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April 15, 2014

Students honored during Paramedic Program graduation


Paramedic Program graduationGraduation for nine students in Cowley College’s Paramedic Program was held Thursday, April 11 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. The program completed the AAS degree requirements for the graduates.

The following are the graduating members of the class: Scott Goodson, Matt Hogan, Brandon Howard, Laurie Kerns, Michael Nunley, Aaron Palmer, Cameron Schwarz, Cameron Vickery, and Gregory Zumbrunn.

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. Cannon then introduced the keynote speaker.

Dave Johnston, Operations Manager for Sedgwick County EMS, delivered the keynote address to the graduating class.

Cannon and Steve Storm, paramedic instructor, conferred the certificates and presented the honor awards for the class. Brandon Howard was the program honor graduate, Cameron Schwarz was the Lyle E. Eckhart award winner and Laurie Kerns was the Dr. Patrick J. McAtee award recipient.

"I would like to thank the students of this program,” Storm said. “They not only completed what was already a difficult program but they did it online which has never been done in Kansas EMS Education. It would not have been a success if not for them."

With this graduating class, Cowley paramedic graduates now treat more than 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.

All graduates of the Cowley Paramedic Program were presented with challenge coins to honor their accomplishment. Instead of receiving the coins from the college staff as has been the case in year’s past, the graduates received the coins from their family members.

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