Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, July 17 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
Letter to the Editor:

Recently, Ms. Donna Shank concluded her appointment to the Kansas Board of Regents, having served two consecutive terms of appointment. During her eight years as a member of the Regents she twice served as chair and represented western Kansas’ interests while keeping a strong perspective of the statewide interest in higher education at the forefront of her decisions and recommendations. Donna provided quality leadership and exhibited a non-partisan approach to her role, having been appointed by Gov. Bill Graves and re-appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Her leadership was evident as the Board hired four new university presidents during her tenure, three of which were hired while she served as chair of the Board.

Donna provided strong advocacy for system accountability and effectiveness, and spearheaded processes which led to effective implementation of legislation requiring university and college performance accountability. Additionally, she advocated for keeping student tuition at an affordable level for Kansas residents. Her analysis of issues, ability to ask thorough questions, and effective communications with legislators at the local, state, and national level were evident in the decisions and initiatives that have been realized in the colleges and universities in Kansas.

As president of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, it has been my pleasure to work with someone from our community serving on the Board of Regents and to observe her passion for student access and success. Donna provided a keen insight to the Board regarding issues facing rural communities, and also sought to insure that adult education programs were effectively provided to our residents.

On behalf of SCCC/ATS I extend our appreciation to Donna as she completes eight years of leadership and service to Kansas. It is especially gratifying to see one of our alumni attain the level of responsibility and impact for which she has been recognized. She has served southwest Kansas well and her leadership will have an enduring impact on our communities.

Duane M. Dunn, Ed.D.

Students in the Automotive Mechanics Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School accepted a $1, 100 donation of tools and a toolbox from Dale Whitehead, second from right. Whitehead is the store manager of the Lowes in Amarillo, Texas. SCCC/ATS students in the red coats who participate in SkillsUSA are from left, Octaviano Nieblas of Liberal;  Conner Warren of Liberal and  Cesar Villa of Sublette, far right.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, is offering a number of short courses in July.
Commercial Driver’s License Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 10 in TT101 for $50. Defensive Driving Seminar will be offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 17 in TT101 for $50.
Forklift Training will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, July 15 in TB140. The cost is $70.
Fundaments of Sewing will be offered from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, July 15-Aug. 25 in T118. Cost is $80.
2&4 Engine Repair will be offered 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, July 13-Sept. 14 in TB150. Cost is $80.
All classes are held on the area technical school, 2215 N. Kansas.
For information or to enroll in the course, call 620-624-1173 or email

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has been a partner with Kansas State University (KSU) in creating a multi-institutional collaborative teacher preparation model that addressed the continuum of teacher development. All aspects of this collaborative model emphasized state and national needs of Hispanic American students and English Language Learners.
One goal in meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in the Liberal-area school districts related to diversifying the teaching force; to this end, a “grow your own teacher” program was implemented. The “2+2 with SCCC/ATS,” distance-delivered, teacher-education program was designed to enable and encourage CLD adult students to become elementary teachers, was collaboratively designed, implemented, and assessed by the KSU College of Education, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, SCCC/ATS and a number of unified school districts.
On May 15, 2010, four elementary education teacher candidates from the Liberal area will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education with Emphases in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University.
“We would like join KSU in recognizing these teacher candidates for their successfulness in achieving such a significant goal,” said Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of instruction. These “soon-to-be-licensed-teachers” are Louisa Garcia, Ashley Goode, Maricela Rosales, and Sylvia Villa. Through the collaborative efforts of SCCC/ATS and the other partner institutions, the “grow your own teacher” project is a success story for all.
“This grant program brought the classes I needed to SCCC/ATS and offered them as evening and weekend classes which allowed me to maintain a full-time job to take care of my two boys,” said Garcia of Liberal. “I am looking forward to making a difference in children's lives as well as my son seeing how all my hard work, his early mornings and time away from each other has finally paid off.”
Garcia said the SCCC/ATS provided courses as independent studies so that she could continue her educational plan, as well as provide seminars for test-taking tips and places to meet to complete her course work.
“The staff at SCCC helped me out tremendously,” she said. “From the bookstore, to the financial aid office, to the library, they all did everything they could to help us in whatever we needed. Anything that had to be sent to KSU was done so in a timely manner and we were also reminded of anything we hadn't done and needed to get done.”
“This program helped me to completely finish my degree, and stay here in Southwest Kansas,” said Ashley Goode of Hugoton, who hopes to be teaching in this southwest Kansas area. “I look forward to teaching and being able to help set the foundation for learning for my students.”
SCCC/ATS helped Goode take prerequisite classes and prepare for her classes through K-State. The classes at SCCC/ATS were small, and it felt like the instructors treated you as an individual, not just another person who wants a grade.