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Automobile technician-training program receives recertification from NATEF     

Cowley College’s automobile technician-training program recently received recertification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) after an on-site evaluation.

The areas the program received recertification in are, engine performance, engine repair, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical and electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and automatic transmissions and transaxles. read more


NDT Job Fair held at Cowley College

Cowley College’s Non Destructive Testing Program hosted its semi-annual job fair for graduating students on Tuesday, April 2. The 20 students in attendance interviewed with potential employers.

Employment opportunities ranged from railroad to aircraft testing positions and anything in between. Students will have the option to choose the company they feel will best suit them. Holding this job fair in the Earle N. Wright Community Room allowed each employer adequate space for private interviews. Within the next two weeks employers are invited to re-visit students in the classroom for secondary interviews.

“We truly appreciate these employers taking time out of their busy schedules to travel, some from as far as Connecticut, to Arkansas City to meet with our graduates, offering them great opportunities,” NDT program director Joe Clasen said.

Cowley College presents awards to “Tech Wizards”
Tech WizardsCelebrating the first month of the after school program “Tech Wizards”, Cowley College instructor Daniel Higdon presented participants in the program with awards based off of four areas of competition Tuesday night in the Walker Technology Building.
The mission of “Tech Wizards” is to provide culturally responsive afterschool, small-group mentoring programs to youth, grades 3-8. The students meet Tuesday and Thursday’s from 4:30-6 p.m. The program will continue on for an additional four weeks. read more
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mechatronicsBuilding a safer tomorrow
Students in the Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) classroom were recently challenged to develop a “mock” home alarm security system to test their skills. The Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) class is designed to take a student with years of experience, or no experience at all and teach them how the PLC functions as well as learning to utilize the PLC in numerous applications.
This specific assignment was for students to build a “user friendly” responsive alarm system. Students were required to think about how an alarm system is activated, how it is triggered or set off, silenced, and turned off.  read more


Sergeant Jon Havner Machine Tool Technology student makes CTE Department proud
Sergeant Jon Havner is attending Machine Tool Technology (MTT) class at Cowley College full time, while working 40 hours per week at Meadwest Vaco Calmar. Havner has been in the Army National Guard for 16 years, with four years left before retirement. Through the years, Sergeant Havner has earned numerous “Excellence Coins”, which he is extremely proud of. While in Machine Tool Technology classes, Havner is required to fabricate a project. What could be a more perfect project, than a holder to display his Excellence Coins.
Cowley College’s Career and Technical Education Department would like to congratulate Sergeant Havner on a job well done on the MTT class project and on serving our country for the past 16 years. read more


Wheelchair Accessory
wheelchair Cowley College welding students, Adam Leach and Kerry Love, recently built an accessory for Cody Tracy, who is an extremely active quadriplegic. He grew up on a farm and lives in Rose Hill, KS. Cody became paralyzed about five years ago from a 4-wheeler accident, which has not slowed him down. He has special equipment on his vehicle so he can drive, and he also has it on another 4-wheeler, which he drives. read more