Sisters Emma and Megan Meece have a head start on life. Emma, 16, and Megan, 18, both celebrated completing their associate degrees from Barton Community College at the Fort Riley Education Services commencement ceremony Thursday afternoon at Fort Riley. They effectively finished their first two years of college before most even get started.
The Shafer Gallery’s popular quilt exhibit has been extended through October 16. Titled “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints,” the exhibition is focused on the art of quilt-making and includes 17 works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
As of August 17 much of the North Central part of Kansas saw the abnormally dry to moderate drought area expand with northeast Barton County falling seeing a slight expansion of moderate drought.
Barton Community College has announced its list of graduates who earned associate degrees or certificates for career training during the spring semester of 2021.
The Barton Community College Theatre Department will hold auditions for its fall production of “Clue, On Stage,” by Sandy Rustin, August 25-27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. All roles and technical positions will be cast
The Barton Community College Foundation Board has chosen to recognize the entire Vink family with the “Old Bill Honorarium” at its annual Big Benefit Auction, which is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Great Bend Columbus Club and is themed “Life’s a Beach.” The honorarium allows auction attendees to donate to a scholarship in the honoree’s name, to be awarded for the 22-23 academic year.
After spending eight years teaching internationally, Brad Williams was ready for a change of scenery, and to make more money.
“I spent more than eight years teaching in Asia and I hit a point in my career where I couldn't make more money,” he said. “I probably did over a year of research looking into other fields and that led me to Barton’s program. It's like winning the lottery finding the program. If people knew the benefits and opportunities, everybody would be doing this.”
Tickets for the Barton Foundation’s 42nd Annual Big Benefit Auction, themed “Life’s a Beach,” are available through Aug. 16. The auction will take place on Aug. 28.
Barton Community College’s Center for Adult Education will soon begin another nine-week GED Preparation Class. However, orientation sessions are required before starting the class. Students must attend all orientation sessions in-person, which will be held on August 17, 19 and 24. Students have the option of a 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. time slot.
Barton Natural Gas Instructor Shawgi Ahmed worked for the Ministry of Oil in Sudan for 16 years as a Senior Project Engineer until his passion for education brought him all the way to the center of the United States to share his knowledge in 2019. He holds a wealth of experience in the field and a doctorate in petroleum engineering. He is a skilled researcher and several of his articles have been published, but teaching is what truly inspires him.