October 29, 2020
Story by Brandon Steinert
Barton Community College has published its annual Report to the Community, which highlights the college’s progress toward meeting the mission set by the elected Board of Trustees.
Among the highlights from the 2019-2020 academic year include a total of more than 13,000 students served, 13 years with no tax increases, a return on investment of almost $3 for every Barton County tax dollar and a positive outlook as the college looks to 2021 after navigating many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s almost cliché to say it now, but the world will never be the same after the extraordinary events of this year, especially the realm of higher education,” Board Chair Mike Johnson wrote in the publication. “Classes delivered via teleconferencing software are now the norm, and other aspects of curriculum delivery and program formats will certainly evolve following the end of the pandemic.
“Barton is well-suited to adapt with the changing times, since much of the necessary infrastructure was already in place thanks to the innovative faculty and intuitive administration. On behalf of the other Trustees, ‘thank you’ to Barton County residents for your patience and support in the last few months. We truly feel like we’re thriving together, as a community.”
The Report is filled with data and anecdotes from students and graduates, painting a picture of how the college impacts its service area, from the individual lives of Barton County residents to the local economy and the state.
To download a copy or to request copies be mailed to a physical address, visit Report.bartonccc.edu.