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  • Left: Keilah Jadow, right: Roger Rigueroa

    Two students design for KC Fashion Week
    March 20, 2017

    Two student fashion designers from Johnson County Community College – Keilah Jadow and Roger Rigueroa - have been chosen to share their styles at Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW). Both are working to obtain associate degrees in apparel...
  • Young girl wearing safety goggles and holding a molecular model

    JCCC gets grant to get STEM Scholars succeeding
    March 19, 2017

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Johnson County Community College more than $600,000 for a program called STEM Scholars. The NSF, a federal agency that supports science research and education, has a track record of working with...
  • Several basketball players' hands reaching up to grab a basketball

    Championship basketball: Both men and women head to Nationals
    March 19, 2017

    The Lady Cavaliers travel to North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark., for its first game at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. They face District O winner, Lackawanna College (19-10) of Scranton, Penn. JCCC (30-2), the District B winner, was awarded the...
  • Ron Suskind in a chair addressing the Kansas Autism Conference

    ‘Life, Animated’ writer: ‘How does it feel to be you?’
    March 07, 2017

    If Ron Suskind was writing this story, he would not begin by inserting the name of the speaker (his), the place where he spoke (the CoLab at Johnson County Community College) or the composition of the audience (journalism students). Suskind, a...
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    Pastries, petals and produce for sale
    March 07, 2017

    Buy fresh flowers and pastries at Johnson County Community College from 3 to 5:30 p.m. most Fridays during the spring and fall semesters. When in season, add some fresh produce from the Open Petal Farm as well It’s not only a chance for...
  • Stock image of skateboarder

    Alumnus to share documentary March 21
    March 03, 2017

    After two-and-a-half years of interviewing, filming and editing, Richie Wolfe is ready to share his documentary on the history of skateboarding in Kansas City. The full-length film “The Line” will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m....
  • Jessie Artigue

    Tips for winning at social media
    February 19, 2017

    Blogger, stylist and podcaster Jessie Artigue shared her tips on creating social media during an appearance at Johnson County Community College. Artigue is also known as Jessie Pepper on her styling blog, styleandpepper.com, and her half of the...
  • Dan Kampen

    For the love of his departed wife
    February 10, 2017

    In life, Mindy Kampen was a study in perseverance, according to her husband, Dan. A memorial scholarship fund in her honor will help others overcome obstacles, too. The gift funds scholarships for students interested in taking classes in...
  • Nicole Fuentes

    Student vlogger: “Why I Love JCCC”
    January 30, 2017

    It isn’t easy to profess your love without sounding sappy, but for Nicole Fuentes, creating the video love letter “Why I Love JCCC” was relatively easy. All she needed was a Canon G7X point-and-shoot camera, a sunny...
  • Come to the CoLab: JCCC's new "creativity toolbox" for experiential learning
    January 27, 2017

    Modeled after other collaborative workspaces springing up across the country, the Collaboration Center at Johnson County Community College is bringing people together. The Collaboration Center – also known as the CoLab –...
  • Student Center exterior

    Welcome!
    January 17, 2017

    Welcome to spring semester 2017 at Johnson County Community College! The current term might be your first semester here, your last, or somewhere in between, but a new semester is always a great opportunity to practice some good...
  • 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...
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    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.’...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...