** The downtown Fort Scott Cosmetology location has moved! They are now on the main FSCC campus; their phone number is 620-223-2700 ext. 5220.

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SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

XSmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College was named the 9th best community college in the country by SmartAsset, a personal-financial advice platform. SmartAsset “looked at close to seven hundred public community colleges across the country in order to find the best of the best.”

In a blog post on September 2, the company explained “To determine the best we wanted to figure out which colleges offered a low cost education, good return on investment and high success rate.”

FSCC Interim President, Dick Hedges said, “We’ve long known that our college was an exceptional buy for students and parents alike. We’re grateful for the national recognition.”

A.J. Smith, SmartAsset’s Managing Editor, said, "There are many top college lists out there, but few focus on community colleges. At SmartAsset, where we are concerned about college affordability, we wanted to shed light and provide a list suited to the needs of folks interested in higher education without the high costs.”

Smith continues, “We ranked colleges according to the cost to attend the college, the ratio of starting salary to the cost of education and the percentage of students who enroll at the community college, graduate and then go on to transfer to a four-year institution."

SmartAsset declares their mission to be “Transparency through technology. We use our software and data to provide simple, easy to understand answers to complex financial questions.” The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; BBC News; and Forbes Magazine have cited SmartAsset’s financial analysis.

The SmartAsset report also found that Pratt Community College was the tenth best in the country. No other Kansas schools were ranked.

The original blog post can be found here: http://www.smartasset.com/blog/education/the-top-ten-community-colleges-in-the-country/

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11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest  for High School students

11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students

X11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest  for High School students

11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students

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Fort Scott–The Gordon Parks Celebration, scheduled for October 2-4, 2014, at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a Poetry, Essay, and Photo Remake contest this year. This event is sponsored by the Bourbon County Arts Council and is open to any area high school student. Entries are due by September 22 and the contest rules are available on the website: gordonparkscenter.org.


“We have done this contest for several years and had great results. There’s a lot of talent in our area high school students and we want to give them the opportunity to nurture their writing and photography talents just like Gordon Parks did,” said Jill Warford, Gordon Parks Center Director.

For the contest students may submit either a poem, an essay, or, a photo remake project. “This is something new that we saw on the internet where a student takes a photo and re-creates the image. So if the photo was “American Gothic” by Gordon, they would have to re-stage the scene and take a photo of their own that re-creates the original image. We give them three photos of Gordon’s to pick from,” Warford said.


Those three photos include “Emerging Man,” “Fashion,” and “Norman, Jr. Reading in Bed.” (Photos available on request.)


Recognition will be given to between 10 and 15 students for their poem/essay/remake photo. The student and their teacher will be invited to a luncheon on Friday, October 3 and each student recognized will receive a poster of Gordon Parks, a Certificate of Accomplishment and a copy of Mr. Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree. All winning entries will be on display at the Gordon Parks Celebration.

“We have emailed area teachers the contest information and hope that we have good participation in this year’s contest. For those creative students this is a way for them to show their talents,” she added.

The 11th anniversary Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website www.gordonparkscenter.org. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events are on sale now at the Gordon Parks Museum and at the Country Cupboard. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850 or see the website.

Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

XChristians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Join Christians on Campus, Thursday, September 11, for a presentation of the film God’s Not Dead. The showing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The film is free and open to the public.

The film follows Josh Wheaton’s defense of his rights and beliefs after he enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffery Raddison. All students in Professor Raddison’s course are required to write “God is dead” on a paper, and turn it in, in order to earn a passing grade.

The film runs 113 minutes.

Christians on Campus (CoC) is a Christ centered student organization at FSCC. The club is sponsored and helped by Larry and Vickie Shead, Ryan and Jentry Page and Steve Kramer. CoC meets every Thursday evening in Bailey Hall at 7 p.m. - unless otherwise announced.

For additional information about CoC or the film, God’s Not Dead, contact Larry Shead at larrys@fortscott.edu.

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Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

XSinger-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

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Fort Scott-Kelley Hunt will make her second appearance at the Gordon Parks Celebration in a concert and dinner on Thursday, October 2nd, titled “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” at the Liberty Theatre starting at 7:00 p.m. “We had Kelley here in 2005 and she gave a powerhouse performance,” said Gordon Parks Center director, Jill Warford. “This is the southeast Kansas debut of her new album, The Beautiful Bones, which is getting rave reviews. We’re glad to have her back for another concert as she has many fans in this area.”

Kelley Hunt’s new album, The Beautiful Bones, offers a dozen superbly crafted songs that blend timeless music with a contemporary. Those songs are buoyed by a performing style that balances Hunt’s virtuosity with the down-home gospel, soul and R&B that’s part of her DNA.

The title track is a perfect example of Hunt’s art, with its shimmering guitar and B-3 organ providing a gorgeously textured canvas for her haunting, soulful voice. “That song was the key to the album’s identity,” Hunt explains. “I had already written most of the songs, and felt they were about the things that are important to us all as people, but ‘The Beautiful Bones’ connected them. I was inspired by looking out my kitchen window while I was playing guitar and seeing the bare branches of a tree covered in snow, and I started to think about the layers we all have in our lives and the possibilities that come with each of them. Fifteen minutes later the song was done.”

The album repeatedly returns to pivotal moments, from the central question “what will we do with this truth and these tears” asked in “The Beautiful Bones” to, in “Gates of Eden,” the flash when a glance off the road nearly causes a cataclysmic accident to, in “Let It Rain,” the realization that — whether we know it or not — life truly does give us everything we need. “As human beings, we get so attached to the material world that we forget the most important things,” says Hunt. “The pivotal moments give us clarity. They help us understand that at the end of the day the only things we really have are our lives and our souls.”

Both heart and soul are in abundance on The Beautiful Bones, Hunt’s sixth album and an evolutionary step in her songwriting and arranging. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where her parents constantly played jazz, soul, R&B, blues, pop and gospel records at home and hosted jam sessions. Hunt’s grandmother sang gospel music in New Orleans and toured with a choir. Hunt absorbed all of this, and started making up songs and playing piano when she was four. Her first band experiences were in high school, where she moved rapidly from academic ensembles to teenage rock ‘n’ blues groups, playing dances for her peers.

Starting with 1994’s Kelley Hunt, she has developed a reputation as a torchbearer of authentic, straight-from-the-heart music with deep roots that transcend limitations of genre. That has been her passkey to building a fan base through both radio play and performances at clubs and at roots and pop music festivals throughout the United States,

Canada, and Europe. She has also been a guest DJ on Sirius/XM Radio’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville” and made six appearances on American Public Media’s popular A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets to “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” are $25 and include the barbecue meal and the concert. The meal starts at 7:00 p.m. with Kelley Hunt taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events will go on sale September 10 and will be available at the Gordon Parks Museum on the FSCC campus and downtown Fort Scott at the Country Cupboard. For orders by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850. The entire Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website, www.gordonparkscenter.org. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

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School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

XSchool of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology hosted an open house and ribbon cutting this morning. The open house began at 10:00 a.m. and approximately a hundred community leaders, alumni, salon owners, college faculty and staff were in attendance. The ribbon was cut by Karla Armstrong, FSCC’s Dean of Finance and Operations; Blake Flanders, Vice-President of Work Force Development for the Kansas Board of Regents; Margo Davis, FSCC’s Director of Cosmetology; and Angela Stroud, a Cosmetology faculty member.

The ribbon cutting celebrated the School’s move back to FSCC’s campus and the remodeling of the former industrial arts building. The School of Cosmetology was located in downtown Fort Scott for the past 25+ years. The School of Cosmetology is now located on the main campus in the former industrial arts building on the south side of campus. Their new number is (620) 223-2700 x.5220.

Before the ribbon was cut, Karla Armstrong spoke briefly on the importance of community support and vision in the completion of the project. Armstrong also thanked the remodel’s architect, Larry Perkin with Hight-Jackson; FSCC’s faculty and staff including Interim President Dick Hedges; and Board of Trustees members including those in attendance: John Bartelsmeyer, Robert Nelson, Jim Sather and former board member Anne Colum.

Armstrong went on to introduce Dr. Blake Flanders. Flanders spoke about the importance of the Career Technical Education Initiative (also known as Senate bill 155).

Flanders said, “It allows high school students to access (trades and technical studies) college credit hours tuition-free. That’s been really beneficial for our state. We had around 3,000 high school students in these program before 2013 and more than 8,000 students last year.”


The Career Technical Education Initiative funding was a primary source of revenue for the School of Cosmetology relocation and the current building’s remodeling. Under the Career Technical Education Initiative Kansas high school students can qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical schools and community colleges.


Fort Scott Community College currently offers Career Technical Education Initiative eligible courses in Construction Trades, Cosmetology, Health Careers, Manicuring and Welding. Interested students should contact their high school counselor or FSCC’s Judy Meister at 1-800-874-3722.

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SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College was named the 9th best community college in the country by SmartAsset, a personal-financial advice platform. SmartAsset “looked at close to seven hundred public community colleges across the country in order to find the best of the best.”

In a blog post on September 2, the company explained “To determine the best we wanted to figure out which colleges offered a low cost education, good return on investment and high success rate.”

FSCC Interim President, Dick Hedges said, “We’ve long known that our college was an exceptional buy for students and parents alike. We’re grateful for the national recognition.”

A.J. Smith, SmartAsset’s Managing Editor, said, "There are many top college lists out there, but few focus on community colleges. At SmartAsset, where we are concerned about college affordability, we wanted to shed light and provide a list suited to the needs of folks interested in higher education without the high costs.”

Smith continues, “We ranked colleges according to the cost to attend the college, the ratio of starting salary to the cost of education and the percentage of students who enroll at the community college, graduate and then go on to transfer to a four-year institution."

SmartAsset declares their mission to be “Transparency through technology. We use our software and data to provide simple, easy to understand answers to complex financial questions.” The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; BBC News; and Forbes Magazine have cited SmartAsset’s financial analysis.

The SmartAsset report also found that Pratt Community College was the tenth best in the country. No other Kansas schools were ranked.

The original blog post can be found here: http://www.smartasset.com/blog/education/the-top-ten-community-colleges-in-the-country/

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