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October 19, 2004

Board given update on Aviation Maintenance Technology program


Members of the college’s Board of Trustees learned at their regular monthly meeting Monday night that personnel involved with the Aviation Maintenance Technology program have been busy.

Very busy.

The curriculum was rewritten in three months, Federal Aviation Administration certification was received Aug. 16, and last week the FAA authorized the college to give credit to students in the PowerPlant portion of the program.

Noel Gary, chief executive director of aviation programs, and Roberto Germain, director of aviation education, gave Board members an update on the status of the program. Board member LaDonna Lanning was absent.

Gary, who was hired out of retirement to help the college get its AMT program square with the FAA, said it normally took six months to write curriculum. He commended the instructors at the Aviation Tech Center in Wichita for their hard work and dedication in getting the program certified.

Germain took Board members through the Aviation Tech Center’s web site, which can be accessed from Cowley’s home page. The web site includes a virtual tour of the facility.

Gary said there were 103 students in the program, and that there was room for up to 300 students. He said 250 students was the ideal situation.

“Now we’re going to begin the process of recruiting, and that will include talking to young men and ladies,” Gary said. “If you’re willing to work and willing to move, you’ll have work as an A and P (airframe and powerplant mechanic).”

Gary said entry-level mechanics could make at least $13.85 per hour, while mechanics with 10 years’ experience could earn as much as $24 per hour. He said those wages depended on the company.

In other matters, the Board:

1) Authorized Board Chairman Ron Godsey to proceed with offering for sale dormitory system refunding revenue bonds, series 2004, for the purpose of saving the college money. The net present-value savings would be at least $160,000 and would depend on interest rates between now and the closing date in 2007. John Haas of Ranson Financial in Wichita told Board members that refinancing the debt structure would allow the college sufficient cash flow from the dorms through 2007. The Board set a special meeting of 6 p.m. Nov. 3 to authorize the sale of the bonds.

2) Saw Dr. Pat McAtee, president, present Mark Gubichuk with a gift for being named October Student of the Month.

3) Heard reports from Board members Mark Paton, Donna Avery, and Godsey on their attendance at the Association of Community College Trustees annual convention in New Orleans earlier this month. All three said sessions they attended were outstanding. “One thing I found is that community colleges are very actively involved with economic development,” Paton said. “More than we are.”

4) Approved an agreement between the college and Pratt Community College to operate a satellite associate’s degree in nursing and licensed practical nursing program. Pratt would provide instruction for the technical nursing courses and the director, while Cowley would provide the general education classes and the facility. Both colleges are awaiting approval from the State Board of Nursing.

5) Viewed a fall enrollment report, which indicates that 20th-day enrollment was 3,074 full-time students, compared to 3,095 on the 20th day a year ago.

6) Received a copy of the minutes from the first Cowley County Economic Development Partnership Advisory Committee meeting held Oct. 14. “(Cowley County Administrator) Leroy (Alsup) is doing a great job with this,” said McAtee, who attended the first meeting. “I feel like this is going to be a tremendous partnership. It’s a real plus as far as communication is concerned.”

7) Approved payment of overload contracts for the fall semester in the amount of $100,100 to 34 instructors.