Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this fall.
Courses include:
Recreational & Service Engine Repair, Thursdays, 6/7-7/19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., TB15, $95
Landscaping, Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., T116. $30
Computer Microsoft Word & Excel/English, Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m.-12 noon, A136, $30
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, Saturday, June 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50
Introduction to Manufacturing, Tuesdays, 6/12-7/24, 6:30-9:30 p.m., TA145, $95

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Prospective students who are interested in attending Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in the fall need to sign up to attend an All Saints Days.
Individuals can meet with SCCC/ATS staff, enroll in classes and meet future classmates.
All Saints Days are scheduled June 5, June 21, July 10, July 29, July 26 and Aug. 7
Register at Make sure you have submitted an application for admission before signing up for an All Saints Days.
For information, call 620-417-1100.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
The College will host a visit Sept. 24-25, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. SCCC/ATS has been accredited by the Commission since 1975. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commissions Criteria for Accreditation.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college by writing the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411. The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.
All comments must be received by Aug. 27.

Alexander Flores, Hector Rutiaga, Esteban Suarez, Omar Chairez and  Santos Lopez, all of Liberal, were practicing their truck-driving skills recently on the driving course at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Students in the six-week course who successfully complete the program will receive a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker, double, triple and airbrake endorsements. The next course begins Aug. 13-Sept. 21. Call 620-417-1696 or come by 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Luis Morales, a graduate of the Automotive Business Management program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, placed second in Job Interview at the state Skills USA competition recently.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
Board of Trustee’s Retreat
SCCC/ATS Student Activities Building
Room SW221

5:30 p.m.

This is a no action meeting.

Administrators at EduKan, a consortium of community colleges in Kansas, have taken measures to increase the academic integrity of their Distance Education program using technology. EduKan, which includes Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, will be able to review data collected from their newly implemented biometric student identity proofing technology, BioSig-ID, to proactively follow up on any one suspected of cheating in their online courses.

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For the second straight season, the Seward County Saints Men’s Tennis team has finished in the top 15 in the country. Last week in Plano, Texas, the Saints accumulated 17 points, including a run into the tournament quarterfinals by doubles partners Lucas Izkovitz and Justin Pena to come out with a 12th place finish among the Nation’s elite.

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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, June 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 a Kansas driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will begin summer hours Monday, May 21. Summers hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The campus will be closed Fridays.

The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold an Allied Health Careers Camp from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 31, at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington, Liberal, Kansas.
Students entering grades 9-12 will learn about Medial Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician and Nursing.
The cost is $10 and students will receive a T-shirt and lunch.
Call l6200-417-1401 to get signed up.

Seaboard Foods recently committed to providing scholarships for students in the automotive technology, diesel technology, natural gas compression technology, machine tool technology, welding technology, process technology, truck driving, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  Pictured are David Watkins, Seaboard Foods recruiting manager; Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president; Chad Bransgrove, Seaboard Foods recruiting specialist; Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development; and Dr. Bud Smithson, SCCC/ATS division chair of industrial technology.  Students interested in the industrial technology programs should apply online at or contact the SCCC/ATS admissions office at 620-417-1100.  For specific questions about the Seaboard Foods scholarship, contact Chad Bransgrove,

Mattie Yanke of Gruver, Texas, was selected as Student-of-the-Year during the graduation ceremony recently.

Don Hayes, Science instructor, was selected as Instructor of the Year for 2012.

Over 300 students participated in the graduation ceremony Saturday, May 12.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently took a Field Biology Trip to Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, where they hiked streams and canyons, observed wildlife, fished and studied living organisms and their environment. From left is Instructor Greg Scruggs; Deverell Biggs, Liberal;  Joel, Livengood, Hugoton; Trey Starks, Liberal; Kelsey Willson, Liberal; Alan Grajeda, Liberal; Thomas Cash, (sitting), Beaver; Kaheem Ransom, (standing), Liberal; Philip Collins, Liberal; and Instuctor Don Hayes.
While it probably wasn’t exactly where they had envisioned finishing at the 2012 NJCAA National Tournament, the Seward County Lady Saints still made it there and still competed tough, finishing in 23rd place as a team with two players winning their respective consolation brackets over the week of competition in Tyler, Texas.

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Raphael Sanchez of Liberal, takes advantage of the beautiful weather and moves his art outside the Hobble Academic Building at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The college opens its two-dimensional and three-dimensional art classes to both art majors and community patrons.

King Enterprises of Liberal has completed the laying of the pipe that will be used in the outdoor Corrosion Lab at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  The lab consist of six parallel pipelines with two pipelines turning and each one of the two crossing the other five pipelines.  The pipelines vary in size from 24” diameter to 4” diameter and varying in conditions from corroded to new pipe.  The pipelines also very in coatings from being bare to being fusion bonded epoxy, FBE, coated.  Students will develop the skills to determine the conditions of the pipe and develop preventative plans to protect the pipe.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School hosted its annual Celebrity Livestock Judging Team recently. Winning the Ag Affiliate Team Division was, from left, the Conestoga Energy Team of Randy Thornburg, Alaina Rice, Celebrity Lindsay Bulk of Riley and Don Thompson.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School hosted its annual Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest recently to raise money for scholarships.
Winners in the individual College Division were Patti Betz, first; Don Thompson, second; Dr. Duane Dunn, third; Jolie Griffin, fourth and Kylee Harrison of Hooker, OK, fifth.
Individual winners in the Ag Division were John Lynch, Hooker, Okla., first; followed by Toni Eder, Sharon Springs; Riley Harrison, Hooker, Okla.; Joel Eder, Sharon Springs; and Jacie Butler, Liberal.
Melissa Burgess, Liberal, won the Ag Affiliate division, followed by Randy Thornburg, Liberal; Tyson Deaton, Liberal; Ashlynn Knoll, Canyon, Texas; and Duart Betz, Liberal.
In the Celebrity Division, Ashley Harrison of Texhoma was first; followed by Lacy Bookstore, Elkhart; Kayley Pelfrey, Texico, N.M.; Trevor Winchester, Liberal, and Merle Nickleson, Guymon.
First Team overall in the Ag Division was Farm Credit, followed by High Plains Pizza/Billy's Mexican Grill, Cattle Empire, Plains State Bank and First National Bank.
Conestoga Energy won the Ag Affiliate Division, followed by Light Angus Ranch, Mortgages Unlimited, Sharp McQueen and Great Western Dining/Seaboard Foods.
Participants raised $6,015 for the agricultural program.

The SCCC/ATS Nursing program has just received official notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) of the licensure results for graduates taking the exam for the first time between Jan 1 through December 31 of 2011 Nursing graduates.
For the seventh year in a row, the SCCC/ATS Practical Nursing program pass rate for first time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) was 100 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 93.98 percent and the national average pass rate was 84.83 percent. The SCCC/ATS Practical Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1979 and there have been 19 graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam: 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Following a dinner with a group of students who represented a cross-section of the student population, the Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday, May 7 for their regular board meeting.
“I have been to several student/board dinners and each time I hear the exact same thing,” said Rick Brenneman, board member, “and that’s how the instructors care about the students. I think they realize they aren’t going to get that kind of personal care at a larger college or university.”
The board welcomed the Saints Basketball Team, which placed third in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, along with Coach Bryan Zollinger and Assistant Coach Jason Sautter.
Deverall Biggs, who was awarded the prestigious NABC All-American Award, thanked the board and the college for their support. He said he especially has benefited from working with such a great team, one he will miss.
Board Chair Ron Oliver thanked the team for representing the college so well.

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Pathways (science club) at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School visited and toured the university of Colorado School of Nursing in Aurora, Colorado.  The club also visited the Denver Museum of Science and Natural History, The Molly Brown House/Museum, The Denver Aquarium, and surrounding areas.  As STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students the trip was an opportunity to visit and consider transfer institutions. From left are Tesley Taylor, Ulysses; Alicia Moreno, Perryton; Marivell Mendoza, Ulysses; Maria Romero, Ulysses; Don Hayes, Liberal; Rita Conley, Hugoton;and Genesis Luevano, Vegas.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold a student art exhibit May 8-11 in the Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
People who view the exhibit can also vote for the people’s choice award in photography, three-dimensional and two-dimensional art.
The Telolith reception for the art and literary magazine that is published once a year at the college will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 11 in the Shank Humanities Building.
6:00 p.m. Board/Student Dinner in SU214 East/West

Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of April 2, 2012

III. Visitor Reports:
Introduction of Visitors

B. Commencement preparation – Donetta Dreitz, Registrar

C. Saints Booster Club and SCCC/ATS Foundation

D. Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business

Personnel report

B. Program Review
Fine Arts Program
2. Annual Update: Library

C. Board planning retreat

FY2013 Budget Planning

E. Bids and Quotes:
Corrosion technology pipeline lab wiring, conduit, & junction box
2. Corrosion technology pipeline lab components
3. Hale Court technology improvement
4. Mathematics lab construction

VII. College Reports:
Dean Reed
B. Dean Rapp
C. Dean Donovan
D. Dean Sander
E. Dr. Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Other

X. Executive Session

XI. Adjourn

Fourteen high schools registered 347 students for the seventh annual Xtreme Challenge contests on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently. Elkhart High School repeated as winner of the Overall High School Award by having more students with points in the top rankings of the contests than any other school in attendance.
High schools from Bucklin, Elkhart, Fowler, Garden City, Hugoton, Keyes, Okla., Liberal, Meade, Moscow, Rolla, Satanta, Stanton County, Sublette, and Turpin, Okla., participated in Xtreme Challenge 2012.

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