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November 16, 2016


Ark City eighth graders take part in Manufacturing Day


Ark City eighth graders take part in Manufacturing DayCowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City was packed full of Arkansas City eighth graders during the school’s Manufacturing Day event held Tuesday, November 15.

The close to 200 eighth graders had an opportunity to tour the Walker Industrial Technology Building and learn about the different Manufacturing programs offered at Cowley College.

Along with Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Tina Grillot, Cowley College Associate Vice President for Business and Industry, and Machine Tool instructor Ricky Squires were among those to speak to the students gathered in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Jennifer Porter, who is employed with Skyline in Ark City, discussed career opportunities with her company and informed the students of what Manufacturing careers have to offer.

Manufacturing DayStudents received live demonstrations and participated in hands-on activities in each of the Automotive, Machine Tool, Mechatronics, Non Destructive Testing, and Welding programs.

Jim Ailey, Tim Walton, Daniel Higdon, Bob Moffatt, Shawn White, Ricky Squires, and Joe Clasen were among the Cowley instructors that helped with the event.

Grillot said 176 evaluations were turned in at the conclusion of the event and the majority reported that while they had not considered a technical career prior to the event they do now. While numerous others reported that they were interested in a technical career prior to the event and are even more so now.

Students learn about the different Manufacturing programs“I find the eighth grade is an important age to get involved with because it is a time when the students start looking at career paths they might be interested in,” Grillot said. “A lot of students do not know what Career and Technical Education is about. Being able to bring the students here to use the equipment may spark their interest.”