The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is designed to increase economic prosperity in Kansas by helping entrepreneur and small business owners start and grow their business through professional consulting, training and resources.
Free workshops help or personalized services help outline the necessary and fundamental steps in starting and operating a small business. Information on grants and financing, licensing, business plans and feasibility are among the topics that will be covered.
The KSBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Contact Mike OíKane, consultant, 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas, 620-417-1955, Visit the website at

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, partners with the Energy Training Council to offer safety training for individuals working in energy industry areas.
Training topics include Bloodborne Pathogens; Confined Space Awareness; Electrical Safety; Environmental Awareness; Fall Protection; Fire Safety; H2S Awareness; Hazardous Communication; Heat Stress; Lockout Tagout; Personal Protective Equipment; Slip, Trips and Falls and Substance Abuse.

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Chris Guyer, right, is the new Seward County Community College / Area Technical School Food Science and Safety Program Resource Specialist. Guyer joined the SCCC/ATS math and science faculty in 2011, teaching biology, micro-biology, physiology and anatomy and nutrition classes. He started his new position June 1. Here, Guyer and Jeff Welch, a SCCC/ATS Sustainable Agriculture Resources major, perform chemical tests on water from Sharps Creek near Turpin. The testing, which monitors the quality of the water in the creek, is done monthly through the Blue Thumb program of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

Chris Guyer, a biology instructor at SCCC/ATS since 2011, is the new Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Food Science and Safety Program Specialist. He is the most recent hire to support expanded agriculture offerings at SCCC/ATS. Farm Science and Safety is part of the $4.1 million, five-year, federal STEM (science, technology, Engineering and Math) grant for Hispanic-serving institutions awarded to SCCC/ATS in October 2011.

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Students entering grades 9-12 learned about Surgical Technology, above, as well as Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Laboratory Technician, Sports Medicine and Nursing during the recent Allied Health Careers Camp at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.

Do you know what it costs today for a student to attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School?
The SCCC/ATS Foundation is conducting its annual drive and the Fund One campaign helps people better understand the cost of an education today.
Suggested giving levels for the FundOne campaign are:
Fund One Credit Hour, $50óAverage price to enroll in one credit hour.† Most classes are three credit hours.

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Students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School can consider a career in Manufacturing. Students can take courses in Machine Tool Technology, Drafting and Design Technology or Welding Technology or combine classes from each of these three areas. One of the machines that students can train on is the state-of-the art waterjet machine, above, that is capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using a high-pressure jet of water. In addition to metals, the machine can cut such materials as rubber, foam, plastics, leather, stone and tile. Students perform jobs that are needed by business and industry in the area.

 Two employees of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received the excellence in teaching award from the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development in Austin, Texas recently. SCCC/ATS recipients were Gary Damron, Social Science instructor, left, and Mike Bailey, fiscal officer/administrative assistant. Presidents of member colleges submit names of individuals their colleges wish to recognize as NISOD excellence award recipients. Member colleges are committed to enriching the learning experiences for all students, enhancing the standards of excellence throughout the academic community and celebrating outstanding educators and their accomplishments.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named its fall 2012 semester Presidentís Honor Roll, Deanís Honor Roll and Part-time Deanís Honor Roll.
Students who complete at least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above and maintain a grade point average of 4.0 shall be eligible for the Presidentís Honor Roll.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer an Environmental Agri-Science Camp for junior high and high school 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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Dr. David Spittal, president of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, signs an articulation agreement with Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, and Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of academic affairs. MidAmerica will offer a 2 + 2 agreement, which will allow for easy transition into its bachelor of arts in Elementary Education program.

Senior citizen artwork is on display at Baker Arts Center throughout the month of June.
Students who take art classes through Seward County Community College/Area Technical School at the Liberal Senior Citizens Center now have their work on display. The artwork includes watercolor and oil painting.
The contributors to the collection include Peggy Bell, Magdalene Brier, Lucy Bromwell, Joy Elmore, Carolyn Granite, Kay Kelman, Marilyn Marchel, Anita Ňpsley McVey, Danny Medeiros, Mildred Ormiston, Jean Ratzlaff, Kathy Sanko, Connie Swinney, and Georgetta Taylor.