January 20, 2012
Fifteen graduate from Cowley College MICT program
Over 120 people gathered on Thursday, Jan. 19 to celebrate the graduation of 15 students from Cowley College’s Mobile Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) program in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. The program that finished on December 15 completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates.
The following are the graduating members of the class: Josh Adcock, Sedan; Josh Bowker, Arkansas City; Sandra DenOuden, Wichita; Cody Doane, Mountain Home, Idaho; Bryce Hendrix, Towanda; Kerry Hull, Derby; Jesse Morris, Hutchinson; Kelsea Naegele, Maize; Johnathan Piper, Wichita; Rachelle Poirier, Derby; Joshua Riley, Arkansas City; Traci Rosendale, Mulvane; Patrick Sellers, Wichita; Scott Ten Eyck, Winfield; and Austin Trent, Arkansas City.
“We are extremely proud of the student accomplishments of our 18th paramedic class,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths said. “They are a dedicated group who worked very hard to enter a worthy profession to help others.”
The evening began when Chris Cannon, Allied Health Department Chair and EMS Program Director, 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.
Dr. Bryan Bledsoe, internationally renowned EMS author, lecturer, and one of the Journal of EMS’ “Heroes of EMS”, delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Dr. Bledsoe congratulated the students on their achievements and stressed the important “leg-up” the graduates had in completing their associate degrees. Kansas is one of the few states in the country that requires Paramedics to possess an associate degree. Dr. Bledsoe also commented on the exciting things happening in the EMS profession, and reminded the students to always treat their patients with dignity and compassion.
“It was great to have Dr. Bledsoe at our college to address the graduates,” Griffiths said. “For years, he has been one of the most influential leaders in EMS and his dedication to the profession is to be applauded.”
Griffiths, along with Chris Cannon, Cowley College’s Allied Health Department Chair/Director of EMS Education, and Malachi Winters, Lead MICT Instructor, conferred the certificates and challenge coins to the program graduates.
Winters then presented the course honor awards to the following graduates: Jesse Morris, program honor graduate; Josh Adcock, Lyle Eckhart award; and Rachelle Poirier, Patrick J. McAtee award.
Chris Cannon presented a certificate of appreciation to Winters for his outstanding work and dedication to the EMS program. Griffiths then presented the class of 2011 to the friends and family members in attendance.
During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 7,000 patients and administered over 2,300 medications during the year. With this eighteenth graduating class, Cowley MICT graduates now treat approximately 90,000 patients each year.
The national job outlook continues to be greater than average, and the local job outlook looks promising.
Cowley currently has three MICT programs– one in Winfield at the Allied Health Education Center, another in Andover through a partnership with Butler Community College, and the newest program in Chanute through a partnership with Neosho County Community College.
For more information on Cowley’s MICT programs go to www.cowley.edu/paramedic or call 620-221-3392.