July 21, 2007
Thirteen graduate from Cowley College MICT program
Graduation for 13 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive
Care Technician (paramedic) program was held Friday in Cowley’s
Earle N. Wright Community Room on the main campus in Arkansas City. The program, which finished in late June, completed the AAS degree requirements
for these graduates.
The following are the graduating members of the evening class of 2006-07: Binh Chung, Wichita; Sarah Denny, Ponca City; Alison Floyd, Wichita; Paul Hunter, Arkansas City; Ryan Kilby, Winfield; Ben King, Arkansas City; John Lies, Andover; Matt Manning, Wichita; Byron McNary, Wichita; James Mitchell, Wichita; Jenniffer Reeves, Wichita; and Pamula Utter, Wichita.
The evening began when Slade Griffiths, Allied Health Department Chair, issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program. Griffiths discussed that this was the eleventh MICT program taught at the college though it was the first longer evening class provided at Cowley.
“Like the past daytime programs, we all became close like a family – many of us may have even experienced some separation anxiety when it was over,” said Griffiths.
He also praised all of the people involved with the program and singled out Chris Cannon, Lead MICT Instructor, for his outstanding performance and leadership. Dr. Roy Danks, Cowley Associate Medical Advisor then spoke to the graduates.
Dr. Patrick McAtee, Cowley President, and Cannon conferred the certificates and presented the class of 2006-07 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates. McAtee thanked the graduates for selecting EMS as a career and for choosing Cowley College for their education.
“We are all very thankful and proud of every one of you,” said McAtee.
Following tradition, the graduates purchased a gift for the school – an ambulance. They found a very new ambulance that had significant front-end damage and were able to remove the box and place it on a trailer.
Cannon thanked the graduates and said, “Other students will benefit from your gift and we greatly appreciate this.”
During the course of their schooling, the graduates assessed 5,000 patients and administered over 3,000 medications during the year. With this eleventh graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 80,000 patients each year. The national job outlook continues to be greater than average, and the local job outlook looks promising. All graduates have found employment in the EMS field.
Cowley currently has a daytime MICT program in Winfield and will start both day and evening programs in January 2008.