Celebrating FSCCs birthday

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Carolyn Sinn helps Esther Anne Sewell cut the cake celebrating 100 years of Fort Scott Community College during a Centennial Celebration Monday outside the Ellis Fine Arts Center. Looking on are, from left, Gina Shelton, FSCC Class of 1999; FSCC President Alysia Johnston; Mark Muller, FSCC Class of 1979; Jim Barrows, FSCC Class of 1968; Marcel Normand, retired FSCC instructor; and Kansas Sen. Caryn Tyson.
Jason E. Silvers

It was a day for celebrating 100 years of a local educational institution.

On Monday, several former and current Fort Scott Community College instructors, administrators and students assembled at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus for the first part of a Centennial Celebration to commemorate the first day college students met on the second floor of the Fort Scott High School building.

FSCC the oldest continually operating community college in Kansas began as Fort Scott Junior College in 1919 with 17 students enrolled. Today, FSCC has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. The current campus has been in place since 1967.

Guest speakers included Kansas Sen. Caryn Tyson; Esther Anne (Weeks) Sewell, Class of 1941; Marcel Normand, retired FSCC instructor; Mark Muller, Class of 1979; Gina Shelton, Class of 1999; Jack Gilmore, retired FSCC instructor; and Jim Barrows, Class of 1968. Speakers reminisced and shared memories of the impact the college has had on their lives.

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