The first four community colleges in Kansas were established in 1919, and
GCCC is one of two from that group which still exist. It was created by
county-wide election on April 1, 1919, and opened in September of the same year.
GCCC initially shared facilities in Sabine Hall and Calkins Hall in the 100
block of Buffalo Jones Avenue with Garden City High School, and opened with a
first class of less than three dozen students. The first graduate, Mildred Hope
of Garden City, earned her degree in the spring of 1920.
The college moved to the then-new Garden City High School building in 1954,
and first occupied a campus of its own in 1958 on property where Buffalo Jones
Elementary School is located.
The first effort to establish GCCC as an entity separate from the Garden City
public school system was launched in 1958. It was killed in a Kansas legislative
committee, a second attempt was also rejected in 1962. In 1963 the college moved back to Sabine and Calkins Halls, and also made use
of nearby Ben Grimsley Gym, as well as a group of adjacent World War II-era
The Kansas Legislature passed the Community College Act in 1965, authorizing
establishment of 22 independent colleges including GCCC. This authorized the
institution to levy taxes, conduct its own programs and function independently
of the K-12 school system. County voters elected the first GCCC Board of
Trustees in July 1965. Today GCCC is one of 19 Kansas community colleges.
The present 14-building, 63-acre campus at 801 Campus Drive was designed
between July, 1965 and January, 1966.
Voters approved a $2.5 million bond issue, supplemented by a $538,000 federal
grant for construction. Erected between 1968 and 1970 were the original
residence hall, Academic Building, Saffell Library, Administration Building,
Fouse Science-Math Building, Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building and Physical
The Collins Technical Building was added in 1974, and a
residential life addition was built in 1978. The Penka Building was added in
1986, when additions were completed to the Joyce, Collins and PE Buildings.
Williams Stadium, a baseball facility, was also added. In January of 1996 a
15,000 sq. ft. $1.4 million technical teaching laboratory was completed so
that GCCC could provide more training for workers in area and national
industries. A three-building student apartment complex opened in 2002, and a
12,900 square-foot, two-level addition to the original student center was
completed in 2003, with the entire structure renamed the Beth Tedrow Student
The 19,260 square-foot, three-level, two-story Student and
Community Services Center opened in August, 2006 and was dedicated in October of
the same year. Attached to the original Administration Building, the $3.12
million facility consolidated public and student services, provided an on-campus
home for adult basic education, added a series of 21st Century classrooms and
created a single point of assistance for most services GCCC provides.
GCCC owns more than 70 acres east of Campus Drive, which has been developed
in a cooperative effort with the City of Garden City. Named Tangeman Fields in
honor of Dr. James Tangeman, a former president, the property includes softball
and baseball facilities. Also located there are the college's indoor baseball
practice building, a football practice area, running track with public seating
and soccer fields.
Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants,
employees or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin,
sex, age, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit
reasons, or handicap, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated in its employment
practices and/or educational programs or activities. Those concerned about the
above should contact Cricket Turley, Director of Human Resources, Garden City Community College, 801 Campus
Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9574.
Garden City Community College is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act,
and is committed to equal and reasonable access to facilities and programs for all
employees, students and visitors. Those with ADA concerns, or who need special
accommodations, should contact Susan Pollart, Accommodations Coordinator, Garden City
Community College, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846, 620-276-9638.
Title IX – Non-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment
Garden City Community College does not discriminate against applicants, employees
or students on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including
pregnancy), age (40 or older), disability, height, weight, marital status, sexual
orientation, genetic information or other non-merit reasons, or handicap, nor will
sexual harassment or retaliation be tolerated, in its employment practices and/or
educational programs or activities. Harassment is prohibited based on race, color,
age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status,
sexual orientation or other factors which cannot be lawfully considered, to the
extent specified by applicable federal and state laws. Vice President of Student
Services coordinates the college’s efforts to comply with Title IX. Students concerned
about the above should contact Ryan Ruda, Vice President of Student Services, 620-276-9597,
Student and Community Services Center, 801 Campus Dr., Garden City, KS 67846, and
employees with concerns may contact Cricket Turley, Director of Human Resources,
620-276-9574, Student and Community Services Center, 801 Campus Dr., Garden City, KS 67846.