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February 27, 2008

Norton, Utash to serve as presenters at NISOD conference


Norton, UtashCowley College’s Dr. Susan Norton and Sheree Utash were recently accepted as presenters at NISOD’s 30th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, which will be held May 25-28 in Austin, Texas.

The title of their presentation is “Partnering for the “Captive” student – bringing a new student base to workforce training.” They will present on the Winfield Correctional Facility’s partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Certificate program.

The presentation is based on meeting the needs for trained sheet metal workers in South Central Kansas, which has been a challenge of local aviation companies. Norton and Utash will show how the Kansas Department of Corrections and Kansas Department of Commerce have joined with Cowley College to bring this innovative program to minimum-security prisoners, affecting their recidivism rates and filling the needs of the workforce in the local economy.

Norton, who serves as Cowley College’s dean of corporate education, is looking forward to discussing the program to a national audience.

“It is an honor to represent the College and the program at NISOD,” Norton said.

Utash, Cowley College’s vice president of academic affairs, presented at NISOD in May of 2000 on the Boeing Partnership program at Cowley’s Southside Education Center.

“It is always an honor to be able to talk and share with colleagues about the innovations in education that have been created and successful at your institution,” Utash said.