Southeast Community College (SCC) is a two-year community college providing higher education to the residents of 15 counties of Nebraska. Southeast Community College started in 1973 with the implementation of a statewide community college system. In 1971, a bill was passed which resulted in the amalgamation of all the junior colleges, state vocational/technical colleges, and the area technical schools within one system comprising two year institutions. The consolidation resulted in the establishment of eight community college areas and this number was eventually reduced to six.
Southeast Community College operates through main campuses in Beatrice, Milford, and Lincoln and has 20 other off-campus sites. The college has a total enrollment of approximately 11,900 students. Southeast Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Southeast Community College offers more than 50 academic programs. Degree programs offered by the college include the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees, which are geared toward students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree following their graduation from SCC.
The college offers the Associate of Arts degree in areas such as Child, Youth & Family studies; Library & Information Services; Pre-Education; Speech; Mathematics/Logic; Natural Science; Humanities; and Social Sciences. The Associate in Science degree is also available in numerous areas of specialization, such as Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, and Business.
Southeast Community College offers the Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their coursework. The areas of study that Applied Associate of Science students can opt for include Agriculture Business & Management Technology, Nursing, Food Service/Hospitality, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Aided Design Drafting.
The college also offers various career-oriented certificate and diploma programs in areas such as Food Service/Hospitality, Laboratory Science Technology, Office Professional, Visual Publications, and Early Childhood Education.
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Students wishing to attend Southeast Community College must be able to demonstrate their ability to benefit from the courses offered at the college. They must have graduated from an accredited high school or its equivalent. Students who have not graduated from a high school or do not have a GED certificate are required to appear for the ASSET/COMPASS assessment tests to demonstrate their ability to benefit from attending SCC.
To seek admission to Southeast Community College, students are required to submit their admission application forms along with their official high school transcripts or GED certificates. All students are required to appear for a placement test for assessment of college-level English and Math skills.
Southeast Community College provides financial aid to eligible students who demonstrate financial need to help them meet their educational expenses. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to adhere to the financial aid deadline of April 1. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Grants, Scholarships and Loans
Financial aid is offered by Southeast Community College in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment.
Common grant options available to students include the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Nebraska Grant (NOG), and the SCC Tuition Grant.
Merit-based scholarship awards include the Abel Foundation Scholarship, Ameritas Charitable Foundation Scholarship, C.W. Longinaker Memorial Scholarship, Fiserv Scholarship, and the Geneva State Bank Scholarship.
Students may also be eligible for various loan options such as Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS loans. Students can also apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on-campus and off-campus work-study positions.
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Southeast Community College encourages students to get involved in extracurricular activities to ensure all-around development. Each campus of the college organizes a number of activities for students to help them get involved in the campus life. The college actively promotes student organizations which are considered vital for the intellectual development of the students. The Lincoln campus publishes a weekly bulletin of current events known as The Source.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Some popular student clubs on the Lincoln campus include the American Welding Society, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Kappa Beta Delta, Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Nebraska (LPNAN), Rotaract, and the Surgical Tech Student Association. The Student Ambassadors program gives an opportunity to the students to experience and assist with the public relation activities on the campus. The Student Senate represents the student governing body on the campus.
The Career Advising center provides guidance related to the exploration of students’ interests and aptitudes, explanation of career options, selection of academic programs, and developing plans for success. Free tutoring facilities are also available for the students. The college offers lifetime placement services including listing of job positions on campus, on-campus interviews, job fairs, resume assistance, and interviewing techniques.
There are Student Centers on each campus of Southeast Community College. The Student Centers feature lounge areas, snack areas, vending machines, TV and video games, and wireless internet services. Southeast Community College has a bookstore that stocks new and used textbooks, office and school supplies, gift items, educational aids, and personal items. The Lincoln campus also features a Child Development Center.
On-Campus Housing and Dining
The college campuses at Beatrice and Milford offer housing facilities for students. The Beatrice campus offers both traditional and apartment-style housing facilities. The apartments have kitchenettes, cable TV, and local telephone service. The Lincoln campus does not provide housing facilities for the students, but it provides assistance in searching for off-campus options. Dining facilities are available for students in the cafeteria which serves breakfast, lunch and snacks, which are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
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Southeast Community College is a member of the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Region IX and the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the SCC Storm. The official college colors are blue and white. The college athletic teams include men’s baseball, basketball, and golf, and women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball.
The intramural activities offered at the college include racquetball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, softball, and flag football. The campus features a wellness center and a gym with weight machines and cardiovascular equipment to ensure the physical well-being of the students. The campus also has outdoor softball, sand volleyball, and tennis courts.
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