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SCC At-a-Glance

  • Are you looking for a career or just looking for a career change? Would you like to reduce your debt as you pursue a bachelor's degree? Southeast Community College is the place for you!

    SCC:

    • Offers more than 50 Programs of Study. Most can be completed in 18-24 months.
    • Offers 12 programs entirely online, as well as more than 300 classes.
    • Offers the most affordable tuition and fees among all Nebraska colleges.
    • Places in occupations or transfers more than 90 percent of its graduates each year. In fact, students in some of SCC's programs report receiving as many as seven job offers, often even before they graduate.
    • Produced the most graduates in Precision Production fields (Computer Aided Design Drafting, Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology) than any other school in the U.S. eight consecutive years.
    • Is ranked No. 8 among a list of 786 community colleges in the U.S. for Student Success Rate, a combination of graduation and retention rates.
    • Ranks among the top 10 percent of all 1,250 community colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute, 2011 and 2012.
    • Awards the Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Science Degree, Diploma, and Certificate.

    Approximately 11,000 students enroll at SCC annually, taking courses at campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln, and Milford. SCC also offers courses in Lincoln at two off-campus sites, including its Continuing Education Center, and a downtown satellite campus known as Education Square.

    SCC also offers Adult Basic Education classes and citizenship classes, and General Educational Development tests for students who have not earned a high school diploma. In addition, SCC's continuing education component offers classes, workshops and seminars to people of all ages.

    The college also has a nationally-known Entrepreneurship Center, which teaches courses on starting a business and operates a successful business incubator that provides support for new, operational or growing ventures.

    SCC has a stellar reputation for producing skilled workers through its technical programs. It consistently ranks at or near the top in the number of graduates each year in Computer Aided Design Drafting, Machine Tool Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. SCC also has one of a handful of Nondestructive Testing Technology programs in the nation.

    SCC is governed by an 11-member Board of Governors and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College has operated in its current structure since July 1, 1973, when a statewide community college system was implemented by the Nebraska Legislature. However, the campus in Milford, approximately 25 miles west of Lincoln, existed long before 1973. The first postsecondary technical institution to exclusively offer two-year postsecondary degrees in vocational-technical programs was established by the Nebraska Unicameral in 1941 at Milford. Operated by the Nebraska Department of Education, the school was originally established to meet the occupational education needs of the entire state.

    In 1971, the Legislature passed a bill which combined junior colleges, state vocational-technical colleges, and the area technical schools into one system of two-year institutions. The consolidation originally established eight technical community college areas. The number was reduced to six when the Lincoln and Southeast areas merged in 1973. As conceived in 1971, Nebraska community college areas were to be governed locally by elected boards.

    SCC's Beatrice Campus, approximately 45 miles south of Lincoln, offers technical and transfer programs, including a nearly 900-acre laboratory farm operation where students receive hands-on education in six focus areas. The main part of campus includes classroom buildings, a gymnasium for intercollegiate athletics and intramurals, and student housing.

    The Beatrice Campus is a former John J. Pershing College that operated from 1966-1971. SCC began utilizing the campus in the late 1970s, and in 1986, operations at Fairbury Junior College were moved there.

    SCC has had a presence in Lincoln for decades. It offers 26 technical areas of study in the Capitol City, as well as a robust transfer program for students who wish to continue their education at a four-year institution. Students can choose various paths en route to demonstrating their newly acquired skills, and the college's proximity to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln makes it an ideal choice for UNL students who wish to earn general education credits at an economical cost.

    SCC derives its operating revenue from three major sources: local property taxes, state aid (a combination of sales and income tax funds apportioned by the Legislature), and tuition. The Board works hard to keep an education at SCC affordable. However, despite consistently ranking as the most affordable higher education option in Nebraska, SCC is financially out of reach for some students.

    But a groundbreaking scholarship program is helping to make SCC affordable. The Learn to Dream Scholarship pays tuition and fees (up to 45 quarter credit hours) for qualifying students to attend SCC. The program was initially funded by Nelnet and Union Bank & Trust and was set up to benefit students attending Lincoln's public and private high schools. But the program was expanded to include all high schools in SCC's 15-county district, ensuring that all qualified students can take advantage of the program. This program offers hope to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and who otherwise may think they could never attend college.