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SCCC/ATS To Add Three New Programs

Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School is adding three new

programs to its curriculum, including Corrosion Technology, Process

Technology and Radiology Technology.

The United States Department of Education has approved the college for a

Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Grant. To be

eligible for this grant, 25 percent of the undergraduate full-time

equivalent population must be Hispanic.

Project Manager Steve Wiens will direct the five-year grant, which totals

$3,235,913. The grant provides funding for an addition and renovation to the

area technical school buildings at 2215 N. Kansas to house laboratories,

classrooms and offices.

The Corrosion Technology program, which will include a one-year certificate

and a two-year associate in applied science degree, will begin during the

fall 2011 semester. In addition to an on-campus classroom and lab, the

program will include a field lab that will have over 2,000 feet of pipeline

to be used for training. New government regulations have focused on

increased corrosion control, which is steadily increasing the demand for

trained corrosion technicians. In the 4,912 square miles comprising the

seven SCCC/ATS Kansas counties, more than 9,000 miles of pipeline must be

checked regularly for corrosion, the leading cause of pipeline explosions.

Only one other Corrosion Technology program exists in the country.

The Process Technology program, which will include a one-year certificate

and a two-year associate in applied science degree, will begin in fall 2012.

Process Technology involves every aspect of chemical processing, including

extracting and refining resources, such as oil and natural gas; refining

chemicals; and carefully monitoring the process that makes it happen.

Process technology helps power plants maximize output and minimize emissions

and lets waste- and water-treatment plants monitor industrial waste,

environmental impact and human health and safety. Nationally, only a few

colleges offer programs that meet the criteria for training as process

technicians in ethanol, bio-diesel, food processing, and related industries.

The Radiologic Technology program, which will include a two-year associate

in applied science degree, will begin in fall 2013.

Radiologic Technology trains students to take x-rays, perform CAT scans or

administer non-radioactive materials into a patient¹s blood stream for

diagnostic purposes. Radiologic technicians also specialize in computed

tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance.

Each of these three programs will include alternate delivery of classes,

including podcasts, online or hybrid classes, interactive or streaming video

or web-based interactive delivery.

The grant provides an economic boost to the community as well as nearly $1.5

million in personnel salaries and nearly $1million in construction during

the five years of grant activities. The injection of federal dollars will

provide significant benefits to our community.

³This is an exciting opportunity for our college and our regional industry

partners,² said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. ³The benefits of using

grant funds to establish high technology and high wage career programs are

evident and will provide benefits to our community for years after the grant


For information about any of these programs, contact Wiens at 620-417-1653.

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