Kansas high school students eligible for free tuition at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge

Time is running out to enroll in tuition-free technical courses at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Gov. Sam Brownback proposed an initiative in 2012 to enhance career technical education in Kansas, helping to prepare high school students for careers in these fields at the same time. The result was Senate Bill 155, which provides state funding to offset the college tuition for students who earn college credit in these tiered career technical courses. The free tuition applies to all technical courses in approved programs at public community colleges and technical schools in the state of Kansas. It does not cover the cost of textbooks or other supplies.

“High school students who take advantage of this opportunity will be on a fast track to a technical career,” said Karalin McKain, executive director at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Center. “With tuition paid by the state, the family saves money.”

Numerous certificate and degree programs at KCKCC are part of this program. These include Audio Engineering, Digital Imaging Design, Multimedia Video Production, Web Application and Design, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, Mortuary Science, Cosmetology, Professional Cooking, Hazardous Materials, Drafting (CAD), Early Childhood Education, Paralegal, Criminal Justice – Police Science, Corrections, Victim/Survivor Services, Fire Science, Homeland Security Certificate, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Building and Property Maintenance, Computer Repair, Major Appliance Technology, Heating and Refrigeration, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Automotive Hybrid and Electric Vehicle and Machine Technology, among others. Programs such as Nursing (RN and LPN), Business Administration, Accounting, Administrative Office Professionals and Marketing, also qualify.

Students can enroll in programs at any one of KCKCC’s campuses including the main campus, KCKCC-TEC or KCKCC-Leavenworth.

To be eligible, students must be a Kansas resident; currently attend a public or private high school where they are classified as either a junior or senior; complete the KCKCC online application for admission; have a high school concurrent and/or Dual Enrollment Recommendation form signed by the school’s principal; meet placement test score requirements (ACT, SAT or COMPASS) or are classified as a gifted student in his/her freshman year of high school. A copy of the student’s Individual Education Program must accompany the recommendation form if they are considered a gifted student. A student who has dropped out and enrolled in a GED program does not qualify. Students who are enrolled in a Kansas online high school are eligible if the program is offered through a public school district. Students do not have to declare a major at KCKCC to qualify.

For more information, contact KCKCC at 913-334-1100, KCKCC-TEC at 913-288-7800 or KCKCC-Leavenworth at 913-651-2111. Information is also available on the college’s website at www.kckcc.edu.


Adventures in Learning to be held Friday, Aug.15

Adventures in Learning, a free program of the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., will take place beginning at 9am on Friday, Aug. 15, at Grace Lutheran, 3333 Wood Ave.

The building offers entry-level parking and easy drop off of both people and equipment. Everyone is welcome to attend part or all of the day’s activities. The schedule for Friday, Aug. 15:

9-9:30 a.m.

Health Screenings

Blood sugar and blood pressure checks provided by Delores Homes, LLC (no cost)

9 – 10 a.m.

Registration and Fellowship

Refreshments available while you meet and greet.

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Chair Exercises with Frances/ Delores Homes, LLC

10 a.m. to noon
Enjoy musical entertainment from 10 to noon, and then again after lunch.

Noon – Lunch: Potluck—no charge.

Bring a dish to share. Shepherd’s Center is providing hot dogs, buns, drinks, condiments and paper goods.

RSVPs are appreciated.

12:30 p.m. – More music and fellowship

After enjoying our potluck lunch, there will be music from Debi Ward. Debi has been singing and performing almost her whole life. She currently performs often at Frontier Steakhouse in Kansas City, Kan.

Make a reservation for lunch by calling the Shepherd’s Center office at 913-281-8908.


Former Chief Shields to hold free football camp for Wyandotte County youth

With a Kansas City Chiefs victory in the team’s first pre-season game, what better way to follow up than with one of its all-time stars teaching area youth about the game of football?

Tonight, Friday, Aug. 8, and tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 9, former Chiefs All-Pro Guard Will Shields is holding a free football training camp in conjunction with the Kansas City United Football League and the Wyandotte County Panthers. The camp is being held at Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, in Kansas City, Kan.

More than 200 youth from the area are expected to participate in the two-day camp. Thanks to an NFL Foundation grant, all fees have been covered allowing youth to participate at no cost.

Camp sessions are Friday evening, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (a lunch break will take place from noon-1 p.m.)

Shields and his staff will conduct the camp with professional athletic trainers on-site to assure safety requirements are followed. The camp is designed for both youth involved in organized sports activities and for those who just want to be active. Camp activities will focus on agility, lower body mobility, change of direction speed and jumping/landing techniques, strength, balance and flexibility. Strength, speed, cardiovascular capacity, flexibility, power and leadership skills training will be provided to all participants. In addition, Shields’ program is aimed at building character, physical and mental champions. Activities will also include vertical jump, long jump, 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle and more.

Since retiring from the Chiefs, Shields has focused on enhancing youth athletic training for many years. In addition to his Will to Succeed Foundation that has helped thousands of children and women in the metro area, Shields is forming a new foundation- The Will To Do It. This new foundation will focus on providing sports training to underprivileged youth; it is one of many programs administered by 68’s Inside Sports Academy. The facility is located at 9111 Flint St., Overland Park, Kan.

Shields has been recognized for his charitable efforts through numerous awards including his selection as the 2003 recipient of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the Class of 2011 College Football Hall of Fame and as the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2010 Man of the Year award. Shields is also a recent inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. All of these honors recognize Shields’ success both on and off the field.