College News


February 3, 2014

Story and photos by Joe Vinduska

Life for Debbie Tomlinson was not easy growing up.  Her mother died of lung cancer when she was young and she moved to Kansas from California with her abusive, alcoholic father.  She was beaten often and at the age of 15 she was kicked out of her house.  She bounced around from home to home and eventually wound up married and pregnant at the age of 17.  The lack of her home life stability coupled with her pregnancy caused her to drop out of high school, a decision she immediately regretted.

February 18, 2014
Story and photo by Brandon Steinert

The primary goals driving most educational pursuits are to discover to a rewarding vocation and earn a respectable living wage.

A traditional bachelor’s degree requires four-years, or more, of commitment. Barton Community College has a smorgasbord of offerings in the medical field that will help students reach those goals in two years or less.

Barton Community College served 8,394 students in the fall semester of 2013, which is an increase of 272 students from the previous fall semester.

The most widely accepted metric to measure enrollment is Full Time Equivalency (FTE). This is calculated by taking the total credit hours provided and dividing by 15 credit hours per semester, which is the average course load for a full time student. This standard allows Barton to see how it’s doing relative to other colleges and past semesters.

Barton saw an increase of about 4.2 percent in FTE from fall 2012 to fall 2013.

Barton Community College students named to President’s List for fall 2013 

January 16, 2014
Story by Joe Vinduska

Barton Community College in , Kan., has named 239 students to the President’s List for the fall 2013 semester.  To qualify for this honor, students must have been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintained a grade point average of 4.0 on a 4.0 or "A" letter scale.

Susan Riley
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