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, June 29 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

The KSBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The Art Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has released the People’s Choice and Merit award winners. Winners are Omar Rios of Liberal, two-dimensional; Landry Mastellar, Liberal, photography; Gabriel Palma, Johnson, three dimensional; Jeannette Contreras, Liberal, photography merit award; Annie Brown, Liberal, 3D merit award; and Lewis Armstrong, Liberal, two-dimensional merit award.
Omar Rios Landry Mastellar
Gabriel Palma Jeannette Contreras
Annie Brown Lewis Armstrong

A number of employees were honored for their years of service recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. From left are Margaret Thompson, library technician, 25 years; Tammy Doll, director of development, 25 years; and Andy Yoxall, director of public information, 30 years. Others who were recognized included Neva Dorman, Dinora Isidora, Bert Luallen, Mike McClure, Maria Mendoza, Edith Robles, Amy Sager, Roger Scheib, Debbie Stafford, Mellissa Brenneman (foundation) and George Roldan (foundation), five years; <br />
 Michael Davidson, Brian Fowler, Ed Hall, Reenie Jackson, Cristy Mulanax, Tuan Phan, Melody Ratzlaff, Gary Staiger, Teresa Wehmeier and John Engel (Foundation), 10 years; Jim Brown, Darin Workman, Bonnie Merrihew and Susan Copas, 15 years; and Sandy Brisendine, Lynn Gerstenkorn, Cammy Harrold, Jerri Lynn Lyddon, Pam Perkins and Cecil Stoll, 20 years.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, offers a number of online short courses through Education to Go®. These noncredit, six-week online courses introduce students to a variety of courses. All courses require internet access, email and Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. Some may require additional software or other requirements.
To register or look up classes,
1. Visit the online instruction center at;
2. Click the Orientation link and follow the instructions to enroll and pay for your course. During orientation, you will learn important information about your course. You will also be provided an opportunity to choose the name and password you will use to access your course. You cannot access your course until you complete orientation.
3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the Classroom link. To begin your studies, simply log in with the name and password you provided during orientation.
Ed-to-go categories include the internet; web-page design; Web graphics and multimedia; web & computer programming; basic computer literacy; computer applications; graphic design; PC troubleshooting, networking & security; database management/programming; certification prep; digital photography/video; languages; writing & publishing; entertainment industry; grant writing/nonprofit management; start your own business; sales/marketing; accounting; business administration;; test prep; personal development; personal finance/wealth building; health care, nutrition, fitness; personal enrichment, child care/parenting; art, history, psychology, literature; law/legal issues; health-care continuing education; and courses for teaching professionals.
For additional information, call 620-417-1172.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School provides Spanish classes that are geared to specific professions. Individuals can take classes online or businesses can schedule a class on campus for their employees.

No prior knowledge of Spanish is required for any of these classes.

Classes are offered for:

Law enforcement officers
Narcotics officers
Highway drug intervention officers
Jail facilities staff
Correctional staff
Probation officers
Paramedic and EMTs
Fire fighters
Dental staff
Physician’s office staff
School administrators, teachers, support staff
Spanish-speaking employees
Banking personnel
Office personnel
Child-care facilities
Restaurant staff
Hotel and motel staff
Retail sales employees
Industry, manufacturing and warehousing staff
Automobile sales and service staff
Requesting personal information and data staff
Respiratory therapy staff
Business professionals
Library staff
Nurseries, landscaping and grounds keeping staff
Custodial and maintenance supervisors
English speakers staff
Mission teams
Cross cultural training staff in schools
Individuals who do business in Latin America
Meeting the needs of Hispanic students
Eye care providers
Mortgage loan officers
Ophthalmologists, opticians, optometrists
Real estate agents
Construction sites
Emergency Spanish for 911
Spanish for tax preparers
Chiropractic office
Spanish for safety supervisors
Basic French for travelers
Basic German for travelers
Basic Italian for travelers
Basic Japanese for travelers
Basic Portuguese for travelers
Basic Spanish for Travelers
Spanish for the workplace
Community Spanish
Apartment management
Car insurance agents
Substance abuse counseling personnel
Wildlife, forest and park personnel
To schedule a Command Spanish program, call 620-417-1170.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins its next six-week Truck Driving Course, July 5.
The course runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, plus three Saturdays for CDL, DDC and CPR training.
Other six-week courses include Aug. 30-Oct. 8 and Cot. 25-Dec. 1.
For information, call Michael McCarthy at 620-417-1696 or visit campus at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

The Wellness Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, will begin its summer hours Monday, May 24. The Wellness Center will open 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday. The Wellness Center will be closed Saturday and Sunday in the summer.
The rest of the college campus will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and be closed Fridays.

The American Scholastic Press Association has presented the Crusader student newspaper of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School with a first-place award and honored the publication with Best Overall Sports Coverage.
ASPA is a national organization based in New York that provides annual review and contest awards for scholastic newspapers.
In a letter to Crusader editor Morgan Allaman, the judge wrote, “Congratulations go to you and the students who are responsible for the award your school’s newspaper has earned this year.”
Newspapers judged were those published in 2009. Sports editor Rustin Watt, along with Crusader sports reporter Will Rector, were the driving forces behind sports coverage in that time frame.
“Rustin has been a dedicated sports editor,” said Crusader adviser Anita Reed, “He grew up in Liberal with a connection to Saints sports and especially enjoyed covering men’s and women’s basketball. He has developed so much in the last year with his design and story skills, and I’m really proud of him for earning this award.”
In awarding the Crusader with Best Overall Sports Coverage, the judge specifically noted the March 12, 2009, sports section which covered the Lady Saints Region VI run in the basketball tournament, the men’s basketball team’s season-ending overtime, and included a student-athlete feature, plus coverage of Saints baseball, Lady Saints softball and tennis.
“Both Rustin and Will have been willing to spend the time and effort to learn journalism skills and design and to strive for good sports coverage,” Reed said. “This outstanding recognition from ASPA helps validate their efforts, as it does the efforts of the entire staff. As editor, Morgan Allaman has provided outstanding leadership that produced some stunning publications, and she deserves the first-place recognition as well.”
The ASPA judge’s letter included kudos to the entire Crusader staff.
“The facets of newspaper work are varied and difficult to master. Your staff, however, has been able to overcome the difficulties and produce a publication of which your administration and colleagues should be proud.”
The ASPA divides publication competitions by enrollment, and the Crusader competed in the community college 1,701-2,500 enrollment division. First place with special merit went to the Ka’Ohana, of Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawaii; first place to the Crusader; and second place to the Viewpoint, of Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.
The Crusader is an open forum student-run publication of the SCCC/ATS journalism program with an online newspaper at
Student journalists for 2009-2010 were Allaman, editor, of Liberal; Watt, sports editor, of Liberal; news editor Dana Loewen, Meade; entertainment editor Jose Rodriguez, Liberal; and online editor Deisi Barboza, Liberal. Staff members included Alfredo Anaya, Liberal; Rector, Dodge City; Zach Carpenter, Liberal; Miguel Campano, Venezuela; Logan Green, Meade; Joseph Hoffman, Hooker, Okla.; Antigoné Lowery, Denton, Texas; and Landry Mastellar, Liberal.
Loewen and Anaya will be taking over the top editor responsibilities in the fall of 2010 as the Crusader begins its 41st year of publishing.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has tuition grants available to residents of Seward County this summer.
If you are a Seward County resident and are taking 2-6 hours this summer, you can apply for a summer tuition grant that will lower the cost of your tuition. Some additional course fees apply.
Come by SCCC/ATS, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal to apply.
Classes begin June 1.
Tuition grants are also available for the fall 2010 semester.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, will begin its summer hours Monday, May 24. The campus will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The campus will be closed Fridays.

Students can now enroll for the summer 2010 semester at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. The schedule is available online at
Students who have a current application for admission on file may enroll online at
The college has three summer sessions: June 1-July 8, June 1-24 and July 5-29.
For more information, call 620-417-1100

Students can now enroll for the fall 2010 semester at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. The schedule is available online at
Students who have a current application for admission on file may enrollment online at
Students, who will be new to campus in the fall, must sign up for an All Saints Day, with the next day scheduled for Thursday, May 20. Other dates are Tuesday, June 8; Thursday, June 24; Thursday, June 13; Thursday, July 22, Tuesday, July 27; Tuesday, August 3; and Friday, Aug. 13.
Register at or Call 620-417-1100.

The administrators at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School treated students to a late-night breakfast Monday just prior to the beginning of day finals. Cynthia Rapp, dean of Instruction, and Dr. Duane Dunn, president, were just two of the administrators who served the food.
Theresa Kinzel of Claflin, Kan., participated in the graduation ceremonies at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently. She receives congratulations from Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. Kinzel will graduate in the Business Administrative Technology program.
The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gymnasium was packed Saturday as friends and family watched about 300 graduates participate in the graduation ceremony.

Katy Redd, behavioral science instructor was named the Outstanding Faculty member during the Sewad County Commmunity College/Area Technical School graduation ceremony Saturday. Presenting her award is Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction.

Carlos Souza of Brazil, behavioral science instructor was named the Outstanding Student during the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School graduation ceremony Saturday. Presenting his award is Celeste Donovan, dean of student services.

You are never to old to get your high school diploma, according to Dorothy Armstrong of Liberal, who received her Kansas State High School Diploma Saturday at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. She was also the speaker for the graduation ceremony that recognized other students who received their Kansas State High School diploma through the SCCC/ATS Colvin Adult Learning Center.

Terra Hennigh of Booker, Texas, a nursing student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, recently received her nursing cap from Instructor Sandy Brisendine as part of the Capping and Pinning ceremonies at the college. First-year students receive a cap, while second-year students receive a pin.

In honor of the graduates, Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, will sell floral bouquets from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday at the west entrance of the Student Activities Center, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $25 for a full dozen and $20 for a half dozen.
Family and friends are encouraged to honor and recognize their graduate with a bouquet of roses, said Debbie Stafford, PTK sponsor. These would also make nice Mother’s Day gifts as well.
For information, call 620-417-1106.

Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, will participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program for students.
What this means to SCCC/ATS students is that if they borrow a federal Stafford or PLUS loan beginning with the fall 2010 semester, their funding will come directly from the federal government instead of a private lender.
This change will ensure that students (and parents) who choose to use federal education loans as part of their financing solution will continue to be able to borrow low-cost federal education loans.
Instability in the financial markets does not directly impact the funding for the Direct Loan Program, as the Department of Education secures the funding directly from the U.S. Treasury. SCCC/ATS will therefore be afforded maximum capability to ensure timely disbursement of loan funds each semester.
No longer can students use their prior banks for federal loans. The Department of Education is the only lender in the Direct Loan Program. This program does not affect other loans.
If you are a continuing student who plans to borrow a federal Stafford or PLUS loan for the 2010-11 award year, you will be required to complete a Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN), even if you have previously completed an MPN with a private lender. If your parents are borrowing a parent PLUS loan, they will also need to complete a new PLUS Master Promissory Note for the Direct Loan Program.
If you are a new student, you will need to complete the MPN, as well as Online Entrance Counseling for Direct Loan borrowers.
For additional information, contact the SCCC/ATS Office of Financial Aid, 620-417-1111 or go online to

The Evening Under the Stars dinner and dance at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Saturday has been cancelled.
For information, call 620-417-1125.