KCKCC prepares for commencement ceremonies

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College will be celebrating new beginnings this week during several graduation and pinning events.

Five commencement ceremonies will be taking place as the 2013-14 academic year wraps up. Including graduates from December 2013, May 2014 and Summer 2014, KCKCC will have approximately 950 students graduate with associate degrees or certificates this year. These ceremonies include:

·         Respiratory Therapy Pinning – 7 p.m. May 19 at Providence Medical Center.

·         GED Graduation – 6 p.m. May 20 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         Nurses’ Pinning – 8 p.m. May 20 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         KCKCC Graduation – 8 p.m. May 21 at the KCKCC Field House.

·         Physical Therapy Assistant Graduation – 7 p.m. May 22 at the KCKCC-TEC.

Major Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, U.S. Army, will be the speaker at the KCKCC graduation Wednesday. LeDoux has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo. and a MMS degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.  She has also attended the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

She has served as a training officer, deputy commander and commander of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Unit, commander of the 94th Training Division, commander of the 55th Sustainment Brigade and Commanding General of the Army Material Command – Southwest Asia/G4.

LeDoux is currently the deputy program manager and research fellow for logistics and technology group at the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va. Among the many U.S. decorations and badges she has received are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

All commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

For more information on Kansas City Kansas Community College, visit its website at www.kckcc.edu.

KCKCC offers new exercise science articulation agreement with KU-Edwards

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College has signed a new articulation agreement with the University of Kansas-Edwards Campus that will allow students who complete two years at KCKCC to transfer directly to KU-Edwards to complete a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

“This will provide a direct link to continue their education to earn a bachelor degree in exercise science,” said Susie Myers, coordinator and professor in the exercise science program at KCKCC. “KU-Edwards campus is only 20 minutes away and easily accessible to our students.”

Once the KCKCC course work is finished, the articulation agreement begins. KCKCC exercise science students will complete all 68 credit hours listed in the KCKCC course guide. Once they have completed their associate’s degree, all credits will transfer to the KU-Edwards campus in Overland Park in a smooth, streamlined manner. They can then start work immediately on their bachelor’s degree.

The program starts in fall 2014. The 2+2 Program is similar to agreements KCKCC has with other major universities including Kansas State University, Park University, Pittsburg State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, among others.

Only courses in which a student has earned at least a C will be transferred. In addition, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75. Other requirements might also need to be met to fulfill the University of Kansas admission process.

For more information on the exercise science articulation agreement, contact Susie Myers, coordinator of the exercise science program at KCKCC, by calling 913-288-7261 or by email, smyers@kckcc.edu. The contact at the KU-Edwards Campus is Mindy Patton, adviser, 913-897-8568 or mindy.patton@ku.edu.

Information on KCKCC’s other articulation agreements and transfer programs can be found on its website, www.kckcc.edu/academics/catalog/programsDegrees/articulationAgreementsTransferPrograms.

KCKCC-TEC students qualify for National SkillsUSA Competition

Gold medal winners from Kansas City Kansas Community College will go on in the SkillsUSA national competition. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Students at the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center have had a successful year and not just in the classroom. The school has 33 medalists in the SkillsUSA program with 12 of them going onto the national competition this summer.
“I think we did great,” said Jake Carmack, major appliance technology/HVACR instructor at KCKCC-TEC as well as the SkillsUSA adviser. “We are really pleased with how well we did, especially with so many of our students going to nationals.”
SkilssUSA is a career and technical student organization in the United States that is geared toward those enrolled in programs for skilled, technical and service occupations. The organization serves more than 300,000 students and instructions each year at the high school and post-secondary level. It also gives industry leaders and opportunity to not only mentor but recruit students into high demand positions.
Students, who wish to compete in SkillsUSA, can do so at the local, state and national level. Categories range from culinary, building maintenance and automotive service technology to basic health care skills, collision repair technology, entrepreneurship and job skill demonstration. The idea is to give students the opportunity to compete in real-world, hands-on situations. First place winners at the state level move onto the SkillsUSA Championships the last week of June in Kansas City.
KCKCC-TEC students that received medals included:
•         Ryan Krueger – plumbing, first place.
•         Danny Rausch, Jr. – plumbing, first place.
•         Horton Ponyell, plumbing, second place.
•         Shawn Carter, plumbing, third place.
•         Andrea Allen (Contestant) – nail care, first place.
•         Savannah Castrol (Model) – nail care, first place.
•         Wendy Miranda Alvard (Contestant) – nail care, first place.
•         Jocelyn Jones (Model) – nail care, first place.
•         Norma Uribe (Contestant) – nail care, second place.
•         Gabriela Arzabala (Model) – nail care, second place.
•         Megan Ebbert (Contestant) – nail care, second place.
•         Etoi King (Model) – nail care, second place.
•         Brianna Willcutt (Contestant) – nail care, third place.
•         Angelica Cossio Rios (Model) – nail care, third place.
•         Yamileth Corderp (Contestant) – nail care, third place.
•         Dulce Delacruz (Model) – nail care, third place.
•         Daran Powell – restaurant service, first place.
•         Kortnee Fielder – cosmetology, first place.
•         Dafne Miranda – cosmetology, first place.
•         Ann-Druney Prince – cosmetology, second place.
•         Eloi Jurariz – cosmetology, third place.
•         Santazia Nelson – esthetics, first place.
•         MaShayla Hickerson – esthetics, first place.
•         Sadie Brouhard – commercial baking, second place.
•         Gabriel Nava – commercial baking, second place.
•         Wesley Spears – culinary arts, third place.
•         Paw Way – culinary arts, third place.
•         David Scherer – major appliance, third place.
•         Aaron Fible – major appliance, first place.
•         David Steffens – major appliance, second place.
•         Cierra Ehlers – precision machine, second place.
•         Joel Smith – precision machine, third place.
•         James Caldwell – carpentry, third place.
All students at the KCKCC-TEC are members of SkillsUSA. However, only around 81 are active in the Kansas SkillsUSA competition. In addition to the national qualifiers, KCKCC-TEC received awards for the highest membership in the state of Kansas for a secondary/post-secondary combined chapter as well as an award for an increase in membership.
Skills USA’s National Conference will be from June 23 to June 27, with the contests being conducted on June 26. This is the last year that the conference will be at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. Competition day is open to the public to observe.
“All of these contests are administered and judged by people from business and industry,” Carmack said. “It helps to bring together people from both sides and gives these business and industry experts an opportunity to find students to be potential employees.”
For more information on the SkillsUSA program at KCKCC-TEC, contact Carmack at 913-288-7858 or by email at jcarmack@kckcc.edu.

KCKCC-TEC has more than 30 medalists in the SkillsUSA competition. (KCKCC photo)