Graduation held for students in Cowley’s paramedic program

From left, Cameron Schwarz, Byron Hummon, Forrest Walker and Chris Cannon.

Graduation for six students in Cowley College’s 2018-19 online paramedic program was Oct. 28 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City. The program completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates.

The following are the graduating members of the class:

Delbert Lopez, Ark City; Calvin Stockton, Winfield; Kyle Doberer, Spearville; Janica Haynie, Wellington; Courtney Huff, McPherson; and Byron Hummon, Valley Center.

The evening began when EMS program director Chris Cannon issued the welcome and discussed the education the graduates received while in Cowley’s program. Cannon thanked the graduates for their extensive work during the program, and thanked the graduates’ families for supporting them during a difficult year.

Forrest Walker delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Walker is a 2002 graduate of the Cowley College Paramedic Program and the first-ever recipient of the Patrick J. McAtee award. He worked for Sedgwick County EMS from 2003 to 2018 and was a lab assistant for the Cowley Paramedic Program from 2004 to 2018. Walker moved to Colorado in 2018 and is currently a field paramedic with San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. San Juan EMS responds to more than 17,000 requests for EMS annually, and covers a large portion of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

Cameron Schwarz and Cannon conferred the certificates to the graduates. Schwarz and Cannon then presented the honor awards for the class. Courtney Huff was the program honor graduate (highest GPA), Janica Haynie was the Lyle E. Eckhart award winner and Byron Hummon was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient. Jeremy Goerzen and Samantha Troyer were also honored with appreciation awards.

Cannon then presented the class of 2018-19 to the gathering of family and friends who came to honor the graduates.

The national job outlook for paramedics continues to be much higher than average, and the local job outlook remains extremely positive.

Cowley has three paramedic programs — a full-time program and part-time online program in Winfield at the Allied Health Education Center, and a program in Andover through a partnership with Butler Community College.

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