May 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Introduction To KCKCC



Choosing Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is a wonderful decision to further your education. The College’s sensitivity to the needs of its students is demonstrated by its accessibility, flexibility, comprehensiveness, quality, and accountability.

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a centrally located public 2-year institution in northeast Kansas. Within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas, the College is conveniently located within Wyandotte County.

A flexible schedule of course offerings is provided to meet the needs of its students. In addition to regular day and evening courses, KCKCC offers classes in the late afternoon, on Saturdays, in the summer, online, and at mid-semester. KCKCC has two extension sites at 1) the Pioneer-Leavenworth Career Center, 1901 Spruce in Leavenworth, Kansas, and 2) Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. KCKCC also offers classes at a variety of locations in the metropolitan area and in small towns surrounding Kansas City, Kansas.

Our college serves approximately 8,400 students annually with its programs and course offerings for both transfer credit and non-credit. 54% of our students reside within the county, 38% come from other Kansas counties; 8% from Missouri, and 1% from other states.

The average age of students at KCKCC is 26 with 59% of the student body female and 41% male. Culturally, 46% are Caucasian; 21% are African American, 21% are Hispanic; 4% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 5% are Native American or multi-racial, respectively. Full time students comprise 17 % of the student body; 83% attend part time.

Faculty members at KCKCC are committed to the philosophy of a 2-year college, have studied at colleges and universities both in the United States and in foreign countries, and bring years of practical, “real-world” experience to the classroom.

Academically, KCKCC offers four associate degrees that provide the foundation for all 4-year degrees. In addition, many 1-year programs and Certificate programs are offered. Students may complete the prerequisites to enroll in preprofessional programs (i.e., pre-pharmacy) and transfer to a four-year university or college or earn a 1-year Certificate or 2-year degree and enter the work force.

Mission

Inspire individuals & enrich our community one student at a time.

Vision

Be a national leader in academic excellence & partner of choice in the communities we serve.

Accreditation

Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. In addition, individual programs are accredited by professional organizations: the Business Department by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); Medical Assistant and Paramedic by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); Mortuary Science by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE); Nursing/Registered Nurse by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); Physical Therapist Assistant by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); and Respiratory Therapy by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Nursing programs are approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN). The college is approved by the Kansas State Approving Agency for veterans’ college training.

Purpose

An educational environment that encourages a strong commitment to high academic standards that sustain and advances excellence in learning and encourages challenging, innovative, and varied programs, teaching methods, and delivery systems; fully enhances student intellectual and social development; and stresses the attitudes, behaviors, responsibilities, and skills required for effective learning and citizenship in a multicultural democracy.

  • Transfer education in the liberal arts and sciences that enables students to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
  • Career education in a technical or professional field that enables students to achieve a certificate and/or associate degree.
  • General education and support services that expand students’ social, cultural, ethical, and intellectual horizons through the investigation of the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Continuing education that enables students to achieve and maintain workforce credentials, and to enhance personal growth and cultural enrichment.
  • Developmental education that enables students to improve basic learning skills in reading, writing, and mathematics to make satisfactory progress toward educational objectives.
  • Community services that offer cultural and recreational activities, provide access to college facilities, and that serve as a planning, research, and resource center to the college’s varied communities.
  • Education and support services that are responsive to the needs of the college’s service area, including educational systems, business and industry, community agencies, and other post-secondary institutions.
  • Student support services that assist students in achieving their educational objectives through quality advising, counseling, financial aid, enrollment services, tutoring and access.
  • Multicultural environment that reflects and respects diversity and seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of differences.
  • Administrative and institutional support services that continuously assess and evaluate college policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that the College is fulfilling its mission and achieving its purposes.
  • Activities that encourage student and community involvement geared to broaden occupational, social, political, cultural, aesthetic, athletic, and recreational interests
  • Campus environment that promotes the teaching and learning process through accessible, comfortable, safe, and well-maintained facilities.

Values

Kansas City Kansas Community College commits itself to:

  • An appreciation for multicultural education, respect for diversity and the enhancement of positive human relationships among its students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.
  • Development of a caring and concerned community based upon the principles of fair treatment, open communication, and cooperative efforts.
  • Accessible, affordable, convenient opportunities designed to serve the interests and needs of our students and communities.
  • High academic standards and elevated expectations for faculty and student performance through accountable, value-added experiences.
  • Alternative support programs and services to assist students in reaching their goals.
  • Openness to innovation and change at every level and in every unit throughout the college environment.
  • Emphasis on quality through efficient, effective, fiscally responsible education and services and on-going professional development.

History

Kansas City Kansas Community College was founded in 1923 as part of the Public School System of Kansas City, Kansas. In 1965, in accordance with legislation governing two-year colleges in the State of Kansas, the name of the College changed to Kansas City Kansas Junior College. In 1979, legislative action created another name change for the two-year colleges in the State of Kansas. The term junior was dropped from their names and replaced with community; at this time, the College officially became known as Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Buildings

The College campus located at 7250 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, was built in 1972; since that time, additional buildings have been constructed. In 1996, most buildings on campus were renamed.

In 1977, the Performing Arts Center, which houses a 363-seat Little Theatre was dedicated. The Nursing Building was completed and dedicated in March of 1981. The Community Education Building was completed in the fall of 1986.

The Jack Flint Hi-Tech Building was completed and dedicated in the spring of 1992. The Wellness Center, which was opened in the spring of 1992 in the gymnasium, quickly outgrew its space and has been in the Allied Health Building (AHB) since 1996. The AHB was renamed in 2016 to the Health Professions Building.

Construction on the new Jewell Student Center began in the fall of 1994, and many of the Student Services offices moved in at the beginning of the 1996 Spring Semester. By spring break, all Student Services had relocated to the new center.

The Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center (CTE) offers over 20 high demand career programs in a state-ofthe- art 130,000 square feet complex. The CTE offers hands-on technical skill training programs during the day which lead to certificates and employment in office and computer technology, service and health occupations, or trade and industrial fields. CTE curriculum is aligned with business and industry standards. Advanced students may participate in work-based learning experiences or internships. Leadership skills are also developed through opportunities with national student organizations.

Offering both technical certificate and associate degree programs, the Pioneer Career Center is open to community members seeking further educational career opportunities as well as eligible juniors and seniors in High School. High school students will have the chance to take classes in a “hands-on environment” while earning college credit at the same time. Credits earned at the career center can be used toward earning an associate degree at KCKCC or can be transferred to other educational institutions. Tuition for current high school students covered by Senate Bill 155, although there might be additional fees for some of the programs.

Programs and services previously offered at KCKCC-Leavenworth have moved to the Pioneer Center. This includes all KCKCC classes, the GED program, financial aid, and career placement assistance.

Centennial Hall, KCKCC’s first resident hall, will open in Summer 2022. The four-story facility will allow 248 students to live on campus and be close to both classes and activities. Typical suites will have a shared living space, including a kitchenette with a stove and refrigerator, and private bedrooms for up to four students. The building has been designed to inspire community building and to enhance learning among students.