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Butler County Business Sentiment Survey

Butler Community College is conducting a 2022 Butler County Business Sentiment Survey to directly connect with area businesses in order to better serve their needs. The survey should take less than five minutes, is completely voluntary and can be anonymous. The survey will be open January 1 – 28, 2022. The first 6 business owners to complete the survey will receive a prize. Potential prizes include: 9th Generation, 64 GB iPad (1 available); AirPods Pro (1 pair available); INIU Portable Charger (1 available); OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (1 available); Visa Gift Card, $50 each (2 available). Questions regarding the survey may be directed to Jenna Gannon, Research Analyst I, Butler Community College Department of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, jgannon2@sdkfzj.com.

Access the survey with the QR code with your smartphone or visit vg3hpn0.sdkfzj.com/survey.

Digital Literacy enhanced with two new technology initiatives

In September, Board of Trustees approved two large technology initiatives so Butler students can thrive in digital economy.

Butler is the first in Kansas and only the 50th institution in the world to be designated an Adobe Creative Campus. Coming soon every Butler student, faculty and staff member will have access to more than 60 individual software platforms. It gives students access to technology many would not otherwise have, and it expands access to personal devices from anywhere in the world. Exposure to and experience with these programs will enhance the workforce for the Wichita/metro area as well as south central Kansas

MyButler Laptop, another technology access initiative for students enrolled in at least nine credit hours. Three thousand brand-new Lenovo laptops have been ordered and for a $150 registration fee, students may enter the laptop program. The laptop becomes their personal device. Butler doesn’t want it back. In partnership with Ribbit Computers in Wichita, an extended three-year service agreement comes with the laptop at no additional charge. Students must remain enrolled in three semesters in order to avoid a laptop program termination fee.

Dr. Tom Nevill becomes VP of Academics

Tom Nevill, DMA, officially began his duties as Butler Community College’s Vice President of Academics July 1. His arrival and previous experience with Adobe was instrumental in Butler becoming the first community college in Kansas to be designated an Adobe Creative Campus.

Nevill obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Illinois University, and both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Guerrero brings enthusiasm for education to Butler

Dr. Julio Guerrero joined the Butler Community College family as the new Dean of Health, Education and Public Services on August 9. His goal is to ensure students and families know how to access higher education regardless of their economic status.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Biology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Oklahoma State University.

He also completed his doctorate in philosophy in Health Education from Texas A&M. He joined Butler from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas, where he was the Kinesiology Program Chair.

Kansas Promise Scholarship creates Access to Training for Those Who Qualify

More than 30 Butler programs qualify for tuition, fees, and books funding the through Kansas Promise Scholarship. Current and future students qualifying for the Kansas Promise Scholarship can now pursue their two-year degree and have their costs for tuition, fees and books paid for by the state within a host of academic areas. The scholarship program launched in August and is also applicable to short-term and spring classes. View the most recent list of Butler programs qualifying for tuition, fees and books funding through the Kansas Promise Scholarship. See more at ButlerCC.edu.

Attend a Community Event at Butler

Whether you enjoy live theatre, vocal music performances, sporting events or educational presentations – you can keep up to date on public performances and events by visiting ButlerCC.edu/calendar. To pinpoint your search use the “select category” drop down to get to the specific topic that interests you and then click “go.” The calendar will then show your selections. Take in a ballgame or plan to attend the next gathering of Life Enrichment. You’re always welcome and we look forward to seeing you!

Two Kansas community colleges collaborate to strengthen culinary training

Butler Community College and Johnson County Community College (JCCC) leadership have partnered to elevate the training for Butler’s Culinary Arts students and allows Johnson County to extend their culinary program’s American Culinary Federation (ACF) accreditation to more Kansas students. JCCC’s Chef Apprenticeship program was the first to be accredited by the ACF Educational Institute in 1979 and is now available to Butler Culinary students through Wichita/metro restaurants. It remains the largest in the country and is the only ACF accredited program in Kansas.

Grizzly athletics in full swing and competing at high level

After a tough 18-months of COVID-19 and moving all season to last Spring, Butler athletics are back to their normal fall seasons and off to a hot start. The Butler volleyball team is currently sitting atop the conference at 6-0 and are ranked nationally at No. 7 with their 20-2 overall record. Twice the Grizzlies have had National Players of the Week recognized, Carly Clennan (El Dorado, KS) and Kayli Duncan (Wichita, KS). The Grizzlies defeated the defending NJCAA National Champs from a season ago and beat Seward, a team they had not won against since 2014. Butler’s two losses came early in the season, and both were to a NJCAA top-10 team.

Butler soccer, after a competitive pre-season schedule that featured four top-10 teams, is on a six-game winning streak and undefeated in KJCCC play. They are currently ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA National Poll. Butler has outscored their conference opponents 40-2 over the course of the last six games and are on pace for another KJCCC championship. This team features three players from Butler County and another 16 players from the state of Kansas. The Grizzlies are winning at a high level and using local talent to do so.

Butler football is 2-1 with wins over defending National Champions Hutchinson and Dodge City. Their lone loss came week one to No. 2-ranked Independence who sit atop the KJCCC at 3-0. One of the Grizzlies standouts this season is sophomore wide receiver from Lawrence, KS Darius Lassiter. Lassiter leads the NJCAA in receiving touchdowns this year with seven and is third in yards per game at 107.

The Butler Cross Country teams are two meets into this season and working toward the Region VI and National meet coming up in late October. The teams train all season long to be at their best come the championship meets at the end of the season. El Dorado High grad Garin Knight is on the men’s team while the women’s team features five of their seven runners from Kansas, two from Wichita, 一号二号Mulvane和来自Hugoton.

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Butler Community College celebrates our Butler County student scholars and their accomplishments during the 2020-2021 academic year.

ISSAC PINEDA, welding student of El Dorado, was one of five Butler Students to receive a scholarship from the Laurie Marie Foundation in March 2021, a scholarship founded by Butler Alum David Carter.

DEANNA BONN of El Dorado won four second-place awards and one honorable mention at the 2021 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards.

JESSIE NIBARGER of Towanda was one of four Butler students who qualified for the State Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a Butler Grizzly Volleyball player with NJCAA Academic honors.

MARA STEWART of El Dorado served as DECA president and Butler marketing department intern. She received the ACBSP Business Student Leader Award. She received the Trustee Award during spring Commencement ceremonies and was recognized as a finalist for the Hubbard Award of Excellence, the institution’s highest scholarship honor.

BRADEN FORD of Rose Hill, co-editor of Grizzly Magazine, won a Gold Medal in the Magazine-Yearbook Division.

TORI WILSON of El Dorado served on the school newspaper “Butler Lantern” which won Bronze in the All-Kansas Two-Year Newspaper Division.

HAYDEN JANSEN of Augusta was elected Kansas-Nebraska Region President for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2021-2022. He also received PTK Distinguished Officer, Competitive Edge and Research Edge honors at PTK competition.

LUCAS DRAKE of Augusta received a Phi Theta Kappa Honnor Society award in the PTK Employment Edge competition.

SHELBY VARNER of Towanda, placed first in Sales Presentation and third in Business Communication during the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Leadership Conference held in March where she competed against other Kansas two-year and four-year college students. She then competed in Nationals last June and placed third in Sales Presentation.

CARLY CLENNAN of El Dorado and Butler Grizzlies Volleyball player received All-KJCCC honors.

JAREN JACKSON of Augusta, Butler Grizzlies Baseball player received NJCAA Academic honors.

SYDNEY ADLER of Rose Hill, Butler Grizzlies Softball player received NJCAA Academic honors.

EMILY ADLER of Rose Hill, Butler Grizzlies softball player received All-KJCCC honors.

Early College Academy 2021 Graduates

LAKIN ADELSPERGER, Humanities, Circle H.S.

MARIAM ALKY*, Health Science, Andover eCademy

SARAI ALVARADO, Humanities, Augusta H.S.

DAVID AREVALO*, Business, Douglass H.S.

TEYENNE BEEDY, Health Science, Rose Hill H.S.

TAYLOR BESSENT#, Health Science, Circle H.S.

EMILY BOYLE, Humanities, Rose Hill H.S.

KAYLEIGH BRUCE, Culinary Arts, Bluestem H.S.

NOLAN BRYAN, Engineering, Augusta H.S.

CHANCE BURKS, Welding, El Dorado H.S.

AISLIN BURNISON*, Humanities, Rose Hill H.S.

JACE BUTCHER, Cyber Security, Douglass H.S.

MAGGIE CHEN#, Business, Circle H.S.

ADISYN CORNALI*, Health Science, Circle H.S.

ALEX CRAIG, Humanities, El Dorado H.S.

WYLIE DOWNER, Humanities, Douglass H.S.

NATALIE EATON#, Engineering, Rose Hill H.S.

SAVANNAH EDMONDS#, Health Science, Douglass H.S.

EMILY EVANS, Health Science, Circle H.S.

TY FOSTER, Game and Simulation, Rose Hill H.S.

LILLIANNE GASH, Business, Douglass H.S.

HUNTER GLAVES, Engineering, Douglass H.S.

ANNABELLE HARDY, Aviation, Andover eCademy H.S.

KATELYN HEDGER, Health Science, Andover Central H.S.

TIFFANY HILTON, Education, Augusta H.S.,

ABIGAYLE JACKSON#, Humanities, Andover Central H.S.

ALEXIS JEWELL, Health Science, Rose Hill H.S.

KIAHNA JONES, Business, Douglass H.S.

DAISEE KOHMAN, Health Science, El Dorado H.S.

KENZA LABIDI, Health Science, Andover H.S.

MADISON LOYLE, Health Science, Andover H.S.

JARED MCDAVITT, Health Science, Andover H.S.

NOAH MCINTOSH, Health Science, Andover Central H.S.

AUDREY MCLEMORE, Business, Andover Central H.S.

RYLI NGUYEN, Health Science, Andover H.S.

EMILY NORTON, Health Science, Douglass H.S.

TRENTON PARSONS, Engineering, Augusta H.S.

MADELYN RODEHORST, Humanities, Andover Central H.S.

OLVIA ROZARIO#, Humanities, Andover Central H.S.

ROBERT SCHOENTHALER, Health Science, Circle H.S.

LAUREN SHRYOCK, Health Science, Circle H.S.

HALLIE SIMS, Health Science, Andover eCademy

DEZ STITT, Welding, El Dorado H.S.

KOREE TA, Health Science, Circle H.S.

AUSTIN TAYLOR, Welding, Circle H.S.

CYAN TRUJILLO, Culinary Arts, El Dorado H.S.

MERI ABIGAIL VAUGHN#, Health Science, Rose Hill H.S.

DYLAN WEST*, Health Science, Douglass H.S

*Order of the Gold (4.0 GPA), # Order of the Purple (3.7-3.99 GPA)

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