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November 19, 2013

Board receives update on Non-Destructive Testing program


Joe Clasen, Career and Technical Education Department Chair/Non-Destructive Testing instructor, provided the Board of Trustees with an update on Cowley College’s Non-Destructive Testing program during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Clasen teaches Non-Destructive Testing classes at both Cowley College’s Arkansas City and Mulvane Centers. He attended Cowley College as a student prior to beginning teaching at the school in 2007. He has brought the NDT field into the online setting and helped create the world’s first NDT associate degree program.

Nondestructive testing (NDT) is testing that does not destroy the test object. NDT is vital for constructing and maintaining all types of components and structures. The program offers face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses and has grown from 15 students in 2007 to well over 80 students in the fall semester.

Cowley’s Nondestructive Testing program provides tremendous opportunities in safety & quality inspection. The NDT program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree that is currently in high demand. NDT students develop the knowledge and skills required to perform sophisticated testing techniques such as eddy current, x-ray, liquid dye penetrant, magnetic particle, and ultrasonic testing that are currently required in many different industry fields.

Students in Cowley’s NDT program will learn blueprint reading, basic metallurgy, measurement, and proper use of equipment used in the various NDT testing processes. Mid-level mathematics, communication skills, writing, and understanding codes & procedures, materials composure, and basic theories of economics are also integrated into the program.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to develop and maintain quality control programs. Students will be trained to set up and calibrate equipment, as well as interpret and evaluate results based upon Nondestructive testing methods with respect to applicable codes, standards, and specifications. Students will be prepared for the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) certification examination.

Classes in Nondestructive Testing began at Cowley College in 1991. Aerospace in Kansas and refining/oil production to the south in Oklahoma, created an industrial need for an NDT inspection program. The college’s location provides diverse industry support in the form of equipment, inspection materials, and program technical direction.

In other matters:

  1. Saw Cowley College president Clark Williams present a gift to Taylor Best of Arkansas City for being named November Student of the Month.
  2. Discussed the KACCT/COP meeting, which will be held Dec. 8-9 at Coffeyville Community College. President Clark Williams and Board representative Jim Ramirez plan to attend the meeting.
  3. Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services, provided the Board with the final county evaluation and mill levy for 2013-14. The county valuation is 222,268,394 and the mill levy is 19.388.
  4. The Board reviewed academic and athletic updates.
  5. Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, provided the Board with an Endowment/Enrollment/and Student Life update.
  6. President Williams provided the Board with a presidential report. He spoke of the many wonderful things that have happened at the college since the October Board meeting. He mentioned the success of the No. 1-ranked Cowley College volleyball team, which will open play at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament Thursday in Toledo, OH; he spoke of the great attendance and performances of the Concert Band and Concert Choir at the fall concert honoring the late Scott MacLaughlin, and also the CC Singers and Jazz Band Concert on Nov. 7; he visited about being a presenter at the Rotary luncheon on Oct. 28; Williams will join Southwestern College president Dick Merriman as guest speakers at the Winfield Chamber breakfast meeting on Dec. 8; he commended the work done by Tony Crouch during the campus visit by OSHA on Oct. 30; and thanked Ben Schears and his staff for the work they did at the Endowment banquet and bringing in the Vienna Boys’ Choir on Nov. 11.
  7. Linda Kreutzer, director of human resources, provided an update on personnel vacancies, resignations, and hirings. Kreutzer announced the hirings of Rebecca Bashaw and Jeremy Mount as third shift custodians at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City.
  8. Held a 15-minute executive session for preliminary discussions relating to property acquisition.