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April 26, 2013


Eighteen graduate from Cowley College Paramedic Program


paramedic graduationGraduation for 18 students in Cowley College’s Paramedic Program was held Monday, April 22 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. The program that finished on February 22 completed the AAS degree requirements for the graduates.

The following are the graduating members of the class: Ryan Adelson, Andover; Victoria Balderas, Wichita; Joshua Bubeck, Winfield; Jennifer Day-Gilliland, Wichita; Daniel Dedrick, Wichita; Michael Fry, Derby; Christian Harrold, Wichita; Melanie Jack, Rose Hill; Tamara King, Benton; Israel Machado, Wichita; Amanda Nance, Wichita; Clayton Neufeld, Augusta; Bobby Stuckert, Wichita; Peter Swart, Hayesville; Courtney Swinehart, Wichita; Cody VanDeest, Haysville; Jessica Welch, Wichita; and Adam Wiley, Wichita.

The evening began when Chris Cannon, EMS program director, issued the welcome. Cannon thanked the graduates for their extensive work during the program, and thanked the graduates’ families for supporting them during a difficult two years. Deryk Ruddle and Malachi Winters, lead paramedic instructors, discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program and introduced the keynote speaker.

Mark Terry, Deputy Chief of Operations for Johnson County Med-Act delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Chief Terry congratulated the graduates and spoke of their responsibility to stay current on their medical knowledge and to consistently apply the principles of good EMS care to all of their patients.

Deryk Ruddle, Malachi Winters, and Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. Israel Machado was the program honor graduate, Michael Fry was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Victoria Balderas was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Chris Cannon presented a certificate of appreciation to Larry Swaim for his outstanding work and dedication to the EMS program. Tony Crouch, President of Cowley College, then presented the class of 2011 – 2013 to the gathering of about 130 people who came to honor the graduates.

During the course of their schooling, these graduates assessed over 6,500 patients and administered over 2,700 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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