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Did you live in the dorms before COVID-19? Please watch this important video explaining how you'll be automatically counted in the 2020 Census by GCCC! 

For more information about how the 2020 Census impacts college students, scroll below!

"Every Buster Counts!"

At Garden City Community College, we believe that "every Buster counts" because a complete and accurate count is critical for us and for our community!

That's why we're partnering with other local non-profit and governmental organizations for this year's 2020 Census. We want to help get the word out, make sure everyone is counted, and increase participation throughout our community!  

What is the 2020 census?

The 2020 Census will count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Data from the census, which happens once every 10 years, provides the basis for how we are represented at the federal and state levels and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed annually to support our state, our county, and our community! 

Participation in the census is required by law, and each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire -- by phone, mail or online.

You can learn more about the 2020 census by visiting https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html or watching the video below!

Get Involved With GCCC

The GCCC Census Committee is comprised of multiple staff from across campus. Find us at the following locations and times to learn more about why the Census is important and how you can help ensure a complete and accurate count!

  • The Southwest Kansas Better Home & Living Show
    • Find us at a booth at this year's Better Home & Living Show at the Finney County Exhibition Building (409 Lake Ave., Garden City, KS 67846). The show has been postponed until further notice and a new late spring/summer date will be announced! 

For more information about GCCC's Census Committee, contact Nancy Unruh, committee chair, at nancy.unruh@gcccks.edu or 620-276-9571. 

I'm a college student. How do I participate in the 2020 Census?

When responding to the 2020 Census, college students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020.

For most students, that means in their college town, not back home with their parents.

Parents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year.

Students who live in campus dormitories and residence halls, university-recognized sorority and fraternity houses, or off-campus housing designed specifically for students (such as a privately-owned apartment complex with individual student leases or a university-owned apartment complex for students and their families) will be counted as part of the 2020 Census Group Quarters Enumeration operation. Click below to learn more! 

Source: https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/01/student-housing-off-campus-with-parents-college-students-count-2020-census.html