Allied Health Department chair Chris Cannon and other Cowley College employees will join Harold Arnett, vice president for academic affairs, in hosting a chamber coffee at 10 a.m. Thursday/Sept. 22 at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. Ninth Ave.

Cowley College operates its paramedic, EMT and other health programs from its Winfield location at 1406 E. Eighth Ave.

Cannon, a Cowley County native and local resident, chairs the health and human services department.

The program has built a reputation for high standards, talented teaching and high success rates for its students. Its most recent cohort of paramedic students achieved a 100-percent pass rate on both written and performance-based board exams.

“Our faculty and staff members at Cowley are dedicated and passionate about providing the absolute best educational programs,” Cannon said. “Having an exceptional education allows our graduates to provide top-notch patient care.”

He plans on achieving the same sort of success with the new Fire Science program that he developed with significant cooperation from area fire departments, including those in Arkansas City, Wellington and Winfield.

Chiefs or other representatives from those departments in the spring accompanied Cannon and other administrators from the college to Topeka.

“The proposal had to go before the state Technical Education Authority for approval,” Arnett explained. “Having those three gentlemen seated in full dress uniform right in front of that panel made a clear statement of support.”

“It’s an honor to work with our local first responders and health care professionals,” Cannon said.

“Another thing that helped was Chris’ excellent work on the proposal that was first submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents staff for review,” Arnett added.

“The reviewer wrote to me, ‘This is one of the very best proposals we’ve ever seen here. Everything about it — the statement of need, the support, the curriculum, everything — was just done so well.’”

“When you have that kind of preparation and quality in a proposal, it really makes it easier to move it through the state’s approval pipeline,” Arnett concluded.

“Chris Cannon truly cares about the quality of our programs, his instructors and staff, and their students. We know we can depend on our full-time teachers — Steven Storm, Samantha Troyer and Jeremy Goerzen — along with a very capable group of adjunct teachers.”

Arnett also plans on introducing Tina Grillot, the new associate vice president for business and industry, at the chamber coffee.

“We are confident that this new hire is going to prove to be a genuine benefit to us, and to area business and industry,” he said.

Arnett and other Cowley staff will be on hand at the coffee to describe some of the college’s academic affairs programs and solicit input from guests on issues of interest.

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