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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will return to fall hours, Monday, Aug. 3.
The campus will open from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Students who attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, have an opportunity to stay in on-campus housing.
The college has three facilities: the Student Living Center, The Mansions and Hale Court.
The Student Living Center, which includes traditional-style dorms, is $4,200 for double occupancy for a year. Two bedrooms share one bathroom, with two people per room. The facility includes a computer lab, game room and laundry facilities.
The Mansions are four-bedroom suites, with two bathrooms shared by four bedrooms and a small commons area in each suite. The cost is $4,200 for double occupancy for one year.
Hale Court is $3,200 for double occupancy for a year. There are four bedrooms in each building with 1 bathroom per 2 bedrooms and two people per bedroom. Laundry facilities are available.
Each dorm includes 19 meals per week.
For information, call 620-417-2102 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 2102.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, July 20, in a special board meeting to authorize publication of the 2009-10 budget.
The budget includes a 0.51 mil increase to help stabilize uncertain funding from the state of Kansas. The college has reduced or eliminated items due to state budget reductions and in anticipation of future reductions. The college has realized an approximate 20 percent reduction in state aid already and the Governor’s office has indicated another reduction is likely. The college has lowered the mill levy each year since 2005 but, due to reduced state aid and increased operational costs, approved the budget proposal and mil levy increase recommended by the administration.
The board approved the budget, which will be published in the High Plains Daily Leader. The official budget hearing will be Monday, Aug. 3.
The board also approved a clarification in the leave policy for non-faculty employees. The decision was based on the associated costs with providing paid holiday leave during winter break beyond the number of annual leave days provided to employees according to Board policy.
The board hired Diane Miller as a nursing instructor and Justin Morales as the assistant director of Adult Basic Education.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, explained the status of enrollment and campus housing. Enrollment continues and individuals are encouraged to enroll either on-line or to contact the admissions office for enrollment procedures on campus. The number of individuals who have submitted information for on-campus housing indicates that housing nearing capacity. Ms. Donovan explained that the housing office is contacting anyone who has expressed an interest in living in the dormitories to complete the housing contract to secure and available space.
The college will hold a surplus auction, Saturday, Aug. 1 on the technical school site, 2215 N. Kansas. Items will include vehicles, desks, chairs, various shop equipment items, and other items, which are no longer used in the instructional classrooms and labs.
The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 in the board room. Faculty will return Aug. 10 for professional development. New student orientation will be Monday, August 17 and the regular session of evening classes will begin the evening of Aug. 17.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has two additional Enrollment Days for students who will be enrolling for the first time for the fall 2009 semester.
Students can sign up for an enrollment day to schedule their summer and fall classes, meet with an academic advisor, meet new classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarships and housing. All enrollment days are in Room AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
Enrollment Days are:
Wednesday, July 29
9 p.m.,, compass testing
1 p.m. Enrollment
Friday, Aug. 14
9 a.m., COMPASS testing;
1 p.m. Enrollment
Other compass test dates include Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9:00 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1:00 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, 9:00 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 17, 9:00 a.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1:00 p.m.
If a student chooses to use ACT scores, the scores must be either
sent directly to SCCC/ATS or they must be on an official high school transcript. Students may bring their ORIGINAL scores sent to them by ACT. Copies or faxed copies will NOT be accepted. If ACT scores are not available or if a student took the ACT prior to 2004, the student must take the COMPASS course placement exam.
Pre-register for an enrollment day by going online to www.sccc.edu/go/eec, call 620-417-1100 or email admit@sccc.edu.
Kids College is under way this week at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School with a wide variety of classes, including robotics. Children can participate in Kids College, July 27-30. Call 620-417-1172.

The United Food Commercial Workers District Union Local Two recently donated $1, 000 to the Seward County Community College Development Foundation.  The gift will be used to benefit the Colvin Adult Learning Center programs such English-as-a-second language instruction, citizenship Classes, adult basic education, and GED preparation.  Pictured are Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development; and Martin Rosas, UFCW District Union Local two secretary/treasurer.  Many UFCW members take classes at the SCCC/ATS Colvin Center; therefore, the union wanted to support the center’s programs.  Donations to the SCCC Development Foundation support Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  To make a donation, contact Doll at 620-417-1131.

As the fall semester of college approaches I encourage anyone who is concerned about the cost of obtaining a degree to consider Seward County Community College/Area Technical School as an affordable opportunity. Transferring an associate’s degree is beneficial and proven to be successful toward completing a bachelor’s degree. Entering a career field after only 1 or 2 years of courses reduces the challenge of high debt. Options provided for transfer or career degrees are readily available, as well as courses designed to improve workplace skills and abilities for a part-time student.
Recently, there have been several news articles about the challenges facing public universities during the current economic situation. The funding structure of universities is quite different than other public entities including unified school districts, technical colleges and community colleges. The university must meet teaching expectations and research expectations that are unique to the culture of a university as well as maintain large campus operations. However, the rising cost of tuition and expenses related to university degrees should not be a deterrent for individuals to seek improved career and education goals.
SCCC/ATS can provide the degree and career opportunities at an affordable cost with highly successful results. The Board of Trustees at SCCC/ATS has provided a consistent tuition rate for the past several years and, in fact, the tuition rate for 2009-10 is the same as it was in 2005-06. The tuition and fees are $62 per credit hour compared to nearly $160 in tuition and fees at most universities. Recent information indicates that the average student could realize approximately $12,000 in savings by completing an associate degree at SCCC/ATS and finishing the bachelor’s degree at one of the public universities. The savings is nearly $40,000 if the individual chooses to finish a degree at a private college. One of the central values of community colleges is to provide access to higher education and affordability is a key component of providing access.
Students who transfer from SCCC/ATS also tend to have a higher grade point average at the end of the junior year than those students who begin at a university directly out of high school. Students typically make decisions related to specific courses and major areas of study during the first and second year of college and that exploration can be effectively done at a lower cost. Additionally, information from ACT, Inc. indicates that, on a national level, universities are realizing a decline in the percentage of students who start as freshmen and return as sophomores, while the rate of returning sophomores at community colleges is increasing. The low cost, small class size, and personal advising provided at SCCC/ATS tends to assist students in greater success at the university level. Students who are pursuing immediate career opportunities in medical careers such as nursing, respiratory therapy, etc. as well as business and industrial careers such as drafting, machining, automotive, diesel, etc. can find the lower cost and practical instruction beneficial to establishing a career without substantial debt.
We are proud of the success of our students and are committed to continuing the success for future students. Strong academics provided at an affordable cost enable anyone to achieve an education designed for transfer or direct employment.
Duane M. Dunn, Ed.D.
President
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
1801 N. Kansas
Liberal, Kansas
Deferred maintenance projects at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School funded in FY09 include the new addition to the agricultural building, above, including a wash rack area. In additions, other improvements include brick and sidewalk repair on the main campus; replacement of boiler and chiller; main campus; heating/air/ventilation work, main campus, Colvin and Epworth; replacement of electrical panels; main campus and Epworth; and improvement of the fire alarm system, main campus, Epworth, Colvin, and the area technical school.

The Kansas Department of Revenue provides an opportunity for individual taxpayers as well as business and corporate entities that pay Kansas income tax to benefit by supporting Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The donors of these funds may be awarded a tax credit equal to 54 percent of their donation upon approval by the Kansas Department of Revenue. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is able to benefit by utilizing the donations for identified deferred maintenance projects. Funds must be used for campus deferred maintenance items and cannot be used for the purchase of property, construction of student dormitories, or construction of athletic facilities.
Deferred maintenance projects eligible for the use of the funds at SCCC/ATS include ventilation in the welding department, lighting, electrical and plumbing improvements at the area technical school buildings, an addition of a greenhouse to the agriculture building for the ag and science programs, and rebuilding the parking lot at the area technical school, and remodeling the restrooms at the area technical school to meet accessibility requirements. The contribution can be specified for use in a particular project, for any of the projects, or the donor can request the contribution to be applied toward a specific project which is not on the deferred maintenance list. The specified project can be presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval within the restrictions of the Department of Revenue guidelines.
The Board of Trustees has established a minimum contribution of $500 to the college for deferred maintenance projects that would qualify for participation in the tax credit program. The legislation provides an opportunity for donors to participate through calendar tax year 2012, with new credits each of the calendar tax years.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, explained that the college is excited about the program providing tax benefits to the donor as well as an incentive for the donor to support SCCC/ATS. The tax credit can be a great opportunity at a time when everyone is looking for opportunities to reduce expenditures. “Our college is entering 40 years of offering classes and the campus, while well maintained, can benefit from the credits. The recent merger of the area technical school also requires us to address the maintenance and repairs to those facilities. The identified projects are important for safety and upgrades to the technical school buildings.”
An example of how the contribution might provide a benefit to the taxpayer is if the taxpayer makes a $1,000 contribution to SCCC/ATS he/she receives a state tax credit in the amount of $54. The taxpayer may be eligible to deduct a maximum of $460 as a charitable donation on the federal return and would receive a $540 Kansas tax credit to be applied against their state tax liability.
Individuals, corporations, and non-profit entities are encouraged to contact Tommy Williams, Dean of Administrative Services at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 620-417-1018 or tom.williams@sccc.edu or their individual tax advisor for more information.

Student Housing Manager James Davis at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named the resident assistants for the 2009,10 school year.
Resident assistants are Kelby Tomlinson, Elgin, Okla.; Jared Wagner, Danville, Calif.; Adam Mendenhall, Dodge City; Carlos Souza, Curitiba, Brazil; Dominique Lee, Mesquite, Texas; Maricela Alvarado, Hugoton; Adriann D'Amico, Piedmont, Mo; and Rachel Barnes, Windsor, Ct.
Region 5 Representative of the National Council of Instructional Administrators Leann Ellis presents Seward County Community College representatives with an award for Curriculum Innovation, a part of the 20th Annual Exemplary Initiatives Competition. From left are Ellis, Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of instruction; English Instructors Dale Doll and Bill McGlothing; and Dr. Duane Dunn, president. The college won for its piece on “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Changing Campus Culture by Assessing Writing Across the Curriculum.” The winning entry, an article describing the SCCC/ATS Writing Assessment Process, was submitted by McGlothing and Doll. The group was recognized at the Sixth Academy for Instructional Administrators.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has scheduled a two more Enrollment Days for students who will be enrolling for the first time for the fall 2009 semester.
Students can sign up for an enrollment day to schedule their summer and fall classes, meet with an academic advisor, meet new classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarships and housing. All enrollment days are in Room AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
The next enrollment day is Wednesday, July 15: 9 a.m., enrollment; 9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m., enrollment
Enrollment Day for the technical programs will be Thursday, July 16:
9 a.m., enrollment; 9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m., enrollment
If a student chooses to use ACT scores, the scores must be either
sent directly to SCCC/ATS or they must be on an official high school transcript. Students may bring their ORIGINAL scores sent to them by ACT. Copies or faxed copies will NOT be accepted. If ACT scores are not available or if a student took the ACT prior to 2004, the student must take the COMPASS course placement exam.
COMPASS testing is Wednesday, July 15, 9 a.m.; Thursday, July 16, 9 a.m.; Monday, July 20, 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.; and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m.
Pre-register for an enrollment day by going online to www.sccc.edu/go/eec, call 620-417-1100 or email admit@sccc.edu.

Instructor Travess Funk showed students techniques used in the Surgical Technology program during the the Health Careers Summer Camp at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Pictured are Funk, Dezire Scheurman, and Mariah Fredrickson.

Allied health programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, held a Health Careers Summer Camp in June with Dezire Scheuerman, Texhoma High School; Mariah Fredrickson, Hugoton High School; and Marissa Larson, Bradley Benson, and Amanda Collins, all from Liberal High School attending.
Focus areas included Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Assistant. The students were certified in CPR and also participated in the SCCC/ATS Outdoor Challenge Ropes course to promote team-building skills and enhance communication skills. The student evaluations were very positive and all indicated that their awareness of allied health professions and the local programs available at SCCC/ATS to prepare for these professions were enhanced by their participation in the camp. The SCCC/ATS Allied Health Division plan to make the summer camp an annual event.
Students can still enroll for fall in each of these programs. Call 620-417-1400.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Conceal and Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 18 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.

Twenty-four students recently completed their requirements in the Practical Nursing program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Graduates are Mirella Buchman, Maria Gabriela Chavez, Micaela Jean Luck, Jose M. Maldonado, Chelsea Pipkin, Amanda Mae Sallaska and Brandy D. Tran, all of Liberal; Josiah Stephen Cervantes and Jamie West, Kismet; Erica DeSantos and Melissa Beth House, both of Elkhart; Ruth Edwards, Ulysses; Melissa A. Glass, Amy P. Hanning-Wright, and Marla Sims Newton, all of Perryton, Texas; Brie Nicole Heaton, Raquel Reyes, and Yolidia Villezcas, Hugoton; Leah M. Hillman, Guymon, Okla.; Farrah Renee Robinson, Tyrone, Okla.; Quianne Schmidt, Meade; Allison Lee Stokes, Moscow; Tammie Jeane Thompson, Turpin, Okla.; and Nichole S. Varner, Rolla. Sallaska graduated Summa Cum Laude; Cervantes and Glass graduated Magna Cum Laude; and Thompson and Tran, Cum Laude.
Although the Practical Nursing program is full for the fall, the Nursing program is accepting application for the two-year associate degree nursing. Call 620-417-1400 or email steve.hecox@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a number of summer enrichment courses for students entering grades 1-7. Session 1 is July 20-23 and session II is July 27-30. Classes are offered 8-10 a.m. or 10:15-12:15 p.m.
Classes this year are Archery, Challenge Course, Cheerleading, Creative Crafts, Digital Photography, Fun Food, Fun with Hip Hop, Geocaching, Indoor Sports, Introduction to Robotics, NASCAR Soap Box Derby Cars, Puppy/Dog Training, Puzzle Pizzazz, Simple Ceramics, Simple Snacks, Sticker Art and Swimming Lessons. Each class is $25, except for NASCAR, which is $50.
Anyone enrolled in Kids College can have pizza and swim from 12:30-2:15 p.m., July 23 and July 30.
Call 620-417-1170 or come by the Office of Business & Industry, Student Activities Center, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal to enroll.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a number of short courses in July and August.
Cake Decorating/Advanced will be offered from 7-10 p.m., Thursdays, July 23-Aug. 20. The cost is $40.
Certified Medication Aide is offered from 2-10 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, July 13-Aug. 5. The cost is $350.
Certified Nurse Aide is offered from 2-10 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, Aug. 10-Sept. 8. The cost is $400.
Commercial Driver License Seminar is offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 18. The cost is $50.
Defensive Driving Course Seminar is offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 25.
For information, call or email 620-417-1173 or joy.fosdick@sccc.edu. All classes are held at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.