In this month’s school spotlight, we are highlighting consortium partner school, Colby Community College, located in northwest of Kansas, about 50 miles from the Colorado and Nebraska borders. Find out what makes this school cool.
We asked Doug Johnson, Director of Public Information for Colby Community College, to tell us more about CCC which is nestled in the High Plains, here’s what he shared:
Colby Community College offers a variety of one and two-year degree and transfer programs. From its humble beginning in 1964, which consisted of makeshift classrooms in downtown buildings, the college has blossomed into a dynamic institution of more than 1,900 students. In addition to an 80-acre main campus, CCC operates a 60-acre farm for students to use as a hands-on laboratory and training facility. A pioneer in outreach education, CCC accommodates hundreds of off-campus students by offering classes in the 14-county service area.
CCC is a member of the prestigious Jayhawk Conference. NJCAA Division I varsity sports include basketball, wrestling, volleyball, track, cross country, softball, baseball and rodeo.
In addition, students at CCC enjoy a variety of activities, intramural sports and several clubs and organizations. The college also offers a renovated fitness center and indoor swimming pool for student and public use.
CCC has a strong history of student performance and consistently ranks among the best in graduation and retention rates for Kansas two-year public colleges.
Recent highlights include
- Ranked 11th out of 565 community colleges nationwide in the Best Community Colleges of 2016 study by financial advisor SmartAsset
- One of only five institutions in the country to offer a veterinary technology program both on-campus and online
- A national top ten performer (two-year sector) in graduation rates as recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education (August 2015)
- Named by the Aspen Institute among the top 150 community colleges in the nation (Fall 2015)
- Ranked no. 36 out of 821 of the best community colleges in the nation by Wallethub (Fall 2016)
- CCC’s technical program graduates reported the second highest incomes among graduates from other two-year public institutions in Kansas (K-TIP report, Kansas Board of Regents)
- Seven CCC athletic teams earned national recognition for grade point averages of at least 3.0, including women’s cross country who posted the highest national GPA for their sport (3.74) in NJCAA Division I
- CCC’s nursing program was listed among the nation’s top three percent of vocational, career, and community college nursing schools by Nursing Schools Almanac