Instructor Magda Silva, far right, assists students with their federal financial aid forms at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently during the national College Goal Sunday program.  This program is designed to assist families who are applying for federal financial aid. Over 100 individuals attend the program.

Ricky Isais, a senior at Southwestern Heights High School is the winner of the $100 Shoot For Success scholarship recently sponsored by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Presenting the scholarship is SCCC/ATS student Jeanette Galan.

Jessica Easterwood, a senior at Rolla High School is the winner of the Shoot For Success Scholarship recently at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School basketball night in Rolla.  Presenting Jessica the scholarship is Bud Smithson, director of the area technical school, and student Lago Goncalves.

Marilyn Riley, a junior at Tyrone High School is the winner of the $100 Shoot For Success Scholarship recently sponsored by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Since the Tyrone basketball game was cancelled, the SCCC/ATS Admissions visit the school.

In celebration of Career and Technical Education Month, prospective students are invited to come to Seward County Community college/ Area Technical School to check out the new Corrosion Technology program that will begin in August.
Corrosion Technology is the first of three classes that are a part of a United States Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Grant. To be eligible for this grant, 25 percent of the undergraduate full-time equivalent population must be Hispanic.
The Corrosion Technology program, which will include a one-year certificate and a two-year associate in applied science degree, will begin during the fall 2011 semester. In addition to an on-campus classroom and lab, the program will include a field lab that will have over 2,000 feet of pipeline to be used for training. New government regulations have focused on increased corrosion control, which is steadily increasing the demand for trained corrosion technicians. In the 4,912 square miles comprising the seven SCCC/ATS Kansas counties, more than 9,000 miles of pipeline must be checked regularly for corrosion, the leading cause of pipeline explosions.
This program will include alternate delivery of classes, including podcasts, online or hybrid classes, interactive or streaming video or web-based interactive delivery.
The grant provides an economic boost to the community as well as nearly $1.5 million in personnel salaries and nearly $1million in construction during the five years of grant activities. The injection of federal dollars will provide significant benefits to our community.
Future programs include Process Technology and Radiologic Technology.

For information about Corrosion Technology, contact William Worley, Corrosion Technology Program Specialist, 620-417-1645 or

Ann Birney  portraying Amelia Earhart, the famed Kansas aviator, entertained participants recently in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School library. Even if you missed the presentation, the traveling exhibit Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas is on display through February. Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas was produced by the Kansas State Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Liberal High School will bring West Side Story to life at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 17-19 and 2 p.m., Feb. 20 in James Maskus Auditorium at LHS.
Tickets are available in the SCCC/ATS Humanities Building at 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417-1451. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Liberal High School and SCCC/ATS students are admitted free with a valid student ID.

Alberto Quijano of Hugoton sands a hood of a car to prepare it for painting. He is a student in the Auto Body Collisions Repair program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. This program recently received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The Auto Body Collision Repair Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
To achieve this recognition, the college training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. This certification assures that SCCC/ATS graduates will have the skills need to be an entry-level auto body technician. ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.
“Since the merger of the college and the technical program, the Auto Body program has worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are pleased to join the ranks of the ASE certified training programs,” said Bud Smithson, division chair of industrial technology. “Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”
Instructors are Bree Downs, Dave Ratzlaff and former instructor Neal Upham.
This completes certification of the automotive cluster for the college that also includes Diesel Technology and Automotive Mechanics Technology. The Automotive Business Management program also serves as great support for the three programs and was an important aspect of the certifications of those three programs.
February is Career and Technical Education Month.

Fernando Fraire of Turpin, Okla., looks over the newest piece of equipment used in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration program at Seward County Community College/area Technical School. This new piece of equipment that students helped install can both heat and cool while promoting both higher efficiency and lower energy use. The closed loop geothermal heat pumps circulate a carrier fluid through pipes buried in the ground.  As the fluid circulates underground it absorbs heat from the ground and, on its return, the now warmer fluid passes through the heat pump which uses electricity to extract the heat from the fluid. The heat extracted and generated by the heat pump is used to heat the house.  The ground heating loop generates more heat than if electricity alone were used. Switching the direction of heat flow, will cool a house in summer months. The college is celebrating Career and Technical Education Month in February.

Come out to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for free hot dogs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14 at 2215 N. Kansas, and learn about our hot careers.
Come out and learn more about our one- and two-year career programs in Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, Auto Business, Diesel, Auto Body, Auto Mechanics, Drafting, Machine Tool, Welding, Computers, Cosmetology, Agriculture, Business Administrative Technology, Business, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Truck Driving and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
For information, call 620-417-1100.

Sarah Martin of Johnson, an associate degree nursing student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, sets an IV pump for the correct infusion rate and correct amount of fluids to be infused. Instructor Sandy Brisendine watches the procedure. SCCC/ATS is celebrating Career and Technical Education Month in February.

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, Feb. 22 in SW229AB, 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.
Letter to the editor

February is recognized nationally by the Association for Career and Technical Education and the theme this year is “Learning today- earning tomorrow.” As Seward County Community College/Area Technical School joins in that recognition I hope you might recognize the importance that career education provides our students, our community, and our regional employers.
Recent information from the department of commerce and department of labor indicates that by 2018 nearly 70 percent of Kansas jobs will require at least an associate degree or career certificate; while currently less than 50 percent of Kansas working adults have that level of education. Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George recently spoke at a conference and stated that nearly 90 percent of graduates of Kansas community colleges and technical colleges stay and work in Kansas. Additionally, the department of labor indicated that individuals with an associate degree enjoy a starting wage at least 60 percent higher than a person with a high school diploma. Those indicators are a true testament to the theme “Learning today – earning tomorrow.”
According to the magazine Site Selection, among the top 10 factors for a business deciding to relocate are “existing workforce skills” and “access to higher education resources.” SCCC/ATS provides over 25 career and technical programs that lead to a career certificate or associate degree. Over 600 of our students are seeking a degree or certificate in one of those 25 programs. The cost of attendance for those students is typically less than $5,000 depending on the student’s major, type of degree, and living expenses. Our programs range from industrial technology such as automotive, diesel, machining, heating and air conditioning, truck driving, natural gas compressor technician and welding to health care such as nursing, surgical technology, respiratory therapy, medical lab technician, and medical assistant to business careers including auto business management, accounting, marketing, business administrative support, and management to professional support such as computer gaming and animation, medical coding, drafting, web design, and computer programming to career options in agriculture, cosmetology, criminal justice, and graphic design. Our business and industry division provides short-term focused courses and customized training for the energy industry, the hospitality industry, business and retail employers, and health-care providers, and many other aspects of employment and re-employment needs.
We are proud of our graduates and their success in their careers. We are especially proud of the number of students who stay in our area, start businesses, help an employer improve its profitability, bring new friends to the area, and develop new ideas for business growth.
Perhaps authors Jim Botkin and Stan Davis stated it most simply in their book “The Monster Under the Bed” how business is mastering the opportunity of knowledge for profit”. In that book they state that “you have to increase your learning power in order to increase your earning power.” That statement certainly addresses “learning today – earning tomorrow.”
As part of career and technical education month we welcome you to visit our campus and our programs. On Monday, February 14 we are holding a special event to showcase our industrial tech programs at the area technical school buildings. Program tours and demonstrations will be made available or you can simply stop by and visit with an instructor, a student or other college representatives about the options available for career and technical education opportunities. If you have questions about any of our career programs, please contact our college and feel welcome to visit to learn how we can provide opportunities for increasing the area “earning power.”
Dr. Duane Dunn
SCCC/ATS president

The community is invited to participate in the Old School Run (Saints Challenge)
at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Saturday, Feb. 12. Registration begins at 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center with a 5K run beginning at 1:33 p.m. and the run/walk beginning at 2:33 p.m.
Locker rooms and showers will be able after the race in the pool area until 3:30. Participants are asked to bring their own towel and toiletries.

Entry fee, which includes a T-shirt, is $20 for one race and $25 for both races. Members of South West Fun Time Runners, SCCC/ATS students and employees may participate for $15 and $20. To receive a T-shirt, participants must finish the race.
Proceeds will benefit the SCCC/ATS Foundation. Awards will be divided by age and gender for the 5K.
SCCC/ATS is celebrating homecoming with games at 6 and 8 p.m. and crowning of the king and queen between games. Race participants and their immediate families will receive free admission for the games. Campus tours will also be available.

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High school seniors recently had an opportunity to “shoot for scholarships” at a Seward County Community College/Area Technical School basketball game. First place winners Edwin Martinez of Texhoma, and Wendy De La Torre of Southwestern Heights won $100 scholarships. Second place winners Levi Adams of Liberal and René Boaldin of Elkhart won gift items and a gift certificate to the Saints Bookstore.
Trenton Downing was the winner of the $100 Shoot for Success Scholarship from Seward County Community College/Area Technical at the Beaver Basketball Night recently. Accepting the scholarship from SCCC/ATS instructor Don Hayes is his father, Craig Downing.

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The Machine Tool Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a CNC Machine class from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 15-April 12 in TA145 at 2215 N. Kansas. The cost is $95.
To enroll, call Joy Fosdick at 620-417-1173 or For information, contact Butch Garst at 620-417-1681 or
February is Career and Technical Education Month.

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Kansas will salute 49 top community college scholars for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony Thursday, Feb. 18 in Topeka, including two from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
Representing the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, these scholars have been named to the 2011 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.
Each is also a nominee for the 2011 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Kelsey Darnell, an Accounting major from Liberal, and Gwen Friesen, a Liberal Arts major from Moscow, were selected for this honor. The criteria used in making the decisions included academic rigor, grade point average, involvement in campus and community activities, and demonstration of outstanding moral character.
Darnell, who graduated form Liberal High school in 2009, was involved in Campus Messengers for Christ, Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa, where she serves as president last fall. She transferred to Kansas State University this spring to major in accounting.
Friesen, grew up in Inman, Kansas, and moved with her family to Moscow in 1996. She graduated from American School – Correspondence, Lansing, Illinois, in May 1997. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has had several pieces published in “Telolith,” the SCCC/ATS art and literary magazine. She has been a Junior Sewing Leader for her church sewing group. This May she will graduate with an associate’s degree with an emphasis in elementary education. She plans to stay in Kansas to finish her education.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus.
Since 1991, Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges have sponsored the national All-USA Academic Team program. The Kansas program is an affiliate, and the Kansas students are all nominees for the national honor.
Each student will receive a proclamation issued by the governor of Kansas, an educational stipend, and an academic medallion.
About 500 U.S. community college students will compete for places on the first, second and third national teams. First team members each receive $2,500 stipends, and will be featured in USA Today along with second and third team members. Team members are also presented with medallions
Among Kansans selected for national honors since the annual recognition program began are Donna Shank, SCCC/ATS first team, 1995 and Brandon Sutton, SCCC/ATS second team, 1996.
The KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have teamed up to offer two new courses for age 50+ learners in Southwest Kansas.
These short, non-credit courses offer innovative learning opportunities for the sheer joy of learning.
Words of War: The Rhetoric of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Feb. 10, 17 and 24 in AA137, SCCC/ATS Hobble Academic Building.
World War II marks an unparalleled era in history—marred by the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust and adorned by the rising of the Greatest Generation. As much as WWII was an era of action, it was also an era of oratory. The most elemental voices of WWII are those of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. Come find out how the two most compelling voices of their time wield such influence and what we can learn from them to help us understand the situations we face today.
Amber Waves: The Migration of the German Russian Settlers to the Kansas Prairies will be offered from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 in AA137, SCCC/ATS Hobble Academic Building.
This course explores the exodus of two groups of German Russian settlers to Kansas in the 1870s and how their introduction of hard winter wheat transformed Kansas agriculture. We'll track the efforts of the railroads to bring European farmers to the American frontier. We will also learn about Russian Mennonites who settled central Kansas and Volga Germans who settled western Kansas, bringing their unique Old World village culture to the prairies. We'll explore why they left Russia, what they found in America, and how their culture and work ethic enriched Kansas.
Aviation in American Agriculture will be offered from 6-8 p.m., April 21 and 28 in AA137, SCCC/ATS Hobble Academic Building and May 5 at the Mid-America Air Museum.
Cast against the panorama of agriculture in North America spanning the Jefferson's era of the idealized "yeoman farmer" to today's agribusiness, the role of aviation in agriculture will be examined through readings, discussion and International Flying Farmers member guest speakers. The course will culminate with a visit to the Mid-America Air Museum's extensive collection of related aircraft, artifacts and archives.
These classes require no homework, out-of-class preparation or testing. Each class is $35. Both classes are $55. Enroll online at or call toll-free 877-404-5823.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.