Cowley College’s enrollment numbers are up this year, following a six-year decline in enrollment prior to 2017-18.

Cowley College logo for Sumner County campusAs of Aug. 14, the college’s enrollment totaled 2,488, with the potential for several more students to join before the semester’s enrollment closes.

“That was my goal. I said I was going to beat last year’s number, and we did it,” Kristi Shaw told the college’s Board of Trustees during its regular meeting.

Shaw only recently took over the position of executive director of enrollment management.

The preliminary number of students for this year is higher than what Cowley College has seen since 2015.

However, enrollment had been falling steadily since 2011, when enrollment was as high as 3,277.

College personnel indicated the programs that have been added will help to increase enrollment in years to come. For instance, this year is the first time the college has had a wrestling team, which is full to capacity.

“The shout-out goes to the staff and faculty,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

Sumner County contracts

The trustees also voted unanimously to enter into several contracts for professional services for construction of the Sumner County campus.

The contracts and bids that were approved are (all costs are for amount not to exceed):

  • Integrated Consulting Engineering, of Wichita — mechanical engineer for mechanical design, $21,000; architect coordination, $2,100; $200 of reimbursable travel per trip;
  • Dudley Williams, of Wichita — electrical engineer for electrical design, $11,000; architect coordination, $1,100;
  • MKEC Engineering, Inc., of Wichita — engineer for civil engineering design, $55,300; landscaping architect, $10,100; public infrastructure, $84,200;
  • Winfield Plumbing & Heating — mechanical contractor, rate not yet negotiated;
  • A&H Electrical, of Wichita — electrical contractor, rate not yet negotiated.

Costs for the mechanical and electrical contractor will be included in the construction cost and fall within the guaranteed maximum project price, which the board has not yet approved.

In other business, the trustees:

  • unanimously approved both the 2017-18 proposed operating budget, which includes a 4-percent cost-of-living adjustment, and the 2017-18 state appropriation budget.
  • unanimously approved the board meeting minutes from July 17 and July 31 as written.
  • unanimously approved financial reports, bills and claims as submitted.
  • heard a college update from Rittle and a legislative update from Jessica Lucas.
  • heard a 2016-17 report on the Golden Tigers.
  • approved board reports as presented by college staff.
  • held a 10-minute executive session to discuss matters of non-elected personnel.