“The pathway is a tangible expression of what we aim to achieve as an institution, a community, and in our individual efforts,” said Dr. Ken Trzaska, SCCC President.
Connection took form during spring break week at Seward County Community Community College, when contractor Lezama Concrete began work on the sidewalk project to join the northernmost section of campus to the center circle.
“We’re so excited to see this important and symbolic project taking shape,” said SCCC President, Dr. Ken Trzaska. “Technical and career-focused education is a core part of what we provide as a comprehensive community college. The sidewalk represents our commitment to that focus.”
College trustees approved the project in conjunction with the college’s recent decision to simplify the institutional name to “Seward County Community College.” At the same time, the board reworked the college’s mission statement to emphasize its commitment to technical education.
The sidewalk project also meets a practical need. Students, faculty, and staff routinely travel from the Hobble Academic Building to the dorm housing at Hale Court and the Industrial Technology Division buildings.
“This provides convenience and demonstrates our core value of valuing others,” Trzaska noted. “It’s important for us to function as one campus, and to acknowledge everyone’s contributions and needs.”
Director of buildings, grounds and security Roger Scheib said the project will take shape quickly.
“Our goal is to have the sidewalk poured by early May,” he said. “After the concrete portion of the project is in place, we’ll start looking at the landscaping and lighting needs along the path.”
Student Government at SCCC hopes to contribute to the project with tree plantings, and the college’s agriculture division will also take part in planning sustainable landscaping.
Trzaska said the collaborative effort is exactly what the Board hoped to inspire.
“The pathway is a tangible expression of what we aim to achieve as an institution, a community, and in our individual efforts,” he said. “As we Move Seward Forward, the path and its adjacent landscaping will grow and flourish. In time, shady trees and places to pause will provide peace and refreshment to everyone who walks on the path — in either direction.”