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Pioneer Communications sponsors new scholarship for GCCC STEM camp

Sheri King, Marketing Specialist Pioneer Communications (far left) with 2023 STEM Summer Camp attendees and FHSU professors Kevin Shaffer (third from left) and Jason Zeller (second from right), and Ashley Winger, GCCC Title III Activity Director (far right).

Perla Torres, Garden City, recently won a $1,000 scholarship at GCCC after winning the annual Title III STEM Summer Camp.

The GCCC Endowment Association received the new scholarship donation from Pioneer Communications. It was the second summer camp through GCCC’s Title III STEM Grant to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at GCCC.

Ashley Winger, Title III Activity Director, GCCC; and Perla Torres, 2023 STEM Summer Camp Scholarship Winner.

“Pioneer Communications knows the importance of providing hands-on learning experiences to our young people and is proud to have helped provide this unique educational opportunity for students in western Kansas. We look forward to continuing to partner with GCCC to make a positive impact,” said Kasey Krueger, Assistant CEO at Pioneer Communications.

GCCC, in collaboration with Fort Hays State University (FHSU), hosted a free three-day cybersecurity STEM summer camp from June 13-15 open to high school juniors, seniors, and GCCC first-year students.

Camp participants learned computer networking, cybersecurity, coding, programming and extensive game development through Minecraft.

“This year’s camp was a unique opportunity for students to investigate STEM careers within cybersecurity and computer science,” Ashley Winger, GCCC Title III Activity Director, said. “It’s always a good day on campus when we can showcase our incredible facilities and instructors.”

Winger added that the camp also provided an opportunity to strengthen GCCC’s partnership with FHSU and share more information withs partnership with FHSU and share more information with students about transfer options.

Yuriy Drubinskiy, GCCC Assistant Professor of Robotics; Kasey Krueger, Assistant CEO Pioneer Communications; Scott Kedrowski, GCCC Dean of Advancement and Alumni Relations.

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with this year’s turnout,” Winger said. “A special thank you to Fort Hays State University professors Jason Zeller and Kevin Shaffer, and our GCCC professors Yuriy Drubinskiy and Mazen Nairat for putting together this experience for our southwest Kansas students.”

For more information or questions, please contact Ashley Winger at 620-276-0420 or ashley.winger@gcccks.edu.

About Pioneer Communications
Pioneer Communications is a cooperative-owned telecommunications company based in Ulysses that has been connecting rural Kansas communities to the world for more than 70 years.

Its service area spreads across a large portion of Southwest/Western Kansas from Sharon Springs and Garden City to Coolidge and Richfield, and everywhere in between.

Learn more: https://www.pioncomm.net/.