Considered by many the most beautiful areas in the world, KCKCC’S trip to Scandinavia July 7, 2016, will take travelers on a cruise through the magnificent fjords of Norway.
Considered by many the most beautiful areas in the world, the magnificent fjords of Norway will be on the KCKCC trip to Scandinavia July 7, 2016.

by Alan Hoskins

The fjords and capitals of Scandinavia and the grandeur of Spain will be explored in Kansas City Kansas Community College’s ‘See the World’ travel program for 2016.

“Scandinavia: The Capitals to the Fjords” will be offered July 7-21; “The Grand Tour of Spain” Sept. 22-Aug. 7. Offered in conjunction with Go Ahead Tours, both trips are open to the members of the community

“This is the first time in more than a dozen years a trip has been offered to Scandinavia, which will include stops in five countries and is rated by many the most beautiful area of the world,” said Alan Hoskins, trip coordinator. “One of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, the Grand Tour of Spain will not only include time in Madrid and Barcelona but Gibraltar and Morocco.”

Scandinavia – A 14-day trip starting in Bergen, Norway, the spectacular journey will include two overnight cruises – from Oslo, Norway, to Copenhagen, Sweden, and Stockholm, Sweden, to Helsinki, Finland, with optional excursions to Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

After a full day in Bergen, travelers will cruise the country’s stunning seascape of steep cliffs and narrow waterways before disembarking in Flam for a spectacular ride on one of the steepest railroads in the world. Transferring by train to Oslo, Norway’s Viking tradition will come to life in the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. Reached by cruise ship, two days in colorful Copenhagen will showcase Pass Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle and the Little Mermaid statue.

An afternoon flight will take travelers to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and site of the annual Nobel Prize festivities and the Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage. A Scandinavian smorgasbord buffet will be served on the cruise ship to Helsinki, the capital of Finland and site of the vibrant modern Olympic Stadium and a church carved into a mountainside. The tour will wind up with a pair of optional excursions – a cruise across the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia; and three days in St. Petersburg. One of Russia’s most beautiful cities built on 42 islands, the tour will be highlighted by visits to the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace of the Czars and the magnificent summer palace of Peter the Great.

The cost is $5,129 double occupancy and includes round trip air, lodging at well-located hotels and on cruise ships, breakfast buffets daily, six 3-course dinners, sightseeing and entrance fees. The three-night stay in St. Petersburg is an additional $799.

Spain – One of Europe’s most romantic and historic countries, the 14-day Grand Tour of Spain will include stays in Madrid, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona with optionals of a full day in mystic Morocco and an additional two days in Barcelona.

The tour kicks off in Madrid and the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace and the Prado, a world class museum, followed by a high speed train ride to the ancient Moorish town of Cordoba and the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 8th Century. The resting place of Christopher Columbus can be found in the Cathedral in Seville followed by a day in Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean and the Rock where panoramic views stretch all the way to Morocco.

The beaches of Costa del Sol or an optional trip to the Spanish town of Ceuta on the coast of Morocco fill follow before continuing on to Granada, the last bastion of Moorish rule in Spain and home of the famed 14th century Alhambra which has been restored to its past glory. The cave district of Guadix where nearly half of the residents live underground, will be visited en route to Valencia and the Fallas Museum. A picturesque drive along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline and the seaside fortress of Peniscola will culminate in Barcelona. One of the world’s most beautiful cities, a guided tour will go inside the monstrous Church of the Holy Family along with visits to the site of the Summer Olympics, “house of the bones” and the Gothic Quarter. An extended two-day stay will give travelers a chance to see masterpieces by the artist Gaudi and the 9th Century Black Madonna in Montserrat.

The cost is $3,909 and includes round trip air from Kansas City, 12 night’s lodging in selected hotels, buffet breakfast daily and six three-course dinners. The two-day extension is Barcelona is an additional $299.

A minimum of 10 travelers are required before booking of either trip will be made. However, these trips will fill up quickly so early action is recommended by contacting Alan Hoskins online at ahoskins@kckcc.edu or by phone at 913-687-6426 or 913-788-3376. Full brochures with pricing are available on both trips and are available by contacting Alan Hoskins. A deposit of $300 per person guarantees space on the trip as well as no increase in pricing.

One of the world’s largest and tallest cathedral, the La Sagrada Famila in Barcelona will be visited during KCKCC’s “Grand Tour of Spain” starting Sept. 22, 2016.
One of the world’s largest and tallest cathedrals, the La Sagrada Famila in Barcelona will be visited during KCKCC’s “Grand Tour of Spain” starting Sept. 22, 2016.

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Athletes at Kansas City Kansas Community College excelled both on the playing field and in the classroom during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Eight Blue Devils and the KCKCC softball and baseball teams earned Academic All-American honors as announced by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Superior Academic Achievement was awarded to three KCKCC athletes, first baseman Lauren Vanderheiden and outfielder Justice Scales of the softball team and center Julia Garrard of the women’s basketball team.

Blue Devils earning All-American status for Exemplary Academic Achievement were outfielders Tanner Foerschler and Alex Thrower of the baseball team and Blair Russell, Lily Thornberg and Peyton Pender of the women’s volleyball team, which finished ninth in the NJCAA national tournament.

The Lady Blue Devil softball team tied for seventh on the Division II Academic All-American honor list with a cumulative 3.47 grade point average while the KCKCC baseball team finished 13th in Division I with a 3.26 GPA.

“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes commitment to being successful in the classroom,” said KCKCC Director of Athletics Tony Tompkins. “We have made great strides in continuing to improve in this area and I am grateful for the buy-in from our coaching staff in supporting our mission of having student-athletes being successful academically.”

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

by Kelly Rogge

Creativity is being inspired during Kansas City Kansas Community College’s weeklong summer camp, Camp Invention.

Camp Invention is designed for rising first through sixth graders as a way to help them explore, tinker with ideas and be creative. There are two sessions this summer at KCKCC. The first is July 20-24 at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Campus, 255 Cherokee St. The second is July 27-31 at the KCKCC Main campus, 7250 State Ave.

Each session is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and tuition is $200. Discounts are available. Campers need to bring a sack lunch each day.

“This is a great way for students to have fun, invent and explore projects that are out of the norm,” said Pamela Howe, coordinator of community education at KCKCC. “Camp Invention helps to bring out the creative and imaginative skills in a student.”

Camp Invention is a national program created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame that KCKCC has hosted since 2008. Students who participate will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build their own original prototypes.

They work in teams to rotate among different modules, allowing them to build upon what they learned the previous day. Activities center on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts. This year students will get to create a personalized motor-powered vehicle, take apart electronics to construct an insect-themed pinball machine and discover inspiration from other inventors from around the world.

Camp Invention is the only nationally accredited summer enrichment day experience for elementary-aged children. Local certified educators lead all activities during the camp. Since 1990, more than 1,200 sites have been served in 49 states.

For more information or to register, call 913-288-7660. Those who are interested can complete the registration by going to the KCKCC website, www.kckcc.edu and selecting “Programs,” and then “Continuing Education Schedule.” Select “Courses,” and the registration information for the Main Campus is under “Youth Programs.” Registration for KCKCC-Leavenworth is under “Leavenworth Center.”

Information about Camp Invention is available at campinvention.org.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.