Dodge City Community College

Dodge City Community College (DC3, DCCC) is a public community college in Dodge City, Kansas, United States.

Dodge City Community College
DC3 Logo Vertical.png
MottoIn Quest of Truth
TypeCo-ed, two-year Public Community College
Established1935 (1935)
PresidentHarold E. Nolte, Jr.
37°46′36″N 100°02′15″W / 37.7768°N 100.0374°W / 37.7768; -100.0374Coordinates: 37°46′36″N 100°02′15″W / 37.7768°N 100.0374°W / 37.7768; -100.0374[1]
Athletic DirectorJacob Ripple
ColorsPurple and Gold
AthleticsNJCAA – KJCCA
NicknameConquistadors (Conqs)



Founded in 1935, Dodge City Community College was located on the third floor of the Senior High School Building at 1601 First Avenue, for 22 years. By 1957, it had grown large enough to require a move to a different location, at 1000 Second Avenue. The College remained there for the next 13 years. In 1965, the Kansas Legislature passed legislation changing control of the state's junior colleges from the State Board of Education to locally elected Boards. Kansas junior colleges became genuine community colleges, answerable to the citizens in their areas. Ford County voted overwhelmingly to assume responsibility for the College, and in the fall of 1965, the county elected its first Board of Trustees. In the fall of 1966, the Student Affairs Division was first established. The Student Affairs encompassed counseling, records and admission, student housing, campus activities, and recreation activities. In October 1966, due to overcrowded classrooms and the increasing need for additional occupational programs, the citizens of Ford County endorsed a $2.5 million bond. In 1970, DC3 opened its 35th year of operation with a new campus, located on the northwest edge of the city. The College's outstanding design was recognized with an award by the American Institute of Architects.[2] The campus sits on the former site of the James Mooney Ranch. The land was purchased in 1966 from Mr. Mooney.

Radio stationsEdit

In 1977, The Federal Communications Commission granted FM broadcast frequency 91.9 and call sign KINF to the College. KINF began broadcasting from the first floor of the Learning Resource Center. The FCC later granted the College's request to change the call sign to KONQ.

Commercial radio station KEDD, broadcasting on AM frequency 1550, ceased broadcasting April 30, 1987. The FCC granted the College their frequency, and call sign KDCC, on November 20, 1992. KDCC began broadcasting from the KEDD building on North 14th Street, north of the campus, and KONQ moved to this location at the same time.[3]


The inspiration came from Conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, whose expedition, looking for Cibola-the "Seven Cities of Gold", crossed the Arkansas River just east of Dodge City in 1541. When the college's first class met on September 10, 1935, one of the new students from New Mexico was familiar with the history of Coronado and suggested the Conquistador be adopted as their nickname. The College's Conquistador symbol recognizes Coronado's early travels in southwestern Kansas, and the conquering spirit of the College's athletic teams.[4]


The campus encompasses 145 acres (0.59 km2), 20 buildings, a fishing lake, a 1.25-mile (2.01 km) fitness trail, basketball, tennis and racquetball courts, and a rodeo arena.

The Student Union is the heart of the campus. It contains the Conq Corral (snack bar, computer center, 4 satellite televisions, and entertainment center), Conq Shop Bookstore (currently in the upper level), Journalism Department, Student Government Association, and Information Center. It is currently under remodelling and its services are currently located in the Learning Resource Center. See website for more details.

The Learning Resource Center, or LRC, contains 30,000 volumes of print material, 200 periodicals, a Federal Documents Depository, electronic reference materials, and has access to over 2.5 million titles and 50,000 periodical titles through networking with other Kansas libraries. Access to over 24 million titles in 71,000 libraries in 112 countries is also available by participation in OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a non-profit computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. Internet access is available to online reference material and university libraries' catalogs worldwide. The College's television station is located on the second floor. The College archives is also located in the LRC. It is the repository for material related to the history of DC3, including yearbooks, newspapers, flyers, programs, and other historical items.

The Cosmetology/Child Care Building contains the cosmetology program and Cosmetology Salon. The Salon is designed as a laboratory experience for cosmetology students, and is open to the public on a limited basis.

Lake Charles, named after former college president Charles Barnes, is a 1½ acre, 12-foot-deep (3.7 m) community fishing lake. The lake remains full with water pumped into it by the college. It is stocked with channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, trout, and bluegill. Its location is 37°46′31″N 100°02′21″W / 37.7753°N 100.0392°W / 37.7753; -100.0392.[1]

The Little Theatre holds campus performances, special cultural events, lectures, student musical performances, and community meetings. It has a proscenium stage and holds 357 spectators. DC3's Art Gallery is located in the Theatre's lobby.

The Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the Physical Education building, is used by students, staff, and community members. The Center offers free weights, stationary bikes, rowing machines, Nordic-Trak ski machine, treadmills, step machines, and aerobic riders. Staff offer individually designed exercise prescriptions, fitness evaluations, body composition analysis, and exercise programs for senior citizens.

The Clyde Tombaugh Astronomy Center is on the southwest campus. Completed in 1996, it consists of two domes, a 10" Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope, and a 12.5" Parks Optical Newtonian/Cassagrain HIT telescope. The facility is named after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930, and grew up in Burdett, a small town near Dodge City.

DC3 is only one of a handful of community colleges in the country to own and operate an electron microscope; it is located in the Science and Math building.

DC3 has four residence halls: Becker, Sheldon, Coleman-Webb, and Jackson. These are usually separated into all-male or all-female residence halls. Becker and Shelden have the same floor plan. Coleman-Webb has two single rooms connected via a bathroom. Jackson Hall is suite style, thus two single rooms share a common space.

Security for the campus and residence halls is present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staff consists of full-time officers, part-time officers, and student cadets.

Student activitiesEdit

These include: Academic Excellence Challenge (Quizbowl), Art Club, Book Club, Block and Bridle club, Choir Club, Christ on Campus, Cosmetology Club, The Conquistador newspaper and The Golden Shield yearbook, DC3 Latino Leaders, DCCC Student Nurse Association, Dramatics, Early Childhood Education Association, Future Teachers Association, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Instrumental Music, International Student Organization, Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, residence hall assistants, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Rodeo Club, Shooting Sports Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Student Nurse Association, Vocal Music, and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

Student Government Association is an active part of the student body. It is composed of four student body-elected officers, elected representatives from each campus club, and other interested students. Student Government Association members, who sit on numerous College committees, promote students' opinions on College policies, development of student activities, and development of the college as an institution.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students, has an active Kappa Psi Chapter[5] on campus. Its mission is recognizing and encouraging student scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and community service. To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree coursework and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, which usually means a 3.25 GPA.

International Student Organization offers an opportunity to students of all ethnic origins, especially foreign born, to contribute their ideas and culture to DC3. Some of its fellowship and service activities include guest lectures, field trips, and co-sponsorship of various ethnic day celebrations. This club provides social enrichment for members and non-members and promotes awareness of cultural diversity among all students.

Faculty activitiesEdit

The DC3 Faculty Association[6] consists of membership from the faculty of Dodge City Community College and promotes the general welfare of the faculty and students. The Association offers a faculty scholarship to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education at DC3.


DC3 is the only college or university in the state of Kansas to own and operate both FM and AM radio broadcasting stations, and is one of only 5 community colleges in the state with a radio station. KDCC 1550 AM is located north of the campus on 14th Street, and KONQ 91.9 FM is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

DC3 television is located in the LRC, and broadcasts on cable TV channel 8.

  •[7] carries live streaming audio of Conq sports.
  • Livestream[8] carries live streaming video of Conq sports.

The Conquistador,[9] the online campus newspaper, reports on campus news, sports, and opinion. It is produced and published by journalism students, and other interested students, faculty, and staff members. The Conquistador was published biweekly for many years in print, but was dropped in favor of the online version due to budget cuts.

The Golden Shield yearbook has not been published for several years due to budget cuts.


The Conqs are members of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. The men's basketball team has won one national junior college championship.

Conq athletes participate in the following sports:

Men–Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rodeo, Soccer, Track & Field
Women–Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rodeo, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheer and Dance squads

The DCCC Athletic Hall of Fame has honored outstanding career contributors to Dodge City Community College Athletics [10]

University affiliationsEdit

Access University Systems (Access US) program helps DC3 students complete their bachelor's degrees without moving from their home communities. The degree-granting partners are Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University, and Emporia State University. Participation in courses is face-to-face, IPTV on campus, and online. Programs offered include Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with English as Second Language emphasis, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Technology Leadership, and Bachelor of General Studies with Business emphasis. Competitive scholarships up to $750 per semester are available.

Wichita State University College of Education's Plan of Study Guides for Teacher Education Programs facilitate the selection of general education course work at DC3 in preparation for transfer to WSU.

Online programsEdit

EduKan provides access to quality higher education through degrees, certificates, individual courses, support services and emerging market-driven programming. The courses are recommended for adult learners who may not be able to take traditional classes due to conflicting schedules, multiple responsibilities and/or long driving distances. High school students who would like to get a head start on their college education are good candidates as well. The EduKan courses offered each semester can be viewed under the Course section at EduKan's website.[11] All courses are offered for college credit and, with the exception of the developmental course, may count toward graduation requirements at any of EduKan's participating institutions. Courses are offered in a semester basis, and most offered courses range from one to five credit hours. EduKan students become student members at their selected college, making them eligible for a wide array of online student services, including academic advising, career placement assistance, library services, transcript request, business office services, and bookstore access.

Registered Nonprofit Organizations associated with DCCCEdit

  • Dodge City Community College Endowment Association[12]
  • Dodge City Community College Foundation[13]

Notable alumniEdit


A golf course, with sand greens, was originally located on the southwest side of the campus.

DC3 is the windiest college in America. According to the National Climatic Data Center's list of annual average wind speeds, Dodge City is the windiest U.S. city in the lower 48 states, with an average speed of 13.9 mph (22.4 km/h).[15]

Prior to ownership by the College, KEDD 1550 AM was principally owned by Alf Landon, former Kansas governor, former broadcaster, and Republican presidential candidate against Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 presidential election. He was also the only Republican governor re-elected in the 1934 election. Landon died October 12, 1987, at age 100.

In 1819, the campus property was less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Mexican border. The Arkansas River formed the southern border between New Spain (Spanish Mexico) and the United States in the Adams-Onís Treaty in 1819.

The campus is 1.7 miles (2.7 km) west of the 100th meridian west. A 600-pound limestone post marks the 100th meridian just east of downtown on the south side of US Highway 50 (Wyatt Earp Blvd.) between Avenues L and M.[16]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "DC3 History". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "AM Query Results -- Audio Division (FCC) USA". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Admissions - Dodge City Community College". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Kappa Psi Archived June 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The Dodge City Community College Faculty Association". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Livestream". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  9. ^ The Conquistador Archived January 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Dodge City College Athletics Hall of Fame". Dodge City Conqs Official Athletics Web Site. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "EduKan". Archived from the original on Feb 5, 2012. Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2010-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Biography: Ross Bjork | University of Mississippi". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  15. ^ "U.S. Climate Extremes | Extremes | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.
  16. ^ "Eagle Scout Marks 100th Meridian - Dodge City, Kansas". Retrieved Mar 23, 2020.

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