Career & Technical Education Department

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Cowley College revamps Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) program
Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) programRealigning the courses with Business and Industry and redesigning the set up of the classroom, new Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) instructor Daniel Higdon has high hopes for the program.
Higdon, who was a student in what was then known as the Mechatronics program, took over as instructor after the sudden passing of former teacher Dennis Rogosch in March. Higdon has taught Fluid Power, Instrumentation and Control Systems, Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Microprocessor Instrumentation, Pneumatics, Quality Control and Cost Management, and Robotics courses at Cowley.
Higdon received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fort Hays State University in 2010 and was a graduate student at the school prior to coming to Cowley. He has served as an adjunct instructor for Cowley’s Mulvane Center, teaching a Microbiology course this summer. read more


cello bridge Pictured is a plexiglas cello bridge made by 2012 Non Destructive Testing graduate Tom Deaton with MasterCam and the HAAS CNC.


clock Pictured is a clock made by one of Rick Squires’ NC programming students. The clock, which was made by 2012 Non Destructive Testing graduate Tom Deaton, represents all of the NDT symbols. Deaton is currently working towards his MasterCam certification. The clock was programmed in MasterCam and then made on the HAAS mill. It was then ran over with a torch to give it more depth.

chess boards Pictured are the first chess boards made out of wood on Cowley College’s HAAS CNC mill. The students not only machined them on the CNC, but they also had to create and program them using MasterCam. The students made all the chess pieces using the Okuma CNC lathe.
Jace Patrick and Casey Spurlock's chess boards are pictured. Pictured with their chess boards are secondary students in Cowley College’s afternoon Machine Tool Technology class.

Graduate of Cowley welding program returns to speak on Arkansas City campus
Derek LarimoreHaving earned three associate degrees from Cowley College, Derek Larimore has used his education to become a Weld Section Manager at Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, KS. Larimore returned to his alma mater on Monday to speak to current students in the welding program.
Larimore presented a company profile of Caterpillar Work Tools and explained that his facility is looking to expand its operations and needs to hire approximately 60 welders, machinists, manufacturing and maintenance technicians. He gave a breakdown of wages, benefits and other information to the students. His group is currently working on production of the Cat 994. read more

Mister TIG films segment for web show at Cowley’s main campus
videoWhether he is working on NASA’s space shuttle, an Indy Series car, or helping with NASCAR, Wyatt Swaim can trace his career in welding back to his time as a student in Arkansas City Junior College’s industrial technology program.
Swaim attended Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College) from 1971-1973 and is a graduate of the school’s IT program. With over 30 years of experience, Swaim is known throughout the world as a leading expert in the TIG Welding Industry. read more
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welding programGraduate of Cowley’s welding program returns to share his knowledge
Logan Kelly, a 2006 graduate of Cowley College’s Welding Program, returned to the school on Wednesday to work with students on the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process. Kelly is a Journeyman Pipefitter/Welder working out of Local Union 441, Plumber and Pipefitters – Wichita.
Bob Moffatt, Cowley College Career and Technical Education Department Chair, was happy to have his former student share his knowledge with students in the college’s welding program. read more