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October 14, 2015


Eleven graduate from Cowley College paramedic program


paramedic graduationGraduation for 11 students in Cowley College’s Paramedic Program was held Monday, October 12 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: Laurel Barrientos, Cassandra Branscum, Seth Burkholder, Billy Dover, Caleb Eytcheson, Tylor Hultgren, James Johnson, Jessica Julius, Keri Korthals, Tanner Rink, and Christie Snyder.


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 year.


Paul Misasi, clinical manager at 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. Keri Korthals was the program honor graduate, Laurel Barrientos was the Lyle E. Eckhart award winner and Tyler Hultgren was the Dr. Patrick J. McAtee award recipient.


Cowley paramedic graduates treat more than 100,000 patients each year.


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.


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