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EduKan, a consortium of the six western community colleges in Kansas, will partner with Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions, for the delivery of online language instruction. EduKan students will be able to learn Spanish with Rosetta Stone® Classroom, a powerful learning tool that blends seamlessly into a teacher’s overall language-learning curriculum. The interactive solution utilizes engaging, voice-driven technology, and management and administrative capabilities that together, accelerate language learning and provide quantifiable measurement of success.
“Our enrollments in language classes continue to grow and we are looking for the most efficient way to deliver language acquisition for our students,” says Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan’s CEO. “Rosetta Stone® Classroom will allow us to serve more students while providing a quality learner focused class.”
The EduKan online consortium is made up of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas and Barton, Colby, Dodge City, Garden City and Pratt community colleges. The program provides the opportunity to obtain a complete associate degree online. An EduKan degree is transferable for students who want to continue their college or university education.
EduKan will run a traditional Spanish I class and a Rosetta Stone® Classroom-based Spanish I class this summer taught by the same professor with the same outcome measures and assessments. Doralia Reynolds, EduKan’s Learning Manager points out, “Assessment is at the core of our learning and we will be able to effectively assess the learning outcomes of the Rosetta Stone® based class compared to our traditional online class.”
Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions are used by schools, organizations and millions of individuals in over 150 countries throughout the world, however, this will be a new trial where Rosetta Stone® can be compared for language acquisition in the college environment verses traditionally taught language classes using textbooks.
Part of the consortium’s mission calls for EduKan to be accessible, affordable, and convenient. EduKan is currently working on an initiative called Project Aristotle to reduce the dependence on textbooks used in their classes. “The Rosetta Stone partnership is an excellent example of using technology to provide what we feel will be a better learning model than using a textbook, and at a price that is less than the student would pay for the textbook,” says Sarver. More information on Project Aristotle can be found on the EduKan blog at www.edukan.wordpress.com .
EduKan provides online associates degrees and general education classes to students in Kansas and across the U. S.
EduKan coursework is also available to high school students who want to get an early start on their college career, pending approval by the student’s academic advisor.
For additional information, go online to www.edukan.org or call 1-877-433-8526.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer two Concealed Carry classes through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 17 or May 1 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. Students must bring their driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library is proud to present the traveling exhibit “Lincoln in Kansas.” The exhibit details Abraham Lincoln’s lone visit to Kansas in 1859 and the lasting influence his trip had on the Sunflower State.
In December 1859, Lincoln came to Kansas campaigning for the presidency. He visited several towns in northeast, including Leavenworth and Atchison during a week-long visit. The exhibit also chronicles his life and legacy from a young lawyer to his debates with Stephen Douglas up until his untimely and tragic death in 1865. “Lincoln in Kansas” was produced by the Kansas Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service.
The exhibit is open to the public for the entire month of April. Regular library hours are 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Friday; and 1-9 p.m., Sunday.
For more information, contact the SCCC/ATS Library at (620) 417-1160.

Parents of graduating high school seniors, graduating high school seniors, current college students, and adults seeking additional education and training toward a current or new career all face the same challenge - “How do I afford college?”
To help answer that question, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has launched a new financial-aid guidance program for 2010. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Assistance Program has been established to help parents and students through the often-overwhelming task of applying for federal financial aid. The program will be provided through a partnership between the SCCC/ATS Financial Aid Department and Business Division.
The FAFSA determines eligibility for common forms of financial assistance including:
• Federal Pell Grants (Based on need, you can receive $5,550+ for 2010)
• Federal Student Loans
• Federal Work-Study Employment Funding
• Special Grant Opportunities
The program will run from 1-4 p.m., Mondays, and 5-8 p.m., Tuesdays, through May 4 in the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. Parents and students should meet in the Admissions office.
To schedule a guidance session, call 620-417-1100 or email admit@sccc.edu. Bring the parents’ and student’s 2009 income tax statements, W2’s, birthdates, social security numbers (if applicable) and any additional asset information.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School offers many additional scholarship opportunities and tuition grants.
SCCC/ATS is the most affordable and competitive education in Kansas. Visit www.sccc.edu and get started today!
More than 250 students from 12 high schools competed in Xtreme Challenge contests on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Wednesday.
The fifth annual Xtreme Challenge increased the fields of competition from nine to 12, adding English, health information management, and trade and industrial education.
The top three winners in each of the 12 categories were announced at an awards assembly following the academic challenges. The winners were presented prizes such as digital cameras, iPod Shuffles, and Flip camcorders.
The college also presented three scholarships from a drawing to Rene Boaldin of Elkhart High School, Beth Glave of Rolla High School, and Amy Mikles of Turpin High School.
Original organizer and business division chair Marcia Hatcher said she was pleased to see additional schools attending Xtreme Challenge and feels Wednesday’s numbers show the event has outgrown the theater. High schools new to the competition this year included Garden City and Booker, Texas. They joined Elkhart, Rolla, Liberal, Turpin, Tyrone, Forgan, Satanta, Sublette, Moscow and Bucklin.
Elkhart High School earned the Overall Award by having more students with points in the top three places of the contests than any other school in attendance.
Elkhart sponsor Terri Houtz said she was excited to win first place outright. Last year, they shared the title with Rolla High School. Houtz said the 51 Elkhart students present were headed to Baker Arts Center for a tour and then would be rewarded with a stop for some shopping afterward.
Elkhart student Lacy Bookstore said the activities at Xtreme Challenge were fun and exciting. “The time that was spent there was well worth it,” she said. “I had a great time.”
Houtz expressed her appreciation to SCCC/ATS for having Xtreme Challenge as an event for the high school students.
“We were very pleased with the categories,” she said.
Those categories included accounting, business administrative technology, agriculture, art, computer information systems, cosmetology, criminal justice, English, health information management, journalism, marketing/management, and trade and industrial education.
SCCC/ATS English instructor Janice Northerns experienced her first year as a category coordinator, and offered both a fiction writing challenge in which students were to create an ending to a story and non-fiction writing challenge in which students wrote a personal essay.
“It went very well, and I was excited to see the quality of writing,” Northerns said. “We got some excellent stories and essays.”
More than 18 enrolled in each of the first-year English competitions, while art instructor Susan Copas saw her fourth-year contests grow to more than 30 for each competition.
“I am very pleased with the participation,” Copas said.
Weather on Wednesday presented a mix of wind, rain, sleet and snow. Copas was afraid that would put a damper on the digital photography contest, which usually counts on outdoor photos. However, she said that she and the judges were pleasantly surprised with the creativeness of the photography entries.
“We were very impressed with the originality and the skill of the students,” she said. “We had a lot of water photos from the rain.”
Contest photo entries will be posted later on the art department’s Facebook page at Visual Arts at SCCC/ATS. Xtreme Challenge photos taken by Crusader student journalists at the college are posted under the multimedia link on CrusaderNews.com. The top 10 students in each of the individual competitions will be posted at scccxtremechallenge.blogspot.com.
Bud Smithson, director of the Area Technical School, said he was impressed with the enthusiasm of the high school students to try things they were interested in. The technical school offered hands-on challenges from the transportation group in auto and diesel, the construction cluster challenges were in computer aided drafting and architecture, and the manufacturing challenge was in machine tool.
“We thoroughly enjoyed being involved in our first year with Xtreme Challenge,” Smithson said. “We plan to expand and improve.”
Travis Perkins, Elkhart, the first-place winner in the trade and industrial category, voiced his approval.
“The challenge gave me a chance to show people what I can do in automotive mechanics,” he said. “I also was able to see the different programs the college has to offer.”
The 2010 Xtreme Challenge chair and criminal justice instructor Cristy Mulanax said she led the event mostly by sitting back and watching it come together in the fifth year since the college started the activity.
“I had so much trust in my colleagues,” she said. Each of the 12 areas that participate organizes its own competitions and prizes.
Business administrative technology instructor Gina Palmgren, who was the Xtreme Challenge co-chair this year, assisted Mulanax.
Xtreme Challenge prizes were presented by SCCC/ATS instructors and featured the top three high school students in each of 12 challenge areas.
• Accounting: First place, Josielyn Alcala, Elkhart; second place, Adrienne Sanborn, Tyrone; third place, Zane May, Moscow.
• Administrative technology: First, Megan Kuehler, Satanta; second, Marissa Wiggins, Elkhart; third, Brian Seacat, Bucklin.
• Agriculture: First, Kurtis Clawson, Satanta; second, Austin Hanna, Elkhart; third, Jade Greene, Rolla, and Dandi Thomas, Elkhart.
• Art: First, Emily Taylor, Turpin; second, Aira Fukushima, Rolla; third, Tanner Schnurr, Elkhart.
• Computer Information Systems: First, B.J. Mote, Turpin; tie for second with Morgan Taylor, Rolla, and Spencer Light, Rolla.
• Cosmetology: First, Rene Boaldin, Elkhart; second, Kiesha Sanchez, Elkhart; third, Kassidy Littlefield, Rolla.
• Criminal justice: First, Brandon Rusch, Rolla; second, Gage Powers, Rolla; third, Emmanuel Garcia, Liberal.
• Journalism: First, Jayce Apsley, Satanta; second, Juana Rivero, Liberal; third, Ciara Carnes, Rolla.
• Marketing/management: First, Logan Smith, Elkhart; second, Tyler Lai, Turpin; third, Michael Young, Satanta.
• English: First, Taylor Cameron, Rolla, Brandon Rusch, Rolla; Kelly Francis, Liberal.
• Health information systems: First, Julie Spillman, Elkhart; second Rich Matti, Rolla; third, Elizabeth Glave, Rolla.
•Trade and industrial education: First, Travis Perkins, Elkhart; second, Raul Pando, Satanta; third, Dylan Overpeck, Elkhart.
Hastings donated a $50 gift certificate for a drawing among the high school advisers and bus drivers. Linda Harlow of Elkhart was the winner in that drawing.
The SCCC/ATS admissions team helped with Xtreme Challenge as they introduced the 250 visiting high school students to the campus and awarded 10 door prizes. The opportunity to visit SCCC/ATS was important to some of the high school students.
“I really loved being able to learn more about the building and programs in Seward County Community College,” said Elkhart High School student Josielyn Alcala. “I got to meet a lot of interesting people. It’s definitely something I would like to do again.”
SCCC/ATS students Isaac Fuentes and Heather Grant performed two vocal pieces for the visitors at the awards ceremony, which was emceed by Smithson.

Parents of graduating high school seniors, graduating high school seniors, current college students, and adults seeking additional education and training toward a current or new career all face the same challenge - “How do I afford college?”
To help answer that question, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has launched a new financial-aid guidance program for 2010. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Assistance Program has been established to help parents and students through the often-overwhelming task of applying for federal financial aid. The program will be provided through a partnership between the SCCC/ATS Financial Aid Department and Business Division.
The FAFSA determines eligibility for common forms of financial assistance including:
• Federal Pell Grants (Based on need, you can receive $5,550+ for 2010)
• Federal Student Loans
• Federal Work-Study Employment Funding
• Special Grant Opportunities
To schedule a guidance session, call 620-417-1100 or email admit@sccc.edu, the program will run from 1-4 p.m., Mondays, and 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29-May 4 in the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Bring the parents’ and student’s 2009 income tax statements, W2’s, birthdates, social security numbers (if applicable) and any additional asset information.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School offers many additional scholarship opportunities and tuition grants.
SCCC/ATS is the most affordable and competitive education in Kansas. Visit www.sccc.edu and get started today!

The KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have teamed up to offer two exciting new courses for age 50+ learners in Southwest Kansas.
These short, non-credit courses offer innovative learning opportunities for the sheer joy of learning.
The final class of the semester will be “America’s First Ladies: More Than the Women Behind the Men,” which will be offered from 2-4 p.m., April 12, 19, 26 in AA 137 on the SCCC/ATS campus.
Students will learn about the accomplishments of the women who served as First Lady, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Little-known facts and insights into their influence on their husbands and on the country are shared through their biographies, letters, speeches, and their behind-the-scenes activities. We will view videos, examine documents from archives, and discuss our remembrances of influential first ladies.
These classes require no homework, out-of-class preparation or testing. Each class is $35. Both classes are $55. Enroll online at http://www.osher.ku.edu/seward.php or call toll-free 877-404-5823.

Over 1, 200 first and second graders were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently for the annual Farm Education Days sponsored by Seward County Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle. Above, SCCC/ATS student Tasha Duvall of Tyrone shows a baby goat to Addison Winner, who also visited the animals with her grandmother Diane Heiers, an employee of the college.

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The Seward County Farm Bureau recently contributed $500 to the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation.  The contribution will be added to Farm Bureau’s growing endowment which will be used to fund scholarships for students involved in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School agricultural program.  The donation was given during the recent Farm Education Day at SCCC/ATS.  Pictured are Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president; Ryan Nelson, Collegiate Farm Bureau president; Evan Winchester, SCCC/ATS agriculture instructor; Billie Proctor, Seward County Farm Bureau president; and Duane Bozarth, SCCC/ATS Foundation president.
Seth Fitzgerald enjoys Children’s Art Day at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently. The Kylix Art Club sponsors an art day twice a year.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, is looking for entries into its 2010 Car Show, Sunday, April 25, at 2215 N. Kansas.
This year the classes will include pickups, motorcycles, classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, imports, tractors, low riders, stock cars and 1969-70 cars.
In celebration of the college’s 40th anniversary, the Car Show will feature a special category for 1969-70 cars. The winner in this category will win a special presidential award.
Set up begins at 9:30 a.m., with the Car Show from 1-5 p.m. The People’s Choice Awards will be at 4 p.m.
The cost per entry is $20 that benefits SkillsUSA and the SCCC/ATS Foundation.
For information or to register, call 620-417-1154 or butch.garst@sccc.edu.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, will be offering a Healthy Eating course from 6-6:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 23 in Room A168 for one credit hour.
Students, under the direction of Sara Gaut, will learn the skinny on their diet, where they are making mistakes, where there is room for improvement and how to modify a diet to feel better.
In addition to tuition, there is a $38 course fee.
For information or to sign up for the class, call 620-417-1060.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently sponsored the Southwest Kansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SKRSEF). The science fair was a chance for students from the 17 counties in Southwest Kansas to exhibit their final Science projects. Many of the projects also involved English and Math projects.
The 47 entries were divided by grade with Junior Division being 4th-6th grades; Intermediate Division, 7th-8th grades; and Senior Division, 9th-12th grades. There were also two honorary displays that were class projects. An overall winner was selected from each division with this winning project receiving a $100 cash award to be divided among the team.
For 20 projects, it was also an opportunity to qualify for the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair at Friend’s University in Wichita, March 26-27. These projects were selected based on uniqueness of project, sound inquiry, correct scientific investigation, and completeness of data.
District fair winners were Best Senior Display: “The effects of N-Halamines on Bacteria” by Daniela Frausto and Ashley Ermann, Liberal High School; Best Intermediate Display: “Cat on a Tin Roof” by McKenzey Hanna, Rolla Junior High; and Best Junior Display: “Memorization Age Affection” by Dane Friedrich, Shandon Classen, and Nathan Dowell, Cottonwood Elementary.
Senior Division
In Biochemistry, Medicine and Health, first place was Daniela Frausto and Ashley Ermann, Liberal High School; second, Sarah Taylor, Rolla High School; and third, Morgan Todd and Lorie Rine, Liberal High School. All were state qualifiers.
In the Senior Division of Chemistry, first was Emily Jackson and Ashlyn Westerman, LHS, state qualifier; second, John Piper, LHS; and third, Anthony Branstine, LHS.
Intermediate Division
In Botany, first place was Jesslin Lamont, West Middle School, state qualifier; second, Jade Kentner and Kristina Tinsley, West.
In Zoology, first was Hannah Dunn, Rolla Junior High, state qualifier. In Physical Science, first was Alissa Stoddard and Elizabeth Kinney, West, state qualifier; second, Kyle Williams, South Middle School; and third, Kylie Evans, West.
In Biochemistry, Medicine and Health, first was Katie Murray, second was Chandler Huddleston and third was Karly Clinesmith. All are state qualifiers from Rolla Junior High. In Chemistry, first was Jessica Johns, Rolla; second, Nancy Vareda and Diana Fraire, South.
In Engineering, first was Holden Fitzgerald, West, state qualifier. In Environmental/Energy, first was McKenzey Hanna, Rolla, state qualifier; second, Coleman Kirby, Rolla, state qualifier; and third Marshal Witcher and Preston Bashford, Elkhart Middle School, state qualifier. Alejandra Munoz and Alexandra Gonzales, South, were also state qualifiers. In Consumer Science, first was Colten Clemans, Rolla.
Junior Division
In Behavioral/Social Science, first was Dane Friedrich, Shandon Classen, and Nathan Dowell, Cottonwood, state qualifier; and second, Blanca De la Torre and Victoria Rios, Sunflower. In Botany, first was Corey Mein, Ethan Hatcher, and Joel Mettlen, Cottonwood, and second, Daisie Quezada and Taylor Watson, Sublette. In Zoology, first was Jennifer Villa, Fabiola Morano and Abigail Kraber, Sublette.
In Physical Science, first was Jacob McCarter, Eric Gomez, and Caleb Brond, Cottonwood, state qualifier; second, Carly Fankhouser and Olivia Clancy, Sublette, state qualifier; and third, Felipe Pimental, Jorge Pimental and Sean Titus, Cottonwood. In Chemistry, first was Sarah Davis and Rebecca King, Cottonwood, state qualifier; second, Preston Pittman and Cesar Moreno, Cottonwood; and third, Kaleigh Cobb, Michelle Gaytan, and Marissa Hinz, Sunflower.
In Earth/Space Science, first was Lisa Peters, Jalee Birney, and Brooklyn Withers, Sublette, and in Engineering, first was Cole Evans, Keith Evans, and Ashleigh Parker, Cottonwood, state qualifier.
In Environmental/Energy, first was Brook Briggs and Brianna Perez, Sublette, and in Consumer Science, first was Brandon Norman and Kassidy Martin, Sublette Elementary.
Honorary displays included Gena Hampton’s first grade class project and Nancy Scott’s kindergarten class project.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal will be offering some late-start computer and businesses classes.
Photoshop Basics, 1 credit hour, will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 25-April 15.
Beginning Excel, 1 credit hour, will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, April 13-May 4.
Employability Skills, 1 credit hour, will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays, April 12-May 3
For information, call Mindy Holder, 620-417-1356 or mindy.holder@ssccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently hosted the Southwest Future Farmers of America contests where over 150 students competed in four contests.
In the Food Science contest, winners included Daniel LaMaster, Garden City, first; Danae’ Heckman, Ulysses, second; Chris Davis, Scott City, third; Matt Wehkamp, Cimarron, fourth; Luke Minnix, Scott City, fifth; Carolina Urbina, Ulysses, sixth; Craig Bohl, Ulysses, seventh; Clay Mulligan, Scott City, eighth; Gilbert Rupp, Garden City, ninth; and Katlin Morgan, Deerfield, tenth. In the team division, Ulysses was first, followed by Scott City, Deerfield, Garden City, Cimarron, Jetmore and Hugoton.
In the Entomology contest, the top 10 winners were all from Holcomb. Brent Komlosfske was first; Eli Mangels, second; Trey Welch, third; Luke Conley, fourth; Logan Donovan, fifth; Salvador Aldana, sixth; Max Ramsey, seventh; Shane Bennett, eighth; Ryan Roth, ninth; and Bryce Elliott, tenth. Overall Holcomb was first, followed by Hugoton, Dodge City, Satanta, and Jetmore.
In the Agribusiness Management contest, Kashly Schweer, Garden City was first; Dakota Thomas, Garden City, second; Brian Green, Holcomb, third; Trevor Owens, Holcomb, fourth; Caitlin Matile, Holcomb, fifth; Lindy Bilberry, Garden City, sixth; Jakob Stegman, Holcomb, seventh; Garrett Ochs, Jetmore, eighth; Lori Harshbarger, Holcomb, ninth; and Levi Koehn, Holcomb, tenth. Team results placed Garden City, first; Holcomb, second; Jetmore A, third; Ulysses, fourth; Satanta, fifth; Dodge City sixth; and Jetmore B, seventh.
In Agronomy, Charlie Ellis, Ness City, was first; Brandon DuCharme, Holcomb, second; Matt Blaksly, Ulysses, third; Ashlee Dinges, Ness City, fourth; Nick Herrmann, Holcomb, fifth; John Salter, Holcomb, sixth; Brendan Thomas, Holcomb, seventh; Chance Conley, Holcomb, eighth; Clayton Johnson, Ness City, ninth; and Dylan Hawkins, Holcomb, tenth. Team results were Holcomb, first; Ness City, second; Ulysses, third; Garden City, fourth; and Hugoton, fifth.
For more information, contact Evan Winchester, SCCC/ATS Agricultural coordinator, 6200-417-1353 or evan.winchester@sccc.edu.

The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, has a new website for its five programs. The new site, http://sccchealth.com/, gives you information about Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technology and Nursing. Each program is now accepting applications for the fall 2010 semester.
Go online today or call 620-417-1400.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present a three-hour workshop, providing information on starting a small business. The free workshop, “Steps to Startup,” will run form 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 30 in SW239D, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The workshop will outline the necessary and fundamental steps in starting and operating a small business. Information on grants and financing, business ideas and feasibility are among the topics that will be covered.
Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available by contacting the KSBDC at 620-417-1955 or mike.okane@sccc.edu.
The KSBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.





Students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas recently participated in SkillsUSA contests in the Auto Body Collision Repair program. First place was Rene Mendoza of Liberal, second place was Cesar Jurado of Liberal and third place was Eleazar Fernandez of Texhoma, Okla.




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Jordan Eder of Sharon Springs and Shaley Thomas of Tyrone, Okla., pictured with Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, were selected to represent SCCC/ATS as one of 49 top community college scholars across Kansas as part of the 2010 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 and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Marieka Ford, a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, recited her original poetry during the Poetry Reading/Coffee House recently at the college. Thirteen writers and two guitarists, created the atmosphere for the Poetry Reading that was sponsored by the Humanities, Social Science and Education Division. Other featured student poets included Bill Asmussen, Chris Bobeda, Gwen Friesen, Samantha Gillespie, Jessica Gomez, Ed Kentner, James Long, Antigone Lowrey, and Jose Rodriguez.  Bobeda and Lindy Kowalchuk provided the original acoustic guitar music. English instructors Bill McGlothing and Janice Northerns also read. Photo by SCCC/ATS student Logan Michael Green

Jonathan Yowell, SkillsUSA president at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, right, met with Kansas Rep. Melvin Neufeld recently in Topeka. Yowell, who is also the state SkillsUSA vice president, also had the opportunity to speak before the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority in Topeka. His speech covered how nontraditional students are returning to technical education to re-educate themselves.  Yowell is from Hugoton.

Ashland seventh through twelfth graders performed during the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School basketball games recently in Liberal, Kansas. Director John Lee, standing, top row left, was a graduate of SCCC/ATS in 1977.
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DATE: March 2, 2010

For more information, contact Andy Yoxall, andrea.yoxall@sccc.edu

EduKan, a consortium of the six western community colleges in Kansas including Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, reports the largest enrollment in the institution’s 11- year history. Enrollment is up by 9.14 percent over the previously highest enrollment and overall enrollment is up 10.3 percent ahead of last year.
“We offer our students ten different sessions each year to match the needs of our students,” says Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan’s CEO. “The session that begins in January is usually one of our largest, but this year it was the largest in our institution’s history.”
EduKan provides online associates degrees and general education classes to students in Kansas and across the U.S.
“We are seeing a lot more students coming from out of state, especially California where the state’s budget deficit is reducing the number of classes being taught by their community colleges; our out of state enrollment is up by 7 percent through word of mouth advertised by our students.”
EduKan has become one of the best online education programs available by offering a wide selection of coursework online. The Higher Learning Commission accredits all the consortium schools, and all are Kansas learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories of providing degrees in traditional settings, as well as through online courses.
In addition to SCCC/ATS, EduKan is made up of Barton County, Colby, Dodge City, Garden City and Pratt community colleges and the program provides the opportunity to obtain a complete associate degree online. An EduKan degree is transferable for students who want to continue their college or university education.
EduKan coursework is also available to high school students who want to get an early start on their college career, pending approval by the student’s academic advisor.
Taking coursework through online colleges is fast becoming one of the most popular, accessible ways to earn degrees. In 2007, 3.9 million students took online courses, a growth of 12 percent more than traditional “brick and mortar.
According to Sarver, “This growth is not expected to slow in the immediate future. The value and convenience of the online education is being recognized by students, employers and academic advisors as more non-traditional students return to school, academically advanced high school students look to earn basic credit hours while still in high school, and employers see that employees can advance their expertise without leaving the workplace.
For more information, contact EduKan call 1-877-433-8526 or go online to www.edukan.org.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library is proud to present the traveling exhibit “Capturing the Times: Photographs of the Farm Security Administration, 1936-1941.”
Historic photos taken between 1936 and 1941 by a group of photographers working for the U.S. Farm Security Administration capture the essence of the nation as it worked toward recovering from the Great Depression.
These photographs have played a significant role in defining the nature of documentary photography and received critical acclaim for their emotionally powerful images of everyday life in extreme social, economical, and environmental conditions.
The images in this exhibit are an important part of the nation’s visual memory during this time. Included are Dust Bowl scenes, portraits of rehabilitation clients, images of striking miners, farm actions, and 4-H club fairs in their depiction of life in Kansas.
The exhibit is open to the public throughout March. Library hours are 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Friday; and 1-9 p.m., Sunday.
For more information, contact the SCCC/ATS Library at 620-417-1160.
“Capturing the Times: Photographs of the Farm Security Administration, 1936-1941” was produced by the Kansas Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service.

Remington Orth of Sublette, left, took first place in the job interview skills contest, and Luis Morales of Liberal took first place in the Automotive Technology Contest at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently. The contests were part of the local SkillsUSA competition through Automotive Technology I.