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.