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Over 220 juniors from Liberal High School and 70 juniors and seniors from Moscow and Turpin, Okla., were on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus for Career Day, co-sponsored by the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. Above, LHS students take a break between sessions in the student union.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has implemented an emergency alert system for campus.
SCCC/ATS has partnered with RAVE Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to students and staff through email addresses or cell phone numbers. Students and staff can choose their preferred choice of communication.
In case of a campus closing or emergency, a message is sent to every current student and employee.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a certified pool operator course from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, March 26 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in SW229 A/B, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $250 and the CPO certification license is good for five years.

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Jaime Peralta did not plan to get a college degree. After graduating from Hooker High School in 2008, he wanted to join the workforce. His parents and girlfriend had other plans for him. Now, Peralta says he’s glad he earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in 2010.

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Travess Funk, Surgical Technology Clinical Coordinator & Instructor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, gives an overview to health care professionals and administrators, hospital auxiliary officers and physicians, during a “Progress with the Saints” tour recently. Participants enjoyed a progressive lunch while learning about Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technology programs. Progress with the Saints was hosted by the SCCC/ATS Foundation.

Jamie Titus, Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, gives an overview to health care professionals and administrators, hospital auxiliary officers and physicians, during a “Progress with the Saints” tour recently. Participants enjoyed a progressive lunch while learning about Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technology programs. Progress with the Saints was hosted by the SCCC/ATS Foundation.

Susan Nguyen of Liberal, sets up a case as part of her clinicals at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She is a Surgical Technology student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. Community Colleges are celebrating Career and Technical Education Month in February.

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Crusader staff member Tonya Loewen of Meade competed in an individual page design contest at the Minneapolis Best of the Midwest Conference this weekend, and she came home with the first-place award. She is a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The Crusader staff also collected another Best of Show Award, this time fourth place among two-year newspapers at the Best of the Midwest competition.
Loewen entered a page design she completed last semester on Top 5 Dorm Recipes. Since the individual contests at Best of the Midwest are open-class, Loewen had to top not only all of the two-year entries but also all four-year university entries to claim her top-place finish.
Loewen and Crusader entertainment editor Megan Spain, along with Crusader adviser and journalism instructor Anita Reed, represented the Crusader at the convention in Minneapolis.
More than 250 students were eligible to compete at Best of the Midwest as attendees of the convention.
Loewen, Spain and Reed attended training sessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and were able to learn from keynote speakers such as Molly Bloom of Minnesota Public Radio News; Monica Moses, editor in chief of American Craft magazine; and Emmy award-winning multimedia producer McKenna Ewen of the Star Tribune.

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Kelsey Cook of Ulysses and Kelsey Willson of Ripley, Okla., were honored in Topeka as members or the 2012 All-Kansas Academic Team. Each are sophomores at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal and received their award from Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.

Are you interested in athletic training at the collegiate level? Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host an ice cream social at 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 in the SCCC/ATS gymnasium for prospective students, high school athletic trainers or professional trainers and team physicians.
Individuals can find out what goes on before, during and after a Saints basketball game for an athletic trainer at SCCC/ATS. Meet other students interested in pursuing athletic training beyond high school, as well as current professional athletic trainers, college student athletic trainers, and team physicians. Visit over free ice cream and receive free tickets to the men's and women's basketball games at 6 and 8 p.m.
Sign up today by completing the online registration at http://allsaintsdays.com/.

Former Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student Zach Carpenter will be signing copies of his book “Soul Hunters” at the SCCC/ATS Library, from 1-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24.
The book centers around the town of Broken Edge, Kansas, where rumors have circulated about the presence of monsters—zombies, werewolves, goblins, other creatures from Hollywood movies. The main character, Mick Johnson, at only five years old learned that the talk of monsters in Broken Edge was more than just rumor.
The library will serve refreshments at the book signing.

Would you like to consider a career as a conservationist or agricultural scientist? Would you like to enhance the quality of the environment and its natural resources? Would you like to make efficient use of non-renewable resources and help sustain the future of agriculture?

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Hope Unrue of Hugoton gives a pedicure to Tara Martinez of Hooker, Okla., as part of the Nail Technology training in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Cosmetology program. February is Career and Technical Education Month.

Alejandra Pinon and Emma Lobos, both of Liberal, set rollers for client Beverly Ogletree of Liberal as part of the training in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Cosmetology program. Students can complete the cosmetology program in one year. February is Career and Technical Education Month.

Devery Shaddy, Guymon, Okla., is a Medical Assistant student at Seward County Community College. Beginning in fall 2012, part of the program will be taught online. For information, call 620-417-1690. February is Career and Technical Education Month.

Isaac Alaniz, a senior at Fellowship Baptist, recently received a $10 Future Saint Scholarship from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The scholarship was awarded during a high school visit.

Process Technology involves every aspect of chemical processing: extracting and refining resources such as oil and natural gas, refining chemicals and carefully monitoring the process that makes it happen.
Prospective students can now become a Process Technician at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas beginning this fall.
With the development of renewable energy production in Kansas, many industry opportunities are available for southwest Kansas. Nationally, few other colleges offer programs that meet the criteria for training in ethanol, biodiesel, food processing, or related industries.

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Angel Corral, a senior at Southwestern Heights High School, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Corral received the certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night at Heights.

Roy Guerrero, a junior at Rolla High School, left, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Guerrero received the certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night in Rolla. Giving him the certificate are SCCC/ATS Ambassadors Ambassador Hanna Bognar and Aaron Cole.

 Emmy Hittle, a senior at Moscow High School, left, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Hittle received the certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night in Moscow. Giving her the certificate are SCCC/ATS Ambassadors Hanna Bognar and Anete Kirsteine.

Jordan Forbit, a junior at Elkhart High School, left, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Forbit received the certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night in Elkhart. Giving him the certificate is SCCC/ATS Ambassador René Boaldin, also of Elkhart.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present a three-hour workshop, providing information on starting a small business. The free workshop, “Steps to Startup,” will run from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in SW229 D on the second floor of the Student Activities Center, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The workshop will outline the necessary and fundamental steps in starting and operating a small business. Information on grants and financing, licensing, business plans and feasibility are among the topics that will be covered.
Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available by contacting the KSBDC at 620-417-1955 or mike.okane@sccc.edu.
The KSBDC is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Kansas Department of Commerce.

 Mattie Yanke of Gruver, TX, is a sophomore at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, KS. She is majoring in Business Marketing and Management. As an Ambassador for SCCC/ATS Yanke has enjoyed working with other students and meeting new people.  She is a member of the Lady Saints Basketball team.

Ashley Kirkes, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is a sophomore at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas. She is majoring in education. This year, Kirkes is excited to represent SCCC/ATS as an ambassador, and work for the college. She is a member of the Lady Saints Softball team. When asked to tell something unique about herself, Kirkes said that her hamster is an acrobat.
Kurstie Zepeda, of Keller, Texas, is a freshman at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas. She is majoring in medicine. As an ambassador for SCCC/ATS, Zepeda has learned about her school and community, while helping her fellow students. She is active in athletics, joining the Lady Saints Tennis team. Zepeda is proud to be the first member of her family to attend college.

Mandie Denise Slack of Guymon, Oklahoma, is a sophomore at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas. She is majoring in Nursing. As an Ambassador for SCCC/ATS Slack has enjoyed getting more involved in college activities and meeting new people. She is a student worker for the Allied Health department. Uniquely, she is the youngest of six kids and will be the first to graduate from college.

Katie Kraemer, a senior at Ulysses High School, was the lucky winner of the drawing for $100 Future Saint Scholarship from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas.
Ty Herman, senior at Moscow High School, was the lucky winner of the drawing for $100 Future Saint Scholarship to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal.

Do you know someone who is ready to begin taking classes at a college but lacks a high school diploma or the basic language skills needed to be successful in college classes?
SCCC/ATS is now participating in a new program called Accelerating Opportunities for Kansans with other Kansas community or technical colleges.
The Kansas Board of Regents, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, was awarded a $200,000 grant as a part of Accelerating Opportunity, a Breaking Through Initiative. Accelerating Opportunity for Kansans (AO-K) will help Kansas transform adult education into successful career pathways leading to postsecondary credentials and economic security for under-prepared workers in today’s demanding job market. The initiative is managed nationally by Jobs for the Future (JFF).

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Oliver Barco, a senior at Elkhart High School, was the lucky winner of the drawing for $100 Future Saint Scholarship from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal.

Oliver Barco, a senior at Elkhart High School, was the lucky winner of the drawing for $100 Future Saint Scholarship from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.

Cristina Lopez, a senior at Tyrone High School, received a $100 scholarship from the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. Lopez received her certificate for the scholarship at the college-sponsored basketball night at Tyrone High School. Giving her the certificate are SCCC/ATS Ambassadors Charmaine Burns and LaQuecia Parker.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come-and-go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.

Are you a health-care provider in Southwest Kansas or the Oklahoma Panhandle? If you are, sign up to attend the Allied Health Job Fair at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and meet our students in Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing or Medical Assistant.
The allied health job fair will be from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in SW 229 C/D of the SCCC/ATS Student Activities Center.
Whether you have jobs available today or in the future, our students want to now about your organization and potential careers.
Registration is $20 per table and includes lunch.
Call 620-417-1170 or sign up.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library is proud to present the traveling exhibit Kansans Tell Their Stories.
They came from different places and for different reasons, but now they all call Kansas “home.” Learn the stories of Belgian and German immigrants in Shawnee in the 1920s and ’30s, African immigrants to northeast Kansas, riders of the Orphan Train in Kansas, inhabitants of El Huarache, a Mexican barrio in Wichita, Mexican immigrants who worked for the railroads all over Kansas, Bohemians and Volga Germans in Collyer, Southeast Asian refugees in Garden City, and African Americans in Fort Scott.
Kansans Tell Their Stories was produced by the Kansas Humanities Council and the Kansas Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service.
The exhibit is open to the public for the entire month of February.
For more information, contact the SCCC/ATS Library at (620) 417-1160.

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Kansas will salute the top community college scholars for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony Thursday, Feb. 16 in Topeka, including two from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
Representing SCCC/ATS are Kelsey Willson of Ripley, Okla., and Kelsey Cook of Ulysses.
Representing the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, these scholars have been named to the 2012 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

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The graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School had a 100 percent pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification exam. The national average for first-time takers during this testing cycle was 82 percent. The average score of the summer 2011 graduates also exceeded the national score.

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