Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will visit Cowley College Friday for a press event and campus tour showcasing Cowley College’s pathway to baccalaureate degree completion for less than $15,000, a response to his challenge for higher education institutions to develop options for more affordable degree attainment.
The event with the governor will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the College’s Brown Center Theater at 201 S. 2nd Street, Ark City.
"We appreciate the governor's commitment to showcasing affordable options for students desiring advanced education opportunities. His $15,000 challenge has helped many Kansans realize a college degree may not be out of their reach," said Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, president of Cowley College.
Brownback called on college leaders in his State of the State address to find a way for students to obtain their undergraduate degree for $15,000.
“My team heard the governor’s call and got to work determining how Cowley College could meet his objective for a quality, but reasonably priced degree. Because of our unique partnership with Fort Hays State University we can enable students to earn their college degree for less than $15,000,” said Rittle. “In fact, there are two degree options for students at this affordable price, a degree in education and a degree in technology leadership.”
An education degree would enable graduates to enter the workforce as elementary or secondary education teachers.
For those with a technology leadership degree, careers in the manufacturing, advanced technology, and construction sector are most common.
Students completing coursework at Cowley College then transferring their credits to Fort Hays State University can earn their undergraduate degree for less than $15,000 for the length of the degree. This affordable pathway to completing a four-year degree is achieved by completing Cowley College coursework concurrent with high school classes.
“We want every high school student to know a high-quality, affordable education is available,” Rittle continued. “We’re proud of our ability to deliver exceptional learning opportunities without burdening our students with excessive college loan debt.”
The Cowley College Board of Trustees will be in attendance at the event, however, this event is open to community members, and there will be no meeting where official college business is discussed.