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May 28th, 2022
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SAINTS PERSPECTIVE, Phillip Lee, SCCC Public Relations


I remember that surreal feeling of teams playing in an empty Greenhouse during the pandemic. It was great to see the student-athletes and coaches back on the court. As I walked around the Greenhouse, yes, you could feel the excitement being generated by the teams, but something was missing. 

I looked up at the seats. No fans. Just empty seats. I looked across the court. Again, no fans. Just empty bleachers. Yes, the games were back and the Greenhouse was open, but no fans. No buzz. No crowd noise. Just green empty seats and empty metal stands. 

This came to mind this week because it’s the start of a new semester. The campus opened a week ago. Faculty, staff and administration were back from the holidays and there was a sense that they were glad to be back. It seemed that everyone was refreshed and looking forward to the new year. But there was something missing. The halls were awfully quiet. Not much really going on. 

Then classes began this week. It was like the fans were back in the Greenhouse. Students were back on campus. Students in the halls, talking to one another. The smiling faces. The handshakes and the fist bumps. The greetings and conversations of the holiday break. Students gathering in front of classrooms waiting to get in. Students in the bookstore, in front of the business office to pay a bill, waiting in line at the Saints Bookstore to get books and materials for the semester. Yes, the fans were back. And just like a game, the fans make it great – the students make it great. 

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As the semester starts, we’re right back into the swing of things. We had a visit of about 40 seventh graders from Scott City Middle School. Our crack admissions crew gave them the tour of the campus. The middle schoolers got a chance to see the technical programs such as welding, auto body, corrosion, HVAC and diesel technology. They were served lunch and got a chance to check out the bookstore and the student union. It’s always great to give younger students the opportunity to see our campus and what we have to offer. Hopefully, they’ll remember us and we look forward to having them as future Saints!



Welcome to Keeley Moree, the newest member of the SCCC Board of Trustees. She was appointed by the board at the special meeting on Monday. Welcome Keeley! We know you’re going to be an excellent addition on the board and will do a great job! 

Here’s a little information about her: She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Mass Communications from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M University. She works as Vice President of Practice Management at Southwest Medical Center. She is a life-long resident of Liberal and is an active member of the Seward County United Way board, K-State Research and Extension board, the Kansas Hospital Association, and participates in a variety of advisory panels in the community.



Business and Industry had some time off, but is back and ready to have another great semester of programming. For information on any classes, call (620) 417-1170 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Here are some classes in January this month: 

• Certified Medication Aide Update: 

Jan. 17-18, 4 – 9 p.m. 

This 10-hour KDHE approved course is for Certified Medication Aides who need to update their CMA certificate through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services. 

• Preparing for Tax Season 

Jan. 19, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. 

Prepare yourself or your small business for tax season! Join us for the workshop and learn what must be on your list and tax season myths. This workshop will cover all the nuts and bolts that individuals and business owners should know about taxation. Topics covered include tax planning for private individuals, and tax tips for businesses, the record keeping requirements, and things to consider avoiding the dreaded tax audit and other issues to consider when preparing tax documentation. This workshop will be interactive, and discussion based, so bring your toughest questions. 

• EPA 608 Certification 

Jan. 24-28, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (M-Thu) 8 a.m. – noon (Fri) 

This course will cover information required to complete the Clean Air Act Section 608 EPA Certification. Topics covered include small appliances, high pressure systems, and low-pressure systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and be prepared for the EPA certification exam. The EPA Certification Exam will be conducted the last day of class*** 

• Citizenship Class 

Jan. 24 – May 23 (Mondays), 6 – 8 p.m. 

(No class Feb. 14 or Mar. 14) 

This class prepares eligible legal permanent residents for the United States naturalization process. Topics covered include the application procedure, U.S. government, U.S. history, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services interview procedure. 


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