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College prepares for Saturday’s 2010 graduation ceremonies, 300 grads PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:11

• Special to the Daily Leader
The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday for its regular board meeting. Prior to the board meeting the board met with a cross-section of students to discuss their experiences at the college. The board said that overall the students were pleased with their education at the college. 
The students identified strengths of the college including strong advising, helpful and supportive faculty and staff, the positive interaction among students from different cultures and communities, their preparation for careers and transfer to university programs, and the overall positive attitude found at SCCC/ATS. The students included those who were recent high school graduates as well as students who have families and are returning to college. Suggestions for improvement included the feasibility of providing child care and continuing to insure awareness of student activities to all students enrolled.
Donetta Dreitz, registrar, gave a review over the 2010 graduation ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in the gym. Members of the board of trustees will hand out diplomas to more than 300 graduates, which is an increase above the number of students receiving diplomas in 2009.
Dr. Duane Dunn presented several scenarios from the Kansas legislature for raising additional revenue in the state, including changes in the state income tax and possible cigarette and liquor tax increases.
Locally, in order to establish a budget for FY2011 and in order to offset the decline in state aid, the administration is utilizing data which includes estimates of credit hour enrollment; revenue from student tuition and fees, state operating grant and ATS post-secondary aid; Seward County assessed valuation; motor vehicle tax; salary and wages and benefits; current mill levy; and budget requests.
Further reductions from the state are possible, Dunn said, and reductions in the departmental budget requests will continue to be developed. 
Doug Browne, multimedia technology director, presented an overview of a campus-wide security camera system that would include all off-campus facilities. The plan would include a media server and cameras for the different facilities. The plan would include updating the existing equipment and adding additional components as well.  Additional cameras will be installed at various locations including parking lots, Epworth Allied Health, Colvin Adult Learning Center and the Area Technical School buildings.  The security camera system will enable the college to provide improved security and record of any accidents or damages that occur on the college property.
The board approved the purchase of the necessary equipment from Alexander Open Systems of Garden City in the amount of $111,906.
Although the Gas Compressor Institute was very good this year, attendance was down, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. The board will re-evaluate the materials as well as the overall institute to see what can be done to boost enrollment. One aspect was a change in pre-registration procedures which may have had an impact on the number of people who attended.
The college signed an articulation agreement with National American University to provide online bachelor’s degrees as well as graduate degrees, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction. The new agreement provides another avenue for on-line students who have completed an associate degree through SCCC/ATS to complete a bachelor’s degree without having to relocate.
Rapp also told the board that another group of our students has successfully completed the cooperative program with Kansas State University that is designed to encourage students to become teachers and return to southwest Kansas to teach elementary education, with an emphasis on English as a Second Language.
The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation will evaluate two additional programs, Diesel Technology and Automotive Technology, in May. NATEF evaluates technician-training programs and recommends qualifying programs for accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Celeste Donavon, dean of student services, told the board that the phonathon to raise money for scholarships brought in $33,776. The baseball team raised the most money as an organization and Galen McSpadden, head men’s baseball coach, raised the most money as a staff member.
In other action, the board: 
o Accepted the resignation of Ryan Stock, assistant men’s basketball coach;
o Approved changes to Board Policy No. 505 on Bidding Procedures;
o Approved the new Administrator Succession Plan;
o Approved the quote from Luminous Neon of Dodge City in the amount of $39,527 to update the electronic sign at the west entrance of campus, including an RGB color electronic message center. The utility savings realized through the change in the sign qualifies the project for federal funding;
o Approved the purchase of nine ADA-compliant classroom desks, 75 regular classroom desks, 128 caster chairs for hard surfaces and 40 caster chairs for carpeted surfaces from Kansas Contract Design of Wichita in the amount of $43,420.55 that will be used at the area technical school;
o Approved the purchase of carpet for the Humanities Building from Flooring American Furniture of Liberal in the amount of $47,608;
o Approved the purchase of one server and three players from Mission Electronics, Inc., of Lenexa in the amount of $15,000 to expand monitors for Channel 17 and other messages at the Area Technical School and the Student Activities Center;
o Approved the purchase of a water jet cutting tool from Kansas-Oklahoma Machine of Wichita in the amount of $113,275 for the Manufacturing portion of the Welding, Drafting and Design Technology and Machine Tool technology programs. Funds for the purchase of the cutting tool are provided through a grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The board will host a planning retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 5, in SU214. The next board meeting is Monday, June 7, in the board room. 

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