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The Seward County Community College Development Foundation is planning its 15th annual party auction at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Seward County Event Center on the fairgrounds. The Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is Reflections of the Past. The college and foundation are celebrating their 40-year anniversary.
The cost is $20 per person and tickets will only be available in advance until Sept. 17. Individuals must present their ticket at the door. The price of the ticket includes food, beverages, participation in the silent and live auctions and entertainment.
Tickets are available by credit card by calling the SCCC Development Office at 620-417-1131 or by visiting one of these participating businesses: The Community Bank; Sunflower Bank; Byron Bird & Associates; KSCB; Scantlin’s Furniture; Al Shank Insurance; The Liberal Light; Mortgages Unlimited; First National Bank of Liberal and Hugoton; Southwest Agri Center (Kismet); Bank of Beaver City, Liberal; Yoxall Antrim Yoxall Fitzgerald & McCaffrey; Golden Plains Credit Union; Jim Kuharic Law Firm, Hugoton; Seward County Community College/Area Technical School; or from SCCC Development Foundation board members and auction committee members.
Volunteers have been contacting local and area businesses for donations. However, if you would like to donate an item or assist with the auction, call 620-417-1131.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.

As part of Welcome Day at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, new freshmen participated in a Play Fair recently. The exercise was designed to assist students in getting to know one another and break the ice. The gym was full of over 300 freshmen.
The public is invited to come meet the newest members of the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School staff, at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 in the college bookstore, 1801 N. Kansas. This event is part of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce After Hours.
New students to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School completed their Welcome Day activities Monday by meeting with clubs and organizations across campus and representatives from area businesses.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Conceal and Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, will hold auditions for the fall musical at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20 in the college theater, under the direction of new drama instructor Alison Bridget Chambers.
The community is invited to audition for The Wizard of Oz, which will be performed Oct. 7-9, Oz Fest Weekend.
Those who would like to audition do not need to prepare anything, said Chambers. “We will teach you a few bars form the show.”
For information, call 620-417-1460 or email alisonbridget.chambers @sccc.edu.
Wizard of Oz is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.



If you can’t come to campus for a three-hour course, the Art Department has added two one-credit hour courses to its fall listing at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Students can take Silversmithing from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mondays or Wednesdays in the Shank Humanities Building.. Students will meet on Monday, Aug. 17 and choose to attend either day.
Students can also take a one-credit-hour ceramics class from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays.
For information on these courses, call Dustin Farmer at 620-417-1452 or email dustin.farmer@sccc.edu. For a listing of other one-credit hour classes, go to www.sccc.edu.

The Surgical Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, 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 and Michelle Johnson, Elkhart; Mabon Maxey, Ulysses; Jackie Silva, Dodge City, Keisha Gorman, Hooker, Okla.; Maria Arana of Garden City.
In addition, SCCC/ATS is working with the Manhattan Area Technical College to offer the MLT program. Students in that program are Kristi Roe, Carla Marrier, Shelby Longren, Derrick Bishop, all of Manhattan; Aimee Davis, Junction City; and Jessica Sims, Fort Riley.
The lecture portion of this program is online while the clinicals are in area health care facilities that are convenient for the student.
To find out more about the program, contact Carmen Sumner, coordinator, 620-417-1411 or carmen.sumner@sccc.edu.


Local and area businesses are invited to showcase their business during an activities fair for new students to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School this fall.
The Activities Fair will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17 in the college gym.
To sign up, call 620-417-1064.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School wants you to help celebrate our 40th anniversary by telling us your story and helping us celebrate our 40th anniversary.<br />
The college would like to know how Seward County Community College, Liberal Area Vocational-Technical School or Southwest Kansas Technical has impacted your life.<br />
Go to alumni.sccc.edu and click on “Tell us your story.” <br />
The college would also like you to help us celebrate our 40th with a grand re-opening of the original campus at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the SCCC/ATS Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington in Liberal. This is the original cite of the college that open Sept 2, 1969 with 331 students.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School wants you to help celebrate our 40th anniversary by telling us your story and helping us celebrate our 40th anniversary.
The college would like to know how Seward County Community College, Liberal Area Vocational-Technical School or Southwest Kansas Technical has impacted your life.
Go to alumni.sccc.edu and click on “Tell us your story.”
The college would also like you to help us celebrate our 40th with a grand re-opening of the original campus at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the SCCC/ATS Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington in Liberal. This is the original cite of the college that open Sept 2, 1969 with 331 students.

When deciding whether to continue your education beyond high school, consider the economic impact this decision will have on your life. $818,456 – the lifetime average a person with a bachelor’s degree will earn above someone holding only a high school diploma. The earnings for an Associate’s degree - $341,039! This information, according to recent Kansas workforce data, paints a clear picture of the benefit to receiving a college education in Kansas.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has gathered a list of essential items you’ll need to make that first step toward a successful and rewarding future.
If you’ve graduated high school:
• Explore your career options and decide whether traditional college or technical education is the best route to achieve your goals.
• Compare the cost of attendance, programs of study and available financial aid at every institute institution you wish to attend.
• Fill out an Application for Admission, Scholarship Application, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal financial aid is generally determined by this application. Visit www.fafsa4me.com for tips and information regarding this process.
• Complete a Residence Hall contract if you’re planning on living on campus.
• If you haven’t taken the ACT, plan on taking a college entrance exam before enrolling in classes.
If you’re still attending high school:
• Choose to enroll in classes that will best prepare you for college and your future career.
• Ask your counselor about concurrent (duel credit) classes you may be eligible to take while in high school.
• Plan at least 3-4 college visits and compare the cost of attendance, programs of study and available financial aid at each college.
• Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal financial aid is generally determined by this application. Visit www.fafsa4me.com for tips and information regarding this process.
• Plan to take the ACT or another college placement exam. Colleges will use this for admission requirements and program placement.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School classes begin Aug. 17-18. SCCC/ATS can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s world. Compare our cost of attendance to any college in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. SCCC/ATS offers career and technical programs for immediate employment as well as transfer courses and programs for bachelor’s degree programs at the university of your choice. The critical decision is to complete education beyond high school to increase the economic potential in a career.
If you have further questions regarding college opportunities or would like to schedule a campus tour, give us a call today at 620-417-1100.
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Liberal Area Vocational Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, has changed it’s name several times, but the services are just as beneficial today as they were when Garret Van Vleet attended in the eighties. One of the programs that proved most beneficial to him is the Machine Tool Technology program that is still offered today at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School under the direction of Butch Garst. Van Vleet was raised on a farm near Jetmore, Kansas, where he graduated from Jetmore High School in 1980. He came to Liberal and continued his education at LAVTS in the Diesel Technology and Machine Tool programs, which helped prepare him for his current position. After attending the technical school, Garret was hired at Western Tool & Machine and after that business closed, worked for National Beef in the machine shop and later part-time at Baily & Son Machine Shop. Virgil Baily hired Garret on as a full-time machinist and Garret continued to work there after Virgil’s retirement when the business was sold to. Jack Cooley and Eugene Jackson. The name of the business was changed to Myriad Machine Company and Van Vleet continued with the company. As the company grew, more employees and machines were added to the business. Eventually, Jackson retired and Cooley asked Garret to join the partnership. Twenty-five years later the business has continued to grow, Van Vleet said, and has established a large customer base from small family-farm to major industries, such as oil & gas and meat processing plants. Myriad has had the opportunity to hire several graduates from the Southwest Kansas Technical School over the years and currently employ graduates Emmanuel Zapien, Josh Hamey and Ryan Archer. As a successful graduate of LAVTS, Garret gained considerable knowledge. He also attributes his success to other factors in his life, such as his parents, George and Sylvia Van Vleet, whom instilled in him a strong, solid work ethic required to run and maintain the family farm; avid involvement in 4-H; and last but not least, hands-on training and advice from a seasoned, knowledgeable machinist, namely, Bill Pieratt, whom Garret was fortunate enough to have worked with over the years. The Machine Tool program at SCCC/ATS continues to offer training for individuals who would like to become general machinists, CNC operators, machinists or programmers; manufacturing, assembly or quality control technicians or manufacturing engineers. The program offers a 10-month certificate of completion or two-year associate in applied science degree. The program also emphasizes training for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills. For more information, contact Butch Garst, 620-417-1681 or butch.garst@sccc.edu.

Gypsy Theatre Company, Inc. of New York will present “john & jen”, by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8 at at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Showcase Theatre in Liberal.
“john & jen” is a two-person musical, starring professional actors, Josh Davidson of New York City and Alison Bridget Chambers of New York City. Chambers will join SCCC/ATS this fall as drama/communications instructor.
The Gypsy Theatre Company has toured the country with “john & jen”. After a successful summer, they will perform their last show of the season in Liberal Saturday.
Tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors at the door.
For information about show times, ticket prices, or touring schedules please email gypsytheatrecompany@yahoo.com.
“john & jen” is a truly original musical that takes a look at the complexities of relationships between brothers and sisters and parents and children and set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990. It is a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.
“john & jen” is licensed by MTI.