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  • Southwestern College Signs Articulation Agreement with MCC

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies in Wichita, Kansas and Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City have announced the signing of an articulation agreement that will make for the easy transition of credits for MCC students wishing to further their education at Southwestern College.

    Students who have earned their Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees with MCC will now be able to easily transfer their credits to Southwestern College to earn their bachelor’s degree. The new articulation agreement will make it possible to transfer without losing credits or repeating courses already taken. It also provides a pathway for active and inactive military members to easily transition into earning their bachelor’s degree.

    “This is a great opportunity for MCCKC students,” said Paul Long, Vice Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College. “We try to advance as many pathways as possible for them to move from our institutions to other colleges. An online agreement in these areas provide them with such an opportunity.”

    “We are celebrating our 20th year anniversary at Professional Studies of helping students earn their Bachelors’ degrees,” said Amy Lash Esau, Dean of Southwestern College Professional Studies. “With our new RN to BSN Program and our Security Management Program, we are just more than thrilled that we can partner with MCC in this way.”

    Located in east Wichita near McConnell Air Force Base, Southwestern College Professional Studies provides flexibility with six-week online courses that allow students to work while they further their education.

  • KNOXX™ Partnership to Bring SC Students Innovative Career Networking Opportunities

    WICHITA, Kansas, October 20, 2014 – Southwestern College is proud to announce a partnership with KNOXX™, an innovative career networking platform created by Wichita-based firm Insights Career Consulting.  

    As the only college partner of KNOXX™, Southwestern College will be able to offer its students and alumni access to the career networking platform free of charge.

    “I was very impressed with how forward thinking Southwestern was in exploring new and effective ways to showcase their students and alumni to prospective employers,” said Mike Mathia, founder of Insights Career Consulting. “The commitment from Southwestern to blend technology into their educational programs well before we discovered each other speaks very highly of their likelihood for future success and stability. As a result, students and alumni should be very proud to be associated with such an institution!  Southwestern and KNOXX™ are both industry innovators and our missions are very similar – assist students in finding opportunity.”

    Students taking advantage of KNOXX™ will have the opportunity to be seen and heard with integrated video technology that will allow them to introduce themselves on a more personal level to potential employers. Those videos can be created and posted with the assistance of staff members at the Professional Studies building.

    An “About Me” section on the site will offer students the opportunity to showcase their personalities and interests with prospective employers and the “My Links” section allows students to provide more extensive information about their credentials. The site will allow potential employees to narrow down their search by the size of business they are hoping to work for. It also offers three security features, making it easier to search for jobs discreetly.

    “Employers are truly excited about the opportunity to visit a career networking site where they will be provided with detailed and valuable information regarding available candidates in the market and now through this partnership, Southwestern will separate itself from competing institutions that continue to rely only on traditional means of assisting students with their post-education careers,” Mathia said.

    The KNOXX™  Web site went live in September and is actively being used by employers and those seeking employment.

    Southwestern College students can learn more at http://ps.sckans.edu/career-services or contact enrollment@sckans.edu

     

  • SC Graduate publishes final class project

    WICHITA, Kansas, October 20, 2014 -- Becoming an author and illustrator wasn’t what Connie Kane set out to do when she enrolled in classes at Southwestern College in 2010. She was working as a para professional in Goddard and had her sights set on a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education when a final project steered her in an unexpected direction.

    Kane was tasked by her Children’s Literature instructor, Jill Sullivan, to write and illustrate a children’s book as her final project for the class. The book would then have to be put up to the ultimate test: reading it to elementary students.

    “Part of our assignment for whatever we created was we had to read it to different age levels – to different classrooms,” Kane said.

    Born in Eureka, Kansas, Kane spent the majority of her youth in Kansas and Oklahoma. The mother of four and grandmother of three now lives on 80 acres of land in a 100-year-old farmhouse just outside of Goddard where she enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren. She says it was her family and quiet country life that would be her biggest inspiration for her book entitled “Journey Through the Meadow.”

    “As I sat down and wrote the book my kids were a huge inspiration,” she said. “We used to go on nature walks when my children were growing up and now my grandkids come over and we kind of still do that.”

    The book is a quick read, perfect for any young child.

    “My favorite part about the book is that the main character is the reader, so it eliminates any kind of social or ethnic boundaries,” said Kane. “It is who is reading it.”

    Its illustrations, which Kane did herself with a little help from her students at Oak Street Elementary School in Goddard, boast eye-catching color.

    “The students took computer paper and we all joined in together and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do yet, but they just filled the sheet as much as they could with water colors and we hung them up to dry,” she explained. “And then I made stencils and then I began cutting stuff out and that’s just kind of how things evolved.”

    Once it was finished she read it aloud to her students and their teachers. Their positive feedback would become her motivation to have it published.

    “I had a couple teachers remark, ‘Oh, I would buy that,’” she said.

    With nothing to lose, Kane took the book to Mennonite Press in Newton, Kansas about a year ago to see about having it self-published.

    “They loved it,” she said. “They absolutely loved it and I could see them getting excited about it.”

    Next she would have to re-do her illustrations, covering the pages with her colorful artwork. After that was complete she got the approval of the Library of Congress and purchased her International Standard Book Number and tax codes. About six weeks later, she had the final project in hand.  

    “I am very pleased,” she said of her book. “It’s a neat feeling.”

    Her former teacher, who gave her an ‘A,’ shares the same sentiment.

    “I read it to my grandchildren and they loved it,” said Jill Sullivan, Southwestern College affiliate faculty member. “I hope that she continues to write and explore ways to utilize her creativity. I was so excited to receive a copy of her book in the mail and will use it as an example in future classes.”

    Kane graduated from Southwestern College through Professional Studies in 2012 and currently substitute teaches in west Wichita and Goddard while she seeks a full-time teaching position. She is in the process of selling her book on Amazon.com and if all goes well, she already has thoughts for a second. Until then, copies of her book can be purchased on her Web site, granpubishing.com

    Learn more about Southwestern College Professional Studies Elementary Education Program.

    Are you a former Professional Studies student with a great story and want to be featured on our Web site? Email jessica.schlageck@sckans.edu.

  • Watch replay of lectures with Major General Michael Lehnert (retired)

  • Wichita Radio Stations to Air Interview with Retired GTMO General Michael Lehnert

    Wichita, Kansas, October 10, 2014 – iHeartMedia, Inc. stations will air an interview with Marine Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) over the weekend just days before he will speak to the public, military and law enforcement in Wichita.

    Lehnert, who was in command of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during its post-9/11 transformation in 2002, will take part in a law enforcement panel discussion with Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams (retired) and Master Police Officer Lionel Santiago, of the Orlando Police Department, at the Hyatt Regency Wednesday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. That evening, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lehnert will give a public lecture on terrorism to the public at the Hyatt. Both events are free and open to the public. He will speak to the military on Thursday, October 16th

    The interview on iHeart Media’s Wichita Weekend radio show will air as follows on Sunday, October 12th.

    Listen online by clicking the radio station links above.

  • Events with Retired GTMO General Streamed Online

    Wichita, Kansas, October 7, 2014 – Three events with Marine Major General Michael Lehnert (retired)  hosted by Southwestern College – Professional Studies next week will be streamed online for those unable to attend.

    Lehnert, who was in command of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when it was transformed into a detention facility for suspected terrorists in 2002, will participate in a panel discussion with other law enforcement officials, including Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter and retired Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams, Wednesday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. Lehnert will give a public lecture on terrorism that evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both events, which are open to the public at no cost, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

    Thursday, October 16th, Lehnert will speak exclusively to members of the military at the Holiday Inn East.

    All three events will be streamed online at http://ps.sckans.edu/southwestern-college-online-live-events

     

  • Southwestern College named Military Friendly School® for 2015

    Wichita, KS, September 26th, 2014 – Victory Media has named Southwestern College a Military Friendly School® for the year 2015.

    Veteran-owned Victory Media was established in 2001 to help educators attract quality military students and employees. Its 49-page Military Friendly® survey consists of questions regarding degree programs, number of military students including military spouses and number of graduates to name a few.

    Southwestern College prides itself on providing various online degree programs that fit the needs of military service members whether they are at home or deployed. The college gives its learners the flexibility to take a break in classes and pick back up should they have a career or life event that keeps them from working toward their degree.

    Southwestern College is proud to be featured as one of the elite educational institutions honored to be listed in the upcoming 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.
     

  • Southwestern College President Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve

    Wichita, KS, September 24, 2014 – In an effort to show Southwestern College’s continued support for its military learners, President Dick Merriman signed a statement of support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

    Established in 1972 as a subdivision of the Department of Defense, The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was created to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.  Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers, including Southwestern College, have signed statements of support.

    ESGR Administrative Support Technician Becky Richardson was on hand for the signing ceremony, saying that signing the statement lets military students know Southwestern College will support its military students and employees.

    “It’s an extra step that the employers take to say, ‘I am military friendly,’” said Richardson.

    “We’re very committed to serving military learners,” said Southwestern College President Dick Merriman. “Because the college offers a number of programs online, which allow learners to keep studying while they deployed, we’ve seen a lot of growth in our military enrollment through the years.”

    Southwestern College continues to serve its learners with flexible schedules that allow them to earn their degree while serving the country.
    “We know that they are doing something important for our country and we’re trying to help them do that while they also advance their personal goals and their family goals by getting a college degree,” Merriman said.

    The ESGR statement of support has also been signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

  • First Commanding General at Guantanamo Bay to Give Lecture to Military

    Wichita, KS, September 18, 2014 – Decorated war veteran United States Marine Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) will help kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Southwestern College – Professional Studies with a lecture to members of the military.  

    General Lehnert will give a lecture on “GTMO: Lessons learned and the role of military officers in upholding constitutional responsibilities” at the Holiday Inn East on October 16th.

    After overseeing the transformation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a detention facility for suspected members of Taliban and Al Qaeda following the attacks on 9/11, Gen. Lehnert has expressed his disapproval of tactics used there and belief that the facility should be shut down.

    Before his role at Guantanamo Bay, Gen. Lehnert participated in Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty during the Panama crisis. After his role at GTMO, he was deployed to the CENTCOM Theater as the commander of Marine Logistics Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Some of the general’s most prestigious decorations before his retirement in 2009 include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit Award with Gold Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

    The lecture will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 549 S. Rock Rd. on Thursday, October 16th from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served during the lecture. RSVPs to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retired-gtmo-general-to-speak-to-military-members-tickets-12779280171 are encouraged as seating will be limited.

    During his visit to Wichita, Gen. Lenhert will also give a public lecture and participate in a law enforcement panel discussion.

  • Deadline for military tuition assistance this week

     

    Wichita, Kansas, September 16, 2014 – Southwestern College – Professional Studies is extending a friendly reminder to current and future military learners that the deadline to apply for tuition assistance is rapidly approaching. Members of the Armed Services must submit tuition assistance requests 10 days prior to the start of class. Students should have their paperwork submitted by September 19th to ensure TA for the next class session, which begins September 19th.

    Those wishing to receive tuition assistance can visit their respective education offices on base or visit their branch’s portal.

    Army visit: https://www.goarmyed.com/

    Air Force visit: https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp

    Marines visit: https://www.sas.cnet.navy.mil/login/sasdeersvalidation.aspx?RedirectUrl=https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/eta/

    Navy visit: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/ta_info.aspx

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