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May 1, 2014

Naval shipyard employees visit Cowley College


Naval shipyard employeesEight individuals from the Naval Shipyards visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Monday. The visit was to learn more about how the Naval Shipyard community can work with educational institutions that offer Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) degrees to provide a source of personnel that have the knowledge and experience to start at higher levels and pay grades than inexperienced personnel.

The Naval Shipyards represented were Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA; Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA; and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, NH.

Students in Cowley College’s Non-Destructive Testing, welding, machine tool, automotive, and mechatronics programs had an opportunity to meet with the individuals from the Naval shipyards.

“The big sale to the students was the opportunity to travel,” Cowley College associate vice president for instruction Cindy Lenhart said. “They are offering our students ready-made jobs at a high level of pay.”

The individuals on campus Monday perform Non-Destructive Testing on Naval surface ships and submarines. The Naval Shipyards perform work in connection with ship construction, conversion, overhaul and repair.

The individuals were impressed with Cowley College’s (NDT) facilities as well as Cowley being the only school in the nation to offer a NDT degree online.

Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs, provided the group with information about the college. While, Stephani Johns-Hines, associate vice president for Mulvane and online operations, discussed Quality Matters and online delivery.

Joe Clasen, Career and Technical Education Department Chair/NDT instructor, discussed curriculum and provided an online course demonstration. Clasen then answered questions from the group.

Interim president Tony Crouch, interim associate vice president for enrollment management Helen Nakos, director for marketing Sarah Bryant, and Lenhart also helped with the Naval Shipyard visit.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for them to see what we have done at Cowley and to learn about the uniqueness of our online (NDT) program,” Lenhart said. “This will also benefit the college with the national recognition of our (NDT) program on a global scale.”