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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 for 2009. SCCC/ATS recipients were Sonia Hernandez, Colvin Adult Learning Center instructor, and Rhonda Kinser, director of Student Support Services. 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 recently received a grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce for use in developing the Natural Gas Compressor Technician Program.
The funds in the amount of $90,000 are a part of the Workforce Solution Funds created by the Kansas Legislature in 2004. The grant money will be used to hire and train an instructor and renovate facilities on the area technical school site so the program can begin in fall 2010.
Susan Nickerson, regional director of the Kansas Works west region, was on campus to present the check. The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the Workforce Solutions Fund to help postsecondary workforce training institutions throughout the state respond more effectively to the workforce training needs of critical industries in Kansas. Funds are strategically invested into projects designed to enhance Kansas post-secondary institutions’ training services and/or training capacity for the benefit of Kansas companies.
“We are excited about the great industry support we have for this program,” said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. “The Petroleum Industry Education Committee is working closely with the college to help develop the program, hire an instructor and provide equipment for the program. The college has a long history working with the natural gas industry through the Gas Compressor and Measurement & Pipeline institutes.”
Other industry support includes Great Plains Gas Compression, Inc., DCP Midstream, Anadarko, J-W Operating Company, Stewart & Stevenson and BP America.
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Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, signs the grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce to help develop a Natural Gas Compressor Technician Program. From left are Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services; Chuck Lamberson, Kansas Manager Stewart & Stevenson, Reenie Jackson, SCCC/ATS director of business & industry; and Susan Nickerson, regional director of the Kansas Works west region.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Surgical Technology program has admitted new students to the fall 2009 class.
Incoming students for the 10-month program include Hermelinda Anguiano, Alma Granados, Joanne Oliphant, Lizeth Perez, all of Liberal; Brittany Coen, Elkhart; Mabon Maxey, Ulysses; and Jackie Silva, Dodge City.
The lecture portion of this program is online while the clinicals are in area health care facilities that are convenient for the student.
Carmen Sumner, coordinator, said she still has openings for the fall program. For information, call or email 620-417-1411 or carmen.sumner@sccc.edu or come by the Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington, Liberal, Kansas.