Barton Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Central Kansas serving Rice, Rush, Ellsworth, Stafford, Pawnee, Ellis and Barton Counties.
Barton offers traditional general education courses, athletics, fine and performing arts opportunities, a plethora of career and technical training offerings, GED courses, transfer options and online classes. Further, Barton is a leader in providing training to the military with service locations at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.
The beautiful main campus sits on 160 acres atop a hill northeast of Great Bend about two miles. Barton also boasts the Camp Aldrich Conference Center, which sits on 290 acres of rolling hills and grassland north of Cheyenne Bottoms. The camp consists of 13 buildings, an outdoor pool and a 40-acre wilderness area and is available to rent for groups, company retreats and family reunions. It was recently opened to bow hunters as well. The Dining Hall burned down in the spring of 2014. The current plan is to rebuild and re-open in the summer of 2015.
Today, more than 8,500 students better themselves every semester with Barton’s plethora of educational offerings. The volume of hours taken by those students equates to about 3,500 full-time students. On campus housing is available for up to 300 students, with plans to accommodate more with a new housing facility project.
Barton is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, Kansas Community Junior College Act of 1965, and fulfills its mission to “improve the economic and social lives of individuals and their contributions to society.”