** The downtown Fort Scott Cosmetology location has moved! They are now on the main FSCC campus; their phone number is 620-223-2700 ext. 5220.


9/8/201411th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students


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11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students

Fort Scott–The Gordon Parks Celebration, scheduled for October 2-4, 2014, at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a Poetry, Essay, and Photo Remake contest this year. This event is sponsored by the Bourbon County Arts Council and is open to any area high school student. Entries are due by September 22 and the contest rules are available on the website: gordonparkscenter.org.

“We have done this contest for several years and had great results. There’s a lot of talent in our area high school students and we want to give them the opportunity to nurture their writing and photography talents just like Gordon Parks did,” said Jill Warford, Gordon Parks Center Director.

For the contest students may submit either a poem, an essay, or, a photo remake project. “This is something new that we saw on the internet where a student takes a photo and re-creates the image. So if the photo was “American Gothic” by Gordon, they would have to re-stage the scene and take a photo of their own that re-creates the original image. We give them three photos of Gordon’s to pick from,” Warford said.

Those three photos include “Emerging Man,” “Fashion,” and “Norman, Jr. Reading in Bed.” (Photos available on request.)

Recognition will be given to between 10 and 15 students for their poem/essay/remake photo. The student and their teacher will be invited to a luncheon on Friday, October 3 and each student recognized will receive a poster of Gordon Parks, a Certificate of Accomplishment and a copy of Mr. Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree. All winning entries will be on display at the Gordon Parks Celebration.

“We have emailed area teachers the contest information and hope that we have good participation in this year’s contest. For those creative students this is a way for them to show their talents,” she added.

The 11th anniversary Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website www.gordonparkscenter.org. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events are on sale now at the Gordon Parks Museum and at the Country Cupboard. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850 or see the website.

9/8/2014Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead


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Christians on Campus to present God’s Not Dead

Fort Scott, Kansas – Join Christians on Campus, Thursday, September 11, for a presentation of the film God’s Not Dead. The showing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The film is free and open to the public.

The film follows Josh Wheaton’s defense of his rights and beliefs after he enrolls in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffery Raddison. All students in Professor Raddison’s course are required to write “God is dead” on a paper, and turn it in, in order to earn a passing grade.

The film runs 113 minutes.

Christians on Campus (CoC) is a Christ centered student organization at FSCC. The club is sponsored and helped by Larry and Vickie Shead, Ryan and Jentry Page and Steve Kramer. CoC meets every Thursday evening in Bailey Hall at 7 p.m. - unless otherwise announced.

For additional information about CoC or the film, God’s Not Dead, contact Larry Shead at larrys@fortscott.edu.


9/15/2014SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.


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SmartAsset Names FSCC as one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in Country.

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College was named the 9th best community college in the country by SmartAsset, a personal-financial advice platform. SmartAsset “looked at close to seven hundred public community colleges across the country in order to find the best of the best.”

In a blog post on September 2, the company explained “To determine the best we wanted to figure out which colleges offered a low cost education, good return on investment and high success rate.”

FSCC Interim President, Dick Hedges said, “We’ve long known that our college was an exceptional buy for students and parents alike. We’re grateful for the national recognition.”

A.J. Smith, SmartAsset’s Managing Editor, said, "There are many top college lists out there, but few focus on community colleges. At SmartAsset, where we are concerned about college affordability, we wanted to shed light and provide a list suited to the needs of folks interested in higher education without the high costs.”

Smith continues, “We ranked colleges according to the cost to attend the college, the ratio of starting salary to the cost of education and the percentage of students who enroll at the community college, graduate and then go on to transfer to a four-year institution."

SmartAsset declares their mission to be “Transparency through technology. We use our software and data to provide simple, easy to understand answers to complex financial questions.” The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; BBC News; and Forbes Magazine have cited SmartAsset’s financial analysis.

The SmartAsset report also found that Pratt Community College was the tenth best in the country. No other Kansas schools were ranked.

The original blog post can be found here: http://www.smartasset.com/blog/education/the-top-ten-community-colleges-in-the-country/


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