Garden City Community College
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|Motto||From Here You Can Go Anywhere|
|President||Herbert J. Swender|
|Location||Garden City, Kansas, United States|
|Colors||Brown, gold and white
Garden City Community College, commonly referred to as Garden City CC or GCCC, is a fully accredited community college located in Garden City, Kansas, United States. GCCC has regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The GCCC Nursing Program is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Certain GCCC programs have also obtained other specific individual accreditation.
Garden City Community College was established in 1919 to provide a means for post-secondary education for area residents. The school initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100 block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School and opened with a first class of less than three dozen students. The college moved to the then-new Garden City High School building in 1954. The Kansas Legislature passed the Community College Act in 1965, authorizing establishment of 22 independent colleges including GCCC. Today GCCC is one of 19 Kansas community colleges.
Garden City Community College is a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and offers a variety of sports programs, referred to as the Broncbusters and Lady Broncbusters. GCCC has experienced large success in football, basketball, and baseball. Notable alumni of the school include former NFL Pro-Bowler Corey Dillon, and current NFL player Phil Loadholt.
The first four community colleges in Kansas were established in 1919, and GCCC is one of two from that group which still exist. It was created by county-wide election on April 1, 1919, and opened in September of the same year. GCCC initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100 block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School, and opened with a first class of less than three dozen students. The first graduate, Mildred Hope of Garden City, earned her degree in the spring of 1920.
The college moved to the then-new Garden City High School building in 1954, and first occupied a campus of its own in 1958 on property where Buffalo Jones Elementary School is located. The first effort to establish GCCC as an entity separate from the Garden City public school system was launched in 1958. It was killed in a Kansas legislative committee, a second attempt was also rejected in 1962. In 1963, the college moved back to Sabine and Calkins Halls, and also made use of nearby Ben Grimsley Gym, as well as a group of adjacent World War II-era barracks buildings.
The Kansas Legislature passed the Community College Act in 1965, authorizing establishment of 22 independent colleges including GCCC. This authorized the institution to levy taxes, conduct its own programs, and function independently of the K-12 school system. County voters elected the first GCCC Board of Trustees in July 1965. Today, GCCC is one of 19 Kansas community colleges. The present 14-building, 63-acre (250,000 m2) campus at 801 Campus Drive was designed between July, 1965 and January, 1966.
Voters approved a $2.5 million bond issue, supplemented by a $538,000 federal grant for construction. Erected between 1968 and 1970 were the original residence hall, Academic Building, Saffell Library, Administration Building, Fouse Science-Math Building, Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building and Physical Education Building. The Collins Technical Building was added in 1974, and a residential life addition was built in 1978. The Penka Building was added in 1986, when additions were completed to the Joyce, Collins and PE Buildings. Williams Stadium, a baseball facility, was also added. In January 1996 a 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2). 1.4 million dollar technical teaching laboratory was completed so that GCCC could provide more training for workers in area and national industries.
A three-building student apartment complex opened in 2002, and a 12,900-square-foot (1,200 m2), two-level addition to the original student center was completed in 2003, with the entire structure renamed the Beth Tedrow Student Center. The 19,260-square-foot (1,789 m2), three-level, two-story Student and Community Services Center opened in August, 2006 and was dedicated in October of the same year. Attached to the original Administration Building, the $3.12 million facility consolidated public and student services, provided an on-campus home for adult basic education, added a series of 21st-century classrooms and created a single point of assistance for most services GCCC provides.
Garden City Community College has regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The GCCC Nursing Program is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Certain GCCC programs have also obtained other specific individual accreditation. GCCC has been accepted for the continuous quality improvement accreditation model by the national Academic Quality Improvement Project. While the normal accreditation review process is every ten years, member schools who participate in the AQIP program have their accreditation reviewed yearly.
The athletic teams offered at GCCC are referred to as the Broncbusters and compete in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. GCCC owns more than 70 acres (280,000 m2) east of Campus Drive, which has been developed in a cooperative effort with the City of Garden City. Named Tangeman Fields in honor of Dr. James Tangeman, a former president, the property includes softball and baseball facilities. Also located there are the college's indoor baseball practice building, a football practice area, running track with public seating, and soccer fields.
- Corey Dillon, former NFL player for the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, competed in and won Super Bowl XXXIX, four-time Pro Bowl selection
- Mark Fox, University of Georgia men's basketball head coach
- Mike Friede, gridiron football player
- Darrin Hancock, former NBA player, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American team and National Player of the Year who later starred in the 1993 Final Four with the University of Kansas
- Kay-Jay Harris, former NFL player for the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins
- Tyreek Hill, 2014 Big 12 Conference indoor track 200m champion, football player for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
- Corey Jenkins, former NFL player for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears
- C.J. Jones, current free agent, former NFL player for several teams
- Gene Keady, basketball coach for Purdue Boilermakers and member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame
- Phil Loadholt, NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings
- Nick Marshall, quarterback for the Auburn Tigers
- Dayton Moore, general manager and senior VP for the Kansas City Royals
- Frank Murphy, former NFL and UFL player, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first-team and National Player of the Year
- Darvis Patton, "Doc", retired sprinter in track and field, three-time Olympian (two silver medals), four-time participant at the World Championships (multiple medals, including two golds)
- Derrick Pope, current free agent, former NFL and CFL player for several teams
- Keith Smart, former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs; played for the Fort Wayne Fury of the CBA; hit the game winning basket for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1987 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship versus Syracuse; former Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and the Sacramento Kings; current Assistant Coach for the Memphis Grizzlies
- Tyson Thompson, former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys