Western Center

We have a new phone number: (785)442-6240

We are ready to begin testing, advising, and enrollment for summer and fall classes at the Western Center. Summer session begins on June 5, 2019. Technical programs and fall general education classes will begin on August 19, 2019.

Our office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Important spring dates:

Western Center 2018-2019 Calendar

  • January 17 - First Day of Spring Semester
  • January 21 - Offices Closed
  • January 29 - Sophomore Visit Day
  • March 8  - Last day to drop with a "W"
  • March 11-15 - Spring Break
  • March 11 - Western Center Office Closed
  • Marcy 13-15 - all HCC Offices Closed
  • April 17 - Spring Open House - open until 6:30 p.m.
  • April 19 - Offices Closed
  • May 17 - Graduation Ceremony at the Western Center 10:00 a.m.

Highland Expanded Diesel Facilities at Western Center

To accommodate the growing needs of enrollment in the Diesel Program at Highland Community College’s Western Center in Baileyville, the College Board of Trustees approved the renovation of the second gymnasium in the former B&B High School facility into an enhanced Diesel facility.  The renovation is expected to cost around $300,000.  

Highland President David Reist made the following points to the Trustees:

  • Shop space for Diesel I is inadequate not only for the current Diesel I offerings, but there will be no space to accommodate Diesel II coursework in the Fall.  The current space is cramped and does not provide space to work on large equipment.
  • Diesel I and II will use the new shop space in the renovated gymnasium.
  • Moving Diesel I and II to the main building will free up the current Diesel space for Precision Ag, giving that program shop space it currently doesn't have.
  • Diesel was the number one program requested by the high schools, students, parents, and local businesses when the College first did community surveys as it was considering developing the Western Center.
  • Work will begin following the current semester and is expected to be completed in time for Diesel I and II classes in August.

College officials continue to look for area diesel and/or agriculture-related businesses to assist with the renovation. To date, several businesses have provided financial support, gifts in kind, or resources for the Baileyville project. Those businesses include Ag Junction, Blue Valley Telecommunications, Capstan, Foley Caterpillar, Honeyman Ford, KanEquip, Nemaha County COOP, and Rush Precision Services.

Understanding the connection alumni of the former B&B High School and area residents have for the facility, the College is also renovating the former band room and locker rooms into a Community Center space that can be used for community events and election. Bids will be taken for the purchase and removal of the bleachers, goals and goal fixtures, and floor of the gymnasium.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact Western Center Director Cara Baker at 785.336.2326 or cbaker@highlandcc.edu for additional information.

Highland Community College Western Center in Baileyville, KS is in it's fifth academic year. The Western Center is ready to serve students in and around the Nemaha and Marshall County portions of Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska. After receiving a Federal Title III grant to expand educational access to the area's rural communities, the HCC Western Center plans to serve traditional and non-traditional students alike. (More info on the grant is available at: http://highlandcc.edu/pages/title-iii_0.) Students may choose to live at home while pursuing a college degree. Even high school juniors and seniors can take advantage of our technical programs during the school day. Numerous Allied Health and general education courses leading to certificates and degrees are being offered. Opportunities in Precision Ag, Engineering Graphics, and Manufacturing Technology are now available! 

We currently offer six technical programs - Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, Industrial Welding Technology, Medical Office Assistant, Engineering Graphics and Technologies, and Precision Agriculture. We will continue to offer Allied Health courses including CNA, CMA, and EMT; and courses in Manufacturing Technology that include OSHA 10 training, Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading and Technical Math. Also, available is course work in the Human Services field and Early Childhood Education. Times for technical programs are: morning session - 8:00 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. and afternoon session - 12:00 p.m. and 3:07 p.m. Additionally, individual technical classes may be listed in the evening.

We have a variety of day time and evening general education courses in the traditional face-to-face format, as "hybrid" classes with a portion of the coursework completed online, and via the Interactive Distance Learning classroom. Access this link to see the courses currently scheduled: check back soon for summer and fall schedule links. (Note: schedule is subject to change.)

Western Center Technical Coursework for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020:

Technical programs are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. and/or 12:00 p.m. to 3:07 p.m. Technical coursework is tuition free for high school juniors and seniors under Excel CTE (see explanation below).

Do you have a suggestion or request for a course to be available at the HCC Western Center? Contact Cara Baker, Director of the Western Center at cbaker@highlandcc.edu or the Western Center at western@highlandcc.edu.

Allied Health Schedule

Certified Nurse Aide courses available Spring 2019 

CNA course work is Senate Bill 155 eligible. High school juniors and seniors can participate at no cost!

Hybrid (online course work) with clinical location in Seneca - 3/19/19 to 4/30/19, meets on on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-9 p.m.

Hybrid (online course work) with clinical location in Sabetha - 3/19/19 to 4/30/19, meets on on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Wednesdays from 4-9 p.m.

Certified Medication Aide course:

Face-to-Face class at the Western Center with clinical location in Seneca - 3/1/19 to 5/10/19, days and times vary - contact the Western Center or Allied Health Coordinat

Medication Aide Update courses:

Face-to-Face class at the Western Center - 3/15/19 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

EMT Training for Spring 2019:

EMT Basic - 12 credit hours - is in session

CPR, AED, and First Aid training can be offered at the Western Center. 

Basic Life Support CPR Training - Inquire by calling 785-442-6240. 

Please contact the Western Center or Allied Health Coordinator, (785) 442-6207 or alliedhealth@highlandcc.edu for any additional information regarding the area Allied Health programs.

Excel in Career and Technical Education

Kansas' Career and Technical Education Act (Excel in CTE - Formally Senate Bill 155) allows Highland Community College to enroll high school Juniors and Seniors in Technical Education programs and selected courses without charging tuition. That's right HCC is able to provide FREE TUITION for technical programs and some classes. Beyond that, HCC has chosen to waive fees and book rental for high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the technical programs offered at the Western Center, the Technical Center, the Highland campus, or any regional site.

More information regarding HCC coursework options for high school junior and seniors can be found at: https://highlandcc.edu/pages/high-school

Adult Education Available at the WC

We offer Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation. We will be offering GED test prep instruction and the opportunity to combine GED instruction with one of our technical programs. Please contact our office for more details on this.

Schedule for course work this fall will be determined soon. Please contact us for specifics on days/times.

Contact the Western Center office to more information regarding Adult Basic Education and GED Test Preparation!

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Our Western Center employees

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Cara Baker,  Director Angela Sutton-Schmale, Student Services Representative Glenda Schultejans, Office Assistant Robert Engelken, Custodian

Derrik Russell, Diesel Technology Instructor Melanie Dominguez, Medical Office Assistant Instructor David Schwarz, Industrial Welding Instructor Evan Volker, 
Construction Technology Instructor
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Philip Lierz, Diesel Technology Instructor Jessie Moeller, Medical Office Assistant Instructor Eric Wright, Precision Agriculture Instructor

Engineering Graphics & Technologies Instructor

313 Nemaha, Baileyville, KS 66404
Phone 785.442.6240 ~ Fax 785.442.6279

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