Highland Community College

Western Center

Fall 2017 Classes Underway

Classes have started at the Western Center. Techinical programs began on August 22nd and Regional classes began on August 28th. 

Highland Community College now has a payment plan option. Visit the Payment Plans page for additional details.

Important dates:

Western Center 2017-2018 Calendar

  • September 4 - Offices Closed
  • October 13 - Last Day to Drop with a "W"
  • November 20-24 - Offices Closed
  • December 14 - Last Day of Fall Classes
  • December 21-January 1 - Offices Closed

Highland Expands Diesel Facilities at Western Center

To accommodate the growing needs of enrollment in the Diesel Program at Highland Community College’s Western Center in Baileyville, the College Board of Trustees approved the renovation of the second gymnasium in the former B&B High School facility into an enhanced Diesel facility.  The renovation is expected to cost around $300,000.  

Highland President David Reist made the following points to the Trustees:

  • Shop space for Diesel I is inadequate not only for the current Diesel I offerings, but there will be no space to accommodate Diesel II coursework in the Fall.  The current space is cramped and does not provide space to work on large equipment.
  • Diesel I and II will use the new shop space in the renovated gymnasium.
  • Moving Diesel I and II to the main building will free up the current Diesel space for Precision Ag, giving that program shop space it currently doesn't have.
  • Diesel was the number one program requested by the high schools, students, parents, and local businesses when the College first did community surveys as it was considering developing the Western Center.
  • Work will begin following the current semester and is expected to be completed in time for Diesel I and II classes in August.

College officials continue to look for area diesel and/or agriculture-related businesses to assist with the renovation. To date, several businesses have provided financial support, gifts in kind, or resources for the Baileyville project. Those businesses include Ag Junction, Blue Valley Telecommunications, Capstan, Foley Caterpillar, Honeyman Ford, KanEquip, Nemaha County COOP, and Rush Precision Services.

Understanding the connection alumni of the former B&B High School and area residents have for the facility, the College is also renovating the former band room and locker rooms into a Community Center space that can be used for community events and election. Bids will be taken for the purchase and removal of the bleachers, goals and goal fixtures, and floor of the gymnasium.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact Western Center Director Cara Baker at 785.336.2326 or cbaker@highlandcc.edu for additional information.


Highland Community College Western Center in Baileyville, KS is in its fourth academic year, ready to serve students in and around the Nemaha and Marshall County portions of Northeast Kansas. After receiving a Federal Title III grant to expand educational access to the area's rural communities, the HCC Western Center plans to serve traditional and non-traditional students alike. (More info on the grant is available at: http://highlandcc.edu/pages/title-iii_0.) Students may choose to live at home while pursuing a college degree. Even high school juniors and seniors can take advantage of our technical programs during the school day. Numerous Allied Health and general education courses leading to certificates and degrees are being offered. Opportunities in Precision Ag, Engineering Graphics, and Manufacturing Technology are now available! 

We currently offer six technical programs - Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, Industrial Welding Technology, Medical Office Assistant, Engineering Graphics and Technologies, and Precision Agriculture. We will continue to offer Allied Health courses including CNA, CMA, and EMT; and courses in Manufacturing Technology that include OSHA 10 training, Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading and Technical Math. Also, available is course work in the Human Services field and Early Childhood Education. Times for technical programs are: morning session - 8:00 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. and afternoon session - 12:00 p.m. and 3:07 p.m. Additionally, individual technical classes will be listed in the evening.

We have a variety of day time and evening general education courses in the traditional face-to-face format, as "hybrid" classes with a portion of the coursework completed online, and via the Interactive Distance Learning classroom. Access this link to see the courses currently scheduled for Fall 2017. (Note: schedule is subject to change.)

Western Center Technical Coursework for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018:

Technical programs are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. and/or 12:00 p.m. to 3:07 p.m. Technical coursework is tuition free for high school juniors and seniors under Excel CTE (see explanation below).

Do you have a suggestion or request for a course to be available at the HCC Western Center? Contact Cara Baker, Director of the Western Center at cbaker@highlandcc.edu or the Western Center at western@highlandcc.edu.

Allied Health Schedule

Certified Nurse Aide courses available Fall 2017: 

CNA course work is Senate Bill 155 eligible. High school juniors and seniors can participate at no cost!

Hybrid (online course work) with clinical location in Seneca - 10/16/17 to 11/27/17, Monday/Wednesday, 4-9 p.m.

Certified Medication Aide course:

Face-to-Face class at the Western Center with clinical location in Seneca - 9/11/17 to 10/30/17, Monday/Wednesday, 4-9 p.m.

Medication Aide Update courses:

Face-to-Face class at the Western Center - none scheduled at this time

EMT Training for Spring 2017:

EMT Advanced - 13 credit hours - 8/18/17 to 12/19/17 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Western Center.

Note: EMT Basic will be offered in the Spring semester.

CPR, AED, and First Aid training will be offered at the Western Center. 

Basic Life Support CPR Training - date TBD, Inquire by calling 785-336-2326. 

Please contact the Western Center or Allied Health Coordinator, (913) 367-6204 or alliedhealth@highlandcc.edu for any additional information regarding the area Allied Health programs.

Excel in Career and Technical Education

Kansas' Career and Technical Education Act (Excel in CTE - Formally SB 155) allows Highland Community College to enroll high school Juniors and Seniors in Technical Education programs and selected courses without charging tuition. That's right HCC is able to provide FREE TUITION for technical programs and some classes. Beyond that, HCC has chosen to waive fees and book rental for high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the technical programs offered at the Western Center, the Technical Center, the Highland campus, or any regional site.

More information regarding HCC coursework options for high school junior and seniors can be found at: https://highlandcc.edu/pages/high-school

Adult Education Available at the WC

We offer Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation. We will be offering GED test prep instruction and the opportunity to combine GED instruction with one of our technical programs. Please contact our office for more details on this.

Schedule for course work this fall will be determined soon. Please contact us for specifics on days/times.

Contact the Western Center office to more information regarding Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation!

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Our Western Center employees

Cara Baker,  Director Jolie McDaniel, Student Services Glenda Schultejans, Office Assistant Robert Engelken, Custodian
     
Derrik Russell, Diesel Technology Instructor Melanie Dominguez, Medical Office Assistant Instructor David Schwarz, Industrial Welding Instructor
Building Trades Instructor
     
Dale Swendson, Diesel Technology Instructor Jessie Moeller, Medical Office Assistant Instructor Eric Wright, Precision Agriculture Instructor

Jeff Swearingen, Engineering Graphics & Technologies Instructor

313 Nemaha, Baileyville, KS 66404
Phone 785.336.2326 ~ Fax 785.336.0256
western@highlandcc.edu

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