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The Library at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal, will celebrate Kansas in the Library during the month of February with a display.
The February display, “The Tradition of Blues in Wichita: African Americans Tell their Story,” will be on display all month.
The first African Americans to Wichita began arriving in the late 1800s. By 1920 nearly 2,500 black citizens called Wichita home. The black population doubled by the 1950s in Wichita due to prospering job markets. As the population grew, so did the tradition of blues music. Businesses providing live musical entertainment attracted many national musicians to Wichita. This aided local performers by example and opportunity to match talents with many big name entertainers. The popularity of the music helped blacks find acceptance outside the African American community.
This display was produced with funding in part by Wichita Community Foundation, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Kansas Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The library will feature “Greek Heritage in the Heartland” in March and “Barn Yesterday: Remembering Kansas Barns” in April.
For information, contact Jon Nolan, library director, 620-417-1161 or jon.noland@sccc.edu.





Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is partnering with University of Kansas Continuing Education, the KU Alumni Association, and the Dole Institute of Politics to present broadcasts of a series of four programs to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The series will begin on Sunday, Feb. 8, and conclude on Tuesday, March 10, and will feature four of the nation’s leading experts on our nation's 16th president. All programs are free and open to the public.
Richard Norton Smith, the Dole Institute’s first permanent director and former director of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., will kick off the series Sunday, Feb. 8.
Michael Burlingame, a professor emeritus at Connecticut College, will discuss his long-awaited two-volume biography “Lincoln: A Life” on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Los Angeles-based historian Ron White, author of the newly published “A. Lincoln,” will speak on Monday, March 3.
KU’s own assistant professor of history Jennifer Weber will conclude the series Tuesday, March 10, with a discussion of Lincoln’s challenging 1864 campaign for re-election.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.: “Abraham Lincoln: 200 Years”
Featured Speaker: Richard Norton Smith
Room: SW 229 C&D
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: “Lincoln: A Life”
Featured Speaker: Michael Burlingame
Room: SW 229 C&D
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.: “A. Lincoln”
Featured Speaker: Ronald C. White, Jr.
Room: SW 229 C&D
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.: “Lincoln’s Challenging 1864 Re-election Campaign”
Featured Speaker: Jennifer L. Weber
Room: S214EW
For more information about the series or the speakers, visit http://www.doleinstitute.org/programs-presidential-lecture.shtml.



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Tool companies were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently to allow students in some of the college’s technical programs to purchase tools at a discount. Although students this year are not required to have their own tools for the different programs, they will need tools upon graduation. The Tool Fair helps establish a strong working relationship between a supplier and the students.
Tool companies were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently to allow students in some of the college’s technical programs to purchase tools at a discount. Although students this year are not required to have their own tools for the different programs, they will need tools upon graduation. The Tool Fair helps establish a strong working relationship between a supplier and the students.)<%
Tool companies were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently to allow students in some of the college’s technical programs to purchase tools at a discount. Although students this year are not required to have their own tools for the different programs, they will need tools upon graduation. The Tool Fair helps establish a strong working relationship between a supplier and the students.)()%>
Tool companies were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently to allow students in some of the college’s technical programs to purchase tools at a discount. Although students this year are not required to have their own tools for the different programs, they will need tools upon graduation. The Tool Fair helps establish a strong working relationship between a supplier and the students.
Jett Eder Sergio Padilla
Kansas will salute 48 top community college scholars for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony Feb. 12 in Topeka, including two from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
Representing 34 communities and the state’s 19 community colleges, these scholars have been named to the 2009 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents.
Jett of Eder of Sharon Springs is Block and Bridle vice president at SCCC/ATS. He is also a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and the Livestock Judging team. He is a pre-vet and animal science major with a biotech emphasis. When he transfers in the fall, he would like to continue judging. He has been a 5-State Fair volunteer.
“To me this honor is simply an acknowledgment of the effort that I have put into my studies and life,” said Eder. “The difference between average and excellence is effort, and I feel affirmed and honored with this award.”
Sergio Padilla of Liberal is the treasurer of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at SCCC/ATS and president of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization. He is also a member of choir and the men’s select ensemble. As a psychology major, he plans to transfer to Wichita State University in the fall. In his community, he helps deliver Thanksgiving baskets, works with the Toys for Tots organization and volunteers as a server at the community luncheon.
“The Phi Theta Kappa honor is an amazing recognition that I hope to continue to live up to,” said Padilla. “I am grateful that there are those out there who feel I am worthy of this honor.”
Each is also a nominee for the 2009 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.
New this year is a partnership with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation, whereby nearly 400 students will be honored as representatives of all outstanding community college students around the world. Nearly $500,000 in stipends will be provided to students in 2009.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus.
Since 1991, Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges have sponsored the national All-USA Academic Team program. The Kansas program is an affiliate, and the Kansas students are all nominees for the national honor.
Each student will receive a proclamation issued by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, an educational stipend, and an academic medallion.
The Kansas Regents universities and Washburn University have promised to match the stipends with $1,000 scholarships for those who transfer after completing their community college studies.
About 500 U.S. community college students will compete for places on the first, second and third national teams. First team members each receive $2,500 stipends, and will be featured in USA Today along with second and third team members. Team members are also presented with medallions
Academic Team nominees also will have the opportunity to apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Washington, D.C., Internship Program, with positions available at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, Association of Community College Trustees, American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Beta Kappa.
Among Kansans selected for national honors since the annual recognition program began are Donna Shank, Seward County Community College, first team, 1995 and Brandon Sutton, Seward County Community College, second team, 1996.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas offers an 8-Hour Energy Training Council Safety Course on demand and includes confined space, fire safety, lockout/tagout, bloodborne pathogens, hazardous communication, electrical safety, fall protection, person protective equipment, hydrogen sulfide, drug and alcohol, environmental awareness. Each of these courses can also be taught as a four-hour course.
Additional training also includes a 4-hour H2S awareness course, 8-hour forklift training, and 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration course.
Courses are offered on-campus or on-site.
For information, contact Reenie Jackson, business and industry, 620-417-1171 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a variety of short courses this spring.
Certified Medication Aide Update will be offered from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. Cost is $70.
Basic Crocheting will be offered from 6-9 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 9-March 12. Cost is $70.
Basic Woodworking will be offered 6-10 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 23-April 2. Cost is $80.
Cake Decorating will be offered 7-10 p.m., Mondays, March 2-May 4. Cost is $70.
Certified Nurse Aide will be offered 2-9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 2-April 8. Cost is $400.
Commercial Driver License Seminar will be offered from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 14. Cost is $50.
Defensive Driving Course Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 21. Cost is $50.
Beginning and Advanced Welding will be offered, 7-10 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, March 9-April 27. Cost is $80.
Certified Medication Aide will be offered from 2-9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, April 14-May 13. Cost is $350.
Certified Nurse Aide will be offered from 2-9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, May 18-June 17. Cost is $400.
Home Health Aide will be offered from 8-11 a.m., Monday-Friday, May 4-12. Cost is $100.
Refrigeration Certification will be offered at 8 a.m., Friday, March 27. Cost is $75.
Although classes are in sessions, students can still enroll in Automotive Computerized Engine Control, 7-10 p.m., Tuesdays through April 14 and Floral Design, 7-10 p.m., Tuesdays, through April 14. Cost of each is $80.
Some courses require textbooks and supplies for an additional cost. All courses are offered at 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal.
For information, contact Joy Fosdick at 620-624-1173 or joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.

The EduKan online community college consortium’s first session of spring semester classes is under way, but enrollment is still open in two other upcoming sessions.
Registration is available in more than 60 community college courses online at www.edukan.org or by calling EduKan toll-free at 1-877-433-8526.
Information and registration are also available from any of the six sponsoring institutions. Those include Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, and Barton County, Colby, Dodge City, Pratt and Garden City community colleges. Numbers to call at SCCC/ATS are 1-800-373-9951 or 620-417-1100.
The upcoming sessions include Feb. 17-May 8 and March 16-May 8. EduKan provides options to on-campus students searching for flexibility and accessibility in their class schedules, as well as to others taking college classes via the web.
Each EduKan semester starts shortly after the beginning of most traditional on-campus semesters, and offers three or more different sessions each term. All course credits transfer to other institutions, just as those in on-campus courses. The cost for an EduKan class is $125 per credit hour.
EduKan began offering classes in 1999, and the six member institutions are nationally accredited to offer courses over the web. Consortium colleges offer associate in arts, associate in science and associate in general studies degrees, as well as a full range of individual classes in business, humanities, fine arts, science, math, social science and other general education fields.
It’s not too late to enroll in a class for the spring 2009 semester at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Students can take classes on campus or online at www.edukan.org.
If students have a current application on file, they can enroll at www.sccc.edu. Otherwise students can come to 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal and enroll in a class or a program.
For information, call 620-417-1100.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a variety of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 19, entitled “Power of Prayer.”
The event, sponsored by the SCCC/ATS Black Collegiate Union, will begin at the southwest corner of Wal-Mart with a community-wide march at 5 p.m., and end at the college.
After the march, everyone is invited to come to the Student Union, SW229 A-D to enjoy food, entertainment and a message.
For more information, contact Kim Binns at 620-417-1316 or kim.binns@sccc.edu.

After 12 years as Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and 30 years as a public servant, Sheila Frahm recently announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008.
“The KACCT is an extremely important organization,” said Frahm. “It allows the 19 community colleges to speak as one voice with a consistent message. “The schools work together to formulate goals and work cooperatively with the Kansas Board of Regents, state and federal agencies and the Kansas Legislature to insure excellence in higher education.”
A search committee was formed several months ago to hire a replacement for Frahm. After an extensive nationwide search, interview, and selection process, the group announced the selection of Linda Fund as the Executive Director.
Fund earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn School of Law and has worked for the State of Kansas as an attorney in the Department of Administration. She has a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science.
She recently served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the University of Kansas where she had responsibility for dealing with challenging day-to-day issues affecting personnel and process.
Search committee members included Marvin Chance, Jr., Floris Jean Hampton, Lynn Mitchelson, Kenton Krehbiel, Faith Nyswonger, Ted Albright, Robert Nelson, Ed Berger, Vicky Smith, George Knox, Bill Wojciechowski, Ken Van Blaricum, Sheila Frahm (Ex-Officio), and Gayle Shaw (Ex-Officio).
“My transition into the Executive Director position has been made much easier by Sheila and Executive Assistant Gayle Shaw,” said Fund. “I am trying to follow in some big footsteps and I am both excited and humbled to have the honor of doing so. I look forward with excitement to working with the community college presidents and trustees and furthering the mission of community colleges in Kansas.”
From a local school board member to a United States Senator, a career in public service has always been important to Frahm. During the Colby native’s 12-year tenure with the KACCT, she worked with 50 different community college presidents and 58 trustees who represented their individual schools.
Frahm served on the Colby (USD #315) School Board from 1978-89 and was a member of the Kansas State Board of Education from 1985-1988, a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1989-1995, the Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate in 1993 and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1995-1996. While serving as Lieutenant Governor, Frahm also served as the state’s Secretary of Administration. She was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the United States Senate on June 11, 1996 at the time Bob Dole resigned to work full time on his Presidential campaign.
“I am looking forward to spending more time in northwest Kansas and less time traveling to Topeka—after 30 years of public service,” said Frahm. “I will be glad to observe the Kansas Legislature from the side lines. I will continue to serve on the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority as the representative appointed by the community colleges, so this will provide for an initial ‘semi-retirement’ mode. The transition will allow Ken and me to consider what we will do with the rest of our lives.
“I am very excited about Linda’s interest and eager response to the leadership responsibilities she will now assume as the ‘go-to person’ for the Kansas community colleges when it comes to legislation, regulation and funding.”
“Sheila Frahm has been an incredible Executive Director,” said Kenton Krehbiel,” Colby Community College Board of Trustees Chair. “Her knowledge of the Board of Education, the Legislature and the KACCT organization has been invaluable to the 19 community colleges. I wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.”
Fund will continue to work with Frahm and administrative assistant Gayle Shaw prior to the 2009 Legislative session to ensure maximum transition benefits.
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After 12 years as Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and 30 years as a public servant,Sheila Frahm recently announced her retirement effective Dec. 31,2008.
“The KACCT is an extremely important organization,” said Frahm. “It allows the 19 community colleges to speak as one voice with a consistent message. “The schools work together to formulate goals and work cooperatively with the Kansas Board of Regents,state and federal agencies and the Kansas Legislature to insure excellence in higher education.”
A search committee was formed several months ago to hire a replacement for Frahm. After an extensive nationwide search,interview,and selection process,the group announced the selection of Linda Fund as the Executive Director.
Fund earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn School of Law and has worked for the State of Kansas as an attorney in the Department of Administration. She has a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science.
She recently served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the University of Kansas where she had responsibility for dealing with challenging day-to-day issues affecting personnel and process.
Search committee members included Marvin Chance,Jr.,Floris Jean Hampton,Lynn Mitchelson,Kenton Krehbiel,Faith Nyswonger,Ted Albright,Robert Nelson,Ed Berger,Vicky Smith,George Knox,Bill Wojciechowski,Ken Van Blaricum,Sheila Frahm (Ex-Officio),and Gayle Shaw (Ex-Officio).
“My transition into the Executive Director position has been made much easier by Sheila and Executive Assistant Gayle Shaw,” said Fund. “I am trying to follow in some big footsteps and I am both excited and humbled to have the honor of doing so. I look forward with excitement to working with the community college presidents and trustees and furthering the mission of community colleges in Kansas.”
From a local school board member to a United States Senator,a career in public service has always been important to Frahm. During the Colby native’s 12-year tenure with the KACCT,she worked with 50 different community college presidents and 58 trustees who represented their individual schools.
Frahm served on the Colby (USD #315) School Board from 1978-89 and was a member of the Kansas State Board of Education from 1985-1988,a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1989-1995,the Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate in 1993 and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1995-1996. While serving as Lieutenant Governor,Frahm also served as the state’s Secretary of Administration. She was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the United States Senate on June 11,1996 at the time Bob Dole resigned to work full time on his Presidential campaign.
“I am looking forward to spending more time in northwest Kansas and less time traveling to Topeka—after 30 years of public service,” said Frahm. “I will be glad to observe the Kansas Legislature from the side lines. I will continue to serve on the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority as the representative appointed by the community colleges,so this will provide for an initial ‘semi-retirement’ mode. The transition will allow Ken and me to consider what we will do with the rest of our lives.
“I am very excited about Linda’s interest and eager response to the leadership responsibilities she will now assume as the ‘go-to person’ for the Kansas community colleges when it comes to legislation,regulation and funding.”
“Sheila Frahm has been an incredible Executive Director,” said Kenton Krehbiel,” Colby Community College Board of Trustees Chair. “Her knowledge of the Board of Education,the Legislature and the KACCT organization has been invaluable to the 19 community colleges. I wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.”
Fund will continue to work with Frahm and administrative assistant Gayle Shaw prior to the 2009 Legislative session to ensure maximum transition benefits.
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<br /> After 12 years as Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and 30 years as a public servant, Sheila Frahm recently announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008.<br /> “The KACCT is an extremely important organization, ” said Frahm. “It allows the 19 community colleges to speak as one voice with a consistent message. “The schools work together to formulate goals and work cooperatively with the Kansas Board of Regents, state and federal agencies and the Kansas Legislature to insure excellence in higher education.”<br /> A search committee was formed several months ago to hire a replacement for Frahm. After an extensive nationwide search, interview, and selection process, the group announced the selection of Linda Fund as the Executive Director.<br /> Fund earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn School of Law and has worked for the State of Kansas as an attorney in the Department of Administration. She has a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science.<br /> She recently served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the University of Kansas where she had responsibility for dealing with challenging day-to-day issues affecting personnel and process.<br /> Search committee members included Marvin Chance, Jr., Floris Jean Hampton, Lynn Mitchelson, Kenton Krehbiel, Faith Nyswonger, Ted Albright, Robert Nelson, Ed Berger, Vicky Smith, George Knox, Bill Wojciechowski, Ken Van Blaricum, Sheila Frahm (Ex-Officio), and Gayle Shaw (Ex-Officio).<br /> “My transition into the Executive Director position has been made much easier by Sheila and Executive Assistant Gayle Shaw, ” said Fund. “I am trying to follow in some big footsteps and I am both excited and humbled to have the honor of doing so. I look forward with excitement to working with the community college presidents and trustees and furthering the mission of community colleges in Kansas.”<br /> From a local school board member to a United States Senator, a career in public service has always been important to Frahm. During the Colby native’s 12-year tenure with the KACCT, she worked with 50 different community college presidents and 58 trustees who represented their individual schools.<br /> Frahm served on the Colby (USD #315) School Board from 1978-89 and was a member of the Kansas State Board of Education from 1985-1988, a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1989-1995, the Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate in 1993 and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1995-1996. While serving as Lieutenant Governor, Frahm also served as the state’s Secretary of Administration. She was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the United States Senate on June 11, 1996 at the time Bob Dole resigned to work full time on his Presidential campaign.<br /> “I am looking forward to spending more time in northwest Kansas and less time traveling to Topeka—after 30 years of public service, ” said Frahm. “I will be glad to observe the Kansas Legislature from the side lines. I will continue to serve on the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority as the representative appointed by the community colleges, so this will provide for an initial ‘semi-retirement’ mode. The transition will allow Ken and me to consider what we will do with the rest of our lives.<br /> “I am very excited about Linda’s interest and eager response to the leadership responsibilities she will now assume as the ‘go-to person’ for the Kansas community colleges when it comes to legislation, regulation and funding.”<br /> “Sheila Frahm has been an incredible Executive Director, ” said Kenton Krehbiel, ” Colby Community College Board of Trustees Chair. “Her knowledge of the Board of Education, the Legislature and the KACCT organization has been invaluable to the 19 community colleges. I wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.” <br /> Fund will continue to work with Frahm and administrative assistant Gayle Shaw prior to the 2009 Legislative session to ensure maximum transition benefits.<br />

After 12 years as Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) and 30 years as a public servant, Sheila Frahm recently announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008.
“The KACCT is an extremely important organization,” said Frahm. “It allows the 19 community colleges to speak as one voice with a consistent message. “The schools work together to formulate goals and work cooperatively with the Kansas Board of Regents, state and federal agencies and the Kansas Legislature to insure excellence in higher education.”
A search committee was formed several months ago to hire a replacement for Frahm. After an extensive nationwide search, interview, and selection process, the group announced the selection of Linda Fund as the Executive Director.
Fund earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn School of Law and has worked for the State of Kansas as an attorney in the Department of Administration. She has a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science.
She recently served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the University of Kansas where she had responsibility for dealing with challenging day-to-day issues affecting personnel and process.
Search committee members included Marvin Chance, Jr., Floris Jean Hampton, Lynn Mitchelson, Kenton Krehbiel, Faith Nyswonger, Ted Albright, Robert Nelson, Ed Berger, Vicky Smith, George Knox, Bill Wojciechowski, Ken Van Blaricum, Sheila Frahm (Ex-Officio), and Gayle Shaw (Ex-Officio).
“My transition into the Executive Director position has been made much easier by Sheila and Executive Assistant Gayle Shaw,” said Fund. “I am trying to follow in some big footsteps and I am both excited and humbled to have the honor of doing so. I look forward with excitement to working with the community college presidents and trustees and furthering the mission of community colleges in Kansas.”
From a local school board member to a United States Senator, a career in public service has always been important to Frahm. During the Colby native’s 12-year tenure with the KACCT, she worked with 50 different community college presidents and 58 trustees who represented their individual schools.
Frahm served on the Colby (USD #315) School Board from 1978-89 and was a member of the Kansas State Board of Education from 1985-1988, a member of the Kansas State Senate from 1989-1995, the Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate in 1993 and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas from 1995-1996. While serving as Lieutenant Governor, Frahm also served as the state’s Secretary of Administration. She was appointed by Governor Bill Graves to the United States Senate on June 11, 1996 at the time Bob Dole resigned to work full time on his Presidential campaign.
“I am looking forward to spending more time in northwest Kansas and less time traveling to Topeka—after 30 years of public service,” said Frahm. “I will be glad to observe the Kansas Legislature from the side lines. I will continue to serve on the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority as the representative appointed by the community colleges, so this will provide for an initial ‘semi-retirement’ mode. The transition will allow Ken and me to consider what we will do with the rest of our lives.
“I am very excited about Linda’s interest and eager response to the leadership responsibilities she will now assume as the ‘go-to person’ for the Kansas community colleges when it comes to legislation, regulation and funding.”
“Sheila Frahm has been an incredible Executive Director,” said Kenton Krehbiel,” Colby Community College Board of Trustees Chair. “Her knowledge of the Board of Education, the Legislature and the KACCT organization has been invaluable to the 19 community colleges. I wish her well as she begins a new chapter in her life.”
Fund will continue to work with Frahm and administrative assistant Gayle Shaw prior to the 2009 Legislative session to ensure maximum transition benefits.