Eddie Andreo, Cowley College’s associate vice president of distance learning and site management, recently was named the recipient of the 2017 Kansas Council for Workforce Education (KCWE) Leadership Inside the Field Award, in recognition of his work with Cowley faculty in securing Quality Matters certification for selected technical courses.

Cowley College logoThe award is designed to recognize individuals who have developed model programs, provided leadership, conducted research or been involved in any other activity that advances the status and visibility of career and technical education, within Kansas or beyond.

Andreo, who is a certified Quality Matters trainer and peer reviewer, was crucial in helping Cowley College to become the first community college to earn Quality Matters approval for a fully online associate of applied sciences program in milling science.

He also obtained Quality Matters approval for online Non-Destructive Testing courses, mentors and supports all online Career and Technical Education instructors at Cowley College, and assumes a vital role in technology and career prep at Cowley College.

Andreo was a deserving recipient for the Leadership Inside the Field Award, according to Lenora Cook, dean of health care, public safety and wellness at Johnson County Community College.

“The Kansas Council of Workforce Education seeks out innovative individuals who have advanced the initiatives of workforce education,” Cook said. “In Mr. Andreo’s case, he was instrumental in establishing Cowley College as a leader in Quality Matters, as well as being a champion for online Career and Technical Education instruction.”

Andreo was honored during the awards recognition session at the KCWE fall conference Oct. 27 at the Butler Community College Welcome Center in El Dorado.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been nominated and selected for the 2017 Kansas Council for Workforce Education’s Leadership Inside the Field Award,” Andreo said.

“I am forever grateful to Dr. (Harold) Arnett, Dr. (Dennis C.) Rittle, and the entire Cowley family for this recognition and their constant support.”

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.