Deadline approaching for KEMA Scholarship applications

The Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) is still accepting applications for the KEMA Scholarship.

Two $400 scholarships will be awarded. The application period is open until 5 p.m., Feb. 23.

The scholarship is intended to further the training and education of current and future Emergency Managers of Kansas by expanding their knowledge of emergency management and enhancing their ability to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters.

The scholarship is awarded to a current KEMA Member and/or student seeking professional development or a degree in the field of emergency or disaster management.

Applicants must be a resident of Kansas and demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, responsiveness, and leadership. Scholarship committee members, KEMA Board Members, previous year award recipients and their families are not eligible.

Interested individuals should electronically submit an application and supporting documentation to KEMA Scholarship Committee Chair, Jillian Rodrigue at jrodrigue@douglascounty.org. Applications and more information is available at http://www.kema.org/content/scholarships.

Heartland Credit Union awards school grants

Heartland Credit Union has awarded $4,117 for 13 projects through its Celebrate Academic Success with HCU Grants. The CASH Grants will affect more than 3,300 students in the following school districts: USD 266 (Maize), USD 308 (Hutchinson), USD 309 (Nickerson - South Hutchinson), USD 313 (Buhler), USD 374 (Sublette), and USD 460 (Hesston).

HCU was established in 1948 by seven progressive Hutchinson-area teachers that wanted to offer fellow educators a better financial institution. Since then, HCU has been rooted in education, providing classroom grants, scholarships, and financial education to communities.

Winning CASH Grant teachers, including their school, project title and grade, are: Caley Ediger, Circle Benton Elementary School, K-6 STEM; Carol Stockton, Wiley Elementary, Flocabulary, 3rd grade; Chanin Aumiller, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, All About the Benjamins, 8th; Dawn Lafferty, Hesston Elementary, Social Emotional Resources, K-4th; Jeff Comer, Buhler High School, Google Virtual Reality Viewfinders, 9-10th; Jesse Ediger, Graber Elementary School, Creating Wonder, 4th; Linda Henderson, Reno Valley Middle School, Etiquette Day, 8th; Lori Zachary, Buhler High School, Fitness Cru Connections, 9-12th; Mandy Malone, Hutchinson Middle School - 8, Science Fair, 8th; Sarah Nicks, Morgan Elementary, Kindness Rock Project, K-6th; Shaelee Mendenhall, Buhler High School, Buhler CHOP, 9-12th; and Taylor Elkinton, Hutchinson High School, Fit Salthawks for Life, 9-12th.

Heartland Credit Union is headquartered in Hutchinson, with offices in Haven, Newton and Wichita.

St. Rose offers after-hours mammogram appointments

Since Shannon Deines understands the whirlwind schedules of working moms, she wanted to offer an expanded service to make their lives a little easier.

Deines, imaging supervisor at St. Rose Health Center, is now scheduling after-hours appointments for mammograms. Beginning Feb. 12, Deines will offer the breast screenings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, starting at 4:30 p.m. with the last one of the day set for 6:30 p.m.

After-hours mammograms are for screening purposes only. They are not designed for: anyone with a history of breast cancer; anyone who needs a follow-up exam; or anyone with a particular breast concern.

“For these issues,” Deines said, “I may need to consult with a radiologist during regular hours.”

Emergency management director Lifelong Learning speaker

HILLSBORO – Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program will host Randy Frank at 9:45 a.m., Feb. 16.

Frank is Marion County’s emergency management director and has multiple first responder qualifications that include Kansas certified emergency manager, Iowa certified emergency manager, master continuity practitioner and master exercise practitioner.

Frank will talk about ways to stay safe in all seasons and how to prepare for any type emergency.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and can register at the door for $5. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

To see the full fall schedule, visit tabor.edu/lifelonglearning. For questions about the event, contact Analisa Defiesta at analisadefiesta@tabor.edu.

Barton’s nursing program announces secondary application deadline

GREAT BEND – The nursing program at Barton Community College has announced a secondary deadline for accepting student applications for the 18-19 academic year will be March 1.

Those who applied during the first round of applications will receive priority status. Additional applicants from the secondary deadline will fill seats as available for both the Practical Nursing Certificate and the Associates in Applied Science Degree in Nursing.

Those wishing to apply to the Barton Nursing program should first visit apply.bartonccc.edu then stop by the Nursing Office in the Technical Building to receive an application packet for the program.

Barton’s nursing program was recently fully re-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, which requires a minimum pass rate of 80 percent at the Registered Nurse (RN) level.

Barton Community College Licensed Practical Nurse graduates had a 100 percent pass rate in 2017 on the National Council Licensure Examination and the RN graduates had an 88.89 percent pass rate.

Kansas Commerce accepting applications for Kansas Angels business investment program

TOPEKA – Applications are now being accepted for companies seeking investment through the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit (KAITC) program.

The program offers Kansas income tax credits to qualified individuals who provide seed-capital financing for emerging Kansas businesses engaged in development, implementation and commercialization of innovative technologies, products and services.

The KAITC Program is administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce and designed to bring together accredited angel investors with qualified Kansas companies seeking seed and early stage investment.

The purpose of the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit act is to facilitate:


The availability of equity investment in businesses in the early stages of commercial development.
Assist in the creation and expansion of Kansas businesses, which are job and wealth-creating enterprises.
Applications for certification will be accepted only for Kansas businesses in the seed and early stage rounds of financing.
Companies must meet the following criteria to be certified as a Qualified Kansas Business:
The business has a reasonable chance of success and potential to create measurable employment within Kansas.
In the most recent tax year of the business, annual gross revenue was less than $5,000,000.
Businesses that are not Bioscience businesses must have been in operation for less than five years; bioscience businesses must have been in operation for less than 10 years.
The business has an innovative and proprietary technology, product, or service.
The existing owners of the business have made a substantial financial and time commitment to the business.
The securities to be issued and purchased are qualified securities.
The company agrees to adequate reporting of business information to the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The ability of investors in the business to receive tax credits for cash investments in qualified securities of the business is beneficial because funding otherwise available for the business is not available on commercially reasonable terms.
Each applicant must sign a Qualified Company Agreement with the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Certification of companies must meet mandates established by Kansas statute to allow accredited Angel Investors to receive the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit.

Applications for companies seeking investment are accepted through Aug. 31. For complete information on the Kansas Angels Initiative, visit http://kansasangels.com.

Colyer to speak at Small Business Day at the Capitol

TOPEKA – Gov. Jeff Colyer will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Small Business Day at the Capitol, hosted by NFIB, the Wichita Independent Business Association, and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council.

Other speakers will include Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ron Ryckman.

The event will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center.

“Small Business Day gives our members the opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in Topeka and to speak out about the issues affecting their businesses,” NFIB State Director Dan Murray said. “Governor Colyer was a strong advocate for small business as lieutenant governor and as a member of the Legislature, and we’re looking forward to working with him to pass legislation that helps small businesses expand and create jobs.”

NFIB is the state’s leading small-business association. To learn more, visit www.NFIB.com/KS and follow @NFIB_KS on Twitter.

International Trade Day set

TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the annual Kansas International Trade Day conference on June 5 in Lawrence.

The conference will feature speakers and sessions designed to help Kansas businesses start exporting or grow existing exports. The event will also feature success stories from the 2018 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award finalists, as well as exhibits from export service providers.

The Kansas International Trade Day conference will include sessions on the following topics:


How to Pick a Market (the How, Why and What of determining where in the world businesses should sell their goods).
Financial Options for International Buyers (developing an understanding of financing export sales through the EXIM Bank).
Growing Kansas’ Global Partnerships (featuring a panel of Consuls General from Canada, Mexico, China and the UK)
Getting in Front of the Customer (marketing globally using federal and state financial assistance programs)

The conference will also feature a panel of representatives from companies that are in the running for the prestigious Governor’s Exporter of the Year award. These companies will share their success stories with advice on how to grow a successful export business in Kansas.

The conference will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Dr.

The “early bird” rate to attend the conference is $50 for anyone registering prior to May 1. Those registering after May 1 will pay $75. The fee includes lunch. To register or learn more about the agenda, speakers and sponsorship opportunities, please visit KansasCommerce.gov/2018TradeDay.

Fort Hays State creates degree agreement with Middle East group

HAYS – Westford Education Group, Al Nahda, United Arab Emirates, has joined Fort Hays State University in a strategic partnership to bring affordable, high-quality business education to the Middle East.

The educational model combines the transfer of some credits, local instructional support, and direct instruction by FHSU’s MBA faculty. Westford will recruit students for the 34-credit-hour program and provide instruction for six credit hours. The FHSU Virtual College will provide 28 credit hours.

Students will be in the UAE’s Dubai area. The target audience is expatriates and students who are citizens of nearby countries, but living and working in the UAE.

“The collaboration leverages the local market intelligence and student support services of Westford Education Group with the academic content and faculty of the Fort Hays State University MBA program to offer an online and on-ground supported MBA program from an American university,” said Dr. William Painter, dean of the Westford Group.

“This partnership reflects the next step of the university’s ‘World Ready’ efforts,” said Dr. Mark Bannister, dean of Fort Hays State’s W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship. “The university is partnering with one of the world’s leading publishing and training companies in order to benefit students. In doing so, we will enter an important economic region that is seeking quality English language graduate education.”

The Westford Education Group is an award-winning institution with seven campuses and currently has partnerships with two British universities, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Wolverhampton University, and Marconi University in Italy.