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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.