FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Kirmer 341-2307, ext. 225 800-711-6947, ext. 225 Flint Hills Technical College received notification today that the college will be recommended for initial accreditation to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The recommendation will be given by five HLC team members who visited the campus October 2 – 4. The recommendation from the visiting team also included accreditation through 2012 with no follow up reports to the Commission required. Representatives of the college will travel to Chicago in January or February of 2007 to sit before an HLC panel for final review. Upon final approval, the college will be fully accredited by HLC. “We are excited,” said Dr. Dean Hollenbeck, president of FHTC. “This is very important for our students, is a success for our staff and shows the quality of our programs and our institution.” All public community colleges and universities in Kansas are accredited through HLC. This accreditation will allow FHTC to participate as an equal partner in the higher education community in Kansas and will increase the ability for students to transfer credit from one institution to another. HLC is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). NCA, founded in 1895, is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Through its Commissions it accredits, and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the North Central region.