Keith Awards presented at benefit for KCKCC basketball program

Keith Awards were presented to, from left, Harold Spillman, Jim Gill and Jim Woods at the 11th annual Keith Lindsey Scholarship Scramble golf event benefitting the men’s basketball program at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Named in honor of the late Keith Lindsey, the awards are awarded to those “perpetuating Lindsey’s unselfish giving to others” or who those who have “touched the lives of several generations of American youth.” Classmates or longtime associates of Keith Lindsey, all three of the recipients have been extremely involved in the fund-raising tournament held annually at Dub’s Dread Golf Course. The owner of Varsity Sports and generous supporter of youth athletes in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area, Keith Lindsey is a member of the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at KCKCC. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

KCKCC invites community to participate in ‘Walk Across Kansas’ program

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is inviting students, staff, faculty and community members to participate in the Walk Across Kansas Incentive Program.

The goal of the eight-week program is to improve the health and wellness of each participant by “walking” enough miles to go across the state of Kansas. Teams will include four people and starting Sept. 29, each team member will complete at least two miles of walking, jogging or running per day. This will equate to 448 miles by the end of the program.

“This incentive program keeps people engaged for eight weeks and is a great motivational tool for people to get consistency in a cardiovascular exercise program,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “The current exercise recommendation for cardiovascular exercise to improve health is to get moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise at least 30 minutes on most days if not every day of the week and this hits this mark. In the past many Walk Across Kansas participants have voiced their pride for completing the eight weeks, and the team component makes it fun and inspirational.”

Team members can do more or less each day, but remember that the team is counting on each participant to help them walk across Kansas in eight weeks. Individuals will turn in weekly mileage tracking sheets each week, so the team progress can be displayed. A maximum of 21 miles can be turned in per team member per week.

In addition, a team social has been organized in October. This is a walk-run at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24, and participants must do their best to participate. The program ends Nov. 23, and T-shirts are available for purchase.

For more information about the Walk Across Kansas Program, contact Pam Hall at or by calling 913-288-7368. A waiver must also be completed upon registration.
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Pharmacy technician certificate courses to begin in October

by Kelly Rogge
Kansas City Kansas Community College will be offering Pharmacy Technician Certificate courses beginning next month on the Main Campus and at the KCKCC-Leavenworth Center.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course is an 80-hour program designed to prepare the student for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam and for employment as a Pharmacy Technician.

Course content includes medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. In addition to classroom lectures and labs, this program includes an optional clinical externship through a local pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Course on the main KCKCC campus is from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 14 to Jan. 20. At the Leavenworth Center, the course is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 11 to Jan. 24.

Tuition for the course is $1,899, which includes all textbooks and course materials. Call KCKCC for information on additional costs. The course is approved for WIA funding and for MyCAA (military spouse) funding.

For additional information or to register for the course, please call 913-288-7660 or 913-288-7170.

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