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
Approximately 9,500 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 Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, and a downtown satellite campus known as Education Square. And the College has expanded its availability to the rest of the 15-county area with learning centers in Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Wahoo, and York.
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.
The College also has a nationally known Entrepreneurship Center. The Center teaches courses on starting a business and operates successful Focus Suites that provide support for new, operational or growing ventures.
SCC has a stellar reputation for producing skilled workers through its career/technical programs. More than 100 employers, some from as far away as Florida, attend the Trades & Industry Career Fair each spring on the Milford Campus.
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 three programs and six focus areas. The main part of campus includes a welcome center, the Academic Excellence Center, a gymnasium for intercollegiate athletics and intramural sports, 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 more than two dozen 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. A state-of-the-art Health Sciences facility opened in December 2020 and houses all health-related programs.
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.
A groundbreaking scholarship program helps make SCC affordable. The Learn to Dream Scholarship pays tuition and fees (up to 60 semester 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. Not only was the program expanded to include all high schools in SCC’s 15-county district, but the Acklie Charitable Foundation is providing funds to ensure that students can take a second year of credits at no cost. 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.