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February 3, 2017


Governor Brownback celebrates Cowley College’s varied accomplishments


Dr. Rittle and Governor Sam BrownbackCowley College was honored to host the Governor of Kansas to its main campus in Arkansas City for the first time in decades when Governor Sam Brownback visited the school on Friday to congratulate the College for its recent accomplishments.

As he does annually, Governor Brownback delivered his state of the state speech at the beginning of this year’s legislative session. In that message, he put out the call for Kansas schools to offer a baccalaureate degree for $15,000 or less. Many people thought this goal was out of reach, but not those at Cowley College.

“In response to the challenge set by the Governor a student can now get a baccalaureate degree for less than $15,000 if they start with Cowley College while in high school and then move on to Fort Hays State University,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said.

The Governor praised the work done by Cowley College in making this a possibility for students.

“Thank you all for what you do here and for Kansas students,” Governor Brownback said. “You have created a pathway for students to realize a Baccalaureate degree for a price tag they can afford.”

.Along with Cowley College employees and members of its Board of Trustees, several area legislators and County Commissioners were in attendance.

Cowley College Board Chair Bob Juden thanked the Governor for visiting the Cowley College campus so the school could showcase how they are changing student lives.

“We are honored to work alongside you and the Kansas legislature to continue our part in providing a first-rate experience,” Juden said.
Dr. Rittle said Cowley College appreciates Governor Brownback for taking the time to recognize the College’s accomplishments. Dr. Rittle also discussed the many values and opportunities Senate Bill 155 offers.

“It is a program that has afforded our high school students the opportunity to take technical education classes at little to no cost to them,” Dr. Rittle said. “This important legislation was championed by Governor Brownback and our students are proof it’s working.”

While on a tour of the campus Brownback also congratulated the school for being selected as the only college in Kansas and Oklahoma to be invited to take part in the High School: Pell “Dual Enrollment” program, which allows students taking college-credit courses to access Federal Pell Grants as early as high school. He also mentioned Cowley’s new campus that will be constructed in Wellington with the goal of offering classes in the Fall of 2018.