College receives nontraditional mini-grant
Looking to step up its efforts in recruiting non-traditional students and promote nontraditional careers, Cowley College’s Career and Technical Education Department recently received a $3,000 nontraditional mini grant.
“I was pleased to hear the state has chosen Cowley again this year as recipient of the nontraditional mini-grant,” said Bruce Crouse, Cowley College Executive Director of Workforce Development and Career and Technical Education. “Through last year’s efforts of Sandy Randel, Cowley has become a model for recruiting nontraditional students in Career and Technical programs. Receiving a second grant indicates the state would like to see her efforts continue.”
Randel, Director of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development at Cowley College, has also been selected as one of five individuals to serve as liaison to the Technical Authority and Kansas Board of Reagents advising them on nontraditional recruiting.
“Over the years career paths tended to develop along gender specific lines,” Crouse said. “Looking at the staff of hospitals or automotive dealerships, for example, it is quickly evident today this is no longer the case. Changing perceptions of who works in a career area is important as there are many rewarding careers available to individuals of either gender. The NTO grant provides exposure to career opportunities and addresses perceptions of the careers available to students of all genders.”
Others instrumental in the college receiving the grant were, Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair and Director of EMS Education; Bev Grunder, Business Computer and Information Technology Department Chair; and Brett Butler. Along with the grant, the college will also conduct seminars and online classes to promote non-traditional careers.