Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia.  Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia. Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

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As twilight drew closer, a long line of fairy-tale characters, Superheroes and Halloween fans of all ages snaked down the sidewalk from the east entrance student union at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Once the doors opened, children and parents entered the college’s annual “Trick or Treat Street.” The event featured booths staffed by campus organizations, including students and staff. Some tables offered candy, others gave out prizes or challenged guests to play games. The second level of the student union featured a scary “haunted hallway” for the brave of heart.
Director of Student Life and Leadership Wade Lyon said the event was a huge success.
“Student Government Association counted 1,241 participants, and I’m not sure they got everyone counted,” he said. “That mark is up from 987 participants last year, and to my knowledge is an all-time high.”
SCCC/ATS opts to focus on student success, fiscal discipline

"We need to make sure that if we add anything, we do it the Seward County Way, and that means we do it right.”

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Dr. Mirta Martin, who recently took the helm as president of Fort Hays Statue University, paid a visit to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in September. Martin toured campus and met faculty, staff, and students, who she hopes might someday attend FHSU as transfer students, she said. During a lunch meeting with the SCCC/ATS board of trustees, Martin praised the college for following many of the best practices she observed and implemented during her years of involvement in the higher education system in Virginia, where two- and four-year institutions implemented economies of scale to lower tuition costs and ensure broad access to higher education. As Kansas institutions work to meet the goal set by the Kansas Board of Regents - that 60 percent of Kansans hold an industry-recognized technical certificate, an associate of arts degree or a bachelor's degree by 2020 - partnership between institutions is critical, Martin noted. In keeping with that goal, Martin and SCCC/ATS president Duane Dunn reviewed the articulation agreement between their two institutions and affirmed a desire to work together to strengthen collaboration and partnership.



Fifth-grade students from Cottonwood and Sunflower Intermediate Schools in Liberal made their way to the Industrial Technology campus at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School as September came to a close. The fifth-graders toured campus and learned about the different programs available in the Industrial Technology division.
SCCC/ATS automotive business management and light line transportation students led the tours.
Many fifth-grade students were in awe of the new 3-D printer that was recently added to the drafting and design department, said division secretary Nicole Nee.
"Another department that caught a lot of attention was machine tool technology," she said. "The students were impressed with the machinery and how it was able to create such wonderful tools and items, including all of the parts for the ever-popular campus motorcycle."
The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Thursday with the college’s 2014-15 academic year off to a positive start.
“I went to the Presidential Scholars Dinner [last week] and I could not have been more impressed with the students,” said trustee Sharon Hobble. “They were so friendly and outgoing.”
Board president Ron Oliver agreed.
“That’s a good group of students,” he said.

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Music and memory will play out in harmony next weekend at the Seward County Community College Showcase Theater when the Lori Geis Choir Alumni present a benefit concert "Honoring Lori's Legacy." The event, set for 7 p.m. is free to the public with a free will donation to the SCCC/ATS Foundation for music scholarships in Geis' memory.

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Strong early numbers indicate enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is likely to increase, and the dorms are nearly full already, based on reservations received. The good news came in a report to the SCCC/ATS board of trustees during the August meeting on Monday.

A budget hearing at the meeting - open to the public - passed quietly, without comments. The board approved the budget as presented with a vote of 4-0. Chairman Ron Oliver, John Engel and Sharon Hobble were present. Dustin Ormiston, who was out of town, participated via speaker phone in order to establish a quorum. Board members Marvin Chance and Rick Brenneman were absent.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School's board of trustees voted
Monday to approve a 3.99 mill levy increase for the upcoming year. The funds will
enable the college to stay on course in the aftermath of stagnant state aid and
declining property values.

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NACE brought its industry-standard training to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The class is the latest installment in a 23-year partnership with the industry leader.

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