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SCCC/ATS Board Meets
09/12/2010

Following a tour of the area technical school facilities at Seward County

Community College/Area Technical School, the Board of Trustees met Tuesday,

Sept. 7 to discuss the English and Science programs and hear a variety of

reports.

The latest changes at the area technical school that are nearly complete are

the resurfacing of the interior parking lot, newly remodeled classrooms and

bathrooms, new tile, new doors and windows and a new snack bar area. The

Automotive Business Management program now has a new parts store,

instructional lab and classroom area, which had been the bookstore and a

conference room. This program not only trains students in the skills for

careers in retail sales and parts inventory, but also provides parts for

other technical programs.

Celeste Donovan, dean of student services reported that headcount enrollment

at the area technical school is down slightly with final enrollment yet to

be determined; however, credit hour enrollment is up from last year

including more high school students in a number of different technical

programs. Credit-hour enrollment is up college-wide as well with an increase

in full-time students from last year.

Dr. Steve Cauble, board chair, congratulated the college on its ranking as

33rd in the nation by the Washington Monthly.

The data used in the ranking is based on the Community College Survey for

Student Engagement as well as the graduation rate of those students who

continue their education and graduate from a four-year college or

university. Students who completed the survey, said Donovan, said the

faculty and staff care about their success both in and out of the classroom.

SCCC/ATS students also participate in more activities than many other

community colleges nationwide.

³We also have one of the highest graduation rates in the nation of those

students who transfer to a four-year institutions,² said Dr. Duane Dunn,

SCCC/ATS president. That data was obtained by the Washington Monthly

through a national database of student information compiled by the U.S.

Department of Education.

Tammy Doll, director of development, gave an overview of the SCCC/ATS

Foundation Auction set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Seward County

Event Center on the Fairgrounds. The event is $20 per person and tickets

must be purchased in advanced. National Beef is donating the beef and

Seaboard Farms the pork.

Doll showed the board some of the items that have been donated to the

auction.

The board approved one additional item for the auction. The college will

auction the rights to name the circle drive for one year. Minimum bid would

be $500 and the sign would recognize the winner for one year. Both the

foundation and college boards must approve the name for the sign. President

Dunn expressed appreciation to the Foundation Board for establishing a

unique auction item and the Trustees for their support of the concept.

The board approved an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the operation of

EduKan, the six-community college consortium that offers courses and degrees

online. The original six community colleges will be the founding members and

all new members will be known as associate members. EduKan was created in

2002 by SCCC/ATS and Pratt, Dodge City, Garden City, Barton County and Colby

community colleges to offer online general education courses.

EduKan also offers Associate in General Studies, Associate in Arts,

Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science to its students, which

was approved by the Higher Learning Commission that accredits community

colleges. The Commission must approve any additional degrees prior to one

being offered. The SCCC/ATS board approved the placement of this information

with all information about the college¹s accreditation.

New faculty introduced to the board were Don Hayes, Biology; David Ingle,

Diesel Technology; Michael Jameson, Diesel Technology; Laurel Lahita,

Nursing; and Allison Owens, assistant Volleyball coach.

Ingle showed the Automotive Service Excellence plaque to the board that they

received recently. The Diesel and Automotive technology programs have

received ASE certification and the Auto Body Collision Repair program is

scheduled for an ASE certification visit this fall.

Donovan reported on a new ³At Risk² program that allows anyone on campus to

email the At Risk Committee if they feel a student is at risk. Students can

be at risk academically or due to family, personal, financial or physical

issues.

Dunn presented the board with information on enrollment in the 19 Kansas

Community Colleges. Although the data shows a 13 percent increase in

enrollment during the 2009-10 school year, the state aid decreased by 9

percent.

Overall the community colleges serves over 50 percent of the students in

public higher education and delivers over 80 percent of postsecondary

technical education in Kansas.

In other action, the board

1. Approved the hiring of Michael Jameson, Diesel Technology instructor;

and Allison Owens, assistant Volleyball Coach; and

2. Approved a change to the Identity Theft Prevention Policy.

The next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 4 in the board room.

The group that is assisting the college with a long-range land and facility

use plan will be on campus Oct. 4-7 to meet with students, staff, board

members and area residents to obtain ideas and feedback.

© Copyright SCCC/ATS Press Release
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