The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees
accepted the resignation of Jo Ann Sharp at its November board meeting,
Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.
Sharp, who has been a board member since 1987, said it has been a privilege
to be a part of SCCC/ATS history since the beginning. She was on the USD 480
school board in 1967 and was one of the individuals who helped make both the
college and the area technical school a reality.
The board presented a plaque to Jo Ann Sharp in honor of her nearly 20 years
of service as chair of the Board. The college will publicize the vacancy and
appoint a new board member at the December board meeting.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, presented the board with an update on the
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) projects through the North
Central Association Higher Learning Commission, which governs the
college’s continued accreditation. The Action Projects that were submitted
for review include 1. Improving the Concurrent Enrollment Experience for
Students, Parents, and School Staff; 2. Developing a Student Retention Plan;
and 3. Improving Communication through Effective Meetings.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, gave an update of the five-year, Title V
Grant the college has received in the amount of $3,249,913. The grant will
add three programs, including Corrosion Technology, Process Technology and
Radiology Technology. Steve Weins will be the project manager. This grant
will allow for the addition of an online component for these and other
Another new program, the National Gas Compression Technology program, will
begin offering classes this spring to eight students, Dale Reed, associate
dean of educational services told the board.
Beginning with the spring 2011 semester, the college will offer a variety of
general education courses from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, said Rapp.
This is one way the college is beginning to address the institution goal
relating to identifying student issues that may prevent enrollment. The
college is trying to adapt schedules and services to meet some of those
In other action, the board
1. Approved changes to Board Policy 620 regarding the Family
Medical Leave Act, which needed to be changed to meet new federal
2. Hired Kelly Campbell as Safety and Security Supervisor;
3. Accepted the resignation of Reenie Jackson, Business and
Industry director; and
4. Approved the purchase of 80 thin clients from BookPC.com in
the amount of $69,600; 28 min-towers (lower level) from Dell Computer
Corporation in the amount of $36,260; 38 notebooks from Dell Computer in the
amount of $36,100 and 34 mini-towers (mid level) from Dell in the amount of
$45,900; the technology will be funded through the KBOR Technology Grant,
Carl Perkins, Post Secondary Capital Outlay and Technology Fund.
The board has set aside Tuesday, Nov. 16 for a special meeting to discuss
issuance of certificates of participation. The meeting will be 7:30 p.m., in
the board room. The Board members and administrators will attend a joint
Trustee meeting with Dodge City and Garden City community college
representatives. That meeting will be held at Dodge City Community College
on Tuesday, November 30.