May 26, 2024  
College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



A Message from the President

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Lamar Community College, I extend a warm welcome to you! We are excited to help you identify and achieve your academic goals during your time here. Your success is important to us. Your experiences while you are at LCC are also important to us. I want to hear from you when you have ideas, questions, compliments, or concerns so we can ensure you have a great experience as a student and graduate of Lamar Community College! My door is always open to students. Please feel free to connect.

This catalog will be an important tool as you navigate your educational options, find additional resources, and better understand your rights and responsibilities as a student. Please review the catalog information and keep this link handy for future reference.

As a small rural college known for its personal attention to each student as well as its quality academic programs and services, and outstanding athletics and student events, LCC is proud of our legacy of “enriching lives through learning”. Our programs and services are designed to help you meet your goals in our smaller, close-knit community. We pride ourselves on being able to adapt in order to provide you with the courses you need (traditional, hybrid, fast-track, and online) and services (virtual and in-person) to support your success. When you graduate I know you will look back at all the ways your life was enriched by your time at LCC.

Whether you come from one of our own Southeast Colorado communities or from another city, state, or country, we are all here to help you have a wonderful experience as you meet your learning goals at LCC. Welcome to the Lopes Family, I am glad you are here - we are #LopesStrong and proudly say #GoLopes!

Linda Lujan, Ph.D.

College President

The LCC Mission & Vision

Lamar Community College is located on the golden plains of southeastern Colorado and is well known for its moderate weather and days of sunshine. The College has developed a special concern for the educational needs of Prowers, Baca, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Counties but includes within its vision and “community” the state of Colorado, the nation, and through its unique programs, dedicated staff, and picturesque setting-the world.

The College counts among its alumni successful business persons, ranchers and farmers, educators, professionals, entrepreneurs, and others who continue to expand their human potential. LCC’s graduates are scattered throughout the world, and increasingly, its students add to the cultural diversity of the institution as they gather from the four corners of the globe.

Lamar Community College embraces the philosophy of a comprehensive community college as it serves the educational needs of its students. LCC is dedicated to providing all students with quality educational opportunities and services that assist learners to maximize development and operate successfully in our ever-changing world.

The College is an “open-door” institution, and it enrolls all students 16 years of age or older, regardless of previous academic experience, who can profit from the College’s instructional efforts. The College offers complete academic transfer programs through its Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. The College also offers occupational instruction, which leads to a variety of degrees and certificates. At Lamar Community College, “we enrich lives through learning.”

The college’s vision is: “At Lamar Community College, we are committed to providing the highest quality education in an environment of service excellence and service excellence in an environment of care, support, mutual respect and integrity.”

Lamar Community College’s Core Values are:

  • Respect - We relate to colleagues, students, external stakeholders, and community members with consideration and thoughtfulness.
  • Integrity - We steadfastly adhere to high moral principles, honesty, and professional standards; we nurture and expect the same values in our students.
  • Open Communication - We operate through communication processes that guide our college in making decisions and seeking future opportunities; we communicate those decisions and actions to our internal and external stakeholders.
  • Valuing People - We promote the development and intellectual growth of faculty, staff, administrators and students. We recognize internal and external stakeholders’ contributions to the college. We foster integrity, excellence, passion, and the fulfillment of students’ and employees’ academic and professional goals.

Role and Purpose

Founded in 1937, Lamar Community College is a learner-centered, open enrollment, two-year post-secondary institution. As part of the Colorado Community College System, LCC is committed to providing its more than 1,000 students with:

  • Academic programs that qualify students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities;
  • Educational offerings that meet students’ occupational needs in career and technical fields;
  • Instructional and support strategies that enable students to begin classes at any stage of academic preparation;
  • Opportunities for perpetual learning and lifelong development;
  • Comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes to continually improve our students’ experiences and success; and
  • An environment that supports learners and opens minds to innovation, creativity and possibilities.

A Brief History of LCC

Established in 1937, Lamar Community College began its service to its communities as the Junior College of Southeastern Colorado. It was originally established to give the impoverished residents of the western edge of the “Dust Bowl” new hope in the midst of the Great Depression. The College is a testimony to the perseverance of the organizations and individuals that founded it. Supported by tuition, fees, and donations from merchants and civic organizations, the College was essentially a private institution. Its first campus was a structure originally built by the Works Public Administration (WPA) as a hospital for tuberculosis patients. The original building still stands at Eighth Street and Walnut.

In 1946, voters formed a local district, supported by tax dollars, and guaranteeing open enrollment. At this time, the name was changed to Lamar Junior College. As enrollment and program offerings steadily increased after World War II; the campus expanded to nearby buildings and houses.

Changing with the Times

The 1960s ushered in a decade of change as the College relocated to its present location, changed its name to Lamar Community College, and joined the Colorado Community College System. Todd-Burch Residence Hall and the Bowman, Trustees, and Betz Buildings were all built in the period between 1966 and 1971. Lamar Community College entered another period of construction in 1999, with the renovation and renaming of the Betz Building to the Betz Technology Center. In this same time period, LCC built its state-of-the-art Wellness Center. LCC’s original indoor horse arena was constructed in 1975; a major expansion and renovation was completed in the fall of 2009 to create LCC’s Equine Complex.

Expanded Educational Offerings

Through its rich history, Lamar Community College has continued to provide a unique educational experience to students. The small, friendly campus atmosphere helps students feel welcome and valued. Many area students who seek skills and knowledge to enter the workforce or to transfer to universities find LCC their best option for higher education. LCC also attracts students from outside the service area who appreciate smaller classes and the personalized attention they receive from staff and faculty. Many come to study in one of the signature programs or to continue their athletic careers. Through partnerships with other colleges and universities, LCC has expanded its services to students to include dual application and on-campus baccalaureate options.

Lamar Community College celebrated its 80th year of serving our students and communities in 2017-2018 and will celebrate its 83rd commencement in the spring of 2022. 

Born from the tenacious spirit of pioneer founders and empowered by the alliance with the Colorado Community College System, Lamar Community College stands ready to serve its students into the 21st century and beyond.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity among students, faculty, administration, and staff in a welcoming and inclusive environment is an important measure of quality within academic institutions. Lamar Community College is focused on achieving greater diversity, reflecting the variety of its communities and the world, and offering equitable opportunities for all in a college community that values individuals. LCC is also committed to developing and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all college activities, especially student recruitment and support, employee recruitment and development, instructional and co-curricular activities, institutional practices and community engagement. The following actions demonstrate and ensure LCC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion:

  • Lamar Community College supports and encourages equitable educational and employment opportunities for all.
  • LCC recognizes the need to provide equitable and inclusive retention support services for all students and employees, including those from diverse backgrounds, and implements plans and processes to achieve this goal.
  • Lamar Community College is known for educational quality and high graduation and transfer rates. LCC maintains educational excellence while increasing these rates for all students, including those from diverse backgrounds, through the development of specific educational achievement plans, which emphasize personal commitment to, inclusion of, and care for the individual student.
  • LCC, in cooperation with community leaders of its service area, develops and maintains a welcoming, inclusive, and culturally sensitive climate both on and off campus to foster community networks that support all populations, especially those who may feel marginalized.

Academic Calendar

Dates subject to change without notice. 

Summer Semester 2021  
May 23 Summer on-campus housing opens at 5 pm
May 24 First day of standard term & June 5-week Sessions
May 27 Census date for June 5-week Sessions (last day to add or drop courses)
May 31 Memorial Day - campus closed
June 1 First day of CCCOnline 10-week courses
June 2 Last day to add CCCOnline 10-week courses
June 2 Census date for standard term (last day to add or drop courses); Payment deadline
June 11 Last day to drop CCCOnline 10-week courses
June 14 First day of CCCOnline 6-week courses
June 15 Last day to add CCCOnline 6-week courses
June 17 Last day to withdraw from June 5-week Session
June 21 Last day to drop CCCOnline 6-week courses
June 24 Last day of June 5-week Session
June 28 First day of July 5-week Session
June 30 Grades due for June 5-week Session
July 1 Census date for July 5-week Sessions (last day to add or drop courses)
July 1 Intent to graduate forms due (for fall graduation)
July 5 Independence Day (observed) - campus closed
July 15 Last day to withdraw from standard term
July 16 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline 6-week classes
July 19 Fall Orientation
July 22 Last day to withdraw from July 5-week Session
July 24 Last day of CCCOnline 6-week courses
July 26 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline 10-week classes
July 28 Grades due for CCCOnline 6-week courses
July 29 Last day of standard term and July 5-week Session
July 30 Summer on-campus housing closes
August 4 Grades due for standard term and July 5-week Session
August 7 Last day of CCCOnline 10-week courses
August 11 Grades due for CCCOnline 10-week courses
Dates subject to change without notice.


FALL Semester 2021  
August 16 Faculty return (16) / All-Employee Meeting (17) / New Faculty orientation (17)
August 19 Residence halls and cafeteria open at 10:00 AM
August 20 Fall Orientation
August 23 First day of classes (standard term courses)
August 30 First day of CCCOnline Session #1 courses
September 1 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #1 courses
September 6 Labor Day - offices closed / no classes
September 7 Census date (last day to add or drop for standard term courses); Payment deadline
September 13 First day of CCCOnline Session #4 courses
September 14 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #4 courses
September 14 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #1 courses
September 17 Conversation Day - most offices closed
September 17 Constitution Day
September 20 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #4 courses
October 1 Intent to Graduate forms due (for spring graduation)
October 4 First day of classes for CCCOnline Session #2 courses
October 5 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #2 courses
October 14 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #2 courses
October 15 Last day to withdraw CCCOnline Session #4 courses
October 23 Last day of CCCOnline Session #4 courses
October 27 Grades due for CCCOnline Session #4 courses
November 1 Registration begins for spring semester
November 1 First day of CCCOnline Session #5 courses
November 2 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #5 courses            
November 8 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #5 courses
November 18 Last day to withdraw (for standard term courses)
November 22 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #1 courses 
November 22 - November 28 Thanksgiving Break - no classes; November 25 Thanksgiving Day - campus closed
November 29 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #2 courses
December 3 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #5 courses
December 8-10 Final Exams (for standard term courses)
December 11 Last day of CCCOnline Session #1, #2 and #5 courses
December 12 Residence halls & cafeteria close at 12:00 noon
December 15 Grades due at 12:00 noon- last day for faculty; CCCOnline grades due
December 24-January 2 Winter Break - campus closed
Dates subject to change without notice.


SPRING Semester 2022  
January 3-14 January Mini-Mester courses
January 10 Faculty return (11) / In-service (12) / New faculty orientation (12)
January 13 Residence halls and cafeteria open at 10:00 AM
January 14 Spring Orientation
January 17 First day of classes (standard term courses)
January 24 First day of CCCOnline Session #1 courses
January 26 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #1 courses
February 1 Census date (last day to add or drop for standard term courses); Payment deadline
February 7 First day of CCCOnline Session #4 courses
February 8 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #4 courses
February 8 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #1 courses
February 14 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #4 courses
February 28 First day of CCCOnline Session #2 courses
March 1 Intent to Graduate forms due (for summer graduation)
March 1 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #2 courses
March 10 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #2 courses
March 11 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #4 courses
March 19 Last day of CCCOnline Session #4 courses
March 14-20 Spring Break - no classes
March 23 Grades due for CCCOnline Session #4 courses
March 28 First day of CCCOnline Session #5 courses
March 29 Last day to add CCCOnline Session #5 courses
April 1 Registration begins for summer & fall semesters
April 4 Last day to drop CCCOnline Session #5 courses
April 14 Last day to withdraw (for standard term courses)
April 18 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #1 courses
April 22 Fall Orientation
April 25 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #2 courses
April 29 Last day to withdraw from CCCOnline Session #5 courses
May 4-6 Final exams (for standard term courses)
May 6 Antelope Night
May 7 83rd Commencement
May 7 Last day of CCCOnline Session #1, #2, and #5 courses
May 8 Residence halls and cafeteria close at 12:00 noon
May 11 Grades due at 12:00 noon - last day for faculty; CCCOnline grades due
Dates subject to change without notice.

Campus Hours

(Fall and Spring semester hours subject to change and may vary seasonally and with holidays.  Extended hours may be available during peak usage periods.)

Bowman West (BW)

8:00 A.M-5:00 P.M., M-F

Betz Technology Center (BZ)

6:30 A.M.-10:00 P.M., M-F

Computer Labs (BZ 230, 231, 244): See posted hours M-F

Student Services Center: 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., M-F

             Testing Center (BZ 232):  Contact 719.336.1538 for current hours
              GED Testing (BZ 232):  must be scheduled through or by calling 1.877.EXAM.GED (1.877.392.6433)

Bowman East (BE)

6:30 A.M.-10:00 P.M., M-F

 Tutoring Lab:  Contact 719.336.6648 or 719.336.1535 for current hours

 Learning Resource Center/Library: 8:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M., M-TH; 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., F


Trustees Building (TR)

6:30 A.M.-10:00 P.M., M-F
          Business Office: 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M, M-F

Cosmetology Rookies Salon: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M, W, TH

           Cosmetology Department 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M, M, T.; 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M, W, TH

Wellness Center

5:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M., M-TH; 5:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., F; 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., S

Campus Health Center: 8:00 A.M.-12:30, 1:30-5:00, M & W; 8:00-10:30A.M., 1:30-5:00, T

8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., 1:30-4:30 P.M., 5:00-8:00 P.M., TH; 8:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M., F

Fitness Center: 5:00 A.M.-7:30 P.M., M-TH; 5:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M., F;

8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., S

Gymnasium Open (varies by sport/semester)

Locator Map

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Campus Overview

Lamar Community College is located on the southern edge of the City of Lamar on Highway 287. Its facilities are maintained on a spacious 115-acre campus bounded on the east by lush Willow Creek, a wooded area that is home to deer and a large variety of birds and other wildlife. In 2000, the campus completed an $11-million renovation that included a new gymnasium and wellness complex located next to the residence halls. A renovation and expansion of LCC’s equine facility was completed in the fall of 2008. 

Exceptional Facilities

On the northern edge of the campus stands the Betz Technology Center. It is the home of many occupational programs including art, business and computer, and integrated technology courses, and the Small Business Management Program as well as the Nursing Program, agriculture classes, and faculty offices. Additionally, it houses the Student Services Center, including the Registrar, Admissions, Financial Aid, Recruiter, as well as the Cashier , the MAP to Success CEnter and the Student Union.

The Todd-Burch Residence Hall and Kelley Union Cafeteria are in the middle of the campus. Housing 190 students, the facility also includes a weight room, computer lab, and lobby with recreational equipment.

The Prowers House is located to the North of the Todd-Burch Residence Hall and houses 31 students. 

The Wellness Center provides a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor walking track, gymnasium, and athletic office complex and the Campus Health Center for students and staff.

On the southern end of the LCC campus is the Equine Complex. This area includes classrooms, demonstration lab, faculty offices and both indoor and outdoor arenas for practice and competition.

Across the street from the campus are the baseball and softball fields.

Important Campus Resources

BZ 232
719.336.1590 / 800.968.6920
BZ Student Services Center
Equity Office
TR Business Office
Athletic Director
Wellness Center 122
Bookstore (Virtual)
Campus Health Center
Wellness Center 125
Campus Closure Line
Campus Safety
Daytime: 719.336.1543
Evening: 719.336.1192 / 719.688.1412

Todd-Burch Hall
BZ Student Services Center

CCCS Information Technologies Support Desk
Cosmetology Salon
TR 112
Academic Counseling
BW 136
Dining Hall
Kelley Union Cafeteria / Todd-Burch Hall
Disability Services/Special Populations
BW 125
Concurrent Enrollment Classes
BZ 241
Duplication Services
Business Office, TR 135
Educational Opportunity Center
BZ 237
BW Basement
Financial Aid
BZ Student Services Center
Fitness Center
Wellness Center-Upper
GED Testing
BW 232
Learning Resource Center/Library
BW Lower Level
Lope Access (Staff/Student Portal) Assistance
CCCS Information
Technologies Support Desk
Motor Vehicle Registration
BZ Student Services Center
President’s Office
BW Upper Level
BZ 209
BZ Student Services Center
Residence Hall Office
Todd-Burch Hall
Student Activities
Todd-Burch Hall
Student Email Assistance
CCCS Information
Technologies Support Desk
Student I.D.’s
BZ Student Services Center
Student Services
BZ Student Services Center
Student Government Association
BZ 129
Transcripts/Student Records
BZ Student Services Center
Transfer Coordinator/Bachelor’s Options
BZ Student Services Center
Tutoring Services
BW 121
Veterans’ Benefits
BZ Student Services Center

MAP to Success Center

BZ 243

Student Resources at a Glance


Academic Advising

Assigns an academic advisor to certificate and degree-seeking students and by request to non-degree seekers.

Campus Health Center

Provides medical & dental services.

Fitness Center

Offers complete training/workout programs.

LCC Foundation

This nonprofit organization provides scholarships to students of all ages, interests, and places of residency.

Learning Resource Center/Library

Provides books, periodicals, wireless Internet access and computers, inter-library loan materials, and comfortable study areas.

Learning Support Services

LCC’s Student Support Services program provides services to students in the following areas:

  • Assessment
  • Academic & transfer counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Career Planning

Student Services Center

A one-stop shop for admission, registration, payment, financial aid, transfer and transcript requests.

Helpful Community Contacts

Public Information/Services  

Century Link  (telephone/Internet)

800.788.3600 (telphone) / 877.646.3282 (internet)

Chamber of Commerce


Domestic Safety Resource Center


Electric & Water Connects/Disconnects


Fire Department


Lamar Public Library


Police Department


Voter Registration


Welcome Home Childcare

Health Services  

High Plains Dental Center


High Plains Community Health Center


Prowers County Public Health


Prowers Medical Center

Banking Services  

TBK Bank


Community State Bank


Frontier Bank


GN Bank


Lamar Lanes Bowling Alley


Lamar Parks & Recreation


Lamar Theatre


Answers to Your Questions

Bulletin Boards

Students and community members may post materials on community bulletin boards throughout campus using posted guidelines. Departmental and Campus Life boards are reserved for College use only.

Campus Closures

For the most current information regarding Lamar Community College closures, please monitor the LCC social media outlets or call the Campus Closure Line at 719.336.1515 or the LCC Website. In cases of inclement weather, Lamar Community College follows the Campus Closure Process. College facilities and safety personnel will monitor weather, road conditions, and parking access in order to provide status updates.

Emergency Preparedness

LCC is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff. Occasionally, emergencies may arise that necessitate a move to a safer location in a campus building or building evacuation. LCC expects everyone to follow these guidelines. More information is posted on campus bulletin boards, campus emergency packets in every classroom/office, or if you have questions, you may contact campus security directly.

The College recommends that students keep their emergency contact information up-to-date through their Lope Access portal accounts.  This will allow LCC to contact students quickly in the event of a campus or weather emergency.

If it is necessary for a campus building (or buildings) to be evacuated due to emergency, students and staff must use the nearest safe exit and meet at the following designated points.

  • Bowman, Trustees, Betz-“Quad” grass area between these buildings
  • Residence Hall north of the residence hall.

In case of emergency sirens, all staff and students should quickly and carefully collect at the following locations for a head count and wait until an all-clear signal is given.

  • Bowman Building-Large Lecture Hall (BW 139)
  • Trustees Building-Trustees Basement (Below Business Office)
  • Residence Hall-Basement/Weight Room
  • Betz Technology Center-Lower/East Wing (Not in Atrium)

After the all-clear signal is heard, students and staff may return to classes and offices.

Fire Alarms

While in campus buildings, students should be aware of where the closest and alternate exits are located. When a fire alarm sounds, all LCC students, staff, and faculty must vacate the affected building immediately. If the alarm is proven to be false, an LCC official notifies everyone when it is safe to return to the building.

Parking Regulations

All vehicles must be registered with Student Services. Parking permits may be obtained from the Cashier’s Office in the Student Services Center. Students may park in any campus parking lot and do not have special parking privileges.

Student Records

LCC acts in full compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). (See Getting Started  -Student Records and Consumer Information Disclosure Requirements  sections for more information regarding FERPA and definitions of common terms.)

Tobacco Use

On November 2, 2018, the Governor of Colorado enacted an Executive Order making all State owned or leased buildings and grounds 100% tobacco free. The campuses of the Collorado Community College System are covered by this order.

Starting January 1, 2020, smoking, and vaping in any form (cigarettes, pipes, water pipes/hookah, electronic smoking devices, etc) and all other forms of tobacco use (use of chew, snuff, snus, dip, etc.) is prohibited on all properties of LCC, including buildings, parking lots, recreational areas, and all areas currently designated for tobacco use. This includes the rodeo grounds, Merchants Park and Citizens Field. Students, guests, and employees may smoke in the privacy of their vehicles as long as they do so with all windows and doors closed.

Southeast Colorado & the City of Lamar

With a population of approximately 22,000 within a four county region, Lamar functions as a hub for the region which borders Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The area is rich with modern farming, ranching, and manufacturing industries and is located in the Lower Arkansas River Valley. Lamar is located at the intersection of three national highways and served by a major bus line and AMTRAK.

The region hosts an abundance of clubs, organizations, events and activities. A community of artists, who create in a variety of media, has developed in the area, and several of the artists have attained national prominence. Nearby, John Martin Reservoir and Queens Lake offer water sports, hiking, fishing, and outing opportunities. A number of natural and man-made attractions, including petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, caves, canyons, and heritage tourism destinations, offer explorers opportunities to discover Southeast Colorado’s beauty.  City parks, picnic, swimming, and tennis facilities are also available. The beautiful Rocky Mountains are a three to four-hour drive away, and students and visitors frequently take weekend trips by car to Colorado Springs and Denver. 

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