One of the many great aspects of SCCC/ATS is the recognition and development of the abilities of our students. Significant research exists that validates the need for individuals to have the technical skills and knowledge for their career choice, but also the benefits of leadership, communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills a person needs to fully realize his/her potential. Key aspects of strong employees are the ability to work together in teams, to recognize the strengths of co-workers, and the interest in continuing to learn and acquire new abilities.

We are proud of our students who participate in leadership organizations. Recently several of our students participated in the SkillsUSA regional conference, and some were recognized for their leadership and communication abilities. Baldemar Enriquez, a diesel student, was elected to state office. Also, Adam Froelich, drafting, was presented a statesman’s pin and won first place in essay/speech. Crystal Castillo, cosmetology, and Josh Pearson, auto body, won third place in the poster contest. SkillsUSA is a great student organization to develop leadership skills, and allows students to connect with industry representatives as well.

Sophomore students Jett Eder and Sergio Padilla have been selected as our Phi Theta Kappa Kansas All-Academic team recipients. This selection is based on academic achievement and leadership involvement. They will be recognized at a luncheon in Topeka this spring and are now considered for the All-USA academic team sponsored by the PTK organization.

Our students are also very involved in intramural activities and several participated in the Liberal Corporate Challenge activities. The involvement in these activities provides the student with an understanding that career preparation extends beyond the classroom and includes an ability to relate effectively with others and to be involved in their community. Several of our students are involved with youngsters through Big Brothers/Big Sisters and elementary school “Go-Getters”; many will participate in the International Fair sponsored by several community organizations later this fall; many will participate in campus activities including athletics, brunches, orchestra, vocal, drama, etc.; and many serve actively as college ambassadors.

These opportunities provide our students with an advantage to learn how to communicate with others, promote their individual talents, and to understand the full aspect of developing their ability to effectively relate to others.