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April 28, 2016


Cowley College receives Perkins State Leadership Grant


Perkins AwardCowley College was recently approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to receive a Perkins State Leadership Grant in the amount of $39,425. The grant will be to work with subject matter experts in criminal justice, allied health, automotive, and other technical programs, along with a math expert, to develop contextualized curriculum using the competencies of College Algebra.

Cowley College math instructor Brooke Istas and associate vice president of business and industry advancement, Stephani Johns-Hines, developed the concept into a proposal.

“Brooke contributed significantly to the grant application and I am very excited to watch this project develop, as it is the first of its kind in Kansas,” Johns-Hines said. “Having Cowley’s talented and student focused faculty at the helm, I am confident in its success and am appreciative that the Kansas Board of Regents made it possible.”

According to Istas, Washington (WA) State Board for Community and Technical Colleges developed the i-BEST model for Adult Basic Education, a model which has seen much success. Cowley’s intended grant project was developed with that model in mind. Along with the development of the curriculum – Cowley will develop professional development so that other instructors can implement the model in their courses as well.

“I often hear College Algebra learners ask ‘when will they need to use this math’ and these new classes will show them just where they will use it,” Istas said. “I am very excited to work with my colleagues to create something unique and beneficial to our learners.”

Johns-Hines said the purpose of the grant is to focus on integration of academic and career technical education programs, and developing and implementing strategies which result in increased completion of degree and certificate programs.

Dr. Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, is proud of the work done by Istas and Johns-Hines.

“This is another really good example of innovative thinking and team work,” Dr. Arnett said. “I am confident that this program will not only help Cowley students and teachers as they integrate math concepts into technical coursework; it will serve as a model for other colleges.”