General Education

Every set of job skills is more valuable if enhanced with the abilities a broader education provides.

The goal of our General Education department is to give all of our students the opportunity to learn to write effectively, speak persuasively in front of a group, and understand people better. Those are skills that can help our students advance into supervisory and management positions, and some General Education classes are required to earn an Associate Degree from Salina Tech.

These classes aren’t only for our full-time students. At just $99/credit hour, they’re also a great value for high school students or adults planning to go back to college who want to save time and money by taking some classes through Salina Tech.

And the credits earned at Salina Tech will transfer to most other colleges and universities in Kansas and across the nation.

You Will Learn

  • Compose coherent written communication.

  • Deliver coherent oral communication.

  • Show proficiency in locating, analyzing, documenting, and ethically using information sources.

  • Perform and interpret calculations.

  • Develop logical problem solving skills and/or critical thinking skills.

  • Identify appropriate strategies for gathering, analyzing, and displaying data to draw conclusions from scientific data.

  • Collaborate effectively, cultivating a respect for human diversity.

  • Demonstrate technology literacy appropriate to area of study.

Faculty

Sara Fisher earned her Master of Arts degree in Sociology and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology from Kansas State University. 

Mrs. Fisher taught a variety of Social and Behavioral Science courses since 2002 at community/technical colleges and universities prior to joining the Salina Tech General Education program in 2019 teaching Sociology courses as an adjunct instructor became a full time instructor of Social Sciences in 2020. 

sara.fisher@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3141

James Knapp earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Missouri.   He also did post-graduate work in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, completing all of the work for a Ph.D. in Mathematics except for his dissertation. 

Mr. Knapp is an avid sports fan and enjoys being a referee for football games and an umpire for baseball games.  He joined the Salina Tech General Education program teaching various Mathematics courses in 2014.

james.knapp@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3135

Jerry Gaines earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. 

Mr. Gaines worked as an Advertising Account Executive and Director of Business Development for the Salina Journal.  He was also an adjunct instructor since 2005 for Brown Mackie College prior to joining the Salina Tech General Education program as an adjunct instructor in 2017 teaching Technical Writing courses. 

jerold.gaines@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Linda Grossman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Master of Environmental Science degree with emphasis in Chemistry and Biology from Wichita State University.  

Mrs. Grossman has been in education since 2000 teaching at community colleges and is the Lead Chemistry Instructor and Coordinator of Sciences and Allied health at Wichita State University.  She joined the Salina Tech General Education program in 2020 as an adjunct instructor teaching Chemistry courses. 

linda.grossman@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

James Hawley earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas, his Master of Arts degree in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  

Mr. Hawley was an adjunct for various colleges and universities prior to joining Salina Tech in the General Education program teaching English related courses in 2014.  He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and returned to the ministry in 2020 but remains an adjunct instructor for Salina Tech.

james.hawley@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Kurt Konda earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Wichita State University.

Mr. Konda has been an adjunct instructor for various colleges and universities since 2006 and is a Sociology Instructor for Barton County Community College.  He is a Senior Research Assistant for the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  He joined the Salina Tech General Education program in 2018 as an adjunct instructor teaching Sociology courses. 

kurt.konda@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Jason Lindstrom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio University, a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Psychology  from the University of Kansas and his Master of Arts degree in History from Fort Hays State University. 

Mr. Lindstrom has been in education since 2010 teaching at middle and high school levels.  He has taught courses in Early U. S. History, U.S. History, World History and American Government.  He joined the Salina Tech General Education program in 2018 as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in History. 

jason.lindstrom@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Basil Price earned his Bachelor of  Arts degree in Speech Communications from Emporia State University and his Master of Science degree in Communications from Fort Hays State University.   He also has a Presbyteral Studies Certificate from Bishop Kemper School for Ministry. 

Mr. Price has sales and management experience in wireless and radio broadcasting industries.  He is an Episcopalian Priest and was an adjunct instructor at Brown Mackie College before joining the Salina Tech General Education program in 2017 as an adjunct instructor teaching communication courses. 

basil.price@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

John Triplett earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. 

Mr. Triplett has been in education for 42 years teaching high school and college courses in English, Speech, Debate, and Forensics to name a few.  He was also a Librarian for Brown Mackie College before joining the Salina Tech General Education program as an adjunct instructor in 2020 teaching English courses. 

john.triplett@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

Nicole Welshans earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wichita State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree from Kansas State University. 

Ms. Welshans has been in education since 2007 teaching at a community college and middle and high school Science courses and is currently teaches Family and Consumer Sciences.  She joined the Salina Tech General Education program in 2018 as an adjunct instructor teaching Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology courses.  

nicole.welshans@salinatech.edu | 785-309-3100

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