Discovering a passion for welding and thriving with a new skill

1996 Augusta High School Grad Utilizes Camp Butler 2000 Scholarship to attend Butler and pursue welding.

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Thank You Foley Tractor

Foley Tractor donated a used diesel engine and transmission this fall to Butler’s Auto Technology program. Thank you, Foley Tractor, for thinking of our Grizzlies and for enhancing their educational opportunities at Butler! For more information about Auto Technology, email Mark Jaye at

Butler's Agriculture Program Launches Online Degrees

Two Agricultural degrees are now offered completely online from Butler's nationally renowned program.

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butler lowers mill levY

The Butler Community College legal budget was recently certified by the County Clerk with a mill rate of 18.007. This represents a two mill decrease over the past two years. It is the lowest mill rate for the college since 2015. While being the county’s largest employer, the college’s mill rate as shown in the graph here is the lowest of the major taxing entities.

College Taxes on a $100,000 home = $207
(one mill = $11.50 per $100,000 of property value)

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COVID-19 Update

Butler Community College continues to monitor the latest information related to COVID-19 in an effort to support the well-being of our students and employees. We are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff. As this situation is dynamic and rapidly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark our Coronavirus: Be Informed page to stay informed of the latest news and actions related to the Butler Community College family.

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Get Trained, Get Paid

Butler is partnering with the City of Wichita, Greater Wichita Partnership, Sedgwick County and the Workforce Alliance of Southcentral Kansas to help get people back to work. The “Get Trained. Get Paid.” Campaign launched in November and is designed to connect laid off workers to local opportunities like funds for training, connections to local jobs in growing industries, and much more. Laid off workers are encouraged to explore TAA funding which can help offset the cost of retraining. Several of Butler’s programs qualify like Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Psychology, and Culinary just to name a few.

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Grizzlies Helping Grizzlies During COVID Isolation

When Addison Colter of Coldwater was diagnosed with asymptomatic COVID over the summer, she didn’t know that experience was going to aid other Grizzlies when she got to Butler Community College. But, it did. Colter was one of the first to sign up to help deliver meals to fellow residence hall students who had to isolate in the college’s apartment complexes. “The people in isolation don’t see anyone. I know that from personal experience,” Colter said. Colter also had a family die due to COVID. She knows it’s serious and she wants students in isolation to see a happy face if even for a while when breakfast, lunch and dinner are delivered to them. Colter, other students, and residence life staff along with Great Western Dining staff worked together to ensure made-to-order meals were delivered. According to David Newell, Residence Life director, the plan for the spring semester will be the same as fall. With the help of volunteers, any students isolating on Butler’s campus will have meals delivered.

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Facilities Saving Money on Homemade Hand Wipes

Facilities Management staff found an inexpensive way to supply the college with much needed sanitary hand wipes when COVID hit last spring. A simple homemade remedy is saving the college thousands of dollars. The sanitizing efforts of Facilities Management along with the college’s mask mandate across all locations is credited for Butler’s ability to finish the fall semester as planned. Though numbers kept rising, Butler’s number of active COVID cases was respectively much less compared to other college campuses. For more about Butler’s spring protocols and COVID updates, visit

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Rusty Eck Ford, Ford Motor Company donate vehicle to Auto Tech

Six-year partnership continues to support student learning   Students in Automotive Technology received a strong re-affirmation of their career choice this fall when a group of Rusty Eck Ford and Ford Motor Company executives arrived in the auto shop during class. The entourage delivered a used Ford Focus branded with Rusty Eck Ford and Butler Grizzlies logos.

Mark Jaye, Butler’s auto technology instructor, said this is the second vehicle donated within the last five years to his program by Rusty Eck Ford and the Ford Motor Company. The valuable six-year partnership has resulted in their support of educational lab tools to aid in student training and internships for Butler students.

Brad Wilson, Ford Motor Company Parts & Service Operations Manager, spoke on behalf of Ford Motor Company emphasizing to the students their need to enter to industry. He encouraged them to keep working hard.

“Right now, over the next five years, 20% of our technicians will be eligible for retirement. And, we’re not alone in that,” he said. “Most of the industry is in that same situation so there’s a great need for automotive technicians and for great sales people in our industry. It’s a robust industry and there’s a great opportunity for all of us to grow in that. You have a great future ahead of you and a great opportunity in front of you.”

Butler’s Automotive Technology program is taught in El Dorado and provides a pathway to either a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.

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A scene from the Andover 5000 Building Ribbon Cutting

Andover 5000 Building Ribbon Cutting

The Andover Chamber, Andover City, and Butler Community College celebrated the completion of a major remodel project at the college’s building at 715 E. 13th Street in Andover in early November.

The remodel was necessary in order to absorb the college’s operations at Andover High School which was getting torn down as part of Andover School Districts own construction project. Butler remodeled the south end of the 5000 Building and constructed a new Facilities Management, Engineering and Construction Technology Building on the premises. The project cost the college $13 million and was expected for several years.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held outside the facility, featured Becky Wolfe, Director of the Andover Chamber, Andover Mayor Ronnie Price, Butler President Dr. Kim Krull, and Student Government Association President Keirsten Kamholz of Cottonwood Falls.

“I just want to thank Butler Community College for investing in our community,” said Mayor Price. “And more importantly, for investing in our children to give them a head start. Before they get out of high school, they can have their wings spread to go on to other ventures and other colleges, but you (Butler) are the first step to them being productive young adults. I cannot tell you much I appreciate it.”

Words were also offered by Vince Haines of Gravity :: Works Architects and Bob Simpson of Simpson Construction. Haines highlighted the fact this project was officially started in 2000 with a master plan and a vision with various remodeling projects occurring over the years. In the spring of 2018 the final phase began.

“And, here we are today of 2020 for a total of 165,000 sq ft of educational and support space,” Haines said. He also noted it was work carried on by multiple boards and two presidents. “I think it’s a tribute to strategic planning and to sticking to a plan. . .”

Bob Simpson of Simpson Construction drove home the importance of the project’s economic impact to the area. “I want to thank Dr. Krull on behalf of the literally hundreds of craftsmen and trades people who have toiled here for nearly two years,” he said. “In a time when courage to continue was tough, a lot of projects in the Midwest were shut down with the pandemic and economic concerns. I am very grateful to owners who were courageous enough to keep us all employed, moving forward in a direction.”

The project remodeled 65,000 sq ft of the 143,000 sq ft facility and now provides contemporary study spaces, new science and computer lab space as well as classrooms. The college’s Facilities Management department and the Engineering program were removed from the 5000 building all together. They are now housed in a more than 18,000 sq ft building on the property.

Earlier this fall, Butler Trustees approved a new Construction Technology program to begin August 2021.

New amenities for use by the community (post-COVID) include the Kanza Conference Room, a 150-person space equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, a holding kitchen and wi-fi. In addition, the public is invited to visit the Butler Bistro, now partnered with Starbucks to offer specialty drinks, along with soups, sandwiches and salads. Butler Bistro is just inside the main east entrance of the 5000 Building. In addition, the library and bookstore can be easily accessed for various books and apparel.

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Butler instructors are carrying the heavy load when it comes to textbooks at Butler. They have worked diligently over the past few years to create alternative textbook options in an effort to save Butler students money while ensuring the quality of the material meets their academic standards. It’s paying off. . .in big-time savings.

Open educational Resources (OER) is a new type of textbook for students. These, along with digital subscriptions with major textbook publishers, are proving to be quite impactful on the student pocketbook when it comes to paying for textbooks. For example, for one class students were buying a 1700-page textbook for $190. Now, that same class textbook cost is $10 and it’s digital.

Other similar efforts are being made to save students drastically on their textbook costs. It’s Butler Community College’s way of striving to keep college affordable. And, the instructors know textbook costs can be a barrier to a student being successful in class because they don’t have funds for the textbook, or they don’t go to college altogether. At this rate for some popular general education classes the savings are adding up quickly. English Comp I and II textbooks used to cost $240, now it’s $20. Learn more about OER and how Butler students are saving money.  

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