Independence Community College
|Independence Community College|
|Location||Independence, Kansas, USA
|Athletics||10 Varsity Teams|
|Colors||Vegas Gold and Navy Blue|
Independence Community College is a community college in Independence, Kansas, United States. It is located between Tulsa, Kansas City, Wichita, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri and was formerly known as Independence Community Junior College.
ICC was established in 1925 as the 13th and 14th grades of the Independence Public Schools. In 1967, the college was legally separated from the local school district and a bond issue financed the construction of new buildings on the grounds of the old Independence Country Club golf course. The college was moved in 1970 to the 68-acre (28 ha) campus south of Independence (a former golf course) that it currently occupies. Campus facilities include the Academic Building, Fine Arts Building, Student Union, Cessna Learning Center, Field House, Administration Building, Maintenance Building, Esch Observatory, athletic practice fields, parking lots, a lake, and dormitories. There is a second campus, ICC West, which was constructed in 2011 and focuses on workforce development and technical programs.
Independence Community College is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers several 2 year associate degree programs along with more than 20 certificate programs in vocational occupations. Associate degrees can be earned in the arts, sciences, and applied sciences and include but are not limited to accounting, different disciplines of engineering technology, athletic training, liberal studies, management, early childhood education, theater, veterinary technology, and, through a partnership with Neosho County Community College, nursing. Certificate programs include administrative office management, computer programming, cosmetology, EMT, small business management, and theatre among others. The William Inge Center for the Arts offers additional opportunities for students to work directly with professionals in theatre.
For students who qualify, there is a student support service known as Trio. The Trio lab employs a handful of student tutors as well as a math/science specialist and an English specialist. Cultural activities are also offered by Trio and include trips to various local events/attractions as well as campus visits to surrounding universities. The Trio staff offers a guiding hand through the college experience and will often help with the transfer process to a 4 year institution.
The ICC athletic teams are called the Pirates and the official team colors are Navy Blue and Vegas Gold. The college is affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association and is a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. There are ten athletic programs on campus: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, cheer and dance, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, baseball, golf, Throughout the course of the academic year, students have the opportunity to cheer on their Pirates at over 100 home games.
Independence Community College offers a handful of different activities for students to participate in outside of sports. There is a book club that meets once a week and decides together what books to read and discuss. The Buccaneer is the campus newspaper that is composed of articles written by students and staff alike. Open Mic Nights allow students, employees, and community members to read or perform their original or favorite literary or musical works. ICC also has a multi-cultural student organization (MSO) whose purpose is to bring together students of different cultural backgrounds and foster an attitude of acceptance. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for junior colleges and ICC's chapter was ranked in the top 100 out of 1,100 active chapters. Every few months the campus also sponsors some sort of intramural tournament that generally lasts about two days.
William Inge Center for the Arts
ICC is also home to the William Inge Center for the Arts, named after famous playwright, William Inge, an alumnus of the college. The center is home to the Inge Festival which is a four-day festival in which community members and students alike can participate in workshops, attend plays, and tour the historical sites around town that were part of Inge's childhood. The campus library is also home to a collection of original manuscripts, William Inge's personal book collection and his personal record collection.
- Fay Bradley, physician and 2003 USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame inductee
- Armen Gilliam, Former NBA player
- Harvey Grant, Former NBA player
- William Inge, American playwright and novelist
- Bobby Johnson, Former NFL wide receiver, New York Giants
- Emmanuel Lamur, NFL linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals
- Ron Parker, NFL cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs
- Allen Patrick, NFL running back
- Ruben Patterson, former American professional basketball player
- Reggie Rembert, Former NFL wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets
- Ron Warner, Former NFL defensive end, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins
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