While touring community colleges in the state of Kansas, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City as part of his campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor.
Hartman is the owner of oil industry businesses and Hartman Arena in Wichita. Hartman is a strong supporter of vocational-technical schools and community colleges.
While at Cowley, Hartman mentioned the importance of Senate Bill 155, which was created to stimulate growth in career and technical education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas.
“This bill needs to be funded properly so we can send certified students into the workforce if we wish to grow jobs in Kansas and keep businesses in the communities,” Hartman said.
Cowley College President Dennis Rittle discussed with Hartman the impact of community colleges across the region, including equipping the workforce, community enrichment, and empowering citizenship and civic involvement.
“When I speak with governor candidates, like Mr. Hartman, who understand the importance of how community colleges serve as the most time-tested and reliable intervention to build communities, equip a workforce, advance economies, and promulgate those treasured local values for future generations, I am inspired,” Rittle said.
Hartman was born and raised in Wichita, and graduated from Wichita State University. After becoming fed up with “business as usual in Topeka,” Hartman decided to enter into the 2018 GOP contest.
“Strong leadership is what is needed in Topeka,” Hartman said. “I am not a career politician, while all others on the Republican ticket are.”
This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.