The American Traditions Speaker Series at Northwest Tech campus in Goodland will offer a presentation from Kansas State Representative for the 120th District, Ward Cassidy on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Cassidy's presentation will be titled "Inside the Kansas Legislature: Using Personality to Succeed." It will be delivered in Studio A of the Murray Center.
Cassidy lives in St. Francis. He was elected in 2010 and has risen quickly to take several leadership positions including the Education Budget committee, Legislative Education Planning committee, Education committee and Appropriations Committee.
Cassidy has a specialist in educational administration degree from Fort Hays State University as well as a master's degree in counseling and administration from Northwest Oklahoma University. He has extensive experience in education as a former teacher, counselor and principal.
In June, the Board of Control of Northwest Kansas Technical College recognized Cassidy for outstanding service to the college and to the people of Northwest Kansas. As Chair of the House Education Budget Committee, Caddidy has been a stalwart supporter for education, and fought tirelessly and successfully to prevent cuts to funding to not only Northwest Tech, but to all the two-year colleges in the state.
To show its gratitude, the Northwest Tech Board of Control presented Cassidy with a plaque. Chairman of the Board, Frank Otter, said, "The Board is thankful to Rep. Cassidy for his efforts to be sure two-year colleges are able to continue to provide access to people in Northwest Kansas, particularly for excellent technical education. As a result of his great work, higher education continues to help ensure a brighter future for the state by providing valuable programs so necessary to maintain and improve our quality of life, particularly in the more rural parts of Kansas."
The American Traditions project is a multifaceted effort to ensure Northwest Tech students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be active, engaged, and civic-minded members of the communities in which they live. The guiding principle of the American Traditions project is aimed at reinforcing the preparation of graduates' appreciation of the traditions of liberty and freedom that have served as the foundation of this exceptional nation since the approval of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The American Traditions project is comprised of a series of formal and informal educational opportunities woven throughout a student's experience at Northwest Tech. The American Traditions Speaker Series is free and the public is encouraged to attend.