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Seward County Community College has begun its summer hours. The main campus will open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Campus is closed Friday.
The Wellness Center will open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday. The center is closed Saturday and Sunday.
The Cosmetology Building will open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 620-417-1361 for appointments or to inquire about the program.
The Colvin Adult Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-12 noon, Friday. Call 620-0417-1310 for program information.
Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer Red Cross swim lessons this summer at the college pool, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

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SCCC students perform recently during the Pops Concerts.

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Seward County Community College’s Colvin Adult Learning Center will recognize its Kansas State High School Diploma graduates with a special ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in the college theater at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

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The Seward County Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, received a “five-star” designation recently, the hightest honor that a chapter can receive.
Five Star is basically interpreted as the peak of excellence---meeting higher standards of quality within the chapter, said Debbie Stafford, PTK advisor. Working towards the attainment of the five star status helps build a foundation for the chapter. The basic premise of the five-star award is that chapters employ strategies to gain positive visibility and create greater public awareness on campus and within the community. On a personal level, involvement in the five-star program educates chapter members on the importance of leadership, meeting deadlines, and organizational skills.
This past year, PTK members collected Halloween costumes to give to the Stepping Stone Shelter, participated in Trick or Treat Street and two highway 54 clean up projects, collected non-perishable food items for Family Food Feast, provided Thanksgiving meals to 15 families within the community, hosted a Christmas party for children in the Big Brothers and Sisters program, raised $1,4500 for the American Cancer Society, participated in Leadership/Goals Training Session facilitated by Leadership Liberal and assisted the City of Liberal Self-Help Housing Program by helping to build houses for community residents.
PTK is currently collaborating with the Saints Bookstore to collect used textbooks that will be sent to third-world countries.
Stafford also said that the chapter must meet once a month, submit an annual report, hold at least one induction ceremony per year and hold informational meetings.
The chapter also received a Pinnacle Award for increasing membership in 2007-2008.
Luis Cabizuca, Sanela Dejanovic, Erica Herrera and Charlie Salter were four of the over 270 students who graduated from Seward County Community College recently.

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Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer a mandatory eight-hour training for Kansans who desire to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The next class will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in SW 214E/W for $100 per class. Class size is limited. All applicants must register for the class in advance by calling 620-417-1170 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1170. No walk-ins will be allowed. Lunch is not included.
The Conceal Carry bill, SB418, gives Kansans the right to join 46 other states in the nation in the right to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
Summer classes at Seward County Community College will begin Monday, June 2. All summer classes are Monday through Thursday. The first session is June 2-July 10, the second session is June 2-26 and the third session is July 9-Aug. 2.
If you have a current application for admission on file, enroll online at www.sccc.edu or come to campus at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal, to enroll. For information, call 417-1100.
The public is invited to view student art in the Shank Humanities Building from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., through May 12 on the Seward County Community College campus. Both three-dimensional and two-dimensional art is now on display.

Janie Perkins, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, will be the 2008 graduation speaker at Seward County Community College.
The public is invited to graduation at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10 in the SCCC gymnasium.
Perkins is currently a supplemental programs coordinator with Garden City Public Schools. Her appointment to the Kansas Board of Regents was made possible at the request of Governor Sebelius in 2005. She is a former mayor of Garden City.
Perkins holds a certificate in elementary education K-9th grade., English as a Second Language endorsement K-12th grade and a master’s of science in Education degree. She serves and stays involved with many local and state organizations. She has dedicated much of her time to inspire others to pursue their dreams as well. She knows it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance, but the outcome is most rewarding!
Janie and her family moved to Garden City in the early seventies from Mexico. Due to her limited academic education, non-English speaking background, and unfamiliarity with her new surroundings, she had many challenges to overcome. She said she was grateful for and gives credit to her faith, family, teachers and community members for her positive successes in life.
Janie and her husband, Harold Perkins, a family physician, have been married for 25 years and have five children.