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Michael Vitale, vice president of academic affairs at KCKCC, right, participated in a jail-style fundraiser recently for the United Way. (KCKCC photo)
Michael Vitale, vice president of academic affairs at KCKCC, right, participated in a jail-style fundraiser recently for the United Way. It was not a real arrest. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Students, staff and faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College joined together Oct. 22 to raise money for the United Way of Wyandotte County.

But it was not the usual bake sale that caused so much interest. Instead KCKCC administrators and faculty members were “put in jail.”

Four administrators and one faculty member were selected to get “arrested.”

Those participating included KCKCC President Doris Givens; Linda Sutton, director of student activities; Michael Vitale, vice president of academic affairs; Paige Darby, math faculty at KCKCC and Brian Bode, chief operations officer. They were then brought to their “cell” in Lower Jewell where students and staff had the opportunity to either donate money toward their bail or to contribute money toward increasing their bail.

The event was a part of the college’s annual United Way campaign. Samantha Scott, professional assistant in Information Services at KCKCC and chair of the campus United Way committee, said the event went above and beyond the goal that had been set. She said the bail was originally set for $50 for everyone, and with five people on the docket, she said they expected to raise anywhere between $300-$350. The total raised during the Jail and Bail event was $740.

“I think there were several factors that contributed to the event’s success,” she said. “It’s an acceptable form of giving your boss a hard time or an opportunity to literally bail them out, and all for a good cause. Who could pass up that opportunity? Some of the participants made arrangements ahead of time to let people know they were counting on them to post bail. Some participants were pretty rowdy while in jail and even tried to annoy the crowd by reading text books aloud. When you put all that together, I think it makes for a well-rounded and successful event.”

The Jail and Bail event is only a small part of KCKCC’s overall United Way campaign this year. This includes completing pledge forms and making one-time donations as well as an upcoming silent auction. All proceeds will be donated directly to the United Way of Wyandotte County.

For more information about KCKCC’s United Way campaign or to make a donation, contact Samantha Scott at sascott@kckcc.edu or by calling 913-288-7132.
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor for KCKCC.

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Kansas City Kansas Community College will be the host of the Kansas Supreme Court next week as it hears oral arguments in several cases.

The visit is in an ongoing outreach effort to acquaint Kansans with the work the Supreme Court does as well as the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 in the Performing Arts Center on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The court will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases and three civil cases. These include:

• State of Kansas v. Michael Trevon Lewis
• In the Matter of the Estate of Kenneth Lee Butler, deceased
• State of Kansas v. Darren Knox
• Jeremy A. Wiles v. American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC)
• Jenna S. Cheney v. Zachary Poore

– Story from Kansas City Kansas Community College

The Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a Mini Job Fair next week in conjunction with the college’s Work Readiness Week.

The Mini Job Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Approximately 30 companies will be in attendance, and all have current job openings. The job fair is open to those on the KCKCC campus as well as community members.

Companies attending include:

· Primerica

· Long Motor Corp.

· Amazon

· Acrobat Outsourcing

· Hatch Staffing

· New York Life Insurance

· AT&T

· SPX Cooling Technologies

· Whelan Security

· Baker University

· Kevin Remy

· Burlington Coat Factory

· GDIT (General Dynamics Information Technology)

· Crossroads Hospice

· Rasmussen College

· Synchrony Financial

· G4S Secure Solutions

· Express Employment Professionals

· Operation Breakthrough

· Fed Ex

· Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)

· Western & Southern Life

· Infinite HealthCare

· Farmers Insurance

· First Student

· Pegasus Cleaning Corporation

· Legal Shield

· Target

· American Academy of Family Physicians

For those planning on attending the Job Fair, come prepared to interview on site with a recruiter and bring several resumes for distribution.

More information about the Mini Job Fair is available by contacting the Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at 913-288-7644.
- Story from Kelly Rogge, KCKCC public information supervisor