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August 14, 2006

Cowley honors third graduating class from Aviation Tech Center


A total of 17 students represented the third graduating class from Cowley College’s Aviation Tech Center in Wichita, at a graduation ceremony held Saturday at the training facility.

The ceremonies were for graduates of the center’s A&P (Airframe and Power Plant) program. Noel Gary, Director of Aviation Programs, gave the opening remarks.

“Everything went well, we filled the place up,” Gary said. “The program has done nothing but go up, it is generating much more interest in the community and industry.”

The program opened with 40 students in 2004 and will have 160 when classes begin in the fall.

Tim Norton, Sedgwick County Commissioner, Second District, gave the commencement address.

“I’m very proud of these graduates,” Norton said. “They will have a place in our community whether it is in aviation or somewhere else because this is a powerful part of the manufacturing institute.”

Students who graduate from the AMT program are guaranteed a job interview from Wichita’s Cessna Aircraft Company.

“They want young people out of this program in their organization,” Norton said.

Pam Doyle, Cowley College Dean of Student Learning, gave the closing remarks.

Here is a list of graduates:

Steven J. Carpenter; Brando Dao; Matthew J. Farenbaugh; Richard S. Hale; Scott E. Jahay; Simon D. Kelderman; James A. Kemp; Kevin S. McGuire; Randall D. Rounsville; Daniel L. Rutherford; Kelsey L. Shackelford; James R. Schippers; Andre D. Stephens; James L. Walker; Steven A. Wilson; Lowell K. Weirick; Lee York.

Pictured: Noel Gary, Director of Aviation Programs, gives an Aviation Tech graduate his certificate.