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Phi Theta Kappa members at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is collecting gently used children’s books that will be donated to Stepping Stone Shelter and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Liberal.
Last year, Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society, collected 487 books.
The books may be brought to the Hobble Academic Building at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal now through Oct. 8 or call 620-417-1106.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this October and November.
Courses include
Floral Design, 10/12-12/14, 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, T116, $95
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced, 10/14-11/4, 7-10 p.m., Monday/Thursday,
TA115, $95
Advanced Cake Decorating, 10/18/-11/22, Mondays, 7-10 p.m., Room AA154, $95
Commercial Driver License Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, TT101, $50
Certified Nurse Aide, 11/22-2/1, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, T134, $425
Some courses require textbooks and supplies for an additional cost.
For additional information, call 620-417-1173 or email joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is continuing the strategic planning process with an emphasis on college’s land and facility usage.
The planning team from Bartlett & West and Architect One has scheduled several focus group meetings to solicit ideas and recommendations for the planning process. The public is invited to participate in the process by attending a focus group at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal, in room 214, which is located above the Saints Bookstore in the student activities building.
The college has enlisted the assistance of architects and engineers from Bartlett & West and Architect One to develop a visionary concept of the college. That concept will include campus access, campus building additions, auto and pedestrian access, activity areas, safety and aesthetic aspects of the campus, and a focus on creating a single campus connection between the area technical school the academic, activities, student housing, and fine arts buildings. Additionally the Epworth Allied Health Education Center and Colvin Adult Learning Center will be included the planning and visionary process.
The college’s long-term planning process is an important aspect of the future of our local and area communities. Your input toward the visionary development of the college and the services, programs, and activities it offers is helpful.

Songwriter Shiregreen will perform at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School theater.
Shiregreen’s music is a blend of folk and country styles, both intense and relaxing. Shiregreen is the stage name of the German musician Klaus Adamaschek who writes his songs in English and performs them himself. His fan club in Germany is huge and his fame and popularity have been growing rapidly in the United States. He has released four albums and his “Freedom fighter” song won the 2008 worldwide Songwriter Contest called “Composers.” Many of the Shiregreen songs intentionally echo the great songwriters of the seventies, like Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson and Leonhard Cohen. Shiregreen uses both the Harp and guitar.
General admission is $3 at the door.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 in SW229C, 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 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 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 12 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.

The Drama Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is now selling tickets for the Oct. 6-7 performance of Romeo and Juliet.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the amphitheater at the college, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Tickets are $6, and due to limited seating, should be purchased in advance by calling 620-417-1451 or coming by the Shank Humanities Building at 1801 N. Kansas.
Although some seating is available, individuals are asked to bring their lawn chairs.
In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the theater.


Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a Certified Medication Aide course Sept. 29-Nov. 18. The class will run from 4:30-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $375.
To apply, call Joy Fosdick, 620-417-1173 or come by the Business & Industry office, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Tax credits to benefit Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are once again available to individuals and corporations.
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.
The college has a number of deferred maintenance projects eligible for the use of the funds. The contribution can be specified for use in a particular project 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 throughout the 2011-12 school year.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, said the college is excited that the program to provide continued tax benefits to a donor has been extended. This program can provide additional incentives 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. “For over 40 years SCCC/ATS has offered a wide variety of classes and these tax credits can help the college continue to improve its facilities. Since the merger with the Area Technical school, the college has made a number of improvements to the technical school site.
With a $1,000 donations, 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 his or her 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.
The Surgical Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, has admitted new students to the fall 2010 class.
Incoming students for the 10-month program include Isela Alvarado, Anabel Chavez, Juan E. Hernandez, Joshua Maestas, all of Liberal; Sheila Burrows, Hugoton; Sindy Figueroa, Hooker, Okla.; Maricela Alvarado Maldonado, Hugoton; and Hilda Najera, Satanta.
Jessica Hutzler of Manhattan and Amber Rekward of Riley were admitted through Manhattan Area Technical College.
The lecture portion of this program is online while the clinicals are in area health care facilities that are convenient for the student.
To find out more about the program, contact Carmen Sumner, coordinator, 620-417-1411 or carmen.sumner@sccc.edu.