Barton Community College
MottoWhat Drives You?
TypePublic community college
EstablishedJuly 15, 1965[1]
PresidentCarl Heilman[2]
Students4,269 (Fall 2022)[3]
Location, ,
United States

38°24′13″N 98°43′54″W / 38.40361°N 98.73167°W / 38.40361; -98.73167
Campus160 acres (0.65 km2)
ColorsRoyal blue and light gold[4]

Barton Community College, previously Barton County Community College, is a public community college in Great Bend, Kansas. Its service area includes Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rush and Russell Counties, Stafford County north of US Highway 50, and northwestern Rice County.


Barton Community College was founded on July 15, 1965, through an election by the people of Barton County, Kansas. Its first name was Barton County Junior College, which was later shortened to its current name, Barton Community College.[1]


Main article: Barton Cougars

The school participates at the Division I level and is affiliated with the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The school is also a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. American sprinter Tyson Gay, who holds the American record in the 100 meters, is a notable alumnus.[5]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "History". Archived from the original on 2015-03-18.
  2. ^ "Office of the President – Barton Community College".
  3. ^ "Board of Regents Announces 2022 Fall Semester Enrollment" (PDF). September 29, 2022. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  4. ^ Barton Brand Guide (PDF). Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  5. ^ USA Today: Gay puts best foot forward in bid for medal at worlds 23 August 2007