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Kuckelman sees Wichitans as city’s great asset – and sometimes weakness

Britten Kuckelman, director of academic support and information services at WATC.
Britten Kuckelman, director of academic support and information services at WATC. The Wichita Eagle

Known for her love of libraries, Britten Kuckelman, 26, is the director of academic support and information services for Wichita Area Technical College.

Kuckelman also is co-director of Wichita’s Women Who Code and co-bridgade captain for the Open Wichita, a group that focuses on using open data to help the government be more open and efficient.

Wichita’s greatest strength: The people. They’re very supportive.

Wichita’s greatest challenge: Is also the people because sometimes we like to stick … in our own little side of town in our own little neighborhood and not like to branch out, and that can hold us back. But when we really get together as a community behind something, then it’s a powerful force, and I’ve seen it do great things.

First thing you tell people about Wichita: There’s a lot going on. Sometimes you have to look for it a little bit, but there’s stuff going on all of the time. You have to get out and go do it.

Favorite restaurant: Ohhhh, that’s hard. … You almost have to break it out by food type because there’s so many here. … My go-to probably favorite would probably be Wichita Brewing Co.

Favorite thing to do in Wichita: Maybe going out and walking by the river with my family.

Carrie Rengers

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