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February 22, 2007

Cowley College receives Star Award


Pictured: Cowley College President Dr. Pat McAtee displays the Star Award the college received from the Business and Industry Action Committee for the Ark City Area Chamber of Commerce. Those pictured are, from left, Cowley College Board of Trustees member Mark Paton, Cowley College Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash, Dr. McAtee, chairman of the BNI Committee Lorace Neal, Cowley College director of business and industry Lisa Roberts, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce Mike Munson.

Members of the Business and Industry Action Committee for the Ark City Area Chamber of Commerce presented Cowley College with its monthly Star Award on Thursday. The award was given to recognize Cowley’s new Center for Technical Excellence in Winfield.

The purpose of the Star Award is to aid in the recognition of small businesses in Arkansas City and to provide assistance for continual business retention.

“The college has done a lot for our community and we wanted to acknowledge them for that,” Lorace Neal, chairman of the BNI Committee said.

The center, located at 1108 Industrial Road in Winfield, was created thanks to a partnership between Cowley College and the Winfield Economic Development Incorporated.

Cowley will teach a series of courses at the center along with the Manufacturing Business Skills certificate program. Cowley will also launch its new Mechatronics program in the fall, which will give students skills on how to repair automated systems.

Lisa Roberts, Cowley College director of business and industry, was happy to see the college receive the recognition.

“It just reiterates our commitment to the community in what we are trying to do in a very visible way,” Roberts said. “It’s very nice to be recognized and we look forward to additional opportunities to work with community.”