Students in the Student Support Services program traveled to Emporia State University and Wichita State University recently. The trip was designed to give students an overview of university life. From left are Tot Nguyen, Liberal; Elmer Montes, Liberal; Jose Garcia, Liberal; Giovanna Baca, Liberal; Julio Garcia, Liberal; Sarah Brock, Liberal; Ha Nguyen, Liberal; Serenity Johnson, Ulysses; Samantha Ward, Liberal; Jessica Arinaga, Liberal; Stephanie Munoz, Liberal; and Elena Devora, Liberal.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently recognized new advisory board members who will assist with some of the career and technical education programs. From left, front row, are Fermin Garcia-Lugo, NAPA, Auto Business Management program;  John Moore, Hugoton instructor, Auto Mechanics program; Bud Smithson, director of the Area Technical School; Kenny Andrews, maintenance supervisor at National Beef, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program; Terry Koehn, Evergrow Trucking, Truck Driving program;  and back row, Tim Fowler, owner of Utility Savings, HVAC; James McCann, new SCCC/ATS graduate, Machine Tool Technology; and David Watt, lead appliance technician at Black Hills Energy, HVAC.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students in both the Process Technology and Corrosion Technology programs toured the Jacam manufacturing plant in Sterling, Kansas, recently. The plant creates coatings and linings to prevent corrosion, which gave students an overview of the individual coatings that are prepared for their clients, the chemical manufacturing processing and the new experimental coatings. From left, back row, are Ty (Billie) Herman of Hugoton, SCCC/ATS Instructor Harold Fick, Denise Flores of Liberal, Derek Fuller of Turpin, Okla., Devin Hagman of Hugoton, and front row, Jim Kirkland of Texhoma, BrookLynn Oxford of Satanta and Office staff Mel Franco of Liberal.

The Colvin Adult Learning Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School offers basic language, reading and math skills; English as a Second Language and employability skills development and helps individuals prepare for U.S. citizenship or the Kansas State High School Diploma.
For information, go by the Colvin Center 10th and Kansas in Liberal, 7:45 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday or 7:45-12 noon, Friday. For information, call 620-417-1310.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering ETC SafeLand USA Training Friday, Jan. 11 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in SU214 E/W.
Participants will learn about confined space, forklift safety, lockout/tagout, bloodborne pathogens, hazardous communication, electrical safety, fall protection, personal protective equipment, hydrogen sulfide, drug & alcohol, and environmental awareness.

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Racy Robinson, director of maintenance at Southwest Medical Cnter, works with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students. Osman Rodriguez of Hugoton and Denise Flores of Liberal, who are in the new Process Technology program, examine a new computerized boiler.

New classes begin in January for the new Process Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal.
Train as a process technician in ethanol, biodiesel, food processing and other related industries. Learn to extract and refine resource, such as oil and natural gas, refine chemicals and monitor the process that makes it happen.
Classes include Intro to Process Technology; Process Technology Equipment; Safety, Health and Environment; Process Instrumentation, Process Troubleshooting, Physical Science, Astronomy, Environmental Science, Geology.
Students can earn a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree.
Graduates who successfully complete the program can work anywhere that requires a chemical treatment or process, such as energy processing and power generation, food and beverage processing, waste- or water-treatment plants or pharmaceutical manufacturing.
For information, contact Harold Fick, Process Technology specialist, 620-417-1690.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this coming spring.
Courses include:
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Jan. 3-28 Monday and Thursday, TA115, $95.00
Certified Nurse Aide, 4-6 p.m., Jan. 8-April 29, Monday-Friday, T134, $425.00

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Through a partnership with ed2go, SCCC/ATS offers hundreds of courses on just about every topic.
Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, you’ll gain valuable knowledge at your convenience. You’ll have the flexibility to study at your own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. The courses can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

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The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation recently received a $10, 000 donation for the Natural Gas Compression Technology program from P.I.E., Inc. at the NGCT student graduation ceremony.  Pictured are Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development; Ron Garber, NGCT instructor; Charles Camber, P.I.E., Inc. member; Duane Bozarth, SCCC/ATS Foundation president; and Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.  For more information about supporting the NGCT or other programs at SCCC/ATS, contact Doll at 620-417-1131 or

Dr. Duane Dunn, center Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, signs an articulation agreement with Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, with  Mark Bandré of Baker and Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of academic affairs. Through this agreement, SCCC/ATS graduates can benefit through guaranteed admission with a 2.6 or higher grade point average, academic scholarships and more.

Michael McCarthy, Truck Driving instructor for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School presents a plaque to Lee Baldwin for his service to the program. Baldwin was a member of the Truck Driving Advisory Board for over 14 years. He also taught the classes safety and introduced students to laws and regulations. The college will offer two, two-week Truck Driving classes for farmers, Jan. 14-25 and Jan. 28-Feb. 5. Call 417-629-1171. The next six-week program is Feb. 18-March 29. Call 620-417-1696

Saints Promoting Education Careers (SPEC) hosted more than 40 children for an evening of Christmas stories, games, and refreshments at “Tis the Season for Reading” recently. Club members Nicole Kirk and Courtney Carlile, above, both of Liberal, read Christmas books to Kindergarten through third-grade-aged kids, helped them create Christmas pictures and play “ornament” bowling, and served cookies and lemonade. A number of parents also attended the free event, which took place at Liberal Memorial Library. Club members participating were Cheyenne Holder, Elida Escarcega, Amanda Collins, Courtney Carlile, Nicole Kirk and Cami Stahly. SPEC is club for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students interested in becoming teachers. Club advisers are Janice Northerns and Susan Copas.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering two sessions of Truck Driving for Farmers. In just two weeks, you can prepare for a Class a CDL testing. The first class will be Jan. 14-25, and the second class will be Jan. 28-Feb. 8. Classes are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This course will cover pre-trip preparation, endorsement preparation, Department of Transportation Rules and vehicle inspection information.
The cost is $725 per person. State testing fees are not included in the price of the course.
Students will need their moving violation and drug screen records.
For information or to enroll, contact the SCCC/ATS Business & Industry Office at 620-417-1179 or b&

Seven students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School completed the one-year non-credit Natural Gas Compression Technology Program in December. From left are Bruce Betterton, Guymon, Okla.;  John Landureth, Liberal; Leo Rascon, Elkhart; Joel Rose, Plains; David Carrillo, Liberal; Zach Haddican, Plains; Rudy Garza, Muleshoe, Texas; Ron Garber, instructor; and Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.

Seven students completed the Natural Gas Compression Technology program this fall at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The NGCT program in its first year issued seven certificates of completion on recently with members of the NGCT Advisory Board, SCCC/ATS Board of Trustees and SCCC/ATS staff in attendance.

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Russell Thompson, center, of Liberal, a student in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, received his Employment Ready Certificate in electrical through HVAC Excellence. This is one of the new requirements for students in the HVAC program and Thompson was the first to complete the requirements for the electrical certification. HVAC Excellence is a not for profit organization designed to improve the technical competency of the HVACR industry. Students combine hands-on technical skill demonstrations and online testing for the certification. Picture are Chris Hickman, HVAC instructor, left, and Bud Smithson, division chair of industrial technology.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, December 3 following a dinner meeting with over 20 students selected as a cross section representation of the college. Ron Oliver, board chair, said it “never ceases to amaze me the quality of students we have on this campus. They are really fun to visit with.”
“Year in and year out, we get such glowing critiques about our staff,” said Dustin Ormiston, board member. “ The comments are so consistent.”
Oliver said he was also impressed with the two holiday drama performances recently.
Sharon Hobble, board member, told the board that the college insurance will probably go about 12 percent in 2013. Al Shank Insurance will present changes in 2013.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering its third Natural Gas Compression Technology non-credit program begin Jan. 14.
This one-year program gives students the training to diagnose, service and repair natural gas compression equipment with hands-on experience.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship during the summer.
For information, contact 620-417-1175 or