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Students in the TRiO program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently took a cultural trip to Oklahoma City to see the Aluminum Show, a show that combines movement, dance, visual theater and humor, and the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum. From left, back row, are Michael Mages and Zachary Carpenter, Liberal; Reanna Tumlinson, Meade; Janette Vargas, Liberal; Tandilee Fletcher, Liberal; Angelica Castillo, Liberal; Misty Ortivez, Ulysses; and Robert Herbig, advisor, Meade. From left, front row, are Steffy Thottasseril, Liberal; Rhonda Kinser, director, Liberal; Maria A. Vazquez, Samantha Ward, Daisy Tapia and Dung Nguyen, all of Liberal.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation board members recently posed for a group picture to recognize their 100% participation in  the Foundation’s annual fundraising drive.  The annual drive raises funds to help provide student scholarships, instructional program support, and other operating needs for SCCC/ATS.  Pictured are SCCC/ATS Foundation board members (front row) Mellissa Brenneman, Tina Call, Julio Jimenez, Lisa Hatcher, Sharon Hobble, (back row) Don Owens, Larry Mikles, Jane Head, Stephanie Ormiston, Reba Smothermon, Al Shank, Duane Bozarth, John Engel, Jim Scantlin, and George Roldan.  Not pictured is Gary Dunnam.  To make a donation to the annual drive, contact Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development, at 620-417-1131, or one of the Foundation board members.

The SCCC/ATS Crusader student newspaper staff show off the Gold Medalist Award and 23 individual awards won at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press state convention in Hutchinson April 17-18. Editor Alfredo Anaya, of Liberal, left, also won the Collegiate Journalist of the Year award for two-year college journalists, and editor Dana Loewen, Meade, won second-place in an on-site copy-editing contest. Other staff members pictured include, front row, Heidy Molina, Raul Lemus, Deisi Barboza, Jeanette Contreras, and Lizuly Monarrez and, back row, Octavio Rodriguez and Ivan Gaytan, all of Liberal.

Crusader editor Alfredo Anaya was named Collegiate Journalist of the Year and the Crusader newspaper won a Gold Medalist Award at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press state convention in Hutchinson April 17-18.
The Crusader student newspaper staff of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School also won 23 individual awards for work done between February 2010 and February 2011.

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The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Health Careers Camp for students entering high school in grades 9-12, June 6-8.
The camp will explore health careers in Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, medical Assistant and Nursing. Students will earn a CPR certification; discuss educational requirements, skills and job duties; participate in interactive hands-on activities that highlight skills, equipment, technologies and resources; and develop an awareness of hospital and long-term care settings.
Camp fee is $30. A letter of recommendation is required form a school counselor, teacher or principal. Deadline is May 20.
Call 620-417-1400 or 620-417-1170 or email veda.king@sccc.edu
We are the SAINTS but we don’t have a mascot. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is holding a contest for students, supporters or anyone with a creative eye to develop a mascot that will be used to identify the college, make appearances and perform at athletic and other events and to be featured on apparel and other merchandise.

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The public is invited to the Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Seward County Community College/Area Technical.

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Gary Sherrer, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, will be the featured speaker at the 2011 graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14 at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gym.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has announced its winners in the 2011 Car Show. Jonathan Yowell, a Machine Tool Technology student, presented the awards. The awards this year wear customed-designed this year in Machine Tool Technology with the new water jet machine. Not picture is Steve Bartel of Turpin, Okla., first in the muscle car class.

Omar Corral of Liberal was first in the pickup division.

Kim Chaloupek of Liberal was first in the classic car division.

Kelly Headrick of Turpin, Okla., was first in the street rod division.

James Mondgold of Liberal was the Peoples Choice winner.

Bill Wesley of Liberal was first in the motorcycle division.



“Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has made an impact on my life in a way I feel no other school could compare,” said Stephanie Boaldin," a 2010 graduate from Elkhart.

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Winners of an area-wide high school poetry contest are pictured, from left: Ananda Coleman, Liberal, first place; Bill McGlothing, SCCC/ATS English instructor; Khannah K Wetmore, Dodge City, second place; Robbi Lewis, Liberal, third place; Janice Northerns, SCCC/ATS English instructor; and Alexandria Bowen, Liberal, honorable mention. The winners read their poems at the April 14 Poetry Coffee House at Seward County Community College Area Technical School.

Winners of an area-wide high school poetry contest read their poems for a crowd of around 80 people recently at the Poetry Coffee House, hosted by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
First place went to Ananda Coleman, 16, a Liberal High School sophomore, for her poem “Cascade.” She was awarded a $100 SCCC/ATS scholarship, a $25 Spencer Browne’s gift card, $25 cash, “The Poet” Magnetic Poetry set, a USB Tangle hub, and other prizes.

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Tickets are now on sale at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for the Spring Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater.

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It is my hope that you’ve seen the advertisements, short articles, and announcements regarding Seward County Community College/Area Technical School this month as we celebrate April as community college month. There are over 600 public two-year community colleges in the United States with 19 of those here in our great state of Kansas. It is estimated that over 2 ½ million people annually attend degree and career certificate programs at community colleges across the U.S., and here at SCCC/ATS, we have nearly 2000 people enroll in courses each year as full or part-time students. Community colleges are uniquely American in nature yet we realize an increased interest worldwide in the need for two year colleges. Today there is a growing interest to emulate this unique opportunity for higher education in countries such as China, India, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia. However, it is the support for access to higher education in the United States that provides the opportunities to millions of people each year to begin a career, make the first step toward a bachelor’s degree, or receive up to date technical skills for new or improved employment goals.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins its next six-week Truck Driving Course, April 25.
The course runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, plus three Saturdays for CDL, DDC and CPR training.
The following six-week course will be July 5-Aug. 12.
For information, call Michael McCarthy at 620-417-1696 or visit campus at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Jim Gray reflected on the Kansas Cattle Towns in a presentation recently in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library. The traveling exhibit, A Photographic Narrative: Indians of Kansas, is on display in the SCCC/ATS Library during April.
The key is to communicate with your respective colleges, said Leo Hernandez, a graduate of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, who is currently attending Kansas State University. “I was able to transfer everything. Hernandez of Hooker, Okla., is majoring in Construction Science & Management with a minor in Business and will graduate in May.
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Seward County Community College/area Technical school in Liberal, Kansas, will host Kansas Cattle Towns, a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on 12 noon, Wednesday, April 13 in the SCCC/ATS library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

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Steve Wiens, project manager of the Title V Grant at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, speaks with Chamber Director Rozelle Webb at the SCCC/ATS Foundation-sponsored Chamber breakfast. Wiens talked about the new grant that includes the addition of Corrosion Technology, Process Technology and Radiologic Technology. Corrosion Tech begins during the fall 2011 semester. For information, call 620-417-1653.
The SCCC/ATS Nursing program has just received official notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) of the licensure results for the 2010 Nursing graduates.

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Thirty-six exhibits qualified from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Southwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair to advance to state competition held this past weekend at Exploration Place in Wichita, KS. These students went all out to represent southwest Kansas with a sweep of the overall High School, or Division I, category.
After hours of practice, the young scientists eagerly set their displays up on Friday afternoon to prepare for the judging that evening. All projects were judged by three judges over the course of the evening.

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Linda Harlow and Terri Houtz of Elkhart High School accept the Overall Award for first place in the 2011 Xtreme Challenge from Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president; Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction; and Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. Elkhart High School students earned more points in the top rankings of the academic contests than any other school in attendance. Fourteen high schools attended with 381 high school students registered for the sixth annual Xtreme Challenge.

Fourteen high schools competed in Xtreme Challenge contests on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Wednesday. Elkhart High School earned the Overall Award by having more students with points in the top rankings of the contests than any other school in attendance.

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