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

Outreach and Workforce Development

The principal goal of outreach and workforce development is to provide opportunities whereby the patrons of the College service area may enrich their lives through educational experiences. Individuals may choose to develop new skills, ideas, or attitudes and derive satisfaction from personal accomplishments gained by attending and completing continuing education classes. These classes are designed to meet the needs of local citizens, business and industry, other community institutions, organizations, and groups. Through such classes the College is able to help many individuals enjoy a fuller, more profitable life and to assist the community in the training and education of its citizenry.

The mission of the NCCC outreach and workforce development is to enhance lifelong learning and partnerships and to provide educational opportunities for the community. This mission will be fulfilled by:

  1. engaging in community activities,
  2. offering courses of interest to the general public of all ages,
  3. providing allied health courses and certificate programs,
  4. establishing workforce development training and retraining,
  5. extending outreach education, and
  6. responding to the needs and requests of constituents in the College’s service area.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Center provides basic skills training for adults who may or may not have a high school diploma. Classes consist of reading, writing, mathematics, computer basics, and workplace skills. Students take part in small group classes that are designed to help them identify and meet their goals and objectives. One of these objectives might be the completion of the Kansas State High School Diploma program (GED)*. A three-day orientation is required for enrollment. The six-week class sessions run Monday through Thursday, with various class times available. The cost of the class is $25. Call 620-432-0368, for more information. Students must be at least 16 years of age and 16-17 year olds must have compulsory exemption forms from the school district of current residence.

*The GED test does have an additional associated fee with testing scheduled monthly.

Allied Health

At NCCC many health-related classes and certificate courses are housed in the allied health unit within the outreach and workforce development department. These classes are short-term and are offered multiple times throughout the semester in Chanute, Garnett, Lawrence, Ottawa, and other communities within the NCCC service area. Allied health classes offer quick training, certifiable skills, and entry into high-demand health fields. Specific courses include:

  • CPR
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training
  • First Aid
  • First Responder
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medication Aide
  • Medication Aide Update
  • Nurse Aide

Online options are available for many allied health courses.

Other Allied Health programs available are:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Coding
  • Medical Transcription
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Surgical Technician

Business And Industry Services

NCCC offers a variety of specialized courses in both credit and non-credit format to serve the educational needs of individuals, businesses, industries, and other groups in its service area. Specialized courses are designed and offered at requested locations and a time convenient to the specific industry or group educational training needs. Dedicated instructors provide the highest quality instruction in a wide variety of instructional areas.

On-Site Training

Credit and non-credit courses are taught at the business site. Courses can be designed to fit the needs of individual businesses, using their own equipment and facilities so that employees can learn under actual work conditions.

On-Campus Training

Credit and non-credit courses, seminars, workshops, and programs in technology and business are offered on both the Chanute and Ottawa NCCC campuses. Courses and programs can be designed to meet the specifications of individual businesses.


Local employers may call upon NCCC’s experienced instructors with a variety of business needs including consulting and coaching.

Business and Industry Training Topics

Topics available for delivery on-site or on-campus include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • OSHA Certified and Authorized General Industry Safety Training - CRF1903, 1904, and 1910
  • Industrial Trades
  • Human Resources
  • Customer Service
  • Management and Supervision
  • Technical Training
  • Energy Management
  • Computer Software

Educational Talent Search (TRiO Student Support Services)

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded Trio program. Through early intervention and with services provided, ETS encourages students to remain in school, graduate from high school, and pursue college or vocational technical education. ETS serves students in middle school, high school, and those with a desire to return to school. All services are FREE and provided by trained, professional staff. ETS serves 655 students in Southeast Kansas and one school in Oklahoma. To be eligible for ETS a student must apply and meet any one or more of the following:

  • be at least 11 years old and have completed the fifth grade
  • a high school student
  • a middle school student
  • an adult interested in receiving a GED or going back to college
  • be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year Bachelor’s degree)
  • meet federal income guidelines (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education)

General Education Development (GED)

Individuals desiring to earn the equivalence of a high school diploma may do so by satisfactorily completing the test of General Education Development (GED). Arrangements to complete the test must be made through the Center for Academic and Vocational Excellence (CAVE) located in the lower level of Chapman Learning Center at NCCC.

High School Outreach Partnerships

NCCC provides secondary schools within the College service area the opportunity to expand educational opportunities for high school students by offering college courses on-site at the high school. Courses taught at the high schools use the approved College syllabus, textbook, and outcomes. Qualified instructors for these courses must meet the same criteria as instructors teaching on the NCCC campus and are hired by NCCC. The courses are evaluated in the same manner as classes conducted on the NCCC campus. Daytime classes and evening classes are available in local high schools. Students interested in the high school partnership program may contact their high school counselor or call the NCCC outreach and workforce development department for more information.

Kids’ College

The annual Kids’ College offers a wide variety of classes to children 7-14 years of age. Typically held the third week in June, Kids’ College exposes youth to the College campus and to an assortment of learning experiences such as science, art, computer, writing, and more.

Lifetime Learning

NCCC provides courses for students of all ages. Senior citizens, age 62 and older, who have been residents of Neosho County for more than six months are eligible to have their tuition and fees paid from the in-district scholarship fund. Senior citizens, age 62 and older, living outside Neosho County may apply for scholarships from the NCCC Foundation. Application and eligibility requirements are available from the NCCC Foundation. The senior citizen scholarship does not cover course fees, materials, special class fees, and book expenses that may be associated with some classes.

Non-Credit Online Courses

NCCC offers a variety of non-credit, online courses. Over 300 instructor-facilitated courses are available to assist in updating skills, discovering new talents, or training for a new career path. These courses start every month and run for approximately six weeks. Weekly assignments are required. General subject areas include computer programming and software, writing and publishing, health and fitness, business, history, art, continuing education for healthcare professionals, family and personal enrichment and many more. To review the complete list of courses and to see instructor biographies and course outcomes, go to

Upward Bound (TRiO Student Support Services)

NCCC Upward Bound is a federally funded education program serving high school students in Southeast Kansas. The goals of Upward Bound are to help students improve their overall high school performance and prepare students for entry into college. To be eligible, a student must apply and meet any one or more of the following:

  • be a potential first-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year Bachelor’s degree)
  • meet federal income guidelines (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • have a documented disability

Upward Bound serves 55 students in 4 area high schools. Services available to participants include one-on-one and small group tutoring, academic advising, and weekly school meetings and Saturday activities covering a variety of topics such as test-taking skills, critical thinking skills, ACT test preparation, and study skills. Students will also be exposed to aspects of college through area college campus visits, assistance with financial aid applications and college admission applications, and a comprehensive summer college simulation experience. The NCCC Upward Bound offices are located in the Student Union on the Chanute campus, where a paper application may also be obtained. For more information, visit our website at