September 1, 2017
Dr. Rittle shares thoughts on state of higher education
Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle joined Southwestern College president Dr. Brad Andrews in sharing their thoughts on the state of higher education as related to their respective institutions during the Lunch Bites held Thursday at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
"The purpose of this Lunch Bites was to give Chamber members and community members an opportunity to hear an update from our largest educational institutions," Sarah Werner, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce CEO said. "It is important for them to stay up to date on what is happening at those institutions."
Following Dr. Andrews’ update on the positive things happening at Southwestern College, Dr. Rittle shared information on advancing a generation of learners; advancing a vibrant community; new partnerships; fiscal value/responsibility; student success/community involvement; and partnerships.
"It is always great as a community college to be able to share not only the joys and successes, but also the challenges we face with community members because it is a partnership," Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said. "I also enjoy the opportunity for members of the community to share with me what their thoughts are because we are only successful as partners."
Along the lines of partnerships, Dr. Rittle informed those in attendance about the recent 2+2 articulation agreement in engineering that was signed between Cowley College and Wichita State University, and the 2+2 agreement called the Tiger2Tiger Pathway which will guarantee a minimum number of scholarships to be set aside specifically for Cowley College graduates who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and who transfer to Fort Hays State University after graduating with Cowley College.
Dr. Rittle spoke of new programs the College has added such as Milling and Fire Science, and additional programs such as Agribusiness and Information Technology, with a Specialty Focus, that will be instituted soon.
He also spoke of the new wrestling program that will begin competition in the fall and the Cowley Pep Band that started in 2016 as well as the Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Upsilon Chapter that was established at the College’s Mulvane Center.
Dr. Rittle then shared information on the groundbreaking ceremony for Cowley College's Sumner Campus which 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.
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.
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.
"The journey we are doing there will affect this entire region," Dr. Rittle said.