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High school students will have the opportunity to participate in a poetry contest to win scholarships from Seward County Community College and Area Technical School.
The English Department is giving out $300 in prizes for original poetry. Winners will have the opportunity to read their poetry at the Coffee House/Poetry Reading at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14 in the band room of the SCCC/ATS Hobble Academic Building in Liberal.
The event will feature SCCC/ATS students reading original poetry, vocal and acoustic guitar music by students, and gourmet coffees, teas and sweet and savory snacks.
For information, contact Janice Northerns at 620-417-1456 or janice.northerns@sccc.edu. Deadline is Wednesday, April 6.
April is National Community College Month.
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High school dropout to college graduate. Elementary school teacher to national Teacher of the Year. Citizenship instructor to outstanding alumni. Her path has been varied, but Elva Morales is deserving of her latest award as one of five recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards for the American Association of Community Colleges.

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The next course, Aviation in American Agriculture, will be offered from 6-8 p.m., April 21, April 28 and May 5, in AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building. The May 5 class will be held at the Mid-America Air Museum.

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It's back by popular demand! The 2011 Coffee House/Poetry Reading, at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the Band Room of the Hobble Academic Building on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus.
The event will feature SCCC/ATS students reading original poetry, vocal and acoustic guitar music by students, and gourmet coffees, teas and sweet and savory snacks. SCCC/ATS English instructors

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The place to be Sunday, April 10 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus for the Car Show/Spring Fiesta.
The custom car show begins at 1 p.m., at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal. The show will feature motorcycles, pickups, classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, imports, tractors and low riders.

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This is March Madness for basketball fans across the country and, as the NCAA tournament moves toward the “Final Four”, I wanted to express our college’s appreciation to the many individuals and businesses in our community that support the basketball season here at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Thanks to thirteen various businesses who are buy-out sponsors of our games our community can enjoy attending the basketball games at no cost. Additionally, this year we had sixteen businesses and organizations participate in our Green Wednesday campaign as a promotion to community members and visitors to enjoy some of the best collegiate basketball games in the nation.

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Members from the Liberal High School Class of 1957 recently made a contribution to the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation.  The Class of 1957 Memorial Scholarship was established in 1982 and is given to a Liberal High School student in memory of Class of 1957 members.  Pictured are Lila Thayer, Dale Sprague, and Faylene Cambern, Class of 1957 members, presenting the contribution to Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, and Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development. For information about providing scholarships for SCCC/ATS students, contact Doll at 620-417-1131.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a nursing continuing education program entitled Connective Tissue Disorders and Recognizing Autoimmune Diseases.
The workshop will be offered from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Friday, April 15, in SW 229 at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal for five continuing education credits.
Preregistration by April 8 is $50. For information or to enroll in this workshop at SCCC/ATS, call 620-417-1401.

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, April 9 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 lori.clay@sccc.edu.

The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 2 in the art room of the Shank Humanities Building for children in grades 1-6.
The cost is $15 and includes all supplies and drinks. Children are asked to bring a sack lunch.
Club members will use the proceeds to fund visits to art museums and galleries.
Due to limited space, pre-register your child by Friday, April 1 by contacting Art Instructor Susan Copas at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu. The fee is due on Saturday when children arrive.



A number of area high schools have signed articulation agreements with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. This allows students who begin at SCCC/ATS as a college freshman to get college credit for courses taken in high school. From left is Bud Smithson, director of the Area Technical School; Kathy Pate, Hugoton; Merl Seger and Lorena Melius, Stanton County; Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of instruction; Bill Losey, Southwest Plains Education Service Center; Michael Schatz, Ashland; and Duane Greene, Rolla. Not pictured is Jenna Johnson, Meade, and Vicki Jacobs, Cimarron. Depending on what the student can take at his or her high school, credit is available for the Manufacturing cluster, including Machine Tool Technology, Welding Technology, Drafting and Design Technology; the Construction cluster; the transportation cluster, including Automotive Business Management, Auto Mechanics, Auto Body Collision Repair and Diesel Technology; Business Administrative Technology, Business and health occupations. The college has articulation agreements with Liberal and Ulysses.




Colin Wilson, a junior at Ulysses High school, was the winner of the Shoot for Success scholarship at the basketball night on recently sponsored by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, presented the scholarship. Woody Patrick, a student at Sublette High School, was  the winner of the Shoot For Success Scholarship at the basketball night recently sponsored by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal.  Katy Reed, behavioral science instructor, presents the scholarship to his mother, Bobbie Patrick.
Learn to develop strategies for managing negative attitudes and behaviors in the workplace through the workshop “Pot Scrubbers vs. Pot Stirrers.”
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, April 11 in room SW229 A/B at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.

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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, April 9 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

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The Business & Industry office at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in conjunction with the Energy Training Council (ETC) is a certified SafeLandUSA training institution.
The SafeLandUSA training is designed to monitor and continuously improve orientation standards for the United States land contractor community.
The Energy Training Council (ETC) is a non-profit organization with a primary goal of providing quality, oil and gas specific training to the oil and gas industry through member companies and affiliated educational institutions. ETC is recognized as a quality-training program and currently provides an 8-Hr. OSHA approved awareness level training that is oil and gas specific as well as an accredited SafeLandUSA training to industry.
For information about this training, call 620-417-1170 or email lori.clay@sccc.edu.
Erika Nelson, artist and educator, will present a free slide lecture at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the SCCC/ATS theater located in the Shank Humanities building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.

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Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, presents all-Kansas academic awards to Kelsey Darnell of Liberal and Gwen Friesen of Moscow. These scholars were 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.

Do you have a project that you need help completing or a job needing volunteers? At the end of March, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is hosting “Saints in Service.”
Since this year marks the 150th birthday of the state of Kansas, student volunteers will complete at least 150 hours of community service to commemorate and celebrate our state. Students will donate their time and services to assist local individuals, businesses and organizations with such jobs as painting, raking, reading or moving.
If you would like to be considered for a “Saints in Service” project or activity, call Wade Lyon at 620-417-1064.
Following a presentation by representatives with Bartlett & West and Architect One, who are developing a Land Use and Facilities Master Plan, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Wednesday, March 2, in its regular board meeting.
The board approved a $2 per credit hour increase in tuition for all students, with the exception of students who are Seward County residents. The credit hour fees will remain the same at $5 for all courses. In-state tuition for non-Seward County residents will be $42; border county tuition, $55; out-of-state and international tuition, $70; Seward Online in-state including Seward County residents, $68; and Seward Online out-of-state and international, $72.
In-state tuition and fees will be $67 per credit hour at SCCC/ATS, compared to Dodge City Community College, $75; Pratt Community College, $81; Colby Community College, $87; Oklahoma Panhandle State University, $147.67; and Garden City Community College, $71.
The board also reviewed the list of applied course fees for the 2011-12 school year.
Linda Billings of Byron Bird & Associates presented the fiscal audit of the college’s operation for FY2010 and indicated the college received an unqualified audit opinion with no budgetary or statutory violations. The college qualified as a low-risk auditee and indicated the cash flow reports present a solid financial standing of the college.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, gave an overview of programs that have experienced low enrollment over the past three years, including Agriculture, Art, Automotive Business Management, Business Administrative Technology, Computer Information Systems, Construction Trades Technology, Criminal Justice, Drafting & Design Technology, Journalism, Machine Tool Technology and Truck Driving.
Some of the programs lost Perkins eligibility due in part to the majority of the students in their programs are seeking Associate in Science degrees instead of Associate of Applied Science Degrees, or due to low enrollment.
The administration will provide recommendations regarding program status for the 2011-12 academic year at the April 2011 Board of Trustees meeting as part of the discussion on budget planning.
The instructors are addressing their low enrollment needs by offering classes to high school students, developing marketing plans, increasing recruiting efforts, combining classes, aligning curriculum, offering online or hybrid courses, developing articulation agreements with high schools and four-year colleges and universities and developing new courses to meet industry needs.
The Construction Trades Technology program was temporarily suspended last year due to low enrollment while the college reassesses the program. The college is looking at revamping the program for the fall 2012 school year with an emphasis on “green” or sustainable technology.
“It does appear that the instructors are working on new angles to increase enrollment in each of the areas,” said Trustee Marvin Chance Jr.
The college is providing a number of resources to faculty who have low-enrollment programs, said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. The college offers on-campus training in a variety of areas, including developing a marketing plan and learning Contribute, which is the software program that allows an individual to make changes to the college website.
The college has also developed an Advertising Plan that outlines the best time to advertising each program throughout the year. Faculty members are also encouraged to participate in recruiting and public relations events.
Donovan also reported on the strategic plan and institutional goal that addresses the performance of college programs designed to assist underprepared students. The college has developed an at-risk program where employees can recommend a student to the at-risk team, which assists with personal as well as academic issues. The program is designed to help the college retain students.
Through the at-risk program and the early alert program, the college is making great strides to retain students. The retention rate is 58 percent, compared to the target goal of 41 percent that was presented to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Another of the performance indicators through KBOR addresses developing an action plan to increase the number of freshman Hispanic students who complete an associate degree program within three years. The college reported a 31 percent rate of degree-seeking students who completed a two-year degree in three years. This exceeded the target goal of 27.3 percent. The college is also evaluating reasons why only half these students completing an associate degree plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.
In celebration of the state’s 150th birthday, the students at the college will be participating in service projects for area residents, organizations or businesses. During the last few weeks of March, the college will host “Saints in Service” where students will donate their time and services to assist local individuals, businesses, or organizations. Students will be available to paint, rake, read, move or help with other projects. The goal is to provide 150 hours of community service in recognition of the 150th anniversary of statehood. Civic organizations or interested individuals may contact Wade Lyon, director of student activities for more information at 620-417-1064.
In other action, the board accepted the bid from Eads, Inc., of Meade, in the amount of $124,854 to install a new ventilation system in the Welding Shop using PEI 2009 Series Bond money.
Xtreme Challenge for high school students is Wednesday, March 30. Spring break is the week of March 13 with no classes in session. The Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams will be playing in the second round of the NJCAA Region VI basketball tournament in Wichita and the cheer and dance team will be the feature performers at the tournament on Saturday evening, March 5.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, April 4 in the board room.

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