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Salina Tech brings home the gold at SkillsUSA




Eight students inducted into National Technical Honor Society 

2017 NTHS inducteesSalina Area Technical College inducted eight students into the National Technical Honor Society on April 7. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, meet standards of professionalism and community service, and be nominated by an instructor. Students in the Society will wear a white tassel and white sash with the cap and gown at graduation on May 6. The students are, from left to right (first row) Dental Assistant student Carolyn Aguirre; Dental Assistant student Amber Clark, Construction Technology student Nick Karber; Diesel Technology student Trevor Karber; Business Administrative Technology student Blair Schmidt; Graphic Design student Sarah VanArsdale; (back row) Electrical Technology student Jeremy Unruh and Computer Aided Drafting student Jeremy Williams.





HLC Accreditation Awarded to Salina Tech!

Salina Area Technical College has earned its regional accreditation from the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Salina Tech is on what the Higher Learning Commission calls its "Standard Pathway" for institutions earning their initial accreditation. That process lasts 10 years, and involves a review by the Commission in the fourth year of accreditation. For Salina Tech, that review is scheduled for the 2020-21 academic year. names Salina Tech one of the best Colleges in Kansas!

In the category of "Best Community Colleges in Kansas" the has listed Salina Area Technical College as #1 for it's low cost and high graduation rates. Salina Tech is also ranked as the #1 College in Kansas for student success by the Kansas Board of Regents Student Success, and is among the top 10% in the nation according to the Aspen Institute.

2016 SkillsUSA National Competition

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The Salina Area Technical College (Salina Tech) Board of Trustees is proud to announce that Gregory Nichols has been selected to serve as president of Salina Tech.  Nichols will assume his new responsibilities on July 1st.  In making the announcement, Chris Baker, chair of the Salina Tech Board of Trustees, stated "Greg is an exceptional leader with strong experience and truly understands the importance of technical education. The Board is very pleased he has chosen to join Salina Area Technical College."

Nichols comes to Salina Tech with an excellent history of leadership in higher education. He has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Colby Community College since 2013.  Prior to his role at Colby Community College, Nichols was Associate Dean of Instruction at Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational Technical School.  He began his career in higher education as a mathematics instructor at Butler Community College and has taught for Cowley College, Southwestern College, Emporia State University, and Colby Community College. Nichols also serves as Chair of the Deans Council for eduKan – a consortium of six community colleges in western Kansas.

Nichols has completed coursework for an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University of Phoenix, Arizona and is writing his dissertation on student transfer – time to degree. He received an M.S. in Mathematics from Emporia State University and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma. Nichols also completed teacher certification at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and holds a teaching license in secondary education in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Nichols is married to Melissa, a graduate of Butler Community College and Southwestern College, who teaches mathematics at Colby High School. They have four children:  Samantha, a graduate of Cowley College and junior at Emporia State University; Isaac, a freshman at Southwestern Oklahoma State University; Gabriel, 7; and Joelle, 5.

 Nichols has been active in the community of Colby as a member of Kiwanis, president elect. He has volunteered for various organizations including the Colby Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Museum. Previously in Arkansas City, Nichols served as a member of the Salvation Army Board and ACCA school board. In addition, he coached youth basketball, softball, and baseball for many years.


Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Competition - 1st Place!

Salina Area Technical College welding students competed in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) competition on March 3, 2016. The competition was hosted by North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit. Approximately 96 students competed by demonstrating proficiency in welding theory, used their blueprint reading skills to fabricate various weldments and showcased their welding skills using the GMAW process.

Salina Tech students Bailey Trostle, Kaden Keim, Colton Ehrich, and Josh Cook participated as a team and individually.  As a team, the foursome placed first overall. Individually they placed as follows:

  • Josh Cook - 2nd place
  • Kaden Keim - 8th place
  • Colton Ehrich - 9th place
  • Bailey Trostle - 26th place
  • GMAW NCKTC 2016 1st place

    In the photo, the SATC members are (left to right):

    Bailey Trostle, Kaden Keim, Fernando Fajardo (instructor), Colton Ehrich, Josh Cook


    New! Evening Businsess administrative Technology program

    In response to a high community demand for access to affordable education, Salina Area Technical College will begin offering the Business Administrative Technology program in the evening hours of the day.  Classes will be centered on the Business Marketing/Management pathway and be held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm.  The evening program will run from January to December.  

    Offering the Business Administrative Technology program in the evening provides working students the flexibility to further their education while continuing to work.   The program was designed with the understanding that many students have full-time day jobs. As such, classes will only be held from Monday to Thursday, giving students a 3-day weekend.

    Students in the Business Administrative Technology program at Salina Tech obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to stay on the cutting edge of today’s workplace. The demand for professionals who can effectively use computers and software programs to optimize business operations is becoming increasingly prominent.    Whether your goal is to be an entrepreneur or supervise an entire department, this program gives you the tools needed for immediate success in the current job market.

    This one year program gives students 36 credit hours of instruction.  Upon completion, students will earn a technical certificate.  For those students wishing to further their education and earn an Associate Degree of Applied Science, an additional nine hours of technical electives and 15 hours of general education courses will be required – all of which can be taken in the evenings or online.

    Student Health 101

    The transition from living with your family to sharing space with roommates, having meals prepared to being responsible for preparing your own meals, having curfews to all-nighters, healthy lifestyles and habits can get thrown out the window.  Fortunately, Salina Area Technical College has introduced an on-line magazine Student Health 101 to assist students adjust to the college lifestyle.

    Student Health 101 is a monthly on-line health and wellness magazine designed for college students.  The magazine includes a variety of articles and resources.  Each month there is also an opportunity to enter to win $1,000.

    The online magazine Student Health 101 is being provided to students through a partnership with the Central Kansas Foundation.


    Salina Area Technical College celebrates inaugural commercial truck driving program class completion

    Salina Area Technical College celebrates the completion of the inaugural class in their Commercial Truck Driving program.  The ceremony included President Greg Goode speaking, an Inaugural Certificate signing by the graduates, and presentation of Certificates of Completion by Interim Vice President of Instruction, Andrew Manley.  In addition to the students and their families and friends, three corporate representatives were also in attendance.  The corporations represented at the ceremony, MHC Kenworth, Triangle Trucking, and Truck Center Companies, are just a few of the many donors who provided support in getting the Commercial Truck Driving program started at Salina Tech.  Salina Tech is happy to announce that all of the graduates  have received multiple job offers.

    Inaugural CTD Class

    Mitchell D. Armstrong, Tracy A. Williams and Josh G. Hazelton, Inaugural Class - Commercial Truck Driving Program


    Salina Area Technical College students place in skillsUSA competitions

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    Seven Salina Area Technical College students placed at the Kansas SkillsUSA Championships in Wichita.

    The competitions were held in April at Wichita Area Technical College and Salina Area Technical College.

    Ethan Keating, from Minneapolis, placed first in the college division and Jason Brantley, from Abilene, placed second in the high school division in the Technical Drafting competition.

    Alex Parker, from Salina, placed third at the high school division in the Diesel Equipment competition.

    Eli Rider, from New Cambria, Michael Smith, from Salina, and Thomas Albright, from Assaria, placed first in the college division of the Automated Manufacturing Technology competition.

    Riley Faris, from Salina, placed first in the college division of the Precision Machining competition.

    Each student competed against other students from across Kansas.  The first place winner from each competition will compete in a National SkillsUSA competition to be held in Kentucky in June.

    SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 280,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.


    Salina Area Technical College 2014 - 2015 National Technical Honor Society inductees

     2014-15 NTHS Inductees

    Back Row, L-R: Jason Brantley - Abilene High School - Computer Aided Drafting; Addaline Winship - Southeast of Saline High School - Business Administrative Technology; Thomas Albright - Computer Aided Drafting; Lydya Arellano - Business Administrative Technology; Amanda McCosh - Commercial & Advertising Art; Carolyn Hull - Business Administrative Technology.

    Front Row, L-R: Taylor Munoz - Business Administrative Technology; Alyssa Spector - Dental Assistant; Stephanie Jensen - Business Administrative Technology; Addison Hibbert - Dental Assistant.


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    Salina Tech is one of 7 schools associated with Technical Training to Achieve Credential (TRAC-7) consortium. Recently, TRAC-7 has been nationally recognized as a “Standout workforce training program” on the Creative Commons website.

    TRAC-7 is a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grantee. The goal of TAACCT is to “expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade and to move unemployed workers into high wage, high skill jobs in high growth industry sectors”.

    At the October TAACCT-ON that met in Topeka Kansas, Creative Commons hosted a round 1 TAACCCT grantee showcase fair. All round 1 grantees were invited to showcase, share, and describe some of the best work coming out of their projects.

    Using a participatory process, all the other grantees attending were invited to visit round 1 TAACCCT grantees at their showcase table to see and learn more about the work they are doing. To make it interactive and fun, grantees were asked to put stickers on round 1 TAACCCT projects that were standouts for them. From that process, based on grantee selection, nine round one TAACCT grantee projects emerged as standouts.

    For a complete list of all the TAACCCT Standout Profiles, please visit



    Salina Area Technical College introduces CashCourse

    CashCourse Real-Life Money Guide

    With assistance from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), financial literacy information is now available for Salina Area Technical College students.

     CashCourse is being provided to assist our students with important financial decisions.  It is a free financial education resource that provides on-line tools to students.  CashCourse offers real-life guidance to take charge of your money.  Salina Tech believes it is important for students to understand financial products and services so they can manage their money wisely and make good financial decisions.   To learn more about managing money, click here.


    Dental Assistant Program Receives Delta Dental of Kansas Grant


     DEN expansion ribbon cutting

    SATC Delta Dental Plaque




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