LCC Joins Other Kansas Community Colleges to Celebrate Contributions to the Kansas Economy

Elevating Affordable Transfer Programs and Career and Technical Education 

LCC Game Changer Logoo

April 18, 2024

Students sign banner
LCC students and other participants in yesterday’s Cardinal Connect Business Showcase were the first people to sign the “Game Changer” banner.

[Parsons, KS, April 19, 2024] - Kansas community colleges invite citizens to join them in celebrating National Community College Month this April. With community colleges spread across the state, these institutions drive economic growth, provide the workforce critical to the state's economy, and foster educational opportunities that make possible prosperous economic futures for students.  

An economic study released in November 2023 by Lightcast, a labor market analytics firm, found that between 2021 – 2022 Kansas’ community colleges added $6.7 billion in income to the state economy, or approximately 3.3% of Kansas’ gross state product (GSP). 

The affordability of community colleges is a major financial advantage to students. Kansas’ robust network of community colleges served more than 90,000 students in 2023. 

"Kansas community colleges are undoubtedly the best value in higher education—whether a student is seeking a pathway to a four-year degree or wants to receive the education needed to go directly into a skilled trade, Kansas community colleges are ready to serve students of all ages at an affordable price," said Heather Morgan, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges.  

Labette Community College (LCC) provides exceptional educational opportunities in a variety of formats, including online and in-person options. With more than 40 programs, LCC’s flexible learning models and varied options make it easy for students to explore interests and gain skills in route to earning a degree or certificate. The college’s diverse program offerings include Accounting, Chemistry, Education, Graphic Design, Nursing, Sonography, Welding, and many more. In addition, LCC offers a robust assortment of workforce development and adult education classes designed to meet the needs of students and the community.  

"We are pleased to celebrate the exceptional contributions of community colleges,” said LCC President, Mark Watkins. “As the most budget-friendly option for higher education nationwide, we've truly made a significant impact for countless students and families, serving as real game changers.” 

National Community College Month serves as an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the transformative power of community colleges, which continue to bridge the gap between the unskilled and a trained workforce. Career-focused programs, flexible schedules, and lower tuition have afforded thousands of Kansans the opportunity to achieve their educational and professional aspirations. 

Watkins expressed gratitude, saying, “We deeply appreciate the unwavering support from our community, along with our valued workforce partners, students, and alumni.” 

To create a visual display of support, LCC invites all students, staff, faculty, and community members to sign the large “Game Changer” banner throughout the upcoming weeks. The first chance to sign the banner took place at the recent Cardinal Connect Business Showcase. Future banner signing opportunities will take place at April’s free student dinner, and the upcoming Student Awards Ceremony among other forthcoming events.  

Facts About Kansas Community Colleges: 

  • Remain the most affordable option to access higher education. 
  • Serve and support citizens from all walks of life. 
  • Work to ensure seamless transfer of credits to four-year universities in Kansas. 
  • Provide personalized attention to students with faculty mentors focused on student success. 
  • Partner with business and industry for innovative workforce training. 

For more information about LCC, visit or contact Interim Director of Public Relations, Lindi Forbes at or 620-820-1212. 

PR Contacts

Lindi Forbes

Interim Director of Public Relations
(620) 820-1212