September 1, 2009
Sixteen graduate from Cowley College MICT program
Graduation for 16 students in Cowley College’s Mobile
Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) program was held August 28 in the
Earle N. Wright Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City. The
program that finished on July 31 completed the AAS degree requirements
for the graduates.
The following are the graduating members of the class: Sarah Callier, Haysville; Carla Ficken, Rose Hill; Stacy Hatcher, Wichita; Ron Kane, Sedgwick; Tish Kane, Maize; Larry Masters, Derby; Dillon McArthur, Wichita; Nessa Nikhomvanh, Valley Center; Sarah Post, Wichita; Dan Pugh, Wichita; Adrienne Simon, Clearwater; J.D. Smith, Winfield; Amy Stockham, Wichita; Steven Storm, El Dorado; Samantha Troyer, Harper; and Kurt Vin Zant, Wichita.
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.
Slade Griffiths, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cowley College, delivered the keynote address. Griffiths was previously the Allied Health Department Chair at Cowley, where he created both the MICT program and the allied health department.
“Your education is a key,” Griffiths said as he addressed the graduates. “That key can open many doors for you, but you have to walk through them with your own abilities and merits.”
Deryk Ruddle, MICT Instructor, and Griffiths conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. J.D. Smith was the program honor graduate, Dillon McArthur was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Larry Masters was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Other awards included a certificate of appreciation for Paul Hunter, who is a staff instructor with the MICT program. Griffiths then presented the class of 2009 to the gathering of about 150 people who came to honor the graduates.
During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 5,000 patients and administered over 2,000 medications during the year. With this 14th graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 85,000 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.
For more information on Cowley’s MICT programs call 620.221.3392.