Category Archives: Fort Scott Community College

ABE/GED Orientation


The next ABE/GED orientation will begin Tuesday, March 5th. There are three class times to choose from: 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, or 4-7pm. We will work mostly towards the GED modules which include math, reading, social studies, and science. We also focus on college readiness, career readiness, and a little bit of technology. There is a class fee of $30 which covers materials, TABE assessments, GED practice tests, and many certificates. Please contact Aubrey Duft the Lead ABE Instructor at (620)223-2700 Ext. 4400 or email at if you have any questions.

Buffalo Soldiers Presentation Rescheduled to Feb. 18


Kirk Sharp: New Gordon Parks Museum Director

Kirk Sharp was recently selected to be the new Gordon Parks Museum Executive Director. He is pictured just outside the museum against a wall depicting some life moments of Gordon Parks. The museum is located in the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.

Kirk Sharp started his duties as the new Gordon Parks Museum Executive Director on Jan. 7.

But Sharp is no stranger to the museum. He has been serving behind the scenes since 2004.

“I always had an interest and encouraged the activities and helped with activities and special events when I could,” Sharp said. He also served on the Gordon Parks Museum Foundation Board for four years.

Sharp is a 1985 graduate of Fort Scott High School, and has worked at FSCC before.

“I worked here in FSCC admissions from 2007 to 2010,” Sharp said. “Then Mercy Hospital where I managed Health For Life, occupational and sports medicine until the hospital closed (In 2018).”

“I feel blessed for this exciting opportunity to be with the Gordon Parks Museum and also being back with FSCC,” Sharp said.

“Kirk was the best choice,” said Kassie Feugate-Cate, FSCC’s Director of Strategic Communication. “He is a great asset to the program. We are grateful  and look forward to seeing what he can do with the museum, moving forward.”

The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum is to honor the life and work of Gordon Parks, internationally-known photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician; and to use his remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in our lives.

Gordon Parks Museum on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.

“I want to continue the mission of the Gordon Parks Museum towards cultural diversity, through special events and programs, not just here in the community, but nationwide,” Sharp said. “Trying to look to the future by becoming more interactive, maybe kiosks or tablets for our digital generation.”

February is designated Black History Month and there will be several learning experiences offered at the museum.

On Feb. 15, there will be a presentation of “Slave to Soldier” during a “Lunch and Learn” at the museum, from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to bring a lunch and hear the history lesson.

This is a Buffalo Soldier history presentation, featuring the Alexander/Madison Chapter-Greater Kansas City/Leavenworth Area, 9th and 10th Cavalry Association. These many generations of negro soldiers served their county from 1866 to 1944 in the military.

“We are also going to show a Kevin Willmott film, “The Jayhawkers” in the month of February. Kansas University Professor Willmott is a past recipient of  a Gordon Parks Award and this year is in the running for an Oscar for his film “BlacKkKlansMan.”

History of the museum:

“After Gordon Parks attended the first ever Gordon Parks Celebration in 2004, he gifted the Gordon Parks Center with 30 of his photographs. This spectacular group includes many of his iconic works such as American Gothic, Tuskegee Airmen, Flavio, Ali Sweating, Ingrid Bergman on Stromboli and many others,” according  to the Visit Fort Scott website:

Kirk Sharp stands in front of a giant photo of Gordon Parks in the museum.


“In 2006, after his death, his personal effects and other memorabilia, per Gordon’s wishes, were given to the Museum. This valuable collection included many of his awards and medals, personal photos, paintings and drawings of Gordon, plaques, certificates, diplomas and honorary doctorates, selected books and articles, clothing, record player, tennis racquet, magazine articles, his collection of Life magazines and much more,” according to the  Vist Fort Scott website.

The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information see The Gordon Parks Museum Facebook page.

Sharp is married to Sis Sharp and has two children, Jolee, 26 and Trey, 24.

FSCC Cosmetology Offering Free Haircuts To Elementary Students

Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology wants to give a little help to the local elementary kids by offering free haircuts to eligible students. With the permission from their parents, students can participate in the free haircuts, which will take place the 1st of each month, through April.

We are excited to partner with the schools and help out however we can. We enjoy being a part of the community, especially in this way”, Courtney Goucher, FSCC Cosmetology Instructor.

There is a permission form to participate in this event, which can be obtained from the area elementary school(s). Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Courtney Goucher at

Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch and Learn: FSCC

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance at FSCC announced “Lunch and Learn”

Fort Scott, KS- Fort Scott Community College will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a “Lunch and Learn” presentation on Monday, January 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ellis Fine Arts Center. The hour’s program will feature a panel discussion made up of members from the community. Moderator for the event will be the Rev. Dr. Jared Witt, pastor of the Fort Scott First Presbyterian church.

The Lunch and Learn is free and open to the public. Participants can bring their lunch with them and drinks. Desserts will be provided.

We’ll take a look at the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in open discussion within our community along with celebrating the life of Dr. King,” said Kirk Sharp, director of the Gordon Parks Museum at FSCC.


For more information contact Kirk Sharp at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

HS Junior/Senior Day at FSCC

Fort Scott Community College invites high school juniors and seniors to Spring Junior/Senior Day on Thursday, March 7th. The event will begin with registration at 9:00 am at the Danny & Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.


During the event, students and their parents will have the opportunity to visit and experience FSCC. College faculty, staff, and students will be on hand to show potential students what it’s like to be a Greyhound. The event will also include a free lunch and entertainment.

Pre-registration is not required! HOWEVER, those who do will be entered into a drawing to win prizes. Pre-registration will end on March 6th at 5:00 p.m.  This is an event you won’t want to miss! Go Greyhounds!

Click here to Pre-Register 

Location Danny and Willa Ellis Fine Arts Center
2108 South Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas
Date March 7th
Time 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m



Submitted by Kassie Fugate-Cate

Director of Strategic Communications

& Student Activties

620.223.2700 ext. 5248

New Faces at FSCC

Fort Scott Community College staff came back from Christmas break on January 3, teacher in-service is today, January 9, with classes resuming on January 14.

Several new staff have been added this semester, with final approval to be given at the FSCC Board of Trustees meeting on January 28, said Juley McDaniel, director of human resources.

Kirk Sharp has been hired as the new Gordon Parks Museum Director, Jentry Page as the High School Equivalency Instructional Coordinator, Cody Crim as the assistant rodeo coach who will double as a Resident Assistant at the Greyhound Lodge at 701 N. National Avenue, Jared Kaylon as a maintenance technician, Jamal Robinson as the athletic trainer, Vanessa Matlock as the assistant women’s basketball coach and Resident Assistant, and Jay Wilson and Scott Mitchell as assistant football coaches.

There are still positions open, McDaniel said and noted two: a web developer and a cashier.

To view all positions go to

In addition to new staff and students arriving this semester, there is a vacancy on the FSCC Board of Trustees.

Trustee Tina Rockhold, who was the communications director at Mercy Hospital before it closed Dec. 31, has moved and the board will be following their policy for replacing her, McDaniel said.

“They will pass a resolution at their January (28) meeting which will allow us to post the vacancy and provide direction to those interested in filling the position, ” McDaniel said.




FSCC Offers Vatterott College Students and Staff Opportunities


With the recent closing of Vatterott College(s), Fort Scott Community College is offering to students and faculty/staff a chance to keep moving forward in their careers.

FSCC offers General Education, HVAC, Cosmetology, Manicuring, Welding, Construction Trades, Masonry, Harley-Davidson Technology, John Deere Technology, Criminal Justice, Nursing, and Allied Health courses.

FSCC has four locations in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Fort Scott, and Paola, KS. to serve their students.

FSCC is financial aid eligible and scholarships are still available.

They also offer four affordable student housing options at the Fort Scott location. Those with scholarships are required to live in student housing.

For more information about our programs, please visit or contact Admissions at


For the faculty and staff affected by the closure, FSCC has full-time and part-time positions available. Please contact the business office at 620.223.2700 ext. 3000.


The  FSCC campus will be closed December 20 through January 2 for the holiday season.

Santa’s Workshop at FSCC Dec. 1

Come join us at Santa’s Workshop on December 1 from
8-11 am to meet the Jolly Old Saint Nick and enjoy a great time of breakfast, prizes, games, letters to Santa, coloring and much more!
We encourage everyone to bring their children and have a wonderful jolly time at Santa’s Workshop!!
This event will be held at Bailey Hall on
Fort Scott Community College Campus
2108 S. Horton
Tickets available at the door for $2 per person or
$10 for a family of 5 or more
For more information about the event,
contact Matt Glades at
or 620-223-2700 ext. 3520

FSCC Music Concert Dec. 6

FSCC Music Department to Ignite Christmas Spirit in Highly Anticipated Concert

Back by popular demand, the Fort Scott Community College Band, Percussion Ensemble and Choir will present their annual Christmas show “A Christmas Tableau.”

The free concert will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.

This concert was very well received by the community last year, so we in the music department made it a priority to take it to the next level and provide the community with an even bigger concert this year,” said FSCC Music Director Seth Ernst. “This year’s concert will feature a wide array of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop, film score and contemporary choral.” Be sure to bring all of your family and friends and enjoy an evening of superb music that is sure to ignite your Christmas spirit!

For concert information, contact Seth Ernst at 620-223-2700, ext. 3058.