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February 29, 2012

Ark City Chamber names Cowley College 2011 Business of the Year


Cowley College employeesWith around 200 people attending the 100th annual Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday at the Moose Lodge in IXL, Cowley College was named the 2011 Business of the Year.

The celebration included a prime rib dinner and musical entertainment. Cowley College Board of Trustee member Mark Paton, Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, and Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, represented the college at the banquet.

The award comes three weeks after Cowley College was named the 2011 Outstanding Educator by the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Each fall the Ark City Chamber executive committee and the CEO start the selection process for the Business of the Year. Throughout the year they take notice of accomplishments; community and Chamber involvement, as well as investment and contributions in the community.

Looking at the criteria, it did not take long for Cowley College to stand out. The college has been a long standing entity in Arkansas City and Cowley County. The school is a key partner in the Work Ethics program at Arkansas City High School; is a Chamber CDI partner; affiliated with Cowley First; and is involved in numerous community activities.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee was glad to see the college honored by the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The college is often recognized for our excellence in education, but it is also a wonderful tribute to be acknowledged as a critical business entity within the county,” Dr. McAtee said.

The college recently added the Travis Hafner Training Center to its many wonderful facilities and has 185 full-time employees, making it a major employer in the county.