It’s official: next year students will be able to try out for the new collegiate esports team at Barton Community College. The BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday and approved a proposal that will include hiring a part-time coach and offering scholarships for competitive video gaming. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy said she’d already spoken to a prospective student who expressed interest in going out for the team. The proposal to add an esports program has already been discussed at two board study sessions. Trustee Don Learned said he would join the other trustees in voting to approve it but he still had some questions.
Barton Community College Multimedia Specialist Curtis Rose, part of the esports research team, was asked how competitions would work. “It’s broken down by game,” Rose said. “You may not play the same school for all games.” However, travel is not an issue, since the games are played online. Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs added, “it wouldn’t just be the schools in our league.” However, with all Kansas community colleges now offering or considering esports, Rolfs predicts that “80% of our league will be involved in esports in the next two years.” Board Chairman Mike Johnson said adding esports “broadens our bases and potentially brings in new students.” He noted the popularity of esports has grown nationwide, and some universities are spending large sums of money to build esports training facilities and arenas.
“We won’t be doing that,” he added. • Vickie Dreiling from Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball presented the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit, which the board approved. The college received an unqualified (i.e. “clean”) audit for the financial portion and a qualified audit for its audit of federal financial aid (Pell grant) funds. A plan of correction has been submitted to insure addition oversight when […]
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