Pratt Community College (PCC) is a two year community college in Pratt, Kansas. It was founded in 1938. Today, PCC sits on 80 acres close to the conveniences of town. The main campus contains Carpenter Auditorium, the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena, the Delmar Riney Art Gallery, the learning resource center, student services, administration, and classrooms. There are roughly 1,600 students at PCC, about half of which are seeking degrees and half of which are pursuing continuing education.
There are a wide range of academic programs at PCC. The different colleges are: Agricultural & Related Sciences; Arts, Visual & Performing; Biological & Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, & Marketing; Communications & Journalism; Computer & Information Sciences; Education; Engineering; English Language & Literature; History; Law & Legal Studies; Mechanic & Repair Technologies; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Natural Resources & Conservation; Physical Sciences; Psychology; and Social Sciences.
In addition to day, evening, and weekend classes in all subjects, PCC offers a large number of online classes for those in rural Kansas and beyond who cannot attend in person. In addition, PCC has partnered with local television station KPTS to allow students to watch class on television (either live or recorded for a convenient time), rather than attend in person.
Academic Resources on Campus
The Linda Hunt Memorial Library contains over 28,000 volumes and has computer work stations available for student use at no cost. The Delmar Riney Galley hosts a large number of exhibits annually. Most exhibits are accompanied by lectures from the guest artists for the students at PCC. Student work is also displayed in two yearly shows.
Opportunities for Cross-Registration
Because PCC is located in rural Kansas and serves a low population for the number of programs it offers, the college cooperates with several other colleges and universities to meet all their objectives. PCC students who wish to study Emergency Medical Services cross register with Barton County Community College, nursing students take combined classes with students at Cowley Community College, Electrical Power Technician students take combined classes at Coffeyville Community College, PCC students cross-register for education classes at Fort Hays State University.
The Washburn 2+2 Partnership for Learning and Networking (PLAN) allows PCC students who complete an associate degree to move seamlessly to a four year program at Washburn University. PCC also has a 2+2 Partnership toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science in General Business through distance education. PCC maintains other cooperative programs with Franklin University, Southwestern College, National American University and Baker University.
Classes for High School Students
PCC offers College Start, a program for high school students which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit for a reduced rate while in high school. This allows students to enter college with credit already earned and increase their chances of earning scholarships and gaining admission at competitive schools. Students can take online courses in accounting, animal science, finance, chemistry, communications, electrical topics, health and nursing, foreign languages, math, psychology, and more.
Most Popular Fields of Study
PCC offers an extremely unique academic opportunity with the Rodeo Program of the Agriculture Department. Every October, PCC is host to one of the largest college rodeos. In addition to learning about such rodeo work as horse health care and training, the business of running a rodeo, and showmanship, students in the Rodeo Program compete as a team at area and national rodeos about once a month throughout the school year.
Many of the students in the rodeo program also participate in the Rodeo Club and the Block and Bridle Club, which promotes agriculture and attends national Block and Bridle meetings to learn and work collaboratively with students from many other schools.
Admissions at PCC are open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent who wishes to study in higher education. PCC also welcomes international students. To apply, students should have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and send their application in with academic transcripts, proof of immunization, proof of medical insurance, negative tuberculosis test, and proof of English proficiency. Students who do not otherwise prove English proficiency should send a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score—PCC requires a score of at least 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer test, or 61 on the internet test.
In addition to the usual options of federal and state financial aid, consisting of loans, grants, work/study opportunities and scholarships, PCC offers several of their own scholarships. Some of the scholarships offered by PCC include the Above & Beyond Scholarship, awarded for merit; Board of Trustee Scholarships awarded to employees of PCC or their spouses or children; departmental scholarships, and the Pratt County High School Senior Grant, which is available to any graduate of Pratt County High. There are also several scholarships available for students planning to transfer from PCC to a 4 year school, including the William Novotny Family Scholarship, the Laura E. Porter Trust Scholarship, and the Miss America/Waterford Crystal/Tar Holland, Miss America Scholarship.
Student Financial Aid Details
85% of PCC students come from Kansas, while 12% come from other states and 3% are international students. In terms of ethnic origins, 85% of students are European American, 5% are Latino American, 4% are African American, and 1% are Native American. There is a wide age range among the students, from high school students getting an early start on college, to seniors enjoying continuing education.
Clubs and Organizations
Clubs and organizations on campus include several academic clubs, faith organizations, and agriculturally-focused interest clubs. PCC is also home to a chapter of Rotaract, the college community service organization affiliated with Rotary International and Kansas Corps, which is a group of many colleges and universities in Kansas which participate in annual service projects together.
The student recreation center and fitness center are both beneath the cafeteria in the student center. The student recreation center offers pool, ping pong, foosball, karaoke, Wii, and poker. Participation in several non-academic subjects can earn credit for students pursuing an occupational certificate. These subjects include Vocal Ensemble, Instrumental Ensembles, Show Choirs, Jazz Groups, Band, Choir, Weightlifting, Body Conditioning, Aerobic Dance/Fitness, Applied Agriculture Techniques, Athletic Conditioning, and Varsity Athletics.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletics department at PCC is known as the Beavers and school colors are blue and white. PCC offers 15 intervarsity athletic programs, 7 for men and 8 for women, which compete in the NJCAA Region VI and the Jayhawk West Conference. Aside from rodeo, one of the most distinct features of PCC, the most popular sports are basketball, women’s volleyball, cross country, softball, baseball, golf, track, and cheerleading. The intramural program at PCC offers several additional sports, including 3 on 3 basketball, roller hockey, co-ed softball, volleyball, pheasant hunting, and rodeo.
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