is a series of outdoor exhibit panels to be...
  • 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...
  • Press Release

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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Adult Basic Education/GED® Program photos

    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...
  • Press Release

    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...
  • Daniel Jenab

    Depth of perception
    September 12, 2016

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Student interns in the AIHREA program

    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...
  • Decorative image

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Press Release

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Press Release

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...