About ICC

About Independence Community College

Independence Community College (ICC) is a two-year educational institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  It was established in 1925 as grades 13 and 14 of the Independence public school system.  In 1967, Independence Community College legally separated from the school district.  Construction of the new community college on a 68 acre campus, formerly the Independence Country Club, began in 1969. Classes at the new site began in September 1970.  ICC campus is now home to the Academic Building, Fine Arts Building, Student Union, Cessna Learning Center, Field House, Administration Building, William Inge Center for the Arts, fitness center, athletic practice fields, disc golf course, 96-bed multi-structure living complex, and a 200 bed residence hall.

By renovating a donated building, in 2010, we expanded our college to include ICC West (2615 West Main Street).  This campus is located on the west side of Independence and is home to our technical programs:  Allied Health, Cosmetology, and GED/ABE.  Additional renovations were completed in 2012 to accomodate our newest program, Veterinary Technology.  This state-of-the-art facility includes animal wards, a classroom, lab, surgery, pharmacy, prep room, small animal treatment, food prep, grooming, and radiology. 

ICC also maintains presence downtown through the ICC Foundation office and by partnering with the Independence Business Resource Center.

Currently, our educational and support programming includes 46 programs of study for Associates of Arts and/or Science degrees, 22 programs of study for Certificate completion,  Student Support Services, men's and women's athletic programs, and a variety of campus organizations and activities.

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ICC promotes cultural enrichment


Mission Statement: Independence Community College serves the best interests of students and the community by providing academic excellence while promoting cultural enrichment and economic development.


Vision Statement: To be a community college that provides an exceptional educational experience by cultivating intellect, encouraging creativity, and enhancing character in a student and community centered environment.
Core Values:
  • Integrity: ICC holds its employees and students accountable to be honest, ethical, and transparent.
  • Excellence: ICC demonstrates continuous quality improvement in academics and services offered to students and other stakeholders.
  • Responsiveness: ICC looks to the future by responding to the emerging needs of its stakeholders.
  • Diversity/Enrichment: ICC provides an environment that values uniqueness while promoting personal growth through creativity and innovation.
  • Commitment: ICC commits to making decisions that best serve its students and community.

Purpose Statements: In striving to meet its institutional responsibilities as a community college, Independence Community College sets forth the following purpose statements in definition of its educational programs and services. These statements also serve as criteria for the administration, faculty, staff, students, and the public in assessing the College's effectiveness in meeting its institutional mission.


  1. Achieving Junior Level Transfer Status
    • Students who have completed either a prescribed Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs at Independence Community College should be able to transfer to select four-year colleges or universities with junior status. The College establishes and maintains transfer agreements with select institutions to facilitate the transferability of its academic programs.
  2. Achieving Entry Level Occupational Skills
    • Students who have completed either a prescribed Career/Technical Education Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree program will have acquired the requisite skills for obtaining employment or advancement in the field of that educational program.
  3. Promoting and Providing Life-Long Learning Opportunities
    • The College provides individuals with the means to upgrade their job skills and to improve the quality of their lives through academic endeavors.
  4. Achieving Basic Skills and/or College Readiness
    • Through academic and other support services, students can achieve the proficiency required for continuance in higher education, for employment, or for day-to-day communication and computation.
  5. Participating in College and Community Sponsored Activities
    • Students attending Independence Community College can participate in a wide variety of activities aimed at broadening their social, political, physical, and cultural horizons.


Strategic Plan: With participation by board members, community members, faculty, staff, and students, ICC completed a five year strategic plan in 2012. The plan covers five areas: Academic Excellence, Campus Community and Civic Outreach, Facilities, Resource Development, and Enrollment and Retention. 

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Accreditation and Statistics: ICC is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, 1-800-621-7440. 

Board of Trustees: The Board of Trustees members are elected by the Montgomery County voters within the college taxing district as authorized by Kansas Statutes.