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Butler Community College and Cowley College are working together to get more students trained to be fire responders.

The colleges signed an agreement that allows Cowley College students the ability to receive an associate degree in fire science from Butler after completing their basic certifications at Cowley.

Butler’s fire science program teaches a wide range of skills from fire suppression to emergency rescue to how to handle hazardous materials. Students operate the equipment, acquire basic EMT skills and study the chemistry involved in the way a fire behaves.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback says Cowley County Community College is responding to his challenge to offer a four-year degree for just $15,000. Students who enroll would start their education at the community college before moving to Fort Hays State University. Eligible degrees are in the areas of education and technology.

Brownback made the challenge in the State of the State Address and announced the new degree plan Friday. He says the state has an interest in providing an alternative to more expensive college degrees.

Former Cowley College President Clark Williams resigned from his post under pressure in April. However, Williams could receive more than $200,000 under his separation agreement.

The agreement keeps Williams from suing the college or competing against it. It also keeps college officials and Williams from discussing the settlement terms.

Williams resigned after only nine months on the job. He was criticized for his decisions, including ending the men's and women's soccer programs and firing men's basketball coach Tommy DeSalme.

After a controversy that led to the resignation of its president, Cowley College will reinstate its men’s and women’s soccer programs.

The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night to continue the programs, as well as retaining the two head coaches.

The board also voted to reinstate men’s basketball coach, Tommy DeSalme.

Former Cowley president Clark Williams decided to eliminate the programs in March, citing budget problems. The decisions caused an uproar in Arkansas City, eventually leading to Williams’ resignation this month.

After less than a year on the job, Cowley College President Clark Williams has suddenly resigned.

Williams resigned from the college in Arkansas City yesterday after complaints about his decision to eliminate the college’s soccer programs.

More than 200 people attended a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Wednesday to express concern about the college's direction. The trustees met in closed session and no action was taken at the meeting.

Executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch will serve as interim president, effective today.

Cowley College Keeps Ban On Concealed Weapons

May 28, 2013

Cowley College in Winfield will continue banning concealed weapons inside its buildings and residence halls, as officials study how to implement a new Kansas law.

The law taking effect July 1 prohibits most public entities from banning concealed firearms in their buildings unless the buildings have adequate security. But it also lets public universities and junior colleges exempt themselves for four years. Trustees of Cowley College recently approved such an exemption last week.