Career success is something everyone strives for. What makes that success even better is when it can be shared.
That is the case for two recent graduates from Cowley College’s Criminal Justice Program, Billy Wollard and Brennon Marcotte. Wollard and Marcotte both graduated from Cowley in 2019.
While at Cowley both students took a part-time job with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office working as correctional officers in the jail. They continued that employment throughout their studies at Cowley until recently, when both of them applied for jobs with the Winfield Police Department at the same time. While that could potentially be seen as competition, both of them took it in stride and encouraged each other at every stage of the hiring process.
The support and friendship paid off as both were offered positions and were sworn in together on Aug. 8 during the Winfield City Commission meeting.
According to Chief Robbie Delong of the Winfield Police Department the parallel careers will continue as both Wollard and Marcotte have been scheduled to attend the 14-week Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center together, beginning later this month.
“Congratulations to both Billy and Brennon and may they both have outstanding careers,” Cowley criminal justice instructor Frank Owens said.