Member Spotlight – Garden City Community College

“We are in a people business–the core of everything that we do is people. With that in mind, we continually find ways to improve ourselves and how we conduct business. Professional development is critical to the success of our employees and institution. At GCCC, we follow the Lencioni “The Ideal Team Player” virtues, and look for ways to stay “Hungry, Humble, and Smart.”

Dr. Ryan Ruda, President, Garden City Community College

Ryan Ruda

Dr. Ryan Ruda, President

Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS || Established 1919 | Ryan Ruda, NISOD Liaison

Member Spotlight Question and Answer 

When did Garden City Community College become a NISOD Member?
GCCC became a member in 2018.

Why is Garden City Community College a NISOD Member?
GCCC places an investment and focus on professional development, and as such, we are always seeking ways to keep PD fresh and relevant. Through our membership with NISOD, we have been able to bring workshops to campus, keep learning at the forefront of what we do, and expand PD for staff and faculty.

Which NISOD benefits does Garden City Community College use the most and how?
We have hosted regional workshops each of the last two years, which has been a tremendous and cost-effective resource for training our faculty and providing a regional service for other colleges.

Interesting News Happening at GCCC

GCCC Top 50 Schools for Transfer Success
Garden City Community College has been named one of Student Loan Hero’s top 50 schools in the country for successful transfer from community college to four-year university.

GCCC Brings the Clinic to Students
A recent collaboration between Garden City Community College and St. Catherine Hospital provides GCCC students the opportunity to receive quality health care at an affordable price. The clinic offers access to college students with demanding schedules that leave them with little to no time to commute to and from a doctor’s office or sit in a waiting room before an appointment.

GCCC Celebrates 100 Years
Peruse the digital version of a special edition magazine that celebrated Garden City Community College’s 100th anniversary. The publication features a timeline of GCCC history, staff and faculty spotlights, and alumni profiles.

GCCC Boasts Top PN Program
A study from has named GCCC the number one practical nursing program in the state of Kansas. The study was based on student scores from the National Council Licensure Examination, a standardized test students take after graduating from an accredited program to receive their license.

Every month, NISOD turns the spotlight on the effective ways member colleges use NISOD benefits. These member colleges exemplify NISOD’s mission of improving teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.