Construction Trade program set to launch at Cowley College

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May 7, 2021 | Cowley College | News

Providing knowledge in key areas such as safety protocols, handling and care of the tools of the trade, and the basics of electricity, plumbing, HVAC, site layout, concrete, masonry and equipment, Cowley College will begin offering its Carpentry/Construction Trade program in August 2021.

This program is eligible for funding assistance through the Kansas Promise Act, Excel in CTE, and federal tuition assistance through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.

Construction is a high-demand, fast-growing industry with a four percent statewide job growth reported in Kansas construction work.

“A special thanks to Christopher Blake, Plant Manager, of Skyline Homes and D. Craig Nelson, CEO and President of Conco Construction, for their partnerships with Cowley College to launch the construction trades program at Cowley College,” Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said. “The contributions of resources from these two companies in the forms of material assets, learning spaces, and instructional talent cannot be overstated. These types of partnerships allow for amazing outcomes which transform a vision into a reality, equating to an affordable education, a trained workforce, and an enhanced economy. Thank you Skyline Homes and Conco Construction for leading the way.”

Dr. Michelle Schoon, vice president of academic affairs, said the College would also like to thank Winfield Plumbing and Heating, Ark City Services, Wells construction, Mayfield Electric, Kuhn Mechanical, Cowley First, Ace Construction and Design, Joe’s Drywall and Carpentry, and Morton Buildings for their support and advisory council feedback used in program development.

For more information on the Construction Trade program please call 620-441-6335 or visit

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