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January 9, 2013

Sixteen graduate from Cowley College paramedic program


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Graduation for 16 students in Cowley College’s paramedic program was held Tuesday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City.

The program that finished on December 12 completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates. 

The following are the graduating members of the class: James Blake, Derby; Jeremiah Christophersen, Wichita; Michael Clark, Wellington; Rebecca Classen, Wichita; Christopher Crawshaw, Rosalia; Cameron Delgado, Towanda; Dylan Dishon, Wichita; Eli Douglas, Mulvane; Gary Hadley, Dexter; Hayley Jurgensen, El Dorado; Crista Kronmiller, Arkansas City; Derek Maxwell, Winfield; Ranelle Rice, Arkansas City; Brian Sleffel, Wichita; Caitlin Smith, Arkansas City; and Matthew Webb, Winfield.

The evening began when Chris Cannon, 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.

Brandon Russell, Deputy Director of Operations for Butler County Emergency Medical Services and chair of the Cowley EMS advisory committee, delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Russell gave the students advice for the first year in the new career. He encouraged them to be patient advocates, to be adaptable to new situations and roles, and to always remember that caring for people is the most important aspect of EMS.

Malachi Winters, Lead Paramedic Instructor, conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. Michael Clark was the program honor graduate, Dylan Dishon was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Caitlin Smith was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient.

Cannon presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Kent Potter for his outstanding work and dedication to the EMS program. Slade Grifiths, vice president of academic affairs at Cowley College, then presented the class of 2012 to the gathering of about 125 people who came to honor the graduates. 

During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 6,000 patients and administered over 2,400 medications during the year. With this 19th graduating class, Cowley paramedic graduates now treat approximately 100,000 patients each year.

The national job outlook continues to be greater than average, and the local job outlook looks promising. 

Cowley currently has three paramedic programs– one in Winfield at the Allied Health Education Center, one in Andover through a partnership with Butler Community College, and an online program through partnerships with Neosho County Community College and Flint Hills Technical College.

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