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Students learn new skills painting soldier’s house

Salina Tech's Diesel Technology students spent Tuesday afternoon scraping, sanding and priming the home of a Salina man who was deployed to Kuwait. Diesel technology students are learning a new set of skills and a Salina man serving in Kuwait is getting his house painted this week. “We are chipping off the old paint and putting on primer. We will possibly help paint it,” Chris Wiegand said Tuesday afternoon. He’s in his second year in the diesel technology program at Salina Area Technical College. Wiegand was among about 40 members of Skills USA scraping and painting Tuesday afternoon [...]

Salina Tech partners with district for public safety program

(Back row, left to right, Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan, Salina Fire Department Division Chief of Training Mark Grosland, Salina Fire Department Battalion Chief David Turner, Salina School Board member Nedra Elbl, USD305 Executive Director of School Improvement Linn Exline, Salina Tech Vice President of Instruction Stephani Johns-Hines, Salina Deputy Police Chief Shawn Morton, Salina City Commissioner Melissa Hodges and Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson. Front row. Salina Superintendent James Hardy and Salina Tech President Greg Nichols. Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson hopes a new high school public safety pathway being implemented by the Salina School District and [...]

Salina Tech Named One of Top 150 Community Colleges

For the fifth consecutive time, Salina Area Technical College has been named one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute, and is now eligible to compete with those 149 other colleges for the $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. “This recognition is the result of years of work by numerous faculty and staff at Salina Tech,” said President Greg Nichols. “We have a great group of folks who know how to instruct and support our students, and help them be successful, and it shows.” Read more at KSAL.com

Salina Tech enrollment up 6 percent

Enrollment at Salina Area Technical College rose just more than six percent in the fall of 2017 compared to the previous fall, according to data collected on the 20th day of classes for the Kansas Board of Regents. According to that enrollment data, Salina Tech is serving a total of 615 students, compared to 580 in September 2016 – an increase of 6.03 percent. Read more at McPhersonSentinel.com

Kansas National Guard, Salina Tech sign partnership

Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli, center, talks with Salina Tech President Greg Nichols,left, and State Representative Diana Dierks, right, at the signing ceremony. Members of the Kansas National Guard learning welding and machining will now have an opportunity to apply that knowledge toward an Associate of Applied Science degree at Salina Area Technical College. An agreement signed Friday by Salina Tech President Greg Nichols and Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli allows service men and women who are learning Military Occupational Specialty 91E at the Kansas Regional Training Institute in Salina to be awarded credits through Salina Tech’s Welding [...]

Salina Tech Ranked Fifth in U.S. For Graduation Rate

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked Salina Area Technical College fifth in the nation among two-year colleges for its graduation rate – moving up from ninth in 2016. Read more at KSAL.com.

Salina Tech names new Director of Nursing

Salina Area Technical College has hired a new director of the college’s foundation and a director of nursing. Rebecca Claus is the college’s first director of nursing. She is from Vesper and earned her nursing diploma from the Asbury Hospital School of Nursing in Salina. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in science from Kansas Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from Fort Hays State University. Read more at Salina.com

New nursing programs in the works

More opportunities for nursing education soon will be available in Salina, thanks to programs being launched by Kansas Wesleyan University and Salina Area Technical College. Salina Tech Monday announced plans to begin a one-year practical nursing program with a 40-student capacity beginning in the fall of 2018, to be followed by a two-year associate in nursing degree program in the fall of 2019. Both programs will require approval from the Kansas Board of Nursing before students can be accepted. Read more at Salina.com

Salina Adult Education Center honors 15 graduates

Russell resident Kayla Arbogast knows a thing or two about adversity. Arbogast dropped out of Russell High School at the age of 17 after having the first of her three children, 7-year-old Bentley Arbogast. Since then, she’s been unsuccessful at obtaining her high school diploma. On Wednesday evening, the 24-year-old mother of three — Bentley, Za’Kiyah Arbogast, 4, and Jazzlyn Mason, 1 week old — received her Kansas State High School Diploma during the Salina Adult Education Center graduation at South Middle School. Read more at Salina.com

Summer camp video

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Technical skills learned at day camp

Skills used for welding, electrical wiring, diesel mechanics and operating hydraulics aren’t just for the guys. During summer day camp conducted Monday through Wednesday at Salina Area Technical College, both girls and boys learned how to weld, wire outlets and switches and operate a backhoe. Fifth- and sixth-grade campers participated in hands-on lessons in diesel mechanics and hydraulic systems, while seventh- and eighth-graders learned welding, and freshmen and sophomores participated in electronics. Students in each of the classes completed a project. “We started from scratch wiring to light a lightbulb,” said Jillian Coleman, 14, a student at Salina South High [...]

Tucson’s Steakhouse to aid Salina Tech students

Tucson's Steakhouse is partnering with Salina Area Technical College to help send four students and their instructors to the SkillsUSA national competition June 19 through 23 in Louisville, Ky. Today, Tucson's, 2750 S. Ninth, will donate 15 percent of sales to the Salina Tech SkillsUSA team. SkillsUSA is a career and technical organization serving high school and college students and professionals enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service organizations. Read more at Salina.com.  

Salina Tech students help rebuild antique tractor damaged in tornado

SOLOMON — When Chapman resident Ken Wood had farm equipment on his more than 500 acres of land destroyed by an EF-4 tornado on May 25, he never thought he’d be able to use any of it again. He decided to donate the damaged equipment to Abilene Machine, 407 Old Highway 40, which sells new and used after-market tractors and combine parts and other farm equipment, and where he’d been a longtime customer. “I’ve seen them take a lot of damaged equipment and parts that I thought were beyond repair and make it work again,” he said.  Among the damaged [...]

SATC graduate persevered to make walk across stage

Christy Woolsey, a 2017 Salina Area Technical College graduate, knows a thing or two about perseverance and dedication. During her nine-month dental assistant program at SATC, Woolsey commuted two hours round trip from her hometown of Manhattan to Salina, running out of gas numerous times. The 33-year-old single mother of two children — 8-year-old Avante Cunningham and 4-year-old An’Aryah Cunningham — has shed her share of tears and spent days without lights in her house, all “to make sure I have a better life for myself and my children.” Read more at Salina.com

Salina Tech students excel at SkillsUSA contest

Students from Salina Area Technical College were awarded eight medals from the recent Kansas SkillsUSA contest in Wichita and Hutchinson, the largest number of gold medals won by Salina Tech students in a single year. Four students qualified to compete at the national SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Ky., by winning gold in their competitions: Noah Hanson, a senior at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, in the high school division of Diesel Equipment; Joseph Ruiz of Salina in the college division of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Cole Sauber of Assaria in the college division of CNC Milling; and Mark Toeniskoetter [...]

Salina Tech hires new CDL instructor

Salina Area Technical College has hired David John, of Chapman, as an instructor for its commercial truck driving program. John has served in the U.S. Army since 1998 in various transportation and logistical jobs — most recently as truck master for the 24th Composite Truck Co. at Fort Riley, where he organized and supervised driver training, truck routing and scheduled maintenance. Read more at Salina.com  

Salina Tech places first at welding competition

A team of four high school students studying welding at Salina Area Technical College placed first at North Central Kansas Technical College’s 13th annual Gas Metal Arc Welding Invitational recently. The students are Skyler DeMott, a senior at Smoky Valley High School, Kiel Beals, a senior at Abilene High School, Dylan Graham, a senior at Smoky Valley High School, and Devon Lowers, a senior at Salina South High School. Read more at SalinaPost.com  

Transfer options available

The Feb. 26 edition of the Salina Journal offered an informative front-page piece highlighting course transfer options for students with an emphasis on Kansas Wesleyan. As a faculty member at Salina Area Technical College, I am glad my students can transfer credit to Kansas Wesleyan if that meets their educational goals. What the article does not mention is the transfer options that exist for our students with all state schools in Kansas. As a member of the Kansas Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Council, I take pride in saying that all general education courses along with many health field [...]

Colleges cooperate in providing transfer agreements

Traditionally, many students attended the same university for their entire college career. As higher education expenses have exploded, however, more students are electing to begin their college education at a less-expensive two-year college before transferring to a four-year institution. Through transfer or articulation agreements, Salina-area colleges are working to make it easier for students to transfer credits from one institution to another and, in the process, cut down on the cost of higher education. For example, as many as 30 credit hours from technical courses at Salina Area Technical College may count toward a bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan. KWU also [...]

Pestinger Earns Workforce Education Award

A long-time Salina business owner has been honored. According to Salina Area Technical College, Tom Pestinger, owner of Pestinger Heating and Air Conditioning in Salina, has earned a Leadership Award from the Kansas Council for Workforce Education. The award was presented to Pestinger Monday evening at a meeting of Salina Area Technical College’s Board of Trustees. Read more at KSAL.com

Truck, Trailer Donated to Salina Tech

Doug Bradley Trucking, Inc. of Salina has donated a 2013 International Prostar truck, along with a 53-foot refrigerated trailer, to Salina Area Technical College. The truck arrived on campus Tuesday morning, with Jamie Bradley, Vice President of Bradley Trucking, behind the wheel, and students and instructors from both the Commercial Truck Driving and Diesel Technology departments on hand to watch. Read more at KSAL.com

A win for donor and recipient

The recent donation of diesel engines to two Kansas technical colleges is a perfect example of a public-private partnership that benefits both the donor and the recipient. According to a Dec. 3 Salina Journal story by reporter Harold Campbell, MHC Kenworth of Salina donated to Salina Area Technical College and North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit PACCAR MX-13 diesel engines worth about $40,000 each. Read more at Salina.com

Kenworth donates diesel engines to Salina Tech

Diesel technology students at Salina Area Technical College and North Central Kansas Technical College, in Beloit, can now take advantage of working on diesel engines recently donated by truck manufacturer Kenworth. “It’s absolutely critical that students get the latest equipment,” said John Logan, service manager for MHC Kenworth in Salina. “They become more aware of the newest technology and they’re better prepared to start work.” Read more at Salina.com

Bestcolleges.com names Salina Tech as Best Community College in Kansas

Bestcolleges.com has ranked Salina Tech as the Best Community College in Kansas for 2017. Read more at Bestcolleges.com.  

Salina Tech earns national accreditation

Salina Area Technical College has earned numerous recognitions in recent years, including the Chronicle of Higher Education placing the college in the top 1 percent nationally for its graduation rate and the Aspen Institute consistently ranking it among the top 10 percent of two-year colleges nationwide. But the most important recognition was announced Friday: Salina Tech has earned its accreditation from the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission. Read more at SalinaPost.com.

Salina Tech earns “Military Friendly” designation

According to Salina Area Technical College, they have been named a Military Friendly college for 2017 by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Read more at KSAL.com.

New home rises from the ashes

Kevin Watters has been around the country working in construction. When family brought him to Salina, he started taking classes at Salina Area Technical College. Now? He’s teaching SAT students life skills by building houses. The current project started when the house at 1015 E. Kirwin caught fire in the middle of a September night in 2015. Once that house was razed, the empty lot was exactly what Watters, Construction and Tech Department Head and Instructor, was looking for. “We used to build alongside Habitat for Humanity,” Watters said. “With that, the students couldn’t get a complete learning experience. We [...]

Salina Tech receives grant from Hansen Foundation

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees of Salina Area Technical College, the college received a grant of $4,500 from the Greater Salina Community Foundation. The grant is to pay for $900 in program fees for five students who had just completed Salina Tech’s Commercial Truck Driving program and earned their GEDs through the Accelerated Opportunity – Kansas program. The grant funding came through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, based in Logan, which works in partnership with the Greater Salina Community Foundation to administer and distribute grant funds locally. Ruth Cathcart-Rake, a member of the Board of Directors of [...]

Students earn CDL and GED

Before a couple of months ago, Antoine Brathwaite never had driven a vehicle with a stick shift. Friday morning, however, he was one of seven graduating from the A-OK program at Salina Area Technical College with both a GED and a commercial truck-driving license. “I didn’t even know how to turn on the ignition,” Brathwaite said. “I’d never even driven a manual transmission before, but now to be behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler. It was hard.” Read the full story at Salina.com  

Auto Collision Repair earns national accreditation

The Automotive Collision Repair program at Salina Area Technical College has earned reaccreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The program has been accredited in the following areas: Damage Analysis, Estimating, Customer Service, Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing and Structural Analysis and Damage Repair. The accreditation is valid for five years. Read more at SalinaPost.com

Salina Tech enrollment trumps universities, community colleges

For the second consecutive year, Kansas technical colleges saw a larger percentage increase in enrollment than four-year universities or community colleges, according to the Kansas Board of Regents fall semester enrollment report. In fact, the percentage increase in technical college enrollment was more than triple that of community colleges and four-year universities combined, according to the report. Read more at Salina.com

Enrollment increases 11 percent

Enrollment at Salina Area Technical College is up 11 percent in the fall of 2016 compared to the previous fall, according to data collected on the 20th day of classes for the Kansas Board of Regents. That 11 percent increase is the largest percentage increase among the state’s universities, community colleges and technical colleges. A total of 580 students were enrolled at Salina Tech, compared to 522 the previous September. The total number of credit hours being taken is up 12.5 percent compared to the fall of 2015, with students taking 5,942 hours, compared to 5,279 this time last year. [...]

Apac-Kansas donates asphalt paver to Diesel program

When most people think of Diesel Technology, they think of trucks hauling cargo around the country. But there are numerous other opportunities available, and thanks to a donation from Apac-Kansas Inc., Salina Area Technical College students will get their hands on an entirely different piece of equipment. Read the full story at SalinaPost.com

Lennox chooses Salina Tech for pilot program

Salina Area Technical College has been chosen to test a new educational initiative. Tom Pestinger, owner of Pestinger Heating and Air, talks with HVAC students. Lennox International — in an effort to change the growing shortage of heating, ventilation and air-condition (HVAC) technicians across North American — recently visited the Salina Tech campus to tour the facilities and meet instructors and students. “This is a pilot program for the country,” said Bill Roberts, Kansas field technical consultant for Lennox in a statement. “Our end game is to work more closely with vocational schools to help get more people [...]

Salina Tech ranked 9th nationally for graduation rate

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked Salina Area Technical College ninth in the nation among two-year public colleges for its graduation rate. The Chronicle’s annual Almanac edition was published on August 19, and includes rankings of the nation’s public and private colleges and universities on hundreds of different criteria. Read more at SalinaPost.com

Auto Tech buys first electric car

Whitney England and Kody Nimmo, both juniors at Smoky Valley High School and enrolled in Salina Tech’s Automotive Technology program, got a sneak peek at the 2013 Nissan Leaf the school recently purchased with a $12,294 grant from the North Central Regional Planning Commission in Beloit. Whitney England and Kody Nimmo look under the hood of a 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car recently purchased by Salina Tech's Automotive Technology program. The first thing both students noticed was the amount of space under the hood, especially compared to most modern vehicles. England and Nimmo quickly started pointing out parts [...]

Six graduate from CDL program

Michael Asbridge, Jesus Calderon, Carl Gray, Eric Larson, Miguel Munoz and Jason Schmelzle became the latest graduates of Salina Area Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving Program, with a graduation ceremony Friday morning. This was the sixth graduating class for the relatively new program, said instructor Ron Stelter. In all, 20 people have now graduated from the program. All six students passed the testing to earn their Class “A” Commercial Driver’s Licenses, Stelter said. As part of the graduation ceremony, two students were singled out for their contributions to the class. The students named Calderon as the Star Pupil in the [...]

Delta donates $8,700 to Dental Assisting program

Delta Dental of Kansas has announced a grant of $8,700 to the Dental Assistant program at Salina Area Technical College. This donation is the third from Delta Dental in recent years. Previous donations included $19,700 in 2012 to buy a new digital x-ray machine, and $84,137 in 2014 for various equipment including new dental chairs. Read more at SalinaPost.com

Nichols excited about new job as President of Salina Tech

Greg Nichols Greg Nichols is a woodworker and a builder with the know-how to wire his own house. He’s also the new president of Salina Area Technical College, where students can learn those skills and many more. “We gutted my mom and dad’s house when I was a kid, and I was hooked,” Nichols said. “I rubbed my fingers raw working, learned how to build and all those fun things.” Nichols, who most recently served as vice president of academic affairs at Colby Community College, was selected as Salina Tech’s second president. He started July 1, succeeding Greg [...]

Salina Tech students compete in SkillsUSA National competition

After winning first place at the Kansas SkillsUSA competition in April, Salina Area Technical College students Kananda Kindlesparger and Andrew Black travelled to Louisville, Ky., recently to compete in the national competition. Kindlesparger took 16th out of 43 competitors in the high school level of the Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) event, and Black placed 15th out of 21 in the college level Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) event. Andrew Black Kindlesparger, who lives in the Lindsborg area and attended the online school Kansas Connections Academy, enrolled in the CAD program as a high school junior, attending half-days at Salina [...]

Salina Tech students build $249,000 home

After years of building homes with Salina Habitat for Humanity, about 40 Salina Area Technical College students got the opportunity this year to be a part of building a more elaborate house from the ground up. The students, who were a part of four Salina Tech programs — HVAC, computer-aided drafting, construction technology and electrical technology — worked on the house for close to a year, using a wider variety of methods and materials to build a home than they had previously. On Tuesday their work was on display as members of the Salina community and Salina Tech staff gathered [...]

This program “changed my life”

Mitchell Armstrong, 51, started at Salina Area Technical College’s commercial truck-driving program in March 2015. “At the time, I was living at the Salina Rescue Mission, working at Arby’s and riding my bike to class and to work after I was done with classes,” he said. “I can say that the Salina Tech program changed my life dramatically. It is the best thing I’ve ever done.” Read the rest of the story at Salina.com

Ryder donates to Diesel Tech

SkillsUSA has teamed up with the Ryder Charitable Foundation to help educate the next generation of commercial vehicle technicians. Ryder is providing grants to enhance diesel technology classrooms nationwide, including a diesel lab at Salina Area Technical College. Local instructor Mac Loucks plans to use the grant to update equipment and technology resources. “Updates on equipment and tools are our biggest needs. We will place a majority of the money on updating our basic electrical with supplies to build electrical training boards. The remainder of the money will go to the purchase of engine measurement and diagnostic tools.” Nationally, Ryder [...]

Nichols named new Salina Tech president

Salina Area Technical College announced Thursday that Gregory Nichols has been chosen by the board of trustees to be the school’s next president, starting July 1. Nichols is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Colby Community College, having served in that capacity since 2013. “Greg is an exceptional leader with strong experience and truly understands the importance of technical education,” Chris Baker, Salina Tech board of trustees chairman, said. “The board is very pleased he has chosen to join Salina Area Technical College.” Prior to coming to Colby, Nichols was associate dean of instruction at Cowley College and [...]

Students place in SkillsUSA state competition

Nine students from Salina Area Technical College placed at the Kansas SkillsUSA Championships. The competitions were held on April 19 at various locations in Wichita and Hutchinson. Students who placed are: Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, College Division Andrew Black, of Solomon, First Place Cory Newell, of Salina, Second Place Precision Machining Technology, College Division Mark Toeniskoetter, of Salina, Second Place Technical Drafting, College Division Liliana Escobedo, of Salina, Third Place Technical Drafting, High School Division Kananda Kindlesparger, of Lindsborg, First Place Diesel Equipment Technology, High School Division Trevor Karber, of Gypsum, Second Place Automated Manufacturing Technology (team event) College [...]

Commercial trucking graduates first students

Salina Area Technical College celebrates the completion of the inaugural class in its Commercial Truck Driving program.  The ceremony included President Greg Goode speaking, an Inaugural Certificate signing by the graduates, and presentation of Certificates of Completion by Interim Vice President of Instruction, Andrew Manley.  In addition to the students and their families and friends, three corporate representatives were also in attendance.  The corporations represented at the ceremony, MHC Kenworth, Triangle Trucking, and Truck Center Companies, are just a few of the many donors who provided support in getting the Commercial Truck Driving program started at Salina Tech.  Salina Tech is [...]