Fort Scott Community College

Fort Scott Community College, the oldest two-year institution of higher education in the state, is an educational and cultural resource center primarily for citizens of southeastern Kansas. The college strives to provide an affordable, high-quality education suited to the identified needs of its students and community. Fort Scott Community College satisfies those needs through personal enrichment, transfer programs, community based services and activities, business and industry programs and professional and technical programs on the local and regional level.


Fort Scott Community College, founded in 1919, serves not only Bourbon County but also its extended service area of Linn and Miami counties, and also the entire state and region. FSCC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The Campus:

The FSCC "home" campus is a 147-acre site at the southwest edge of Fort Scott. The campus includes five major buildings, six acres of paved roads and parking lots, a similar amount of gravel roads and parking lots, a lake, one football practice field, one lighted baseball field, two lighted softball fields, an unlighted baseball field, three lighted tennis courts and a pasture for rodeo team livestock.

Outreach Programs:

Fort Scott community College also has a vigorous outreach program. The college, in cooperation with the Paola School District, operates the Paola Adult Education Center, which provides adult education services in addition to a full slate of day and evening college classes. In Pittsburg, FSCC provides up-to-date office training at the Pittsburg Office Management Center. FSCC also maintains extension centers in Uniontown, Pleasanton, Mound City, La Cygne, Osawatomie and Louisburg.

Other off-campus programs include a commercial truck-driving school in Kansas City and Emporia, Kansas, a John Deere Ag Tech program and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Service Tech program in Frontenac, Kansas, a cosmetology school in Fort Scott and Pittsburg, Kansas and a dental hygiene program in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Student Profile:

FSCC students are a diverse group. The total FSCC student population of approximately 3,908 persons includes young people fresh out of high school who plan to transfer to four-year institutions; people of all ages seeking training in vocational fields; employees of area businesses seeking training in specific job and/or interpersonal skills; and persons taking various courses for personal enrichment.

Degrees/Certificates Offered:

Fort Scott Community College offers several options for post-secondary study: the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree; Associate of Applied Science degrees in nursing, environmental water technology, or business/computer technology, John Deere Ag Tech, Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Service Technology, and Dental Hygiene; vocational certificates in commercial truck driving, cosmetology, secretarial science and business computer technology. Persons who wish information about specific programs may contact the Admissions Office, (316) 223-2700, extension 87.

Financial Aid:

Students who need help meeting their college financial obligations may receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, student loans and work-study employment. Persons wishing more information about financial aid may call the FSCC Financial Aid Office, (620) 223-2700, extension 505.

Customized Training:

Fort Scott Community College can offer area employers customized training programs to suit a wide range of needs. As an example, FSCC organized a program in 1994 for two insurance companies that were expanding their medical claims-processing staffs. The special seven-week program designed in response to this need included training in insurance and customer service fundamentals, medical terminology, computer training, claim payment coding and on-the-job training. Since the inception of this program in the summer of 1994, 125 persons have completed the training and gone to work.

Leadership/Management Training:

FSCC continues to provide leadership/management training to area business communities. Among the many training topics are: process improvement and problem solving, influential management, team development, performance management and leadership skills development. Several area employers have taken advantage of this training to boost employee productivity and morale.

Grant-Writing Assistance:

In addition to help with employee training, Fort Scott Community College can help employers meet the qualifications for state training and retraining grants administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Over the years, FSCC has helped many area employers receive Kansas Industrial Training Grants, Kansas Industrial Retraining Grants, and SKILLS Grants. These programs are outlined in detail in the "Incentives" section of this program which can be found on the Main Menu.

More Information About Business & Industry Programs:

If your company needs help with employee training or retraining, or if you want to investigate the possibility of seeking a state grant, please contact the Business & Industry staff at Fort Scott Community College. Just call 620) 223-2700, extension 516.

FSCC Student Success:

For school year 2004 - 2005, 1,310 men and women were enrolled in occupationally specific programs.

In 2004 - 2005 over 70% of students completing Vocational Education programs at FSCC either went on to higher education or were employed.

On October 15, 2004, 862 men and 1,033 women were enrolled in FSCC courses. Of the 1,895 students, 58% were part-time.

In 1995, 271 students received two-year degrees or one-year certificates from FSCC.

The completion rate for the 2000 cohort, first-time, full-time freshmen was 66.8%