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Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:43

• Special to the Daily Leader

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has met the goals of the Kansas Board of Regents agreement, according to SCCC/ATS President Dr. Duane Dunn.

Dunn presented the progress report of the Kansas Board of Regents performance agreement at the Board of Trustees regular meeting Monday evening. The report indicates the college’s attainment of goals identified in the 2007-2009 agreement. The college met or exceeded all of the anticipated goals and exceeded sufficient goals for acceptance by the Board of Regents.

The board approved the annual program review for the visual arts program, which includes both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Over the past five years, the art department has developed a plan to track graduates to determine how well the college prepared them for their university experience and/or employment, updated recruiting materials and improved safety procedures in the art labs. The next formal review will be in four years.

The board adopted a resolution to include SCCC/ATS as part of the Multi-jurisdictional Mitigation Plan as prepared by EFM Consulting, LLC. This is a cooperative effort between the local governing bodies and will be funded through a grant prepared by Seward County. There is no cost for the college to participate in the plan. The plan is designed to assist public entities in preparation for natural disasters and reconstruction and repair of facilities in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, told the board that the college was awarded a three-year Workforce Solutions Fund Grant in the amount of $113,275 through the Kansas Department of Commerce in the area of Advanced Manufacturing. The grant will support the Welding Technology, Machine Tool Technology and Drafting and Design Technology programs.  The grant is a collaborative effort with regional industry employers as well as Garden City Community College and Dodge City Community College. The funds will be used to purchase equipment, provide training, and assist industry with short-term customized training needs related to the machining and manufacturing industries.

Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, told the board that EduKan enrollment showed a 10.3 percent increase in credit hours, an 11.5 percent increase in in-state credit hours and a 6.8 percent increase in out-of-state credit hours. SCCC/ATS is a member of the EduKan consortium that offers online courses and degree programs.

Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, explained that reductions in state appropriations for SCCC/ATS have exceeded $1.5 million for the current fiscal year. The most recent information from the Governor’s office is that an additional $15 million reduction in higher education appropriations is anticipated.

In other action, the board:

o Approved a special board meeting for Monday, June 28 to close the 2009-10 school year and moved the July board meeting to Monday, July 19;

o Approved the quote from Southwest Glass and Door of Liberal in the mount of $71,617 to replace some doors and windows at the Hale Court dorms.  These funds are part of the federal stimulus funds used for deferred maintenance projects; and

o Extended annual contracts to the deans and president for the 2011 academic year.

The spring session of programs provided through the University of Kansas Osher Institute will begin on Feb. 4 with the first session entitled WWI-The great war: myths and reality.  The college will host a campus visitation/dinner for area superintendents and high school principals at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10. The group will be invited to the Saints basketball games beginning at 6 p.m. Homecoming is Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Humanities, Social Science and Education Division will host a Poetry Night at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25. A Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” will be hosted Feb. 25 at the technical school facilities as part of Career and Technical Education Month recognition.

The next board meeting is Monday, March 1, in the board room.

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