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December 10, 2015


Cowley College awarded Workforce AID project


The Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Board of Regents recently awarded the Workforce AID project for Rubbermaid to Cowley College.


Three key requirements in the request for proposal from the state benefited the college. It had to be for college credit, had to be offered in close proximity to the Winfield Rubbermaid plant and had to have qualified teachers.


Working on a short timeline, Dr. Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, met with Career and Technical Education Department Chair Joe Clasen, and Mechatronics instructor Daniel Higdon to complete a SWOT analysis and develop the primary components and main points.


Clasen worked on the overall delivery structure, while Higdon developed the curriculum pieces. The group then decided on instructors and Dr. Arnett took responsibility for a couple of contacts and final assembly.


The college got word on Tuesday, Dec. 8 that they were awarded the Workforce AID project for Rubbermaid.


“Joe and Daniel did a great job with their areas and all I had to do was pull everything together,” Dr. Arnett said. “We felt like we had a terrific proposal: very comprehensive, thoughtful and responsive to every detail in the RFP. Eighty percent of the program is going to come from courses we already teach here. We’ve got a great team of teachers to deliver the training, extremely well-qualified people.”


The following courses will be used: Microcomputer Applications, Technical Math, OSHA 10, Industrial Technical Writing, Industry Practicum, Introduction to Mechatronics, Quality Control & Inspection, Workplace Ethics, and Basic Welding Processes.


Industry Practicum is a new course that will provide for on-site experience and training at Rubbermaid for such things as company policy and procedures, safety, specific plastics manufacturing technology, etc.


“We have teachers from Math, Business and CTE who are going to be working together with Rubbermaid’s very capable team,” Dr. Arnett said. “I genuinely believe we’re going to improve lives with this training. With nine weeks of intense training, some very fortunate people are going to be able to nearly double their income capacity.”