The expansion of Barton Neighborhood College’s Agriculture Mechanics that was mentioned before this thirty day period acquired formal approval Tuesday at the BCC Board of Trustees assembly.

The board heard yet again from Kathy Kottas, dean of Workforce Training & Group Instruction, and Mary Foley, government director of Workforce Coaching and Financial Improvement, about options to build a facility making use of a 1:1 matching grant totaling $1,843,594 from the Kansas Board of Regents to assemble an Agriculture, Farm Machinery and Transportation Know-how Complicated.

The facility will involve three school rooms, 3 dedicated store areas, Business Driver’s License (CDL) car and gear storage, corrals, instructor workplaces, a loading dock, and a CDL screening place, officers claimed. The approximated value for the challenge is $3,687,188.

Trustees were also reminded that Barton Basis Director Lindsey Bogner is working to increase the matching cash by accumulating pledges for State of Kansas Funds Enhancement Tax Credits. Anyone who needs more information and facts about that can call Bogner at [email protected] or 620-786-1141.

With Tuesday’s motion, Barton strategies to present Case New Holland “Top Tech” coaching starting off in 2023.

“We have labored with CNH considering that 1995,” Kottas claimed. But until now, Barton has only furnished continuing schooling to that company’s personnel already doing the job at a CNH dealership. Now, the higher education will be equipped to offer education in agriculture mechanics to anyone fascinated in these a career.

The application is intended for college students looking for to get the job done at an agriculture machines dealership. College students will acquire instruction on the essential knowledge and abilities of repair service of agricultural devices.

“CNH will offer the curriculum and personal loan products to us,” Foley stated. “They’re also going to aid with advertising and give scholarships for the college students.” She claimed Barton’s partnership with CNH is “very potent.”

Like other companies, CNH is viewing an ageing workforce and wants to fill the pipeline with new personnel, Foley mentioned.


In other business, the board accepted the adhering to new personnel, all for positions at the Barton County campus: Madalyne Casey, admissions agent Vanessa Watson, assistant care supplier (component-time) Stephen Sell, normal upkeep facility worker Julie Peterson, developmental lab coordinator and Christy Huslig, educational advisor. The board also permitted a place charge and contract, naming Heather Panning as the assistant director of athletics and senior women’s administrator.

There was some dialogue with Vice President of Administration Mark Dean, who claimed there are  64 open up positions at Barton. 

The board also held an government session to examine the performance of an employee.