Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer Basic Computer Operations for Spanish speakers from 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9-18.
The class will cover basic computer operation and information about Windows XP, basic instruction of Office 2007, mouse skills, status bars and more.
The cost is $65.
To learn more about Basic Computer Operations, call Hortencia Villezcas at 620-417-1114 or come to the first class at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer Beginning Sewing from 6:30-9 p.m., June 3-July 23 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The class will cover patterns, proper material, cutting techniques, buttonholes, hemming, seaming, darts, zippers, and basic handwork.
Students will need a sewing machine, needles, thread, scissors and measuring tape.
To learn more about Beginning Sewing, call 620-417-1173 or come by 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Summer classes at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will include a Basic Car Care evening course for students who would like to learn the basic fundamentals of vehicle maintenance, safety and automotive technology.
Basic Car Care will be offered from 6-9 p.m., May 26-June 9 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The curriculum emphasizes basic maintenance, brakes, basic electrical systems, warning indicators service and procedures and safety procedures. Students will learn how to check and change oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid and change a tire.
To learn more about basic vehicle maintenance, call 620-417-1173 or come by 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will begin its summer hours from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 26. The college will open Mondays through Thursdays and be closed Fridays.
Summer classes at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas will begin Monday June 1.
Session I will run from June 1-July 9, Monday-Thursday. Session II will run June 1-25, Monday-Thursday. Session III will run July 6-30, Monday-Thursday.
Off-campus classes offered in or near Hugoton, Meade, Plains-Kismet, Elkhart, Rolla, Elkhart, Moscow, Sublette, Satanta, Johnson and Ulysses. Call 620-417-1015.
Go online to for a complete course listing or come by 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Micaela Luck receives her nursing cap from Instructor Nancy Bansemer during the capping and pinning ceremony recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Luck is completing her studies in the one-year licensed practical nursing program.
 Dennis King, left, director of the Virtual College at Fort Hays State University, and Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, sign an agreement to begin a 2+2 program in elementary education with emphasis in early childhood education and special education.

HAYS, Kan. -- Prospective elementary school teachers at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, will be able to transfer to Fort Hays State University to complete their own education and prepare to seek licensure in Kansas after representatives from the two schools signed a 2-plus-2 agreement recently in Liberal.
"We are excited about bringing another opportunity to our students to complete degrees in a very seamless method," said Dr. Duane M. Dunn, president of SCCC/ATS.
"When students can see the way to directly reach the goal of a degree and career, they are more likely to achieve that goal," he said. "We have a very solid relationship with Fort Hays State University, and this agreement is another aspect of that strong relationship. Our students can complete their degrees through FHSU and begin a career in a critical need for our area -- elementary school teachers. I appreciate the work our faculty and administrative team did in working closely with FHSU to insure the agreement meets our students' needs."
"Fort Hays State University and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have forged a partnership that will enable degree-seeking students in the areas of elementary and early childhood education to transfer from the community college to the university in a seamless manner," said Dr. Germaine Taggart, chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU. "This is of particular importance in this time of teacher shortages."
For several years, said Taggart, community college representatives have met with FHSU education faculty and staff to discuss programs and procedures that would assist students as they make the transition from community college to a four-year school. The discussions have yielded 2-plus-2 agreements with Kansas' community colleges. The most recent was a 2-plus-2 with Dodge City Community College.
"The elementary education degree and the early childhood unified degree prepare students to seek licensure in Kansas so that they may become teachers," said Taggart.
"A 2-plus-2 agreement lays out exactly what courses a student would need to graduate with a bachelor's degree," said Dennis King, director of FHSU's Virtual College. "A community college student working toward an associate's degree knows in advance what classes are needed both at the community college and from FHSU to end up with a bachelor's degree. The agreement also lays out points of contact between students and faculty advisors at both FHSU and SCCC/ATS."
In this case, the degree programs are elementary education and early childhood unified teaching degrees. Both are offered online, face-to-face or in combination. FHSU enables prospective teachers to take coursework in a manner that suits their busy lives and provides a way for them to engage in field experience in schools that are close to their residences. The use of technology by the students and the faculty has opened new avenues for obtaining a teaching degree.
Jett Eder of Sharon Springs received the outstanding student award during the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School graduation recently in Liberal, Kansas. Eder graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a Phi Theta Kappa honor student and received an Associate in Science Degree.

Cristy Mulanax, Criminal Justice instructor/coordinator, at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, received the outstanding faculty award during the graduation ceremony recently.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School English and Visual Arts Programs recently received notification of two additional awards that the 2008 “Telolith” received from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) from Columbia University, New York.
Last fall “Telolith” received a Gold Medalist Certificate, the first-place award. The two additional awards are in the areas of graphic design. SCCC/ATS Visual Arts Program graphic design students design and lay out “Telolith” each year as a class project. The 2008 staff received a Certificate of Merit for multi-page design of a literary/art magazine for the two-page spread featuring a photograph by Doug Wehmeier and the story “Imaginary Line” by JoLynn Earnest. California State University took first in that category. “Telolith” also received a a second-place certificate in Typography for use of a designed or art headline.
The college recently unveiled its 2009 “Telolith” magazine.
Magazines are critiqued by a panel of judges, who note strengths along with suggestions for improvement in the areas of literary and artistic content, as well as graphic design.

Members of the 2009 “Telolith” staff at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are, from left, Jacob Riggs, Liberal; Raegan Broadie, Ashland; Alma Hidalgo, Perryton, Texas; and Jessica Maneth, Tyrone, Okla. “Telolith” is the literary and art magazine that is comprise artwork, photography and literary pieces submitted by SCCC/ATS.

Susan Lukwago, director of the Colvin Adult Learning Center, who will be leaving the center at the end of June.
Students who completed the tests to receive the Kansas State High School Equivalency Diploma were honored with a graduation ceremony and reception recently. Alaina Rice, administrative assistant to the dean of instruction, was the speaker.
Tom Williams, dean of administrative services at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, points to the artwork created by SCCC/ATS Student Raegan Broadie, right, Ashland. Student photos, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art has been on display in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas. She holds a copy of the new “Telolith” magazine which is available on campus and showcases student literary and art work
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students, Guy Watana of Liberal and Cheryl Rickers of Plains, stand in front of a house they helped build this year as part of the City of Liberal’s self-help housing program. At right is Gary Staiger, Construction Trades Technology program instructor, and left is Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. The open house was part of a ribbon cutting by the Liberal Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas
Candidates for May 2009 graduation

Laura Gomez Adams, OK Cert
Kacie Louise Abbott Alva, OK AAS
Diego Oliveira Fernandes de Abreu Amarillo, TX AS
Billie Rose Adkison Anthony, TX AS
Billie Rose Adkison Ardmore, OK AS
Gloria Alejandra Aguilar Ashland, KS AA
Adriana Alfaro Balko, OK CERT
Alexander Almanza Balko, OK Cert
Maria Alvarado Balko, OK AAS
Ronni Lyn Anderson Bauru, SP, Brazil AS
Hermelinda Anguiano Beaver, OK AS
Abdiel Arevalo Boise City, OK Cert
Larissa Faith Arnold Booker, TX Cert
Clarissa Arteaga Booker, TX Cert
Matthew Artho Booker, TX Cert
Courtney Auger Booker, TX Cert
Seth Austin Burdett, KS AS
Rocio Baeza Campo, CO Cert
Charity Faye Bailey Clayton, NM Cert
Shelby Lynn Banning Cristo Rei, Curitiba AS
Jesus Becerril Danville, CA AS
Ernesto Benitez Deerfield, KS AA
Karleigh Desiree' Bennett Denair, CA AAS
Susan Booth Denver, CO Cert
Brenda Belen Borrego Diaz Dodge City, KS AAS
Suzie Dyck Boschman Dodge City, KS AS
Kayla Boston Dodge City, KS Cert
Raymond Bourne Dodge City, KS AAS
Cory Bransgrove Dumas, TX AA
Kimberlee Nicole Breuer Edmonton, AB, Canada AA
Raegan Kaye Broadie Elkhart, KS AAS
Matthew C Brown Elkhart, KS Cert
Karen Marie Brown Elkhart, KS Cert
Violetta L Brown Elkhart, KS AAS
Sheila Bryan Elkhart, KS Cert
Mirella Buchman Elkhart, KS AA
Nicole M Burkey Elkhart, KS AAS
Nayeli Bustillos Elkhart, KS AS
Erica Sue Butler Elmwood, OK AAS
Susan M Butterfield Farmington, NM AS
Ilse Cambron Flower Mound, TX AA
Rosa E Campos Follett, TX AA
Sara N Casas Forgan, OK AAS
Thomas Harvey Cash Fruitport, MI AS
Luz Crystal Castillo Garden City, KS CERT
Juan Luis Cerda Garden City, KS Cert
Josiah Stephen Cervantes Garden City, KS Cert
Angie M. Chacon Garden City, KS AAS
Omar A Chairez Garden City, KS Cert
Anabel Chavez Garden City, KS Cert
Cristina Chavez Garden City, KS Cert
Daniela Salazar Chavez Garden City, KS Cert
Jacci Janee Chavez Garden City, KS AAS
Maria Gabriela Chavez Goodwell, OK AS
Veronica Ciprian Goodwell, OK Cert
Kassandra Cole Greeley, CO AA
Corey Andrew Collins Guymon, OK AAS
DeWayne E Collins Guymon, OK Cert
San Juanita Contreras Guymon, OK Cert
Bailey Rae Crandall Guymon, OK AS
Haley Natasha Crosier Guymon, OK Cert
Ashley N. Davis Guymon, OK AS
Onika Davis Guymon, OK AS
Rosa Maria De Leon Guymon, OK AAS
Jose A. Del Real Guymon, OK Cert
Alva DeLaTorre Guymon, OK Cert
Charles W Delay Guymon, OK Cert
Manuel Delgado Guymon, OK Cert
Erica DeSantos Guymon, OK AAS
Nicole A. DeSantos Guymon, OK Cert
Ana Karen Dominguez Guymon, OK AAS
Robert Michael Doran Guymon, OK Cert
Ashley Dawn Duncan Guymon, OK Cert
Jett Eder Healy, KS AAS
Ruth Edwards Hooker, OK AAS
Fabian Enriquez Hooker, OK AS
Brenda Liliana Erives Hooker, OK Cert
Kyrie G Esarey Hooker, OK AS
Miguel A Esparza Hooker, OK Cert
Evelin Espinosa Houston, TX AA
Lisa Fehr Hugoton, KS Cert
Heather N Figger Hugoton, KS AA
Juan J Flores Hugoton, KS AAS
Tiffany Ford Hugoton, KS AS
Melissa Ford Hugoton, KS AS
Lyndsie Ann Fosdick Hugoton, KS Cert
Cedric Franklin Hugoton, KS AS
Lisa Friesen Hugoton, KS Cert
Adam McLain Froelich Hugoton, KS Cert
Maria Victoria Galan Hugoton, KS AS
Flor I Galindo Hugoton, KS Cert
German Garcia Hugoton, KS AA
Jesus M Garcia Hugoton, KS AAS
Shannan Gehrer Hugoton, KS AS
Jamie D Gilbert Hugoton, KS Cert
Diana Marie Gill Hugoton, KS AS
Justin Gilmore Hugoton, KS AS
Melissa A Glass Hugoton, KS AS
Katelyn Glenn Hugoton, KS Cert
Maria Godinez Hugoton, KS Cert
Jessica Ray Gokey Hugoton, KS AAS
Laura Yudith Gomez Hugoton, KS AS
Octavio Gomez Hugoton, KS AAS
Alicia Gonzales Hugoton, KS AA
Francisco Gonzalez Hugoton, KS Cert
Juan J Gonzales Johnson, KS AA
Ebeneser Gonzalez Johnson, KS AS
Gabriela Grajeda Keyes, OK AS
Layne Greeson Kismet, KS Cert
Mitchell Grover Kismet, KS AA
Thiago de Oliveira Guilherme Kismet, KS AS
Gerarado Gutierrez, Jr Kismet, KS Cert
Gerarado Gutierrez, Jr Lakin, KS Cert
Justin Hagerman Lawrence, KS AA
Gabrielle Hall Lawton, OK AA
Jacob Paul Hampton Leedey, OK AA
Amy P Hanning-Wright Liberal, KS AAS
Sherrie Mashell Harrison Liberal, KS AAS
Debora M Harrold Liberal, KS AS
Nathan Hartnett Liberal, KS AS
Angela Lee Hawk Liberal, KS AS
Brie Nicole Heaton Liberal, KS AA
Brie Nicole Heaton Liberal, KS AA
Alaina Heinitz Liberal, KS Cert
Guadalupe Hermosillo Liberal, KS AAS
Luz Maria Hernandez Liberal, KS AA
Michael Hernandez Liberal, KS Cert
Alma G Hidalgo Liberal, KS AA
Blake Hill Liberal, KS AAS
Leah M Hillman Liberal, KS AA
Christian Hinojosa Liberal, KS AS
Jessica Hitchcock Liberal, KS Cert
Lana Hittle Liberal, KS AA
Kristin Holtorf Liberal, KS Cert
Asusena Holguin Liberal, KS AS
Lexi D Honey Liberal, KS Cert
Steven M. Hooks Liberal, KS AS
Melissa Beth House Liberal, KS AA
Mikel Lee Huston, Jr Liberal, KS Cert
Carlos Ibarra Liberal, KS AS
Melissa Dawn Isaac Liberal, KS AS
Hilda Laura Isidoro Liberal, KS AS
Nelly Janneth Isidoro Liberal, KS AAS
Victoria Jill Jacob Liberal, KS Cert
Joel Jaquez Liberal, KS AS
Edith Jimenez-Sianez Liberal, KS Cert
Daniel Johnson Liberal, KS AAS
Dustin Johnson Liberal, KS AA
Stephannie Ann Jones Liberal, KS AA
Kade Ryan Kauk Liberal, KS Cert
Amanda Kempke Liberal, KS AS
Rockendra S Khemraj Liberal, KS Cert
Crystal Emma Kiehl Liberal, KS AAS
Katrina N Kline Liberal, KS AS
Ashley Knier Liberal, KS AAS
Jessica Koch Liberal, KS AAS
Kasey S Krueger Liberal, KS AA
Vesta Celeste Kunselman Liberal, KS AS
Elisa Labra Liberal, KS Cert
Kimberly Jean Laird Liberal, KS Cert
Emmanuel Lara Liberal, KS Cert
Alyssa Elaine Larson Liberal, KS AS
Stephanie Foster Lee Liberal, KS AA
Heather R Lefort Liberal, KS AAS
Santiago Leon Liberal, KS Cert
Jennifer Lindsay Leonard Liberal, KS Cert
LaSasha Lira Liberal, KS AS
Virginia Joline Loewen Liberal, KS AAS
Lacy LeaAnna Longest Liberal, KS AS
Jorge L Lopez Liberal, KS AS
Stephanie Yolanda Lopez Liberal, KS AS
Violeta Lopez Liberal, KS Cert
Micaela Jean Luck Liberal, KS AA
Rey Lujan Liberal, KS Cert
Jessica Dianne Lulf Liberal, KS Cert
Rafael Macias Liberal, KS AS
Cindy Madsen Liberal, KS Cert
Jose M Maldonado Liberal, KS Cert
Xavier Mandujano Liberal, KS AAS
Jesus Adrian Manriquez Liberal, KS AA
Trenton Martinez Liberal, KS AS
Phillip Tremayne Martinez Liberal, KS AS
Sean Mark Martinez Liberal, KS Cert
Julian Michael Lee Martinez Liberal, KS AA
Laura Martinez Anaya Liberal, KS AAS
Timothy McCulley Liberal, KS Cert
Kristopher McCune Liberal, KS AS
Chris K McDaniel Liberal, KS Cert
Rachel Denise McDonald Liberal, KS AAS
Tasia McEntire Liberal, KS AS
Tina Marie McIntyre Liberal, KS AAS
Skyler McKinley Liberal, KS AAS
Michelle A McNabb Liberal, KS AS
Idania B Medina Liberal, KS AA
Arlette Mendez Liberal, KS AS
Elizabeth Mercado Liberal, KS Cert
Ivan Ciaramello Michelli Liberal, KS Cert
Zachary Wayne Miller Liberal, KS Cert
Krystal Lov Mireles Liberal, KS Cert
Sheila A Moffett Liberal, KS AS
Josie C Molina Liberal, KS Cert
Lori Beth Montoya Liberal, KS AA
Andrew Scott Morgan Liberal, KS Cert
Keegan Morrow Liberal, KS AAS
Callie Ashton Mosburg Liberal, KS Cert
Valarie A Musgrave Liberal, KS AAS
Yates Musgrove Liberal, KS AA
Chelsea Marie Myers Liberal, KS AS
Martin Edward Nevarez Liberal, KS Cert
Marla Sims Newton Liberal, KS AS
Vietnam Tran Nguyen Liberal, KS AAS
Megan Renae Nickel Liberal, KS AS
David Nieto Liberal, KS Cert
Leah Norris Liberal, KS AAS
Calvin M Ntinika Liberal, KS AAS
Carlos Aaron Nunez Liberal, KS Cert
Timothy John Ochoa Liberal, KS AAS
Alexie Joy Olds Liberal, KS AAS
Steven Olds Liberal, KS AS
Crystal Olivarez Liberal, KS Cert
Santos A. Ornelas Liberal, KS AAS
Edlin Ortiz Liberal, KS Cert
Nancy Ivonne Ortiz Liberal, KS AS
Rafael Ortiz Liberal, KS Cert
Jennifer Lois Owens Liberal, KS Cert
Alyse Renee Ownbey Lincoln, NE AA
Yessenia Pacheco Littleton, CO AA
Jose Padilla Mandirituba, Parana AS
Sergio Rosalio Padilla, III Maple Ridge, BC AA
Travis G Parker Meade, KS AA
Joshua Pearson Meade, KS Cert
Hector Peralta Midland, TX AS
Brenda Elizabeth Peralta Moscow, KS Cert
Hector G Perez Lara Moscow, KS Cert
Timothy L Perkins Moscow, KS AA
Richard Piedra Munden, KS AS
Amanda Mary Pierson Odessa, TX AS
Stephanie Piper Oklahoma City, OK AA
Chelsea Rae Pipkin Overland Park, KS AS
Chelsea Pipkin Perryton, KS AS
James Malcolm Powell Perryton, TX Cert
Matthew L Purvis Perryton, TX Cert
Danessa Dawn Ramirez Perryton, TX Cert
Lucia Ramirez Perryton, TX Cert
Martha Ramirez Perryton, TX AA
Cory Don Rash Perryton, TX AA
Mayra Y Renteria Perryton, TX AA
Raquel Reyes Perryton, TX Cert
Lila Reyes Perryton, TX AAS
Araceli Reyes-Barrera Perryton, TX Cert
Shaun Daniel Rice Perryton, TX Cert
Tanner J Rice Perryton, TX Cert
Cheryl Ann Rickers Perryton, TX Cert
Jacob Riggs Perryton, TX Cert
Claudia Denisse Rivero Perryton, TX AAS
Farrah Renee Robinson Perryton, TX AAS
Caio Rodrigues Perryton, TX AA
Freddy Rodriguez Perryton, TX Cert
Elizabeth Marie Rohloff Perryton, TX AGS
Guadalupe Rosales Perryton, TX AAS
Oscar M Rosales Pittsburg, KS AS
Martin Rosales, Jr Plains, KS AS
Sam Rucker Plains, KS AS
Ismael Ruiz Plains, KS Cert
Cara M Russell Plains, KS AAS
Amanda Mae Sallaska Plains, KS AA
Norma Sanchez Plains, KS AA
Elsa Sanchez Plains, KS AAS
S Janette Sandoval Plains, KS AAS
Ethan J Schiltz Plains, KS AAS
Quianne Schmidt Plainville, KS AAS
Kevin Richard Schultz Protection, KS Cert
Karen Jeanne Scott Republic, KS AS
Mackenzie Catherine Scott Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil AS
Landy Nicole Seger Rolla, KS Cert
Jamee E Sewell Rolla, KS Cert
Samantha Shepard Salina, KS AS
Scott A Shultz Satanta, KS AAS
Cristhian Sianuqui Satanta, KS Cert
Jelena Simic Satanta, KS AA
Vannessa Simmons Satanta, KS AA
Kimberly Siroky Satanta, KS AS
Kimberly Siroky Satanta, KS AS
Abby Kae Sleder Satanta, KS AAS
Emily Grace Slemp Scott City, KS AS
Brandie L Smith Serbia, AS
WonJae Son Sharon Springs, KS AS
Ingrid Griset Soto Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil AS
Dustan Sprowls Springfield, CO AAS
Maggi Elizabeth Stavig Sublette, KS AS
Valerie Ann Nicole Stevens Sublette, KS Cert
Allison Lee Stokes Sublette, KS AAS
Levi D Sturges Sublette, KS AS
LaNell A Taylor Sublette, KS AAS
Austin Cates Terhune Sublette, KS AAS
Tammie Jeane Thompson Sublette, KS AS
Rejeena Thundiyil Suzano SP, Brazil AS
Teresa Toscano Taloga, OK AS
Brandy D Tran Thornton, CO AA
Ana Trejo Tribune, KS Cert
Calvin T Unruh Turpin, OK AS
Chelsi R Valdez Turpin, OK AS
Cheryl Darlene Valdez Turpin, OK AA
Rodolfo Valenzuela Turpin, OK Cert
Olivia Valenzuela Turpin, OK Cert
Diana Valverde Turpin, OK AS
Austin Scott Vanderwork Turpin, OK Cert
Nichole S Varner Turpin, OK AAS
Jesus Salvador Vega Tyrone, OK AS
Juliana Vilas Boas Tyrone, OK Cert
Yolidia Villezcas Tyrone, OK AAS
Mark J Waggoner Tyrone, OK Cert
Jared Russel Wagner Tyrone, OK AAS
Ami Wang Tyrone, OK Cert
Desiree Nicole Ward Ulysses, KS AS
Shayla Nicole Weatherby Ulysses, KS AAS
Jonathan Webster Ulysses, KS AA
Jamie West Ulysses, KS Cert
Zachary A Wester Ulysses, KS AA
Nikki M. White Ulysses, KS AAS
KayLonni D Williams Ulysses, KS Cert
Sean Williams Ulysses, KS AS
Fabiola R V Wisnesky Ulysses, KS AA
Tanner Shane Woods Ulysses, KS Cert
Kayla Danae Wright Ulysses, KS AAS
La Von R Wright Ulysses, KS AAS
La Von R Wright Ulysses, KS AS
Trenton Jake Yeary Ulysses, KS Cert
Fernando Zabala Ulysses, KS AA
Emmanuel Zapien Ulysses, KS AAS
Cindy M Zapien Valley Center , KS AAS
Rebecca Zielke Wichita, KS AA

The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a Health Careers Camp for students entering grades 9-12.
Students will learn about Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology and Nursing programs. The camp is 8:30 a.m.-12 noon or 1-4:30 p.m., June 8-12.
The cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt and CPR certification.
For information, call 620-417-1401 or email Deadline is May 21.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has scheduled a number of Enrollment Days for students who will be enrolling for the first time for the fall 2009 semester.
Students can sign up for an enrollment day to schedule their summer and fall classes, meet with an academic advisor, meet new classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarships and housing. All enrollment days are in Room AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
Enrollment Days for the technical programs will be:
Tuesday, May 19
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
Thursday, July 16
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
Other enrollment days are
Saturday, April 25
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
Wednesday, May 20
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
Tuesday, June 9 (evening enrollment)
5 p.m., Enrollment
(must already have placement scores)
Thursday, June 25
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
Wednesday, July 15
9 a.m., Enrollment
9 a.m., COMPASS testing; 1 p.m. Enrollment
1 p.m. Enrollment
If a student chooses to use ACT scores, the scores must be either
sent directly to SCCC/ATS or they must be on an official high school transcript. Students may bring their ORIGINAL scores sent to them by ACT. Copies or faxed copies will NOT be accepted. If ACT scores are not available or if a student took the ACT prior to 2004, the student must take the COMPASS course placement exam.
COMPASS testing is Wednesday, May 13, 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 9 , 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 9:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17, 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1:00 p.m. Testing for the technical school is Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. or Thursday, July 16, 9:00 a.m.
Pre-register for an enrollment day by going online to, call 620-417-1100 or email
The public is invited to view a student art exhibit, May 6-11 in the Shank Humanities Building on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus.
A reception honoring the writers, artists and designers of the award-winning literary and art magazine, Telolith, will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, May 8 in the humanities lobby.

Liberal fifth grade students recently participated in a tour of the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The students spend time in Respiratory Therapy, as pictured above, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Surgical Technology. There are over 300 local fifth grade students who participate in the Epworth tour each year.

Adam Froelich of Sublette, a Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student in the Drafting and Design Technology program, won a gold medal in the written essay contest at the recent SkillsUSA contest. Froelich’s essay followed the assigned theme of the SkillsUSA Creed and what it means to the individual. The SkillsUSA Creed is: I believe in the dignity of work. I believe in the American way of life. I believe in education. I believe in fair play. I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work. I believe in high moral and spiritual standards. His essay scored a perfect score of 200 points.

Michael A. O’Kane, a veteran Kansas business leader, will take charge of the new Kansas Small Business Development Center outreach site in Liberal effective May 1.
O’Kane, a Liberal resident, will be based on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School as KSBDC outreach center consultant, and his mission will be to help Southwest Kansans start or succeed in business.
He will provide consulting to individual clients in business planning, finance, marketing and management. He will also offer assistance in creating business and marketing plans, making financial projections and analyzing cash flow.
Depending on the client, the new consultant may also advise in areas ranging from human resources to patent and trademark processes. In addition, he will set up training seminars, conduct presentations, take part in networking events and handle related responsibilities.

O’Kane has worked since 2007 with A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities, LLC, as a financial advisor, securities broker and investment advisor to clients. He has also been involved in insurance and annuity sales.
Before joining A.G. Edwards/Wachovia, he worked over 20 years in leadership positions with Liberal-based Wes-Kan Oil Co., Inc. Between 1984 and 2007, O’Kane served as Wes-Kan’s director of retail operations, general manager, vice president and president.
During O’Kane’s tenure with Wes-Kan, the company’s chain of convenience stores grew from five to 13, and he was instrumental in developing new store layouts, as well as supervising construction, equipment ordering and installation. He also handled staffing, employee training, management and supervision, plus inventory control, purchasing, cash management, fuel pricing and dispatching, vendor negotiations, company policies, profit and loss analysis and additional key aspects of management, including securing of finances.
Between 1970 and 1984, the new consultant worked for D.G. Calhoun, Inc., a retail apparel division of Kroger Corporation. During his 14 years with Calhoun, O’Kane served in the positions of assistant manager, manager, buyer, supervisor and president in the company’s 13-store Kansas network.
Currently a member of the Liberal Rotary Club Board of Directors, O’Kane completed a bachelor of science degree in business at Fort Hays State University in 1970. He is a graduate of Leadership Kansas and Leadership Liberal. He holds Series Seven and Series 66 New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers qualifications.
He also maintains state licensure in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for life, health and variable contract insurance, and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation of the Colorado-based College for Financial Planning.

The new KSBDC Outreach Center in Liberal is the result of a partnership involving SCCC/ATS, the City of Liberal and the 22-county KSBDC at Garden City Community College.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, indicated the potential for economic growth and new business development would be enhanced through the arrangement.
“The vast majority of American businesses begin with an entrepreneurial idea and a small business concept,” Dunn said. “Having KSBDC assistance will enable area entrepreneurs to implement their ideas into successful enterprises.”
The City of Liberal has committed as a partner, with the city commission and City Manager Mark Hall authorizing a percentage of the outreach center’s operational costs.
“This is another aspect of the effective partnership,” Dunn explained. “The city will benefit from a stronger business climate, which brings in more customers, additional business growth and resulting revenue.”
“This is a wise use of taxpayer dollars,” said KSBDC Regional Director Pat Veesart, Garden City. “Through this arrangement, the KSBDC network can increase service to the Liberal area by leveraging funds from different resources.”
Since 1991, when the regional center for Southwest Kansas opened in Garden City, there has been a maximum of just two people available to offer small business consulting in the facility’s 22-county, 19,000-square mile service area. With O’Kane on board, that will expand to three.
“I’m pleased that the KSBDC will have an outreach center in Liberal, which will help provide a needed resource in the community,” said Cris Garza, branch manager with the First National Bank of Liberal.
“Liberal has been growing in small business and has full potential for attracting more business, especially with support from agencies such as the KSBDC,” Garza added.

The KSBDC network, which operates with the slogan “Growing Kansas Entrepreneurs,” includes eight regional and five outreach centers. Each assists established firms, growth companies and start-up enterprises.
Any individual interested in starting or growing a small business may receive assistance. There are no charges associated with the comprehensive, individual one-on-one counseling. Fees may be charged for training courses, though such courses are not required.
In addition to Seward County and Finney County, the regional center for Southwest Kansas serves Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Scott, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita Counties.

The Colvin Adult Learning Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School invites the public to the 2009 graduation ceremony of the Kansas State High School Diploma graduates.
The ceremony will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 9 in the gymnasium of the SCCC/ATS campus in Liberal.
The graduation speaker is Alaina Rice, administrative assistant to the dean of instruction at SCCC/ATS. Rice, who graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of her class, attended Our Lady of the Lake University for two years. She is now working on her accounting degree at SCCC/ATS.
She began work in the SCCC/ATS Wellness Center. She lives with her husband and stepson in Liberal.
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the student union.

The Colvin Adult Learning Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School invites the public to the 2009 graduation ceremony of the Kansas State High School Diploma graduates.
The ceremony will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 9 in the gymnasium of the SCCC/ATS campus in Liberal.
The graduation speaker is Alaina Rice, administrative assistant to the dean of instruction at SCCC/ATS. Rice, who graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of her class, attended Our Lady of the Lake University for two years. She is now working on her accounting degree at SCCC/ATS.
She began work in the SCCC/ATS Wellness Center. She lives with her husband and stepson in Liberal.
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the student union.

The public is invited to the Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 8 in the college gymnasium.
A reception will follow.