NCCC College Catalog 2024-2025 
    Jul 23, 2024  
NCCC College Catalog 2024-2025

General Information

The Neosho County Community College Catalog is a reference to those interested in academic policies, procedures, and programs. Refer to the table of contents or the index for specific topics of interest.

Degree requirements and programs are organized by department. Course descriptions are provided to help you and your academic advisor plan your academic choices.

Course Description Key

The following course description key explains the system used for courses listed throughout the catalog.

  • Credit hour: In the historical definition, a credit hour is the academic unit received for taking a subject for one hour a week for one 16-week semester. With semesters and terms of variable length and with online classes, this definition does not apply in all situations. However, the term is still used to refer to the amount of commitment required for a single course. In all cases, strict adherence to the 750 minutes per credit hour and up to 1500 minutes for lab courses is required, plus additional required time for the final.The range of credit per course is usually 1-6 credits for a course, with three credit hours as the most common. As a rule of thumb, a student should expect to spend approximately two hours outside of class in preparation/study for every one hour in class. In reference to our college courses, the term “hour” is applied to all such credits. Typically, 60-64 credit hours are required for an associate degree.

Full-time college students take 12-18 credit hours of courses per 16-week semester, with 15 to 16 being the most common. A 12-hour minimum is required in a 16-week semester for “full-time” status, which is very important to those receiving financial aid or scholarships. Semesters that are shorter that 16 weeks, such as the 4-week summer sessions, have greater limitations on the number of credit hours that can be taken. For instance, in the case of the summer sessions, the maximum number of credit hours that can be taken is 6. An overload of additional credits may be approved by the Chief Academic Officer per student.

  • 000 Level Classes: These developmental classes focus on academic preparedness by helping students develop the skills and competencies needed to become better students and lifelong learners.
  • 100 Level Classes: These classes are commonly referred to as “Freshmen Level” and are often times the first course in a sequence of courses, a foundation course for a field of study, or a survey course intended for any degree-seeking student. Generally, 100 level courses should be taken in the first year of college, but this does not always occur.
  • 200 Level Classes: Often called “Sophomore Level,” these courses build on knowledge gained in 100 level courses. However, it is not uncommon for first year students to enroll in 200 level classes.
  • Prerequisite: This is a course that must be taken before another course in a sequence. For instance, ENGL 101 - English Composition I  must be taken and passed with a grade of “D” or better before the student can enroll in ENGL 289 - English Composition II .
  • Co-requisite: If a course has a co-requisite then the student must enroll in another course during the same semester as the first course. For instance, students who enroll in BIOL 111 - General Biology  must also enroll in the lab course, BIOL 112 - General Biology Lab , during the same semester.

Sample Course Descriptions

3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide comprehensive, yet practical instruction in payroll. Payroll systems, the preparation of payroll tax returns and reports, as well as payroll laws and regulations will be studied. Computer applications will be included.

The letters ACCT denote the department in which the course is offered, in this case, Accounting. The three digits of the course number 107 represent the level of the course. Credit hours and a description of the course follow and any prerequisites, co-requisites or important notations will be listed in italics.

3 credit hours

Constructive writing is continued from Composition I with a focus on the incorporation of research into one’s prose by utilizing discipline appropriate citation guidelines. Readings from various disciplines are used to acquaint students with diverse opinions and to encourage them to organize their own ideas on a variety of topics. Practice in effective writing and development of an adequate vocabulary are emphasized. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 English Composition I.

The letters ENGL denote the department in which the course is offered, in this case, English. The three digits of the course number 289 represent the level of the course. Credit hours and a description of the course follow and a prerequisite are listed in italics.

College History, Location And Facilities

Neosho County Community College (NCCC) traces its beginnings to Chanute Junior College, established in 1936 so that graduates of Chanute High School, as well as other area high schools, could attend college close to home. Chanute Junior College operated as a part of the public school system and was governed by the Chanute Board of Education until July 1, 1965.

In 1961, state legislation provided the means for the College to become a countywide community junior college, and on July 1, 1965, Chanute Junior College became Neosho County Community Junior College, an institution with its own governing Board of Trustees. Voters in Neosho County passed a bond issue in October 1965 providing for a four-building campus, separate from the high school, to be constructed in the southwestern part of Chanute. The new facilities-two instructional buildings, with one containing an administrative center; a library; and a student center-were ready for use at the start of the 1968 fall semester. Added to the campus was an interdenominational chapel, a gift from the estate of the late Jewel and K.C. Snyder.

Since 1968, several new buildings have been added to the Chanute campus, including two residence halls, one built in 1971 and another in 2000; a vocational building, completed in 1981; a wellness center, completed in 1991; and a multipurpose building, completed in 2001, as well as expansion and remodeling of some existing facilities.

The university parallel transfer program remains an important one, but state legislation in July 1980 allowed the College to reflect the fact that the transfer program was only one aspect of the total operation of the College. The word junior was omitted from the College name.

In 1979, the Kansas State Board of Education, the state-level body that then exercised oversight for community colleges, assigned service areas to the various colleges. In addition to Neosho County, the College was assigned Franklin County and most of Anderson County. In 1991, the College opened a branch campus in Ottawa, the county seat of Franklin County, using a new building through a lease agreement with the City of Ottawa. An expansion of that building occurred in 1995 and again in 2010. In 2003, the NCCC Foundation purchased the Ottawa campus. Today, the College offers classes and other services on the Chanute campus, the Ottawa campus, and outreach sites throughout Eastern Kansas. Additionally the College offers courses through the Lawrence Center, Mercy Hospital in Independence, KS, the Emporia State University campus, the Pittsburg State University campus, the University of Kansas campus, and numerous high schools. The College boasts robust online offerings including an online Registered Nurse program.

In 2011, the new $8.1 million Ottawa campus opened at 900 E. Logan Street. The new Franklin and Anderson County campus sits on 27 wooded acres off of Highway K-68. The building is 52,000 square feet and features modern classrooms, a Teaching and Learning Center, and an impressive simulated hospital for healthcare instruction. The College also announced a 10-year plan to revitalize the Chanute Campus with major renovations to campus buildings and new structures. Rowland Hall and Chapman Library were updated with over $1 million for a new simulated hospital, business department, elevators and restrooms. A new softball complex was completed in 2012, as well as renovations to the gymnasium and Student Union. By 2014, the science labs in Stoltz Hall were also updated to current laboratory standards and include a new cadaver lab and well equipped scientific research laboratory and prep room. Chapman Learning Center was also given a much needed facelift.

In 2016, the College added a locker room, concessions, restrooms official’s room, ADA parking, sidewalks and new bleachers to the baseball field. The summer of 2017 saw many improvements to the Chanute campus as the College replaced the Bideau Residence Hall roof, renovated the President’s office, resurfaced all of the parking lots, and implemented a complete replacement of the 1967 campus HVAC systems. The cost of the projects exceeded $3.8 million.

In 2018, the College purchased a 64,000 square foot manufacturing facility and converted 12,000 square feet into indoor athletic practice facilities, 23,000 square feet into storage, and renovated 4,000 square feet of office space. The remaining 25,000 square feet is designated for new educational program space. Total cost of the improvements exceeded $750,000. In 2021 the building was named Neosho County Career and Technical Center.

In 2019, the College completed a nearly $1 million renovation and facelift to the student union cafeteria and meeting rooms. The much-needed renovation provided new amenities and space for an additional 86 diners. The College continues to advance and enhance its facilities with innovative and creative solutions in the Facilities Master Plan.

In 2022, NCCC opened Phase I of the Mitchell Career and Technology Center which will ultimately house eight workforce programs include Welding, Construction, Plumbing, HVAC, Aerostructures, and Industrial Maintenance Technology. It is also home the regional Kansas Works office, bringing together state resources and college workforce education.  This $5.3 renovation of the manufacturing facility purchased in 2018 is set be to complete in 2023-2024.

Catalog Compliance

Students have six years to complete their associate degree or certificate requirements under the NCCC catalog that was in use at the time of their first date of attendance. Students have the option of following the degree requirement of any subsequent catalog in place after they begin their studies at NCCC. NCCC uses an annual catalog. Beginning with the 2022-23 academic year, students beginning their college enrollment in the fall 2022 semester under this six-year provision will have until the summer of 2028 to complete their degrees under this catalog.

Program Emphasis Guides For Degrees And Certificates

 Courses marked with this symbol are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Additional courses may be eligible for transfer. Please visit the NCCC Registrar to learn more. Visit Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation website for additional information.

Notice Of Non-Discrimination

Neosho County Community College affords equal opportunity to and does not discrimination against students, employees, and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, genetic information, status as a veteran, political affiliation, or other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities, including admissions and employment, to the extent and as required by all applicable laws and regulations including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, The Age Discrimination In Employment Act of 1967, Title II of the Genetic Information Act of 2008, Kansas Acts Against Discrimination, Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act, and any amendments to such laws and regulations.

The following offices have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Non-Discrimination and to coordinate implementation of this policy. They may be contacted to initiate an investigation under the policy or to answer questions regarding this policy.

Title VII, Age Discrimination Act, Title II, Kansas Acts Against Discrimination Chief Human Resources Officer
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
Section 504, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 Chief Student Affairs Officer
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720
Title IX Chief Academic Officer
Title IX Coordinator
Neosho County Community College
800 W. 14th Street
Chanute, KS 66720

You may also go to the College’s website where you will find the name and/or title and telephone number of the person or persons responsible for addressing your request.

Using the College’s complaint or grievance process does not prohibit an employee or student from contacting or filing a complaint with these agencies:

U.S. Department of Education Kansas Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
Office of Civil Rights
1010 Walnut Street
3rd Floor, Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 268-0550
Main Office, Topeka
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 851-S
Topeka, KS 66612-1258
Telephone: (785) 296-3206
Toll Free: (888) 793-6874

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Kansas City Area Office
400 State Avenue, Suite 905
Kansas City, KS 66101
Telephone: (913) 551-5655

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - Statement of Compliance

If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need special accommodations or assistance, please notify the Dean of Student Services office, Chanute Campus, Sanders Hall, 620-432-0304 as soon as possible. As necessary, the Dean of Student Services will review documentation about your disability and determine the need for the accommodations you are requesting. The Dean of Student Services and the director of basic skills will then assist you in planning for any necessary accommodations. The Dean of Student Services will notify your instructors of the accommodation plan.

Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990

Neosho County Community College adheres to the Student-Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542). Current statistics are available upon request through the Dean of Student Services office and within the NCCC Student Handbook.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

College policy and the Drug-Free Act states that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol, and cereal malt beverages by students or employees on the property of Neosho County Community College or during activities involving the College is strictly prohibited.


The content of this document is provided for the information of the student and does not constitute a contract. The content is accurate at the time of printing but may be modified or changed at any time to correspond to decisions of the NCCC Board of Trustees, and local, state, or federal requirements. Any changes may be implemented without prior notice and without obligation and, unless specified otherwise, are effective when made.

Catalog Updates

Information in this catalog may be changed at any time.