Western Center

We are still enrolling students for Spring 2024. Contact western@highlandcc.edu or 785.442.6240 to schedule an advising appointment soon!


Scholarship opportunity - check out more at our page for the Kansas Promise Scholarship.

Western Center 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Important upcoming dates for Summer and Fall 2023:

  • November 20 - 24 - Closed for Thanksgiving
  • December 15th - last day of fall semester
  • HCC Offices Closed December 20 - January 1, 2024
  • January 11 - First day of Spring 2024 classes
  • January 15 - HCC Offices Closed
  • January 24 - Sophomore Visit Day
  • March 11-15 - Spring Break
  • March 13-15 - HCC Offices Closed
  • March 29 and April 1 - HCC Offices Closed
  • May 9 - last day of technical classes
  • May 10 - HCC Western Center Graduation at 10:00 a.m.

Highland Community College Western Center in Baileyville, KS is in it's 8th academic year. The Western Center is ready to serve students in and around the Nemaha and Marshall County portions of Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska. 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, Welding Technology, Medical Assistant, Early Childhood, 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 may 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.

Western Center Technical Coursework for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024:

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 in 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 - contact alliedhealth@highlandcc.edu for a current schedule! Summer and Fall 2023 classes are being set up now!

Certified Nurse Aide courses:

      CNA course work is Excel in CTE eligible. High school juniors and seniors can participate at no cost.

Certified Medication Aide course:

      CMA course work is Excel in CTE eligible. High school juniors and seniors can participate at no cost.

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

Basic Life Support CPR Training - Inquire by calling 785-442-6240. 

Please contact the Western Center or Allied Health Coordinator, (785) 442-6207 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 - Formerly Senate Bill 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

Stacey Jones Glenda Schultejans

Robert Engelken

Cara Baker,  Director

Stacey Jones, Student Services Representative Glenda Schultejans, Office Assistant

Robert Engelken, Custodian

J. Smith


Derrik Russell Phillip Lierz K. Holthus

Construction Technology, Joshua Smith

Diesel Technology, Derrik Russell Diesel Technology, Philip Lierz Early Childhood, Katelyn Holthus
T. Eisenbarth      
Precision Agriculture, Thomas Eisenbarth Welding Technology, Scott Kniefl    

313 Nemaha, Baileyville, KS 66404
Phone 785.442.6240 ~ Fax 785.442.6279

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