October 10, 2007
New facility to hold Open House for Mechatronics Technology Program
Cowley College’s Mechatronics Technology Program has officially
moved to a new location in Winfield. Effective Monday, classes began
being held at 2000 E. 19th, which is space shared by GE Engine Services.
Cowley College’s Career & Technical Education Department will hold an open house for the Mechatronics Technology Program November 6 from 5:30-8 p.m.
According to Bruce Crouse, Cowley College Department Chair of the Career and Technical Education Department, the move to the new facility was somewhat unexpected and not without added work but has turned out to be a win-win for everyone involved.
Crouse credited Sandy Randel, Cowley College coordinator for the Career and Technical Education Department, for her work with GE, Winfield Economic Development, and the Cowley staff in coordinating the move.
“I would like to recognize my staff and especially Sandy Randel for their support and dedication in making the Mechatronics program a reality and coordinating our move to the new facility,” Crouse said.
Winfield Economic Development was able to provide expansion facilities for a manufacturer in the community and Cowley moved into a building better suited to its Mechatronics program.
“We had planned to offer others classes at the center in the future and with the new facility we can move ahead with those plans much quicker than if we had remained at the original facility,” Crouse said. “While the move was not without its ups and downs I am grateful to WED and to those at GE that worked to make this move possible in such a short time. The Cowley computer and facilities staff were very supportive of our efforts to make this unscheduled move happen. Without their efforts this move would not have been possible.”
The program currently has 21 students enrolled in the day program, which is the capacity on equipment.
Pictured is the first class of Mechatronics students composed of area high school students, post-secondary and business & industry employees.