Butler Community College

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Butler Community College has partnered with the Wichita Indochinese Center to expand the school's English as a Second Language and Adult Education courses.

The new partnership was formed to make it easier for English language learners at the Indochinese Center to transition into college- and career-prep courses at Butler.

Sherry Watkins is the director of adult education at Butler and also recently became the new director of the Wichita Indochinese Center, located near Douglas and Grove in central Wichita.

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Butler Community College and Cowley College are working together to get more students trained to be fire responders.

The colleges signed an agreement that allows Cowley College students the ability to receive an associate degree in fire science from Butler after completing their basic certifications at Cowley.

Butler’s fire science program teaches a wide range of skills from fire suppression to emergency rescue to how to handle hazardous materials. Students operate the equipment, acquire basic EMT skills and study the chemistry involved in the way a fire behaves.

Butler Community College leaders are considering a proposal to ban smoking and tobacco on all of its campuses. A task force presented its findings last week to the college's Board of Trustees. The board could vote on the issue in March.

Butler currently bans smoking inside campus buildings, but smoking is allowed outside 25 feet from the buildings. Bill Rinkenbaugh, one of the school's vice presidents, estimates the college would spend between $25,000 - $30,000 on signs and educational materials to implement the ban.

About a dozen Kansas colleges have banned tobacco.