Barton brings back limited “Senior Days” events

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October 7, 2020 (Updated 11/9/20)
Story by Joe Vinduska 
Photo by Brandon Steinert 

***Barton Community College has postponed all Senior Day activities until the spring in response to recent spikes in local cases of COVID-19. Several other events, including a recital and instrumental concert set for Wednesday and Thursday respectively, have shifted to virtual-only formats. Visit for the most current status of college-sanctioned events.Thank you for your patience as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with the health of our faculty, staff, students and public as our top priority.***

Barton Community College will help area high school seniors plan for their futures at various “Senior Days” events with attendance capped at 45 students per session. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly followed and masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained.  
The schedule is as follows:  
Oct. 20 - Health Science (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Sports Management) 
Oct. 27 - Business (Business/Accounting/Marketing) 
Nov. 3 – Nursing 
Nov. 4 - Education (Early Childhood/Elementary/Secondary) 
Nov. 10 - Agriculture (Agriculture/Agriculture Business/Veterinarian/Welding/Scales) 
Nov. 17 - Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance/Music) 
Nov. 18 - Criminal Justice 

The format will be condensed and will include an information session, “A Day in the Life of a Barton Student” experience, prize drawings, and optional tours. Lunch is included. 
All participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win two $1,000 scholarships or one of four $500 scholarships. 
Director of Admissions Tana Cooper encourages all seniors in the area to attend, even if they plan to go straight to a four-year school. 

“It is a great idea to at least come and visit and fill out the admissions application and take a look around campus. Things are constantly being updated and evolving out here, and I think some of our local students would be surprised at how much has maybe changed since they were last out here.” 
Cooper also highlighted that by filling out the admissions application a student also completes the Barton Bound Scholarship application.  

“This scholarship program allows students from the state of Kansas with GPAs from 2.5-4.0 to get scholarship dollars from Barton,” she said. “I think it’s important students realize that awarded scholarship money turns into actual cash in their pockets later in life when they have all kinds of bills to pay and things they want to buy. This is money that can go towards a house down payment, car payment or even a fun vacation later in life instead of student loan payments.” 
Cooper said there is much to know about Barton’s programs and opportunities. 

“Barton offers many of the same classes as four-year schools, but at less than half the cost, and some of Barton’s career and technical programs take only a year to complete and can lead to a rewarding career,” she said. “Some students may already think they are going elsewhere, but it never hurts to come and visit and have a backup plan. It’s a fun and free day.” 
To sign up, go to For more information, contact Cooper at (620) 792-9241 or

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