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August 31, 2017


Groundbreaking for Sumner Campus to take place on October 11


The groundbreaking ceremony for Cowley College’s Sumner Campus will take place at 1 p.m. October 11 in Wellington, KS. The location of the future campus is east of Walmart along Highway 160. Refreshments will be provided and the event is open to the public.

Agora Architecture will have 3D Virtual Modeling goggles available at the groundbreaking ceremonies for individuals to get an interactive first look at the Sumner Campus before it is constructed. In addition, large paper-based renderings will be available for public viewing.

On November 8, 2016, Sumner County voters made history by approving the passage of a half-cent county sales tax to build a Cowley College campus in Sumner County and to provide educational services for citizens of Sumner County and surrounding areas.

Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company, LLC, and the donor of the 18 acres of property just east of Walmart along Highway 160. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights to the General Education Center.

The Technical Center is expected to open in the fall of 2018 followed by the opening of the Short General Education Center in the fall of 2019.
This successful journey would not have been possible without the efforts and leadership of Stacy Davis, Executive Director of Sumner County Economic Development, Annarose White, Executive Director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, and Jessica Lucas, Campaign Champion and Strategist.

Agriculture, manufacturing, computer science, first-responders and education programs will be offered at the Wellington campus.

As the Campus Operations Officer, Jan Grace will work with the Cowley College team, Sumner County and Wellington community to create a student-centered, community oriented campus in Wellington. 

“This will be a College not just for the students but also for the community,” Ms. Grace said.

Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, President of Cowley College reminisced, “This has been a grassroots journey, spanning more than two years with countless interactions, passionate exchanges, and personal sacrifices. This groundbreaking ceremony brings all of us one step closer to a new era for Sumner County and its surrounding communities. One which will live on for generations to come. It is days like these that make me proud to serve in public higher education and to expend oneself for the greater good!”