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555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

X555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Three days of hammering, brick laying and backhoe operation have ended successfully at Fort Scott Community College. 555 eight graders had a chance to try all three and more at the Careers in Construction Week events held at the Construction Trades building in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Students from Arma, Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Fort Scott, Frontenac, Girard and Pittsburg attended the carpentry, welding, surveying and other hands-on activities hosted this week. These activities were sponsored by Fort Scott Community College’s Construction Trades program, Pittsburg State University’s School of Construction, Home Center Construction, Volvo (Blue Line Rentals), Crossland Construction and Kansas Gas services.

Judy Meister, the FSCC Occupational Recruiter said of the event, “The extraordinary buy-in of our education and business partners allowed us to increase the number of skills stations for students.”

Nacoma Oehme, FSCC’s Masonry Instructor added, “Students got hands-on experience with plumbing, HVAC equipment, surveying, crane signaling, masonry, carpentry, welding and operating a backhoe and skid loader. They also took turns operating the latest and greatest heavy equipment simulators.”

Brandy Stanley, Counselor at Frontenac Middle School was quoted in the Morning Sun saying, “They are excited to lay brick and to weld something. They’re excited by the idea that they are not just watching, but getting to put their hands on and do it.”

The FSCC Construction Trades Program would like to express a huge thank you to the southeast Kansas middle schools that attended and our vendors for their participation and support in making the 6th Annual Careers in Construction week a success.

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FSCC Library receives grant to improve biology collection.

FSCC Library receives grant to improve biology collection.

XFSCC Library receives grant to improve biology collection.

FSCC Library receives grant to improve biology collection.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Southeast Kansas Library System has announced that the Fort Scott Community College Library will receive a grant of $600 to develop the college’s biology collection. In this instance the grant money will be used to purchase new and updated materials.

Stacy Dzbenski, the FSCC Director of Library Services, said of the money, “The college plans to purchase biology books on a wide array of topics – including local ecology, new books of interest and books to support the biology curriculum at FSCC.”

Dzbenski went on to express an interest in more collection development grants and awards, “In the digital era, we tend to believe all information is on the Internet, but there is still a need for books as credible research sources.”

“Biology is an excellent example of this divide, because while the facts are often widely available, we need a credible author to guide us through the information to a meaningful understanding.”

Materials purchased under the grand will bear bookplates or another identifier acknowledging the Southeast Kansas Library System’s contribution.

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James Gray breaks Greyhounds’ career interceptions record.

James Gray breaks Greyhounds’ career interceptions record.

XJames Gray breaks Greyhounds’ career interceptions record.

James Gray breaks Greyhounds’ career interceptions record.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Defensive back James Gray has broken the career interceptions record set by Kevin Short in 2012. Gray added two interceptions to his total in the conference game against Garden City Community College.

Kevin Short, who most recently spent a red shirt season with the University of Kansas, had 10 total interceptions for his career. He broke Coryell Judie’s 2008 record of seven interceptions.

In the game against Garden City Community College, Gray has his 10th interception when Danarious Graham threw into triple coverage. Gray returned the ball to the Greyhound’s 20.

Gray’s 11th interception gave him a total of 30 yards returned in the game against Garden City.

Greyhound Football plays next against Iowa Western Community College at Frary Field on November 1 at 1 p.m.

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Nursing Program graduates have 100% pass rate on NCLEX-RN in spring.

Nursing Program graduates have 100% pass rate on NCLEX-RN in spring.

XNursing Program graduates have 100% pass rate on NCLEX-RN in spring.

Nursing Program graduates have 100% pass rate on NCLEX-RN in spring.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) has released testing results for spring graduates that took the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses). The Fort Scott Community College Nursing Program is please to announce a 100% pass rate for its nurses despite the increased level of difficulty on the exam as approved by the National Council State Boards of Nursing and implemented in April.

FSCC’s nursing department continues to be above state and national averages for its graduates’ test results. Year-to-date, the FSCC pass rate is 93.1%. The fall 2013 FSCC graduating class had a 92.31% pass rate, and the spring 2014 class earned a 100% pass rate.

Statewide test results for 2013 are posted on the KSBN website. FSCC’s average pass rate was 88.24%. The Kansas state average for ADN and BSN programs was 79.27% and the national average was 83.04%.

In comparing southeast Kansas nursing programs’ 2013 results, FSCC’s annual pass rate was 4.18% to 15.59% higher for the same reporting period than any other southeast Kansas program.

Bill Rhoads, FSCC's Director of Nursing, said of the ongoing success, "Our goal is student success and to ensure the public that we are producing quality graduates.”

“The first measurement of a program’s quality is graduate success in passing the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.”

FSCC’s nursing program has sought to improve the quality of nursing education delivered through a systematic evaluation plan that includes ongoing review of its curriculum, method of instruction, graduate outcomes, and employer satisfaction.

Rhoads continued, “Students interested in becoming nurses should determine their selection of a nursing program based on a number of factors. The program’s first time pass rate is a good indicator of the rigor of the curriculum and whether future employers will be inclined to hire them upon graduation.”

The FSCC nursing program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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FSCC alumni, students show their skills at the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo

FSCC alumni, students show their skills at the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo

XFSCC alumni, students show their skills at the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo

FSCC alumni, students show their skills at the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College rodeo team hosted hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and community members at the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo. A broad spectrum of alumni, high school students, and college students competed in the nine events.

In bareback riding, Wyatt Maines of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan came in first with 84 points. Yance Day of Weatherford, Oklahoma took second place and James Early Carter of Ellsmore, Missouri took third place.

In calf roping, Brady McFarren of Colcord, Oklahoma took first place in 8.9 seconds. Dillion Sondreggor of Unionstar, Missouri came in second at 10.5 seconds. Stewart Gullager of Fort Scott came in third at 13.0 seconds.

In breakaway roping, Lindsey Hughes of Colcord, Oklahoma earned first in 2.8 seconds. Melissa Ward of Sedan, Kansas was second in 3.9 seconds. Hannah Hughes of Fort Scott was third in 4.0 seconds.

Saddle bronc riding saw Cody Hamm of Concordia, Kansas take first with 85 points. Chris Johnson of Weatherford, Oklahoma came in second with 83 points. Chad Braden of Welch, Oklahoma came in third with 82 points.

Mackenzie Corrigan of Toddville, Iowa took first in goat tying in 8.3 seconds. Brittney Mumbrue of Fort Scott was second with a time of 8.4 seconds. Jennifer Wisniewski of Paola, Kansas was third with 9.4 seconds.

Stewart Gullager was first in steer wrestling with a time of 7.2 seconds. Brady McFarren was second with a time of 8.5 seconds.

Morgan Bowen of Garfield, Arkansas picked up first place in barrel racing with a time of 14.4 seconds. A pair of 14.8 second times saw Jaice Cross of Fort Scott tie with Jenny Jo Earp of Jay, Oklahoma for second place. Hannah Hughes of Colcord, Oklahoma was third with a time of 15.0 seconds.

Team roping pair Justin Newell of Valley Falls, Kansas and Clint Carpenter of Fort Scott took first in 12.3 seconds. Dylan Schulenberg of Coal Valley, Illinois and Ryan Myers of Platteville, Wisconsin were second with 13.5 seconds. Coltan Jennings of Bethany, Missouri and Dillion Sondreggor took third with 14.4 seconds.

Trey Holsten of Fort Scott was first in bull riding with a score of 91 points. Nic Franchett of Edwardsville, Kansas took second with a score of 86 points. Wyatt Hoggatt of Gardner, Kansas and Dakota Wilson of Columbus, Kansas shared third place with 85 points each.

The next rodeo event at FSCC will be March 6, 7 and 8.

555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

555 eighth graders attend FSCC’s 6th Annual Careers in Construction Week

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Three days of hammering, brick laying and backhoe operation have ended successfully at Fort Scott Community College. 555 eight graders had a chance to try all three and more at the Careers in Construction Week events held at the Construction Trades building in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Students from Arma, Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Fort Scott, Frontenac, Girard and Pittsburg attended the carpentry, welding, surveying and other hands-on activities hosted this week. These activities were sponsored by Fort Scott Community College’s Construction Trades program, Pittsburg State University’s School of Construction, Home Center Construction, Volvo (Blue Line Rentals), Crossland Construction and Kansas Gas services.

Judy Meister, the FSCC Occupational Recruiter said of the event, “The extraordinary buy-in of our education and business partners allowed us to increase the number of skills stations for students.”

Nacoma Oehme, FSCC’s Masonry Instructor added, “Students got hands-on experience with plumbing, HVAC equipment, surveying, crane signaling, masonry, carpentry, welding and operating a backhoe and skid loader. They also took turns operating the latest and greatest heavy equipment simulators.”

Brandy Stanley, Counselor at Frontenac Middle School was quoted in the Morning Sun saying, “They are excited to lay brick and to weld something. They’re excited by the idea that they are not just watching, but getting to put their hands on and do it.”

The FSCC Construction Trades Program would like to express a huge thank you to the southeast Kansas middle schools that attended and our vendors for their participation and support in making the 6th Annual Careers in Construction week a success.

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