Welcome to Dodge City Community College
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Dodge City Community College family, I am pleased to welcome you to DCCC. Since 1935, the College has provided outstanding opportunities for students to attain higher education and technical/vocational skills at an affordable cost in the local community. In addition to excellent transfer and career programs, DCCC offers outstanding athletic programs and student activities, affordable childcare through its Child Development Center, and programs for the community. We are focused on student success and committed to student achievement in the classroom, through leadership opportunities, and on the sports field. We believe in opportunities for our students to develop critical thinking skills, enhance character, acquire learning skills, and prepare for a professional career. These are the values that our industry partners, supporters, faculty and administration are focused on.
The new student activities building is under construction and expected to be complete July 2016. It will be the home for our collegiate basketball and volleyball games, student intramurals, graduations, and will offer a public walking track for the college and community. Recent accomplishments include improved access to the campus, new technical teaching facilities, and a new residence hall. Student success through affordable educational opportunities and excellent student support is our unconditional commitment, and I am confident you will be glad you became a Conquistador.
Dr. Harold Nolte, President
DCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association. Persons interested in sending third party comments may access www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or write to Public Comment on Dodge City Community College, The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504
DCCC is also accredited by the Kansas Department of Education. The College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council of North Central Colleges, the National Commission on Accrediting, the American Council on Education, and the Kansas Association of Community Colleges.
AQIP - Academic Quality Improvement Program
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is an alternative process through which an organization can maintain its accredited status with The Higher Learning Commission. AQIP’s goal is to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education. AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance. By sharing both its improvement activities and their results through AQIP, an organization develops the structure and systems essential to achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself — and the evidence to enable the Commission to reaffirm accreditation.
For more information on DCCC's Academic Quality Improvement Program please click here.
Evaluations of Institutional Effectiveness
The College solicits data from staff, faculty, and students in the form of Noel-Levitz surveys and the Faces of the Future surveys as a means of measuring employee concerns and performance results regarding student stakeholder groups and, in turn, benchmarks the results against peer institutions.
For more information on DCCC's Academic Quality Improvement Program please click here.
DCCC will provide opportunities for high quality learning and will enhance community and personal development in a student centered environment.
DCCC will be the model among peer institutions for delivering the highest quality education and career development.
The quality learning environment of Dodge City Community College will be fostered by the following core values:
Collaboration: The College will meet the needs of industry and our community and work with all organizations interested in supporting educational opportunities and will promote teamwork in decision-making processes.
Compassion: The College will strive to demonstrate sensitivity and understanding.
Diversity: The College will be sensitive to diversity and continue to improve processes that embrace diversity and foster understanding.
Excellence: The College will improve through continuous monitoring and assessment of practices.
Inclusiveness: The College will welcome full participation of all stakeholders.
Integrity: The College will exemplify honesty, fairness, reliability, and respect with regard to persons, practices, and policies.
Involvement: The College will recognize and support community activity.
Learning: The College will embrace lifelong learning at all levels of the organization, promote learning throughout the area, incorporate technologies, and engage in practices that enhance learning for all.
Loyalty: The College will create an environment that promotes esprit de corps, open communication, and commitment to the vision of the College and needs of the region.
Dodge City Community College is a comprehensive community college, operating with an open-door admissions policy within Ford County, Kansas and an eight-county service region. The college is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees and is responsible to the community it serves and to the State of Kansas. Dodge City Community College recognizes the existence of individual learning styles and is committed to providing quality instructional programs, student support services, and affordable lifelong learning opportunities. The college challenges students to initiate and maintain academic, technical, physical, spiritual, social, and personal growth.
The provision of higher education is a public responsibility. Therefore, Dodge City Community College recognizes the need to maintain a viable relationship with the community it serves. Furthermore, Dodge City Community College recognizes that all persons have a fundamental right to seek self-fulfillment through responsible participation in the learning environment.
History of DCCC
Founded in 1935, Dodge City Community College is the eleventh oldest institution among the nineteen community colleges in Kansas. It developed partly because of the Great Depression of the 1930s to give students a chance to extend their high school education or learn vocational skills at an affordable cost in a convenient location. It also developed because community leaders could foresee the long-range value of a two-year college as an educational, vocational, and cultural resource.
Originally, the college was a public junior college. In its first statement of “Purpose,” the college declared that its basic functions were “To serve the interests of students destined for specialization in the institutions of higher education…and to meet the needs of students interested in the terminal type of work or the semi-professional fields.” From the first, the college identified strongly with its community, describing itself as “the ‘peoples’ college...and available to all.”
Initially, the college was accredited by the Kansas State Board of Education and the University of Kansas. It was also a member of the American Association of Junior Colleges. The curriculum was restricted by today’s standards but inclusive for the times. The college offered a range of general education courses and more specialized training in “Vocations and Professions.” In 1936, the college graduated its first class, thirteen students.
The college maintained its identity as a junior college for many years, adding courses, programs, services, and certificates as local needs demanded. By 1957, however, the college had outgrown its location on the third floor of the high school. As a result, the college moved to Dodge City’s old junior high building, currently the main offices of Unified School District #443 at 1000 Second Avenue.
In 1965, the State of Kansas passed enabling legislation to make its junior colleges true community colleges. This meant that the college could have its own governing board, responsible for hiring a chief executive officer, approving a budget, and establishing college policies. It also meant that the college could create programs and services in even more direct response to local needs. Ford County voted overwhelmingly to accept fiscal responsibility for the college and elected a Board of Trustees in 1965. A year later, in 1966, the college was fully accredited by the North Central Association.
The first Board of Trustees began planning for a new campus almost immediately. Enrollment had increased again, this time enough to require an entirely new facility. Ford County endorsed a $2.5-million bond issue in 1966, and in March 1970 the college moved to its current location. This change allowed the college to become more effective in its operations and gave the community a focal site for activities.
Since this move, the college has experienced relatively steady growth in nearly all aspects of its operations. In 1988, several post-secondary education components of the Area Vocational Technical School transferred to the college, and in 1994 the college assumed responsibility as the Area Technical Center. This shift and increased enrollment have required expansion of facilities and programs overall. The college has recently remodeled or built structures across campus.
The college has expanded its programs and services as well. It has created a system of outreach sites and centers, and it supplements the local outreach efforts of area four-year institutions. It has extended its offerings directly into local industry, making available work-related training and life skill courses. It has greatly enlarged its adult education services and programs for non-English speaking students. It is also expanding to include current electronic technologies through the creation of a campus computer network and a fiber optic classroom to augment distance learning.
The history of Dodge City Community College demonstrates a real ability to change and grow. Whatever new challenges the college will face, it looks forward to the future role it will inevitably play in the lives of all of its constituents.