Dr. Mirta Martin, who recently took the helm as president of Fort Hays Statue University, paid a visit to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in September. Martin toured campus and met faculty, staff, and students, who she hopes might someday attend FHSU as transfer students, she said. During a lunch meeting with the SCCC/ATS board of trustees, Martin praised the college for following many of the best practices she observed and implemented during her years of involvement in the higher education system in Virginia, where two- and four-year institutions implemented economies of scale to lower tuition costs and ensure broad access to higher education. As Kansas institutions work to meet the goal set by the Kansas Board of Regents - that 60 percent of Kansans hold an industry-recognized technical certificate, an associate of arts degree or a bachelor's degree by 2020 - partnership between institutions is critical, Martin noted. In keeping with that goal, Martin and SCCC/ATS president Duane Dunn reviewed the articulation agreement between their two institutions and affirmed a desire to work together to strengthen collaboration and partnership.