By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Evening classes are scheduled to begin Monday at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, with day classes scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Students at the local college will have a chance to find out what SCCC/ATS is all about Monday, when the school hosts its annual Welcome Fair.
Director of student life and leadership Wade Lyon said a motivational-type speaker will be on hand, and there will also be a ‘play fair,’ allowing students to do ice breaker activities as they get to know each other.
The Welcome Fair starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the SCCC/ATS gym, and Lyon said the play fair will lead next to an “activities fair,” which has the college’s clubs and organizations set up in the gym for students to take the time to visit.
“We try to get those kids connected through clubs and organizations,” he said. “Most of the kids from Seward County who have a tuition grant are required to be in a club, so they can get exposed to those clubs.”
Lyon said all local businesses are invited to come to promote their company and recruit employees. He said the Welcome Fair normally brings in about 10 to 15 businesses, including retailers, banks and even churches.
“We have banks come in,” he said. “We have churches. We have a wide range.”
Lyon said part of what makes SCCC/ATS unique from other schools is the amount of support the college gets from the community.
“They’re really supportive about helping out the college and promoting the college,” he said. “We just kind of want to link those two up. We’re very, very proud of this community and what they do for us. We try to give back to each other. The community and college work well together, and that’s why we’re called a community college.”
Lyon said the Welcome Fair is similar to freshmen orientation traditionally hosted by other schools, and SCCC/ATS President Dr. Duane Dunn and the college’s deans will be on hand to talk about what the school has to offer.
Advising coordinator Patsy Fisher will do an orientation with some of the international students the college is bringing in for this year.
“She goes over some things with them,” Lyon said. “We have a club they can get plugged into that’s just international. We have a time for that where the international students can get a little more familiarized with what to expect.”
Lyon said there are many things the school does during the Welcome Fair for the international students.
“Help them go get their Social Security cards,” he said. “We guide them in how to get that done.”
Lyon emphasized that everyone in the community is invited to attend the Welcome Fair.
“Anybody that wants to get involved as far as the community, they’re welcome,” he said. “There’s no charge. We always set up a table for them. They can come and promote their business, recruit, whatever they want to do. It’s open to the community. Everybody’s welcome to participate in that. I just ask them to send me an e-mail, let me know, so we know which table to set up.”
Lyon can be reached by e-mail at