This is some content.
Hutchinson Community College campus photo



Welcome to Hutchinson Community College, an institution that has a reputation for excellence that spans 80 years. Evolving from a traditional "junior college" to a full service community college/vocational school, HCC serves nearly 5,000 credit students every semester with a like number of individuals involved in community service and non-credit activities.

Dr. Carter File
President, Hutchinson Community College

Board of Trustees Listing






David Marshall

8020 N. Plum
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Union State Bank


Terry Bisbee

107 Thunderbird Drive
Hutchinson, KS 67502
620-259-6018 cell



Marla Eriksen

117 Kisiwa Parkway
Hutchinson, KS 67502

1100 N. Plum St.
Hutchinson, KS  67501


Darrell L. Pankratz

6300 East 30th
Hutchinson, KS 67502
Hutchinson, KS 67502
664-8989 cell

Prairieland Partners
811 E. 30th, Suite F
Hutchinson, KS 67502


Bob Snyder

510 South Walnut
South Hutchinson, KS 67505
694-0412 cell







Gary Witham

22 Prairie Dunes Drive
Hutchinson, KS 67502



Hutchinson Community College Mission Statement

Expanding the tradition of excellence through learning and collaboration.

Hutchinson Community College Vision Statement

Hutchinson Community College will be the premier, two-year educational institution in Kansas, delivering accessible opportunities for learning, growth and improved quality of life.

Hutchinson Community College Values

  • Teaching and Learning – HCC empowers students and other stakeholders to develop abilities, talents, and skills while assessing outcomes, celebrating achievements, and encouraging lifelong learning.
  • Integrity and Social Responsibility– HCC contributes to the public good by demonstrating responsible institutional citizenship and treating people and organizations with equity, civility, and respect.
  • Service and Collaboration – HCC provides a dynamic environment of active internal and external partnerships embracing the potential for innovation.
  • Diversity – HCC celebrates the uniqueness of individuals, ideas, and forms of expression.
  • Leadership – HCC fosters the development of and provides opportunities for leadership within the institution and the community.
  • Responsiveness – HCC is future-focused, examining trends to better predict how conditions will change and innovating to better meet the mission-driven needs of our students and other stakeholders.


Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Department I: Allied Health

Health Information Management (AAS) and Healthcare Document and Transcription Specialists (Certificate)
Commission on the Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
233 N. Michigan Ave, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Next Review: Reviewed Annually

Nursing - Associate Degree (ADN) and Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Action Letter
Next Review: 2017

Kansas State Board of Nursing
900 SW Jackson St., Room 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
Action Letter
Next Review: 2017

Pharmacy Technician
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Action Letter
Next Review: 2018

Physical Therapist Assistant
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Action Letter
Next Review: Fall 2025

Radiologic Technology
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Action Letter
Next Review: First Quarter of 2024

Respiratory Therapist
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Action Letter
Next Review: 2017

Surgical Technologist
Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110
Littleton, CO 80120

Action Letter
Next Review: 2024

Department II: Agriculture, Business, Computers, and Technology

Auto Collision Repair Technology and Auto Mechanics Technology
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.
101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E., Suite 101
Leesburg, VA  20175
Action Letter
Next Review: 2019

Business Administrative Technology - Office Support, Business Administrative Technology - Accounting Services, Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and Transfer Business - Accounting, Business Administration, General Business, and Business Education
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West  119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Action Letter
Next Review: 2019
Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2021

Department V: Public Safety

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Action Letter 
Next Review:2022

Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1031
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1228

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213 1248 Harwood Road
Action Letter
Next Review: 2019
Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2021

Catalog Disclaimer

This catalog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every reasonable effort was made to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate. Hutchinson Community College reserves the right, at any time, to change graduation requirements, costs, curricula and content, without notice. The college further reserves the right to add or delete course offerings and other information without notice. Information about changes is available from college counselors and advisors or on the college website.

History of the College

In the spring of 1928, Hutchinson voters approved the establishment of a two-year co-educational college to be known as the Hutchinson Junior College. The college held its first classes that fall. Enrollment was 187 students – 172 freshmen, 15 sophomores. Classes were held on the second and third floors of a newly constructed addition to Hutchinson High School at Seventh and Walnut.

In February 1938, the Board of Education acquired land on Plum Street and built Lockman Hall. Since then, a technical education building, athletic field, stadium, tennis courts, maintenance and warehouse buildings, a student union with two additions, two residence halls, a library, science building, fine arts building and an athletic complex have been added to the campus. The college also utilizes the Hutchinson Sports Arena, providing maintenance of the building in exchange for its use.

On July 1, 1965, the college's name was changed to Hutchinson Community Junior College and governance was transferred to an elected board of trustees. The name was changed again in 1980 to Hutchinson Community College.

In 1966, the John F. Kennedy Library and Kopke Science Hall were completed.

In the fall of 1967, Elland Hall and Kent Hall, residence halls for men and women were opened.

In April 1970, the college acquired 425 acres of land and buildings from the Hutchinson Air National Guard. They are used primarily for agricultural, emergency medical science, fire science, building construction and technical education courses. This location is called South Campus.

A wing was added to Lockman Hall in 1975. The college acquired Davis Hall (Ninth and Walnut) from Hutchinson Hospital Corporation in 1980. It is used for allied health curricula, Radio Kansas (HCC's public radio station), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Kansas Small Mine Safety and Occupational Safety.

Stringer Fine Arts Center was opened in January of 1989.

On July 1, 1993, HCC merged with the local vocational school and was renamed Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational School.  The and Area Vocational School was removed from the name in 2012.

Another major addition to the Parker Student Union was completed in 1996.

In 1999 the college built the Shears Technology Center, which houses vocational programs and technical labs.

On April 27, 2003, after major renovation, the library was renamed the Rimmer Learning Resource Center, after John Rimmer, chairman of HUBCO and a major contributor to the college.

In the fall of 2006, a renovated Gowans Stadium was reopened for use. The stadium plays host to a variety of high school, college, regional and national events.

In 2008, the Reno County Industrial Center was renovated and expanded. The new facility was reopened in the fall and renamed the Ade-Wifco RCIC to recognize the contributions of Fred Ade and Wifco Corporation.

The college continued to renovate and expand with the completion of a major renovation and construction project on the decades-old Science Hall. The facility was revamped into a modern scientific facility and was renamed the Richard E. Smith Science Center to recognized the major contributions of local entrepreneur and alumnus Richard Smith. The new facility was dedicated in the fall of 2010.

The college has three off-campus sites: McPherson, Newton and at Fort Riley. The Newton site is housed in the Axtell Educational Center, which opened in 2008.  The McPherson site, located near the intersection of Highway 135 and Highway 56, opened in 2010.  The Fort Riley center, which offers a variety of allied health programs, opened in 2014.

In September 2013 the College dedicated the Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center at Ninth and Main.

On April 26, 2015 the new Fire Science Training Center was dedicated on East Fourth Avenue.  This project was completed in conjunction with the City of Hutchinson Fire Department.


1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501
1-888-GO-HUTCH or (620) 665-3500