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In the 1960s, residents of Johnson County began to seriously consider the creation of a local college. The area had a rapidly growing population and a good school system from which a local college could draw students, and it was hard to ignore the community college movement emerging in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas. Johnson County Community College became the first new college recommended for creation under the Kansas Community Junior College Act of 1965. A special county-wide election was held in March 1967, and the proposed community college was approved by a 3-1 majority.
Today, more than 44,000 credit students and continuing education students enroll at JCCC each year. A full range of undergraduate credit courses is available, forming the first two years of most college curricula. In addition, more than 50 one- and two-year career and certificate programs are offered to prepare students to enter the job market in high employment fields. Many of these programs are available in online formats.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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