January 28, 2009
Eleven Graduate from Cowley College MICT Program
Graduation for 11 students in Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive
Care Technician (paramedic) program was held Friday in the Earle N. Wright
Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City. The program that
finished on December 10 completed the AAS degree requirements for these
The following are the graduating members of the class: Thomas C. Bodwell, Clearwater; Katie Casner, Argonia; Jeremy Goerzen, Wichita; Gabriel Martinez, Wichita; Kelli Mitchell, Wichita; Brian Powell, Rose Hill; Luke Ratzlaff, Winfield; Cassie Reilly, Caldwell; Jared Smith, Wichita; Preston White, Arkansas City; and Kelland Wolf, Arkansas City.
The evening began when Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair, issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program. Cannon thanked the graduates for their extensive work during the program, and thanked the graduates’ families for supporting them during a difficult year.
Noted EMS author and lecturer Dr. Bryan Bledsoe delivered the graduation keynote address. Dr. Bledsoe is a board certified emergency physician based in Midlothian, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, and authored the textbook used in the MICT program.
“Kansas EMS education is known as a good system throughout the nation,” said Dr. Bledsoe as he addressed the graduates. “You can each truly make a difference during your EMS career.”
Cindy Branscum, Lead MICT Instructor, conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. Katie Casner was the program honor graduate, Thomas C. Bodwell was the Lyle Echart award winner and Kelli Mitchell was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Other awards included certificates of appreciation for Dr. Bledsoe and Joyce Holloway, and an award given to Jared Smith for completing the MICT program after being deployed to Iraq.
Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, then presented the class of 2008 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates.
During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 3,000 patients and administered over 1,500 medications during the year. With this 13th 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 two MICT programs in progress – one in Winfield at the Allied Health Education Center and another in partnership at Butler Community College at the Andover campus.