ARKANSAS CITY — Graduation for six students in Cowley College’s 2017-2018 online paramedic program was held October 9 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the main campus in Arkansas City. The program that finished on Sept. 13t completed the AAS degree requirements for these graduates.
The following are the graduating members of the class: Stephen Beemer (Americus, KS), Damian Berry (Wichita), Quentin Cox (Derby), Alyssa Davidson (Ogden, KS), Jacqueline Grubb (Hoisington, KS), and Roy Tannehill (Udall).
The evening began when Chris Cannon, EMS program director, 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.
Michael Clark, EMS director for Caldwell EMS and firefighter/paramedic for Wellington Fire/EMS delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. Clark emphasized that caring for people is the most important aspect of EMS, and urged the graduates to take the time and have meaningful conversations with their patients.
Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Cowley president, and Jeremy Goerzen, lead paramedic instructor, conferred the certificates to the graduates. Goerzen and Cannon then presented the honor awards for the class. Stephen Beemer was the program honor graduate, Damian Berry was the Lyle Eckhart award winner and Alyssa Davidson was the Patrick J. McAtee award recipient.
Chris Cannon presented an appreciation award to Cheryl Shepherd for her outstanding work and dedication to the EMS program. Cannon then presented the class of 2017-2018 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 currently 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.