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

Cowley College logoRefreshments will be provided and the event is open to the public.

Agora Architecture will have 3-D Virtual Modeling goggles available at the groundbreaking ceremony for individuals to experience an interactive first look at the Sumner campus before it is constructed. In addition, large paper-based renderings will be available for public viewing.

Sumner County voters made history Nov. 8, 2016, by approving the passage of a half-cent county sales tax to build a Cowley College campus in Sumner County, and provide educational services for citizens of Sumner County and surrounding areas.

Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company LLC and the donor of the 18 acres of property just east of Walmart. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights to the campus’ General Education Center.

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

“This successful journey would not have been possible without the efforts and leadership of Stacy Davis, executive director of Sumner County Economic Development; Annarose White, executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB; and Jessica Lucas, campaign champion and strategist,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

Agriculture, manufacturing, computer science, first response and education programs will be offered at the Wellington campus.

As the campus operations officer, Jan Grace will work with the Cowley College team, Sumner County and the Wellington community to create a student-centered, community-oriented campus in Wellington. “This will be a college not just for the students, but also for the community,” Grace said.

“This has been a grassroots journey, spanning more than two years with countless interactions, passionate exchanges and personal sacrifices,” Rittle said.

“This groundbreaking ceremony brings all of us one step closer to a new era for Sumner County and its surrounding communities — one which will live on for generations to come. It is days like these that make me proud to serve in public higher education and to expend oneself for the greater good!”

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