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Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School is offering a Spanish class for beginners for those who would like to learn Spanish as a second language.
The course, Elementary Spanish I will be offered from 4-5 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Enroll online at www.sccc.edu or call 620-417-1100. For information, call Angela Cardone at 316-734-2202.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and open house for the new Corrosion Technology facility at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Area Technical School, 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
This is an opportunity to check out the college’s three new unique programs: Process Technology, Natural Gas Compression Technology and Corrosion Technology.
For information about these programs, call 620-41-1100.

Kay Kelman (left) is pictured with Giseelle Arredondo, the Jack and Kay Kelman Scholarship recipient and Presidential Scholar from Sublette High School.  SCCC/ATS Foundation endowment donors and scholarship recipients recently attended a dinner prior to the winter music concert at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.   Endowment funds provide a perpetual source of scholarship funds for SCCC/ATS students.  For information about giving a tax-deductible endowment fund gift, contact Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development, 417-1131 or tammy.doll@sccc.edu.

Gene and Jo Ann Sharp are pictured with Jena Eder of Sharon Springs (center), the O. A. and Lois L. Sharp Agricultural Scholarship recipient.  SCCC/ATS Foundation endowment donors and scholarship recipients recently attended a dinner prior to the winter music concert at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.   Endowment funds provide a perpetual source of scholarship funds for SCCC/ATS students.  For information about giving a tax-deductible endowment fund gift, contact Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development, 417-1131 or tammy.doll@sccc.edu.

Chuck Lamberson, representing the Petroleum Industry Education Committee, is pictured with Nikolas Mihelic, the PIE Committee scholarship recipient and Presidential Scholar from Goodwell, OK.  SCCC/ATS Foundation endowment donors and scholarship recipients recently attended a dinner prior to the winter music concert at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.   Endowment funds provide a perpetual source of scholarship funds for SCCC/ATS students.  For information about giving a tax-deductible endowment fund gift, contact Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development, 417-1131 or tammy.doll@sccc.edu.

Members of Saints ESP (Educational Support Personnel) at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School joined Robin Lawder of Massages by Robin in collecting Toys for children in our area.Toys were provided for children who fell through the gaps of other programs. From left are Mike Bailey, SCCC/ATS Fiscal Officer/Administrative Assistant, Robin Lawder and Margaret Thompson, SCCC/ATS library technician.

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<br />Zulema Duran, a junior at Satanta High School, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Duran received her certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night at Satanta High School. Giving her the certificate is SCCC/ATS Ambassador Willy Gustin.




The Plumbing Association of Central Kansas, PACK, came to Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School to provide continuing education credit to 20 plumbing and heating professionals.
The topic, International Fuel Gas Code Definitions & Field Terms, was presented by Kelsey Leidy of Wichita in the SCCC/ATS Heating, Ventilations, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration classroom. The class provided those present 3 credit hours needed to maintain their professional licensing.
SCCC/ATS is soliciting ideas for other classes that the plumbing and HVACR communities would like to see presented. If you believe the communities would benefit from a certain class topic, contact Chris Hickman, HVACR instructor for SCCC/ATS, at 620-417-1679 or chris.hickman@sccc.edu.

Students completing the Natural Gas Compression Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School were Brandon Bruner, Hooker, Okla.; Edward Olivas, Liberal; Leslie Russell, Adams, Okla.; Tyler Fischer, Hooker, Okla.; Jaycee Crow, Hooker; Brody Webb, Ulysses; and Grecia Goitia, Liberal, with Instructor Ron Garber.
Seven students completed the Natural Gas Compression Technology program this fall at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The NGCT program in its first year issued seven certificates of completion on recently with members of the NGCT Advisory Board, SCCC/ATS Board of Trustees and SCCC/ATS staff in attendance.

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The Art Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named its People’s Choice Awards for fall 2011. Yesli Ochoa of Liberal won the 3-D Art category; Octavio Rodriguez of  Tyrone, Okla., the 2-D Art category; and Jordan Long of Optima, Okla., the photography category.

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, Jan. 14 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 freshman Livestock Judging Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas recently placed fourth overall at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University show. They were third in cattle and hogs and fourth in reasons. From left are Brett Crow, coach; Shanon Robinson, Balko, Okla.;  Kayley Pelfrey, Texico, N.M.; Aaron Richie, Flagler, Colo.; D.J. Etzler, Durango, Colo.; Rochelle St. Amand, Danville, AL; and Lindsay Bulk, Riley, Kan. Etzler was first in reasons and cattle and fourth overall. Bulk was sixth cattle and Pelfrey was  was sixth in hogs.

The Automotive Business Management program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has begun a 2+2 Auto Business Management and Technology Management program with Kansas State University. From left is Dr. Don Von Bergen, department head for Arts, Sciences and Business at K-State Salina; Melissa Medina, a Liberal High School student who will be in this program in the fall, and Jim Brown, SCCC/ATS Auto Business Management instructor. This partnership allows students to earn their associate’s degree from SCCC/ATS and transfer to K-State through distance education without leaving the southwest Kansas community. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball nights.

College representatives will be at Meade Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the high school basketball games against Cimarron.

College representatives will be at Sublette Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the high school basketball games against Lakin.

College representatives will be at Liberal Friday, Dec. 16 for the high school basketball games against Perryton.

College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Come watch a staged reading of “Our Town” at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12 in the Showcase Theatre, Shank Humanities Building at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
The Theater Appreciation class, featuring Heather Williams, Blake Bowen, Derienne Daniels, Michelle Duford, Tandilee Fletcher, Fabiola Fraire, Colton Fry, Shelby Hansen, Lindy Kowalchuk, Giovanni Macedo, Tyconda Millsap, Elmer Montes, Ana Ramirez, Julian Rios, Shanon Robinson, Ruth Sandoval, Rochelle St Amand, Daisy Tapia, Mayra Vasquez and Samantha Ward, will present the reading.

Western Kansas community college presidents are from left, Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School; Dr. Don Woodburn, Dodge City Community College, and Dr. Herbert Swender, Garden City Community College. The three presidents met recently with their respective boards in a joint meeting.

Change and adaptation took center stage when trustees and presidents of the three Southwest Kansas community colleges gathered to discuss shared challenges and opportunities Wednesday night on the Garden City Community College campus.
Representatives of Dodge City Community College, GCCC and Liberal-based Seward County Community College and Area Technical School made several analogies to “Who Moved My Cheese,” the well-known book by Dr. Spencer Johnson about the inevitability and acceptance of change, after seeing a short video based on the book.
“The cheese for Kansas higher education is being moved and it is dissipating, but that is not necessarily all bad,” said Dr. Herbert Swender, GCCC president. “In terms of state funding, we have probably seen the pinnacle, but I think we have enough cerebral mass among the three colleges to deal with that if we work together.”
Swender, who returned to Kansas from Texas after 15 years when he became GCCC president in April, said he has seen plenty of change in his native state, but added that he believes the challenges accompany opportunities.

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