News & Events




Press Release



May 2, 2012

Graduate of Cowley welding program returns to speak on Arkansas City campus


Derek LarimoreHaving earned three associate degrees from Cowley College, Derek Larimore has used his education to become a Weld Section Manager at Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, KS. Larimore returned to his alma mater on Monday to speak to current students in the welding program.

Larimore presented a company profile of Caterpillar Work Tools and explained that his facility is looking to expand its operations and needs to hire approximately 60 welders, machinists, manufacturing and maintenance technicians. He gave a breakdown of wages, benefits and other information to the students. His group is currently working on production of the Cat 994.

“I am honored that Derek took the time to present the opportunities that exist with Caterpillar to our students,” Cowley College Career and Technical Education Department Chair Bob Moffatt said. “Derek was a great student to have in the Welding Program and his leadership is now paying dividends in his career choice.”

Laurie Alexander, a student at Cowley College’s Mulvane Career and Technical Education Center, is also currently employed at Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego.

Larimore completed the Welding (2001) and Non Destructive Testing (2003) Associate of Applied Science degrees and then went on to complete the Pre-Engineering Associate of Science degree.

He started as a welder with Caterpillar and is now a Weld Section Manager.

“Cowley College was the starting point for continuing my education and experience,” Larimore said. “During my time at Cowley my instructors taught me that hard work and determination pays off. It was very enjoyable for me to be able to speak in the same class rooms where I used to have class in, and talk with some of the students currently in the weld technology program.”

Larimore informed the students that Caterpillar is a well known, world-wide company, which offers good benefits along with good paying jobs.

“There are many opportunities waiting for graduating students here at the Wamego Facility,” Larimore said.

Larimore is proud of the education he received at Cowley and would recommend the school to anyone considering attending college.

“Cowley College is a great place to start your education,” Larimore said. “It will provide you with the stepping stones and the foundation you need to go right into the work force, or continue your education.”