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The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold an Allied Health Careers Camp from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 28-29, at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington, Liberal, Kansas.

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The Colvin Adult Learning Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a graduation ceremony to honor those students who successfully completed the general education development testing program to receive their Kansas State High School equivalency diploma.
The graduation is at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10 in the SCCC/ATS gymnasium.
Mary Lloyd, the oldest graduate of the program at 85 will be the guest speaker.

The place to be Sunday, April 27 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal for the Spring Fiesta.
The Spring Fiesta, from 1-4 p.m., will include fun for the whole family, including carnival games, inflatables, music, food, face painting, competition, prizes, hair and nail styling and more.
Although the fiesta is free, student clubs and organizations will be selling food to raise money for their many activities and trips.
April is National Community College Month.

Lee Levisay of the Pros Company presents a workshop on Screw Compressor Maintenance and Repair to participants at the 62nd Annual Gas Compressor Institute. The Business and Industry office at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School helps sponsor the institute with the Petroleum Education Committee.

Rene Boaldin of Elkhart, a student in the Cosmetology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, uses the new Honeybee Garen Natural makeup line on Lisa Hatcher of Liberal. The Cosmetology program hosted a Chella brow makeover  and introduced the public to the new Honeybee Garden Natural makeup collection. To checkout the new products, call 620-417-1361 for an appointment.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a Sustainable Agriculture Resources Summer Academy for high school students June 2-5.
Sustainable Agriculture includes agricultural practices that focus on the long-term enhancement of environmental quality and the resource base on which agriculture depends, basic human food and fiber needs, economic viability, and quality of life for farmers and society, said Erin Russell, SCCC/ATS Sustainable Agriculture Resources program specialist. Students will learn techniques and practices that are currently being utilized to assist in this endeavor.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will close for the Easter break at 10 p.m., Thursday, April 17. Administrative offices will be open Monday, April 21. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 22.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come-and-go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, April 27, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $7 per person and includes student entertainment.

Anabel Chavez of Liberal, assists with blood pressure readings with fifth graders at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently. Fifth graders had an opportunity to tour the Medical Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Nuring and Medical Assistant programs at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center in Liberal

Keirstin Campbell, a senior at Texhoma High School, has signed a scholarship certificate to be a member of the Livestock Judging Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School during the 2014-15 academic year. She is also a nursing major. She is pictured with SCCC/ATS Livestock Judging Coach Sam Rucker and her mother Shannon Word. Campbell’s high school teacher is Ashley Harrison, an SCCC/ATS alum and livestock judger. For information about SCCC/ATS scholarships, call admissions at 620-417-1100.

Janese Thatcher, dean of Career and Technical Education at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, walks a meditation labyrinth that helps a person connect with both the left and right side of the brain, which can aid in the creative process and help in problem solving. Instructor Lydia Augustine, T’ai Chi and Yoga instructor, instructed participants in the library recently. A labyrinth does not have multiple routes; there is only one path that begins on the outside and leads to the center.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Advisory Committee Chairman at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Carl Lynn, spent the day with HVAC students giving an intensive hands-on class on sheet metal fabrication. Lynn, owner of HAVOC Supply of Liberal, is a master sheet metal fabricator and has spent decades designing and fabricating HVAC systems. The students learned various seam methods, and they built various sheet metal fittings using a newly purchased lock-former machine. For information on the program, contact Chris Hickman at 620-417-1679 or chris.hickman@sccc.edu. April is National Community College Month.

Brady Marshall, a senior at Hugoton High School, has signed a scholarship certificate to be a member of the Crops and Soils Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School during the 2014-15 academic year. For information about SCCC/ATS scholarships, call admissions at 620-417-1100.

Almost 400 students from 12 area high schools participated in the ninth annual Xtreme Challenge on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School April 2.
Elkhart High School repeated as the Overall Award winner for the school earning the most points in all challenges, and defended its possession of the traveling trophy they claimed at last year’s Xtreme Challenge.

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Elkhart High School students pose with the over trophy they won Trophy at Xtreme Challenge recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Elkhart High School repeated as the overall award winner for the school earning the most points in all challenges, and defended its possession of the traveling trophy they claimed at last year’s Xtreme Challenge.

The Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday to hear an overview of accreditation process and to review policies.
Board member John Engel reported that the annual phonathon that raises money for scholarships has pledges of over $37,000. The phonathon is in its last week of events and has a goal of $38,000.
As part of the college’s North Central Association accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program, the college submitted its second systems portfolio for peer review. The reviewers have challenged the college to create new projects that will address its new challenges. SCCC/ATS is advancing the maturity of its approach to continuous quality improvement by focusing on management information, communities of practice, planning and effective meetings and decision-making processes.

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At the April 7, 2014 meeting of the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees unanimously voted in support of the USD480 Bond Issue and Sales Tax question. During discussion, the trustees indicated the importance of the bond toward addressing the immediate and future educational needs of the community.

The Business & Industry Office at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Time Management: Making the Most of the Your Minutes workshop from 1:30-4:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 in the SW 229 C/D.
The cost is $49.
The workshop, that will be conducted by Lisa Kennedy, Business Administrative Technology instructor, will discuss making a plan and mastering skills that anyone can learn. The goal of this session is to explore the possibilities and learn some ways to increase priority-setting, time management and organizational skills. This will be done through re-thinking how to view time, examine priorities, and consider methods to make positive time choices.
For information, call 620-417-1179 or b&i@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Food Science Summer Academy for high school students June 2-5.

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Area residents ages 14 and older are invited to enter a poetry contest sponsored by the English Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Winners will be awarded cash and prizes and will read their poems at the Poetry Coffee House on April 23 at SCCC/ATS.
The judge for this year’s contest is Texas Tech University Professor William Wenthe of Lubbock, Texas, an award-winning poet who has written three books: Words Before Dawn (2012); Not Till We Are Lost (2003); and Birds of Hoboken (1995).

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003- HALO Volunteer Karla Rodriguez, Liberal, KS escorts blood donor SCCC/ATS student Bridget Crandall, Deerfield, KS

Effective Dec. 16, 2005, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School was approved by the Higher Learning Commission, a division of the North Central Association, to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program.
AQIP provides an alternative process for institutions that are already accredited to maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP SCCC/ATS demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and expectations through ongoing events that work with the institution’s overall goals and objectives, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of Academic Affairs.

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Trae Pugh, a senior at Beaver High School, has signed a scholarship certificate to be a member of the Livestock Judging Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School during the 2014-15 academic year. Pugh is pictured with Sam Rucker, livestock judging coach and his mother Star Pugh. For information about scholarships, call 620-417-1100

It’s time to sign up your car for the annual car show at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Saturday, May 3, 2215 N. Kansas for the annual Car Show.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the Pipeline Institute for Education will hold its 61st annual Gas Compressor Institute April 15-16 at the Seward County Event Center.

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