Cowley College

Sumner Campus

Welcome to the Cowley College Sumner Campus

Cowley College is coming to Sumner County in a BIG way! Historically, area students had to move to Arkansas City for the campus experience or take classes in satellite locations in Mulvane or Winfield. The need for a college campus in Sumner County has long been noted and now it's coming to fruition.

Programs in the planning stages for the Sumner Campus

Here are some of the programs being planned for the Sumner Campus. Keep in mind, these won't all be available on day one, but these are the programs in planning, based on area needs.

Architectural Renderings

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Agricultural Studies: Foundation courses for agribusiness careers including science, economics, microcomputer applications, and management with possible opportunities to focus on livestock and/or crop production, software applications in agriculture, ag equipment operation and maintenance, range management, ag safety, precision agriculture. Career areas: farming, ag services, ag management, equipment sales & servicing, etc.

Information Technology: students develop skills to install and maintain computer and wireless network, troubleshoot hardware and software problems, create software applications, manage databases and develop web pages. Career areas: computer systems installation, network maintenance, machine setup, trainer.

Machining: Operation of lathes, milling machines, precision-grinding equipment, and many other machine tools, including CNC (computer controlled) machine programming and operation. Used in manufacturing, production and custom parts manufacturing. Career areas: machine operators, machine programmers, production line.

Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics): Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) is the combination of many disciplines. Computer Programming, Electronics, Programmable Logic Controllers, and Robotics are key fields, with specific skills including panel wiring, machine set-up/troubleshooting, and quality control. Technicians typically set up and maintain robotic equipment, automated manufacturing equipment, treatment plant equipment, programmable logic controllers, and any hybrid production or test equipment. These specialized technicians will meet a current and future need for local, area-wide, and global manufacture needs.

Milling Technician: This unique certificate program prepares candidates to work in flour mills as an associate working in many of the areas of the modern mills. Studies will include basic math needed for the mill environment, as well as an overview of equipment, electronics and electricity, and pneumatic fundamentals. Students will be introduced to the milling process, the wheat characteristics and the industry, and the various requirements of the gradual reduction process in making wheat flour. Quality assessments will be an integral part of studies. At the conclusion of the courses, candidates will complete an internship at a functioning flour mill.

Non-Destructive Testing: Nondestructive testing (NDT) is critical in various industries, including aerospace, oil and gas transmission and civil engineering/construction to assure structural integrity of various objects anywhere from small critical components up to bridges and highways. Students learn sophisticated testing techniques such as eddy current, x-ray, liquid dye penetrant, magnetic particle, and ultrasonic testing and work as inspectors for quality assurance. Career areas: inspector, quality control, product evaluation.

Public Safety: Law enforcement including crime scene investigation, law procedures and operations, TASER and firearm safety. Career Areas: local police departments and organizations, county and state police departments, corrections, environmental protection services, juvenile facilities, crime laboratories, courts and judicial offices, and community-based corrections (probation and parole).

Welding: Welding multiple types of metals and using multiple welding processes including oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), metallurgy, plasma cam cutting and related processes. Career areas: production welding, pipeline welding, fabrications.

Teacher Education: Preliminary coursework to introduce students to the teaching profession. May be for elementary or secondary education. Cowley has articulation agreements with several four-year colleges/universities to guarantee transfer of courses. Career areas: teaching.

General Education for Transfer to 4-year universities: These are the "core courses" that meet general studies requirements for a wide variety of majors and program areas. Included: English, biology and other sciences, math, literature, history, psychology, social studies, etc. Most of these are on the list of courses guaranteed to transfer to any public college or technical school in the state of Kansas.

Cowley College offers more than 80 different certificates and degrees attracting students from across the globe because of the College's premier online course offerings, multiple campus locations, quality residential living, as well as nationally acclaimed athletic programs and state-of-the-art training facilities. And now, Cowley College is bringing their education programs to Sumner County in a campus setting.

Groundbreaking began in October 2017. The half-cent sales tax increase to fund the campus development began April 1, 2017. The tax will expire in ten years and will generate the $12 million dollars needed to construct a campus setting with an emphasis on vocational learning. All money generated from the sales tax will be used only on the Sumner County campus. Sumner County sales tax dollars will not support college activities in Ark City or our other satellite locations.

This campus will improve the quality of life for Sumner County residents and ensure job opportunities and economic advancement.