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September 20, 2005

McAtee shows rough draft of proposed Aviation Technology Center


Hoping to expand the school’s Aviation program, Cowley College President Dr. Pat McAtee presented a rough draft of the proposed Aviation Technology Center that would be built at Jabara Airport in Wichita at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The two-story building would be roughly 100,000 square feet, and would consist of classrooms, labs, and allow the college to double the number of students in its aviation program. It also would allow the college to add avionics and non-destructive testing into the curriculum.

“It would effectively move us up to 600 FTE, which is closer to what the Southside Center is,” McAtee said. “The cost of the building will be too much for us to lease unless we get help from the federal government, the state, or the city of Wichita. We are wanting to keep our part at around five or six million (dollars).”

If the project were approved, the target date for completion would be the fall of 2007.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but if we can pull this off, it would be a nice piece along with the Southside piece,” McAtee said.

The college’s current Aviation Tech Center is located at the former Cessna East Training Facility, 7603 E. Pawnee in Wichita.

In other matters, the Board:

Saw McAtee present a gift to Rusty Wallace of Enid, Okla., for being named September Student of the Month.

Heard a construction report from Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch. Crouch said the Webb-Brown Academic Center, Mulvane Industrial Technology Center, and the Winfield Center are complete and seem to be meeting expectations. Also, Crouch said completion of the east entry to Galle-Johnson Hall on the Arkansas City campus got pushed back when the manufacturer of parts for the doors could not ship the parts until Sept. 15. However, the parts are expected to be in Thursday and the installation of doors and windows will follow.

Accepted the resignation of Michael Wood as vice president of business, industry, and entrepreneurship, effective Sept. 13; accepted the resignation of Jessica Dobson as coordinator of academic support services, effective Sept. 9; accepted the resignation of Ray Willis as director of computer technician education, effective Sept. 2; and accepted the resignation of Pamela Hann as admissions representative, effective immediately.

Approved the employment of James Chattam as custodian, effective Sept. 20. Approved the employment of Somsy Sengvixay as custodian, effective Sept. 20.

Held an executive session for 30 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and to consult with legal counsel.