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College to begin Corrosion Technology program

Monday, March 7, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
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Prospective students are invited to come to Seward County Community college/ Area Technical School to check out the new Corrosion Technology program that will begin in August.

Corrosion Technology is the first of three programs that are a part of a United States Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Grant. To be eligible for this grant, 25 percent of the undergraduate full-time equivalent population must be Hispanic.

The Corrosion Technology program, which will include a one-year certificate and a two-year associate in applied science degree, will begin during the fall 2011 semester. In addition to an on-campus classroom and lab, the program will include a field lab that will have over 2,000 feet of pipeline to be used for training. New government regulations have focused on increased corrosion control, which is steadily increasing the demand for trained corrosion technicians. In the 4,912 square miles comprising the seven SCCC/ATS Kansas counties, more than 9,000 miles of pipeline must be checked regularly for corrosion, the leading cause of pipeline explosions.

This program will include alternate delivery of classes, including podcasts, online or hybrid classes, interactive or streaming video or web-based interactive delivery.

The grant provides an economic boost to the community as well as nearly $1.5 million in personnel salaries and nearly $1million in construction during the five years of grant activities.  The injection of federal dollars will provide significant benefits to our community. 

Future programs include Process Technology and Radiologic Technology.

For information about Corrosion Technology, contact William Worley, Corrosion Technology Program Specialist, 620-417-1645 or

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