The Pratt Community College Scholarship auction brought in about $74,000 in scholarship money.

The Pratt Community College Scholarship Auction may be the biggest in college history. Barry Fisher, executive director of institutional advancement and alumni relations, presented unofficial numbers to the PCC trustees at their monthly meeting on April 16.

Fisher said the numbers were not final and the unofficial count was $74,433 raised at the auction. It looks like expenses for the event will also be less than last year so there is a chance when all the numbers are in that this auction will be the biggest ever.

A clean audit of EDUKAN was presented to the Trustees and that is a good reflection on PCC. Esther Lahargoue made the presentation and said that the audit was clean and there were no concerns.

“It was a successful audit,” Lahargoue said.

Pratt Community College is one of six colleges in EDUKAN and they account for 25 percent of the total credit hours produced.

“PCC is the largest credit hour generator,” said PCC President Michael Calvert.

The EDUKAN system of delivering on-line classes has been very successful for the member colleges especially for PCC. The college delivers 2,306 credit hours on-line and EDUKAN ac- counts for for 20 percent of those hours. The EDUKAN hours also account for 13.5 percent of PCCs total credit hours.

A trend has developed in out-of-state on-line enrollment. Out-of-state on-line enrollment has increased 5.9 percent. The college is increasing their focus on out-of-state enrollment to meet the on-going need.

The college will continue to seek in-state students for EDUKAN but they will be more aggressively seeking the out-of-state student.

“We’re far more competitive out-of-state than in-state,” Calvert said.

The key factor in this growth is cost. A credit hour on EDUKAN is $147 and that is very competitive for out-of-state students, Calvert said.

The EDUKAN colleges are PCC, Barton County, Seward, Dodge City, Garden City and Colby.

There was good news for the nursing program at PCC. At a recent visit with the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the college asked for and received permission to restart and admit students to the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the college. The college is seeking 30 students to restart the program and they can be in any combination at the Pratt campus, the Winfield campus or on-line.

Calvert said the college appreciates KSBN’s flexibility in allowing the number of students to vary at these three locations and the opportunity to re-admit students into the ADN program.

The ADN program lost its accreditation when the NCLEX pass rates fell below the KSBN requirements. The ADN program took a year off to re-evaluate the entire program and make the necessary changes to restore the program pass rates. The NCLEX is a required examination that all students have to pass at a certain level before they can practice nursing.

The ADN program has to have three consecutive years of successful pass rates at or above the required level before the college can apply to have the program re-certified.

The KSBN also approved the Practical Nursing for another five years that is the maximum time frame. The PN program has been strong at PCC and does not have the issues the ADN program has. The PN program remains accredited.

Enrollment for summer school 2018 is seven percent ahead of last year.