Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, a past president of the Rotary Club of Arkansas City, had an opportunity to share his thoughts on the state of the college during the Rotary Club of Winfield’s meeting Wednesday in the Baden Square Community Room.
Bradley Gamber, president of the Rotary Club of Winfield, began the meeting by presenting a plaque to past president Annika Morris. It was then time for Rittle to discuss the learning excellence, personal achievement and community engagement that goes on at Cowley.
Rittle shared a handout demonstrating the incredible economic impact of Cowley and later shared information on enrollment numbers, graduation numbers, the number of certificates and degrees, and completion rate percentages.
The Rotary members also heard a breakdown of program majors, financial facts on the college and new campus development (Sumner Campus) through local partnerships, while also having an opportunity to watch a video on Cowley’s Emergency Medical Services program, which is housed in Winfield and has a 98-percent pass rate for paramedic certification. During the past four years, two of the National Paramedic of the Year recipients have been graduates of Cowley’s paramedic program.
Rittle closed by discussing future projects on the horizon, including military and university partnerships, as well as upcoming events such as the grand opening of the Education Center on Aug. 8, the Cowley and Friends University partnership beginning in the fall, and the first day of fall classes starting Aug. 13.
“Thank you for the work you do as Rotarians — there is no greater joy than serving our communities and helping people’s lives simply be better,” Rittle said.
Gamber was grateful to have Rittle speak.
“It’s always important, especially in education, to have a speaker talk about the educational opportunities in the community,” Gamber said. “Any time we can bring in a speaker to talk to our members about how communities are impacted is very important. Our taxes go to support our local institutions, so if we have strong institutions in the community we have a stronger community.”