Salina Tech names learning resource center after local couple
The Salina Area Technical College opened the Goode Learning Resources Center on Monday evening, naming it after a local couple from Salina.
Greg and Barbara Goode have a long history with the school, Greg Goode being the first president of Salina Tech from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2016.
His time in college saw him move from a technical school within the Salina Unified School District 305 to an independent college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Current Salina Tech President Greg Nichols praised Greg Goode for his accomplishments during his time at the school, including the creation and expansion of several programs and the launch of the college’s concurrent enrollment program, which allows high school students to earn college credit while taking college courses at their school.
“I remember when we had no students in this program,” Goode said.
This fall, 290 students are enrolled for 1,317 credit hours in courses such as College English I and General Psychology. The college is now working with schools in Saline, McPherson, Dickinson, Ottawa and Ellsworth counties and plans to offer options to students in Lincoln County soon.
In addition to helping develop the college, Greg Goode also laid the foundation for success by establishing the Salina Area Technical College Education Foundation. The Goodes have continued to support the school since his retirement, including recently contributing $ 60,000 to the creation of an endowment fund which was matched by Dane G. Hansen.
Greg Goode couldn’t have done the job alone and remembers asking Barb Goode to help.
“She asked how much, and I named a number,” said Greg Goode. “She was silent a minute before she said ‘OK'”
The college board approved the appointment of the Learning Resources Center for the Goodes last March, but the dedication event was postponed until this fall due to COVID concerns last spring.