August 10, 2005
Cowley celebrates new partnerships with ribbon cuttings, open houses
Cowley College made new partnerships official on Monday with ceremonial ribbon cuttings and open houses at three of its outreach centers.
First stop: Winfield
The first stop was at the Winfield Center in Baden Square as Cowley joined forces with Pratt Community College on a Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse program. In expanding its nursing program, Pratt also opened the door for students to take general education classes from Cowley.
Gail Withers, dean of nursing and allied health at Pratt, said the response her college received during two open houses several months ago indicated there was a demand for the program.
“More than 100 people came to the two open houses,” Withers said. “A lot of LPNs are getting their RN. It’s great for both programs. It increases our student nursing numbers, and it’s good for Cowley because of the general education classes.”
Pratt has 40 nursing students on its main campus. There will be 20 students in Winfield.
The main floor of the Winfield Center, also known as Stephenson Hall on the former St. John’s College campus, was renovated during the last several months. The renovation included new classroom space, office space, and a room for students to do some training.
Dr. William Wojciechowski, president of PCC, said he was pleased with the new partnership.
“This is a great concept, and we appreciate the efforts of the Cowley folks to make this place go,” he said. “It’s also a pleasure to work with (Dr.) Pat McAtee (Cowley president), who has a real vision. We anticipate this to be a great partnership far into the future.”
Slade Griffiths, chair of Cowley’s Allied Health Education Department and a long-time instructor in the Mobile Intensive Care Technician program, said he was excited about the new venture.
“There was a definite need in this area for this program,” Griffiths said. “The demand for nurses also remains very high.”
The Kansas Job Outlook for 2005 listed nursing as the No. 1 occupation in demand in the state of Kansas.
McAtee praised Pratt’s staff for its work on the project.
“Bill and his staff were wonderful to work with,” McAtee said. “For a long time, we have wanted an ADN (associate’s degree in nursing) program in Cowley County. This one has the best chance of being successful.”
Other Pratt representatives on hand for the open house included Ken Van Blaricum, chair of Pratt’s Board of Trustees; Jim Stratford, vice president of instruction; and Bruce Benson, a member of PCC’s Board of Trustees.
The telephone number is (620) 221-3392.
Second stop: Mulvane Bloomenshine
Nearly 100 people were on hand for Cowley’s dedication and open house at its new location in Mulvane. Bloomenshine, a former elementary school last used for that purpose in 1988, was renovated with funds secured when voters passed a bond issue by Unified School District 263 Mulvane. Renovation began in July 2004.
“We are delighted to be able to do this for Cowley College,” said Dr. Donna Augustine-Shaw, USD 263 superintendent. “The college has played a major role in education in Mulvane for many years. This new center will hopefully solidify that existence.”
Bloomenshine, named for a former Mulvane school administrator, is located at 430 E. Main St., just blocks east of downtown, where Cowley occupied several storefronts since opening a center in Mulvane in 1987. The new center includes several classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, and an Interactive Distance Learning classroom. There also are offices, a faculty workroom and a student lounge.
“I want to thank the Mulvane superintendent for being the leader on this project, and thank Sheree Utash (Cowley vice president of academic and student affairs) and Tony Crouch (Cowley vice president of business services) for all of their work,” McAtee said. “The college has always been fond of Mulvane, and we look forward to doing what this community wants us to do.”
Mulvane’s alternative school is located in the basement of Bloomenshine. Cowley will occupy the ground floor. Parking for approximately 40 vehicles is located on the north side of the building.
The telephone number is (316) 777-3050.
Third stop: Mulvane Business Park
Monday’s final stop was in the Marinus Heersche Business Park, the new home of Cowley’s Industrial Technology Center. Larry and Mary Wolfe, who operate Wolfe Machine, Inc., just south of the new building, had the new center built for the college. Automotive technology and machine tool technology will be taught in the new facility. Welding technology will continue to be taught in the existing building on the northwest side of the business park.
“This will be good for students in and around Mulvane,” Larry Wolfe said. “We had the ground and just got together with the college on this project. There’s a definite need for more technical programs in this area.”
Students can earn a College Certificate in each of the three programs. Automotive students will receive practical, hands-on experience in the lab, as well as training in the theories behind the practical skills. Machine Tool students will receive instruction that will assist their understanding of the principles behind the workings of the specific machines. Welding students also will receive practical, hands-on experience in the lab, as well as training in the theories behind their skill.
The center is located at 201 Industrial Drive. The telephone number is (316) 777-3181.