Archive for July 2014

KCKCC receives three grants to help fund Saturday Academy

The Saturday Academy program at Kansas City Kansas Community College recently received three grants. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Kansas City Kansas Community College is the recipient of three grants that will go toward funding its long-running Saturday Academy program.

More than 150 students in middle and high school from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools participated in the Saturday Academy during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The academy was originally founded in 1999 to increase minority involvement in the health and science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. Ninety-six percent of the more than 200 academy graduates have entered colleges and universities, with 68 percent choosing careers as STEM majors.

The Saturday Academy is part of a bigger program called the KCKCC Urban Academy. This program includes a Youth Leadership and Development Corps and a Summer Science Residential Academy at the University of Kansas, along with the Saturday Academy.

“Almost 300 students apply for a spot in the Saturday Academy every year,” said Edward Kremer, dean of the Division of Mathematics, Science and Computer Technology at KCKCC. “We see this as a pipeline to get students into college. Of the students that graduate from the Saturday Academy, they receive between $150,000 and $500,000 in scholarships, sometimes even more than that.”

KCKCC was awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. The Recognition Grants program expands the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state of Kansas.

The program targets organizations and agencies that propose meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the foundation’s mission of improving health in Kansas. The foundation provided approximately $1.2 million to 66 different projects this grant cycle. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project that meets the foundation’s mission is eligible.

The second grant was awarded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The $45,000 grant will go toward operation costs of the six-week summer camp at KU. The camp is for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and allows them to participate in research projects and internships in cooperation with the University of Kansas Medical Center. Instruction is given in math, science, language arts and computer technology and students have the opportunity to go on field trips and participate in college test preparation while at KU.

“This is a six week, residential stay camp at KU where the students do enrichment and college-prep type of work in math and science,” Kremer said. “This grant is the reason we are able to still offer the KU program this summer.”

The final grant is a $2,500 grant from DST Systems, which will also go toward the operation of the Saturday Academy. KCKCC has received this grant for the last several years.

“In the last 15 years, we have graduated more than 250 kids who have come through our pipeline,” Kremer said. “In addition, more than 454 teachers have participated, either from USD 500 or the community college. It is a terrific opportunity for students and continues to be a great way to get students interested in the STEM fields.”

For more information about the Kansas Health Foundation, visit For more information on the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, visit For more information on KCKCC’s Saturday Academy, contact Edward Kremer at 913-288-7111 or email

Kelly Rogge is the supervisor of public information at KCKCC.

The Saturday Academy program at Kansas City Kansas Community College recently received three grants. (KCKCC photo)

The Saturday Academy program at Kansas City Kansas Community College recently received three grants. (KCKCC photo)


Laws govern discharge of fireworks, guns in KCK

Kansas City, Kan., police and fire authorities are reminding the community that there are laws and ordinances governing the discharge of fireworks in the city and also governing the discharge of firearms.

Starting July 1, it became legal for persons to openly carry firearms within Kansas. However, this does not mean persons are allowed to discharge a firearm within the city limits, as defined in section 22-177 of the city ordinances, a KCK spokesman said.

More information about the laws governing fireworks from a Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman:

Citizens are reminded that the discharge of Class “C” fireworks is only allowed between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. of each day from July 2 through July 4, in accordance with City Ordinance 15-93. A list of Class “C” fireworks that are approved for discharge, and any limitations, can be found in Section 15-90 of the Kansas City, Kan., City Ordinances.

Prohibited fireworks, unless otherwise provided for in the City Ordinances, include Bottle Rockets, Sky Rockets, Missile-type Rockets, and Unmanned aerial luminary, as defined in section 15-91 of the City Ordinances.

In order to shoot a public display you must comply with the requirements of City Ordinance 15-94, which includes application for permit requirements, insurance policy requirements and requirements for conduct of the display.

To shoot Commercial Class “B” fireworks, you must hold a valid Display Operator’s License issued by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Requirements for obtaining this license can be obtained from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Storage, sales and handling of fireworks is regulated by City Ordinance 15-92. Persons involved in sales of fireworks are reminded that sales of Class “C” fireworks are permitted only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. for each day from June 29 through July 4 without exception. A copy of City Ordinance 15-91 and 15-93, which governs the discharge of fireworks, in both English and Spanish, is required to be distributed with each sale.

Violation of fireworks ordinances is punishable by fines of no more than $2,000 or by imprisonment in the city jail for a period not exceeding 90 days.


KCK man indicted on charge of robbing Lawrence credit union

A man from Kansas City, Kan., has been indicted on federal charges of robbing a credit union in Lawrence, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Antonio P. Gaitan, 35, who is currently in federal custody, is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on April 5, 2014, he robbed Truity Credit Union, 3400 W. 6th St. in Lawrence, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI and the Lawrence Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

In another, separate case, Nolberto Medina-Campos, 36, Kansas City, Kan., was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 18, 2014, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.