Pictured are, from left, Echo Vaden, Tara Wittsell, Sarah Stephenson, Slade Griffiths, Amber McMonigle, Gabrielle Simon, Deb Shrewsbury, Luke Rivera, Kevin Leis, Cindy Branscum and Jose Moreno. Not pictured are Jenni Leis and Brian Schmidt.
Graduation for 11 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive
Care Technician (paramedic) program was held January 26 in Cowley’s
Earle N. Wright Community Room on the main campus in Arkansas City. The
program, which finished on December 15, completed the AAS degree requirements
for these graduates.
The following are the graduating members of the daytime class of 2006: Jenni Leis, Rose Hill; Kevin Leis, Rose Hill; Amber McMonigle, Wichita; Jose Moreno, Wichita; Luke Rivera, Mulvane; Brian Schmidt, Moundridge; Deb Shrewsbury, Clearwater; Gabrielle Simon, Clearwater; Sarah Stephenson, Wichita; Echo Vaden, Dexter; and Tara Wittsell, Wichita.
The evening began when Slade Griffiths, Allied Health Department Chair, issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program. Griffiths praised all of the people involved with the program and singled out Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, for “her dedication to the students – something that truly impacted their learning.” Dr. Roy Danks, Cowley Associate Medical Advisor then spoke to the graduates about how to psychologically survive while working in the field as a paramedic. Dr. Danks worked as a paramedic many years before becoming a trauma surgeon.
Dr. Patrick McAtee, Cowley President, and Mrs. Branscum conferred the certificates and presented the class of 2006 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates. Dr. McAtee thanked the graduates for selecting EMS as a career and for choosing Cowley College for their education.
“We are all very thankful and proud of every one of you,” said Dr. McAtee. During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed 5,000 patients and administered over 3,000 medications during the year. With this tenth graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 70,000 patients each year.
The national job outlook continues to be greater than average, and the local job outlook looks promising. All graduates have found employment in the EMS field.
Cowley currently has two MICT programs in progress and will start both day and evening programs in January 2008.