WELLINGTON — In advance of groundbreaking ceremonies for its Sumner County campus, Cowley College served as the premier sponsor of the 117th annual Kansas Wheat Festival on July 12-16 in Wellington.

Cowley College logoAlong with the financial support the sponsorship provided the festival, Abby Hollins, Cowley College’s director of marketing, and Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, organized a fleet of Cowley College vehicles to participate in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade on July 14.

In addition to the college vehicles, a group of 30 administrators, faculty, staff and family members walked in the parade.

Cowley College President Dennis Rittle and his family also participated in the parade prior to taking part in the VFW breakfast and other festival activities on July 15.

College representatives also attended the invitation-only art exhibit, while Jan Grace, Sumner County campus operations officer, and Tina Grillot, associate vice president of business and industry, attended the Picnic in the Park, where they spoke about the Sumner County campus groundbreaking ceremony and Cowley’s Career and Technical Education programs.

Grace said it was important for Cowley College to be visible to the Wellington community.

“Cowley College continues to provide support to Sumner County,” Grace said. “Having a presence enhances the strength of the support.”

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sumner County campus will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 in Wellington. The location of the future campus is east of Walmart, along U.S. 160.

The Technical Center is expected to open in fall 2018, followed by the opening of the Short General Education Center in fall 2019.

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