College News


May 6, 2021
Story by Joe Vinduska

Barton Community College will present a student recital at 4 p.m. May 12. The event will premiere at 

Barton Voice Instructor Jessica Perez works with Barton’s vocal students. Her performing students will be Erin Cox, Taryn Robl, Andrew Maier, Alicia Silva and Faith Whited.

Keyboard Instructor Karole Erikson works with piano and organ students. Her performing students will be Sara Hauser and August Siefkes. 

May 5, 2021
Story by Joe Vinduska
Courtesy photos submitted

The Shafer Gallery crew knew that everyone had been getting kind of tired of the same old video classes and lectures, so they went above and beyond this year to create an immersive world for students to experience the annual “Vortex Day” exhibit and juried art show, which is sponsored by the Barton County Arts Council (BCAC) and is underwritten by the Bill J. McKown Endowment/Golden Belt Foundation. 

April 27, 2021
Story by Brandon Steinert

Select Barton Community College career and technical education programs will be available at no cost to eligible students beginning in the fall of 2021, thanks to a new scholarship program designed to increase Kansans’ access to community colleges and technical schools.

The $10 million program was passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed by Governor Laura Kelly on Friday. When other scholarships and grants are not sufficient to cover a student’s tuition and fees, the Kansas Promise Act will make up the difference.

The Barton Music Department will host the Endowment Concert, a fundraiser for music student scholarships, at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Visit for tickets and live-stream information. All proceeds go to the Music Endowment Scholarship fund. Donations will also be accepted at the door.

April 22, 2021
Story by Joe Vinduska
Courtesy photos submitted

Barton’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society showed their appreciation for area healthcare workers and their courageous efforts during the pandemic by dropping off goodie baskets to several local healthcare facilities Monday. 

PTK Advisor Kathy Boeger said all healthcare workers should be praised and recognized for keeping our local communities safe and educated throughout the pandemic and for their agility as we continue to navigate the situation. 

April 22, 2021
Story and photo by Joe Vinduska 

This is part five of a six-part series on the importance of academic integrity at Barton. The college will feature these student stories throughout the spring semester to showcase the virtues of academic integrity. These virtues include trust, responsibility, honesty, courage, fairness, and respect.