USD 480 has notified Seward County Community College of its intent to create an independent technical college. The two institutions have held discussions for over a year to consider merging Southwest Kansas Technical School, which is presently governed by USD 480, with the college.
Most recently, USD 480 declined SCCC’s offer to have a meeting with both boards to discuss the merger.
Legislation from the 2007 legislative session required technical schools to merge with another institution, become independent technical colleges or discontinue adult education programs. At the time, USD 480 and the college had agreed that a merger was the best option for the college and the community; however, a merger agreement was not finalized.