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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be participating in The ‘National’ College Goal Sunday program. College Goal Sunday provides assistance to families who are applying for financial aid. Volunteers will assist individuals in filling out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 in the SCCC/ATS library.
By delivering help to families in our community, College Goal Sunday helps ensure that students get the help they need crossing the paper barrier as they qualify for financial aid, said Donna Fisher, SCCC/ATS director of financial aid.
College Goal Sunday is open to all college-bound students regardless of age. Whether a prospective student is going to be a recent high school graduate or someone returning to education later in life, College Goal Sunday will help them complete the FAFSA, accurately and on time.
Four prospective students will also have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.
For information, contact Fisher at 620-417-1111 or donna.fisher@sccc.edu.

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Today's senior citizens are invited to put their dancin' shoes on and join the fun at a Valentine's Day Dance from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student union.
The SCCC/ATS presidential scholars are inviting anyone 55 years or older to this free dance. The college will provide refreshments.
For information, call 620-417-1064

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care granted full accreditation status to the Respiratory Therapy program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal.
The next scheduled site visit will be in 2020.
CoARC reviews the program to determine ongoing compliance with accreditation Standards and CoARC Accreditation Policies and Procedures. Based on the outcomes the college reported, the program has met or exceeded all currently set “thresholds” for success on each of the required outcome measures.
“This is an accomplishment of which you, your staff, and institution should be proud,” said Dr. Thomas Smalling, CoARC executive director. “The Commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in programmatic accreditation.”
For information about the program, contact Ed Anderson, SCCC/ATS RT coordinator, at 620-417-1409 or ed.anderson@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this spring.
Courses include:
Advanced Cake Decorating, 2/6-3/26, M, 7-10 p.m., AA193, $95, Clodfelter
Basic Computer/English, 2/18, Sat, 9 a.m.-12 noon, A136, $30, Hall
Basic Computer/Spanish, 2/25, Sat, 9 a.m.-12 noon, A136, $30, Isidoro
Basic & Creative Sewing, 2/7-3/13, TR, 6-8 p.m., T116, $95, Challis
Basic Medic First Aid, 2/8, W, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., SU214, $75, Diller
Commercial Driver License Seminar, 2/4, Sat, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50, McCarthy
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, 2/18, Sat, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50, Staff
ETC Safeland USA Training, 2/3, F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., TA130, $90, Diller
Floral Design, 2/7-4/24, T, 7-9 p.m., T116, $95, Wettstein
Forklift Training, 2/10, F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., TA130, $70, Diller
Soups, Stalks, & Sauces, 2/11, Sat, 8-11 a.m., Cafeteria, $25, Odle
T- Shirt Quilting, 2/7-2/11, T/Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., TBA, $50, Quilting
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced, 2/2-2/23, M/Th, 7-10 p.m., TA115, $95, Wagner
Some courses require textbooks and supplies for an additional cost.
For additional information, call 620-417-1173 or email joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has named its fall 2011 semester President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Honor Roll and Part-time Dean’s Honor Roll.
Students who complete at least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above and maintain a grade point average of 4.0 shall be eligible for the President’s Honor Roll.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, Feb. 11 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. Students must bring a Kansas driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or lori.clay@sccc.edu.




Cipriano Santos of Guymon, Okla., and Jonathan Penner of Satanta look at the engine of the new Chevy Volt, the new electric vehicle. Stu Emmert’s Automotive Center of Liberal allowed the students in Automotive Technology to see who the systems work on an electric vehicle. The volt has two sources of energy: an electric battery source for short distances and an onboard gas generator that produces electricity for longer distances.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will close for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Offices will re-open and classes will resume at 7:45 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17.


The college held a ribbon cutting with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce Amassadors for the new facilities that will house the Corrosion and  Process Technology programs.
Corrosion Technology, Process Technology and Natural Gas Compression Technology are three of the newest and most unique programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
The college recently held a ribbon cutting with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce for the new facilities that will house Corrosion Technology, which began last fall, and Process Technology, which will begin during the fall 2012 semester.
These two programs are a part of the United States Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Grant. To be eligible for this grant, 25 percent of the undergraduate full-time equivalent population must be Hispanic.

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The Business Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering free Pizza and information about its Business Division programs.
Stop by the Hugoton Pizza Hut from 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 to learn about Accounting, Agriculture, Business Administration, Business Administrative Technology, Business Management/Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice or Health Information Management.
Every prospective student who attends will be entered into a prize drawing for an Android tablet.
For information, contact Marcia Hatcher at 620-417-1350 or marcia.hatcher@sccc.edu.




Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer Personal Development for the Workplace this spring from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays for 3 credit hours.
The course that begins Thursday, Jan. 12 is a course in leadership skills with an emphasis on career search, job application and interview skills. Students conduct actual interviews with community members and often receive job offers from employers.
For information, contact Marcia Hatcher at 620-417-1350 or marcia.hatcher@sccc.edu.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, Jan. 14 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. Students must bring their driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or lori.clay@sccc.edu.

The Humanities and Social Science Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has begun a 2+2 program in Behavioral Science and Social Science with Kansas State University. From left back row is Karen Pence, assistant dean of K-State College of Human Ecology; Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS Dean of Instruction; Dale Doll, SCCC/ATS division chair of the Humanities and Social Science Division; Katy Redd and Debbie Stafford, SCCC/ATS Behavioral Science instructors; Gary Damron, SCCC/ATS Social Science instructor; Dr. Sue Maes, K-State dean of Continuing Education; and Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. This partnership allows students to earn their associate's degree from SCCC/ATS and transfer to K-State through distance education without leaving the southwest Kansas community. Students can earn a Bachelor's of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Services. For information, call 620-417-1454 or 620-417-1461.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins its next six-week Truck Driving Course, Jan. 30-March 9.
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 March 26-May 4.
For information, call Michael McCarthy at 620-417-1696 or visit campus at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

TELENET 2 offers university courses from Kansas State University to Seward
County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, via video
conferencing. Local TELENET 2 assistants operate the equipment and assist
the students.

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Five allied health programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are now accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester.
Individuals who consider the Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Medical Assistant or Medical Laboratory Technician programs can find excellent employment opportunities with competitive salaries upon successful completion of these one- or two-year programs.
For more information about these programs, call 620-417-1401 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1401 or go online to sccchealth.com