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February 23, 2018

Dr. Rittle provides “State of Cowley College” during Dual-Chamber luncheon

Dr. Rittle provides State of Cowley College during Dual-Chamber luncheonCowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle shared his thoughts on the “State of Cowley College” during the Arkansas City and Winfield Chamber Lunch Bites held Wednesday, February 21, in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The sold-out event was sponsored by Agora Architecture.

The Chambers teamed up for the event, with Sarah Werner, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, and Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kammy Downs, emceeing the event. Lunch was provided by Great Western Dining.

The Chambers will host future Lunch Bites April 25 at Strother Field and August 30 at Winfield’s Baden Square.

“We are enjoying teaming up to be an example of the community working together,” Downs said.

Dr. Rittle went over a number of topics, including the numerous new programs and activities the college has added over the past year or two. He also mentioned new partnerships with four-year schools, student success, brand recognition, and college funding.

Dr. Rittle also discussed new program advancement, performance funding, and the success of the Cowley College Foundation, which has raised $400,000 more than this time a year ago.

“These donations have been vital to the health and well-being of the college,” Dr. Rittle said.

He closed his presentation by showing videos of the construction being done at the Sumner Campus in Wellington and discussed the programs that will be offered at the new campus.

Agriculture, manufacturing, computer science, first-responders and education programs will be among the initial slate of programs offered at the Sumner campus.

“The Sumner Campus is going to transcend and help so many people for years to come,” Dr. Rittle said.

Following his presentation, Dr. Rittle answered questions about the College from those in attendance.

“Dr. Rittle is always a very thorough and interesting speaker,” Downs said. “The College is extremely important to our community and we enjoy the opportunity to hear from Dr. Rittle.”