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November 7, 2016


Cannon receives KCWE Leadership Award


Chris Cannon, Cowley College Department Chair for Health and Human Services/EMS Program Director, recently received the KCWE Leadership Award-Inside the Field from the Kansas Council for Workforce Education Friday, November 4 in El Dorado, KS.

The award recognizes any KCWE member who has developed model programs, provided leadership, conducted research, or been involved in any other activity that advances the status and visibility of career and technical education within Kansas or beyond.

“I am very flattered and humbled to receive this award,” Cannon said. “I am successful because of the great people I work with here at Cowley and I appreciate their support and fantastic work.”

With Cannon leading the way, Cowley College’s paramedic program has achieved a 99 percent success rate for credentialing program completers and has an 80 percent completion rate. He also helped pioneer the first "Community Paramedic" program in the state.

Last year, in response to community needs, he authored a "Fire Science" program.

Dr. Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, was pleased to see Cannon receive the award.

“Chris constantly pursues excellence and supports and encourages his instructors and staff members in that pursuit as well,” Dr. Arnett said. “He is constantly involved in meeting with area professionals and is always responsive to their needs. His effort is the key to their contributions in supporting and helping administer our paramedic program.”

Cowley College paramedic instructor coordinator Samantha Troyer nominated Cannon for the award and said Cannon shows exemplary leadership by letting his instructors be creative and try things that have never been done before.

“The support we feel from him is nothing like I have ever experienced professionally,” Troyer said. “We have many partnerships with the surrounding communities through their EMS and Fire services. Chris works tirelessly to keep those relationships in good standing. If the community is in need of something, he will go above and beyond to make something happen. Chris is constantly doing the research to keep our program up to date but also pushing our program to be one of the most innovative in the state.”