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Our History

Dodge City Community College began in 1935 during the challenges of the Great Depression, focused on providing opportunities for higher education at an affordable price in an accessible location. It was, and still is, “the people’s college … available to all.”

With an outstanding, fully accredited faculty and administration and visionary leadership, the college outgrew its first location inside of Dodge City High School, and in 1957, it moved to the building that is now the USD 443 administrative offices. It moved again in 1969 to its current location, a new campus on the land of a former farm at the western edge of the city. Here, they expanded to a multi-building campus, with residence halls, classrooms, meeting rooms for community use, and ample room to grow.

Today, DC3 is a technically modern campus, complete with both face-to-face and online courses, a variety of athletics and student clubs, and comfortable accommodations for students who live on campus, with a beautiful small lake stocked by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission that is heavily fished by the community and some students.

Whether they are on a direct path from college to career or looking for a starting point for a four-year education, students can count on Dodge City Community College to help them achieve their goals. It will continue to meet the changing needs of the students and community and will remain committed to what matters most – its mission to prepare students for a brighter future, for themselves, and for their communities.