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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 2012 Nursing graduates.
For the eighth 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 91.99 percent and the national average pass rate was 84.23 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, 2011 and 2012.
Of the 25 LPN programs in Kansas, SCCC/ATS was one of only four with 100 percent pass rates.
The SCCC/ATS Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program pass rate for first time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) was 89.66 percent.
The Kansas average pass rate was 87.97 percent and the national average pass rate was 90.34 percent.
“I am extremely proud of our graduates and the hard work it takes on the part of our students to achieve these results,” said Veda King, Director of Nursing at SCCC/ATS. “Our nursing faculty are highly dedicated individuals who strive to provide the best learning experience for our students.”
Nursing faculty members at SCCC/ATS include Nancy Bansemer, Sandy Brisendine, Diane Miller, Sandy Mead, Dawn Hemphill, Sandy Wolfram and Veda King.
For information about the Nursing program, call at 620-417-1401 or email at veda.king@sccc.edu.

Derek Fuller of Turpin, Okla., center, and Devon Hagman of Hugoton, Corrosion Technology students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, hook up the positive and negative cables to the new solar regulator before taking the D.C. voltage and amperage readings off of the solar regulator. The solar unit and six graphite anodes protect the piping that is tied to the wellhead, meter run building, heater treater unit and the tank we have on the well pad site. Fanisher Corrosion of Great Bend, Kansas, donated the solar unit to the college. At left is Curt Near, Corrosion Technology program specialist.

Sandra Brisendine, Nursing Instructor, of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, was approved by the Kansas Board of Nursing and selected by the National Council of State boards of Nursing Licensure Examination to be a volunteer item writer for NCLEX.
NCSBN, headquartered in Chicago, is responsible for developing and administering the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams.
Brisendine was one of nine nurses from across the nation to be selected for this assignment. She was nominated on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise.
All nurses in the United States and its four U.S. territories must take the NCLEX. The licensing exam identifies those candidates who demonstrate minimal competence to practice nursing at the entry level. Passing the NCLEX exam is one of the requirements necessary for attaining a nursing license.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is looking for part-time summer lifeguards for the college pool.
If you are interested, call the Wellness Center at 620-417-1141.

Josefina Alvarado of Liberal was the lucky winner of a Beta fish during the Student Support Services end-of-the year banquet at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Student Support Services is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for Academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students towards a successful completion of their post-secondary education.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gave out a variety of awards recently.
Jane Head was recognized for 35 years of service on the SCCC/ATS Foundation board. Other foundation board members who received 10-year certificate were Larry Mikles, Duane Bozarth, Lisa Hatcher and Stephanie Ormiston.
Cathie McGhee was recognized for 30 years of service as a maintenance employee at the Epworth Alllied Health Education Center and Marcia Hatcher, Business Division chair, was recognized for 25 years.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Globally Harmonized System for Hazardous Communication Workshop from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, June 6 in SW229C, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The GHS Workshop will provide information and training for companies that work with hazardous chemicals. Supervisors will learn to prepare and implement a written hazard communication program, label containers properly, provide access to MSDSs, and establish an effective training program for all potentially exposed employees.
Participants will learn how to become compliant with these new standards that will affect all employees by Dec. 1, 2013.
To register for this workshop, call 620-417-1170 or email b&i@sccc.edu.
The college will offer a December class for employees.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this summer.
Courses include:
Basic Computer/Spanish, 6/8-6/15, Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon, A13, $55

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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, June 8 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 normajean.dodge@sccc.edu.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer an Environmental Agri-Science Camp for high school and junior high students July 8-11 and for college-level students, July 15-18.
This four-day camp is designed to help students explore and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through hands-on projects and real-world applications. The academy will integrate various aspects of environmental and agriculture sciences, including plant morphology/physiology, water quality and soil quality, cropping systems, weed control and herbicides; plant identification; sampling strategies and techniques.

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Over 400 students were candidates for graduation recently at SCCC/ATS, the largest in the history of the college.

Kristin Sadler of Liberal receives her pin as a graduate of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a retirement reception from 10 a.m.-12 noon, Monday, May 20 in SW 229 C&D.
Retiring from the college are Troy Bowles, 2001-2013; Cathie McGhee, 1983-2013; Marcia Hatcher, 1988-2013; Jim Brown, 1995-2013; Donetta Dreitz, 1999-2013; and Neva Dorman, 2005-2013.
The reception is open to the public.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will begin summer hours Monday, May 20. Summers hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The campus will close Fridays.
Summer hours for Cosmetology classes are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday.
Wellness Center summer hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays. The center is closed Saturday and Sunday in the summer.

Lindsay Bulk, front right, a Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student, receives a plaque from Tanya Dowell, SCCC/ATS Accounting instructor, recognizing her as a 2013 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship winner, which also includes a $1, 000 scholarship. From left are Sam Rucker, livestock judging coach; Pricilla Enriquez, current member of Kappa Beta Delta; Marcia Hatcher, Business Division chair; Kim Thomas, economics instructor; and Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. The scholarship is awarded through Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society.

Lindsay Bulk, a Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student in Liberal, Kansas, has received the 2013 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for her commitment to academic excellence and active involvement in her community.
Currently majoring in agriculture business, Bulk of Riley, Kansas, plans to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in agriculture business with a minor in accounting at Kansas State University next year. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in the banking/financing side of the agricultural industry.
The Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson  Merit Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is a member of Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society, carries a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, is currently enrolled in college courses, and has performed merited community service in the past year.)

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a music theater camp for middle, high school and college students. The Broadway Academy of Performance will present two sessions: June 1-9 and July 20-27.
During the June 1-9 session students will perform “Annie.” During the July 20-27 session students will perform “Cinderella.”
Each session is $400 and includes meals, lodging, instruction, production materials and a camp T-Shirt.
For information, contact Alison Bridget Chambers, 620-417-1460 or alisonbridget.chambers @sccc.edu.

The Business & Industry office at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will begin summer citizenship classes to prepare eligible legal permanent residents for the United States naturalization process.
Summer enrollment day is Friday, May 31 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
The class will run 3:30-7 p.m., June 5-27, Mondays-Thursdays, at the Colvin Adult Learning Center, 930 N. Kansas.
The cost is $100 per person.
The class will address the application process, American government, American history, U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview process.
For information or to register, call 620-417-1170 or email b&i@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer three summer sessions.
Session I will run May 28-July 3, Monday-Thursday; Session II, June 3-June 27, Monday-Thursday; and Sessions III, July 8-Aug. 1, Monday-Thursday.
Apply online or enroll online at www.sccc.edu or come by 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. A complete course listing for summer and fall is available online. For information call 620-417-1100.
Campus will be closed July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

Do you love working with children? Join Seward County Community College/Area Technical School this summer as an instructor for Kids College.
Kids College is accepting proposals from potential instructors for summer 2013. Do you have a talent that you can share with children who are first through sixth grade? You don’t need to be a certified teacher, but you should love what you do and have a gift for sharing your skills with others. Consider teaching courses in technology, art, culture, business, music, history, science, sports and more. You are limited only by your imagination. The success of Kids College has always depended on the imagination and enthusiasm of the teachers. It is up to you to develop class ideas that you think will be both educational and enjoyable for your students.



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Winners in the open category pose after the Poetry Coffee House recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. From left are Nathan Dowell, Liberal, honorable mention; SCCC/ATS English Instructor Bill McGlothing; Rachel Coleman, Liberal, first; SCCC/ATS English Instructor Janice Northerns; Barbara Damron, Liberal, second; and Lavern Thomas, Liberal, third.

Winners in the scholarship category pose after the Poetry Coffee House recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Form left are Kristina Simpson, Elkhart, first place; SCCC/ATS English Instructor Bill McGlothing; Brendan Giesick, Sublette, second; Stetson Elam, Hardesty, Okla., third; SCCC/ATS English Instructor Janice Northerns; Rebecca Helton, Sublette, honorable mention.

Winners of two area-wide poetry contests were announced and read their poems Thursday evening at the Poetry Coffeehouse, hosted by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
In the scholarship category for area high school juniors and seniors, first place went to Kristina Simpson of Elkhart for her poem “Peaceful.” Simpson also received an honorable mention for “The Journey.” She was awarded a $100 SCCC/ATS scholarship, $25 cash, Pizza Hut and Spencer Browne’s Coffee House coupons, a Magnetic Poetry set, and other prizes.
Second prize went to Brendan Giesick of Sublette for “LS1.” Giesick received a $100 SCCC/ATS scholarship, $15 cash, Pizza Hut and Spencer Browne’s coupons, a Magnetic Poetry set, and other prizes.)<%)()%>)

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The Business & Industry Office at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, will offer a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Hazard Communication Workshop from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, June 6 in SW229C.
 Employers who work with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces will learn how to prepare and implement a written hazard communication program, ensure that all containers are labeled and provide employees with access to MSDSs and an effective training program for all potentially exposed employees.
 Supervisors will learn how to become compliant with new standards that will affect all employees Dec. 1, 2013.
The cost is $25.
For information, call 620-417-1172 or email b&i@sccc.edu.

Manuel Bustillos of Hugoton, a Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student, left, receive a Gold Medal from the SkillsUSA Kansas Championships for Architectural Drafting.  Manuel will go to Kansas City, June 24-28 to compete in the National Championships.