Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Cowley


Cowley College offers classes at several locations around South Central Kansas and online. Regardless of where you live and what your educational goals are, you can find the perfect location to help you meet your educational and personal enrichment goals.

Arkansas City, Mulvane, Wellington and Wichita

Admissions will help you with applying, assessment, paperwork, financial aid, degree planning, and enrollment. Admissions Representatives are available at the Arkansas City Campus and the Mulvane, Sumner/Wellington and Wichita locations.

Students need to work with their advisor and Admissions representative for planning courses for proper transfer of college credits to private and public four-year colleges and universities,

To contact an Admissions Representative, go to https://www.cowley.edu/apply-and-pay/get-in-touch/index.html for current phone, email, and location information.


The Cowley College campus is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Arkansas City, Kansas. The 21 building, 13-acre campus is a beautifully landscaped blend of modern and traditional facilities.

The campus features a performing arts center, modern academic classrooms and science labs, six dormitories, a dining hall, bookstore, library, wellness center, and more. A Sports Complex includes a training center, baseball field, and a track and field complex. For more information, go to www.cowley.edu/life-at-cowley/index.html.

A Technical Education Center is located on the campus that offers Nondestructive Testing, Automotive Service, Welding, Machine & Tool, and Manufacturing Technology programs. For more information, call 620-441-5279.

The Adult Education Center, located at the Arkansas City and Sumner/Wellington campuses, assists the learner in developing and improving academic skills, workplace skills, and preparation for the GED final exam. Adult Education Program classes are offered at a minimum cost to the student.

For more information about the Arkansas City Campus, go to https://www.cowley.edu/locations/arkansas-city-campus.html. Call 620.441.5303 or email admissions@cowley.edu to arrange a campus visit.  The Admissions/Welcome Center is located in Room #203 of Galle-Johnson Hall. 


Cowley College Online, a branch of Cowley College, is organized to uniquely respond to the needs of online students. Students can earn online degrees and certificates that are transferable and fully accredited. Many students take online courses in addition to their classroom courses to supplement, enhance, or accelerate their work toward a degree or certification. Students are required to complete the Blackboard Orientation course before having access to online and hybrid courses in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Additional information about the online college can be found at https://online.cowley.edu/.


In addition to the Arkansas City campus and Online, Cowley offers courses and support services in Winfield, Mulvane, Wellington, and Wichita as well as offers classes at area high schools.

Allied Health Center - Winfield, Kansas

The Emergency Medical Services Programs and the Allied Health Programs are offered through the Allied Health Center located at 1406 East 8th Avenue, Winfield KS, 67156.

The EMS, Emergency Medical Services, programs include Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic (MICT), and Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program (CCEMTP). The Allied Health programs include CNA/CMA, pre-nursing, phlebotomy, and pre-athletic training.

For more information about the Allied Health Center, go to https://www.cowley.edu/locations/winfield-campus.html. Call 620.221.3392 to request a tour.

Mulvane Campus - Mulvane, Kansas
Cowley College offers courses at two primary locations in Mulvane.  

The Mulvane Science, Engineering and Academic Center located at 430 E. Main Street in Mulvane, Kansas offers General Education and Science & Technology courses along with Allied Health, C.N.A. and EMT classes. Enrollment/Advising, assessment, and student support services are available to students at this Mulvane location. 

For more information about the Mulvane Campus, go to https://www.cowley.edu/locations/mulvane-campus.html. Call 316.777.3050 to request a tour.

The Mulvane Career and Technical Education Center

The Mulvane Career and Technical Education Center is located at 201 Industrial Drive in Mulvane, Kansas. Students can earn Vocational Certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Automotive Technology, Welding Technology and Nondestructive Testing.

For more information about the Technical Education Center in Mulvane, go to https://www.cowley.edu/locations/mulvane-campus.html. Call 620.441.5279 to request a tour.

Sumner County Campus at Wellington

Cowley College’s newest outreach satellite campus is located in Wellington, Kansas at 2205 Shurtz-Juden Loop. Enrollment, advising and student services are available to provide guidance to students. Courses and programs focused on Agriculture, Computer Technologies, Manufacturing and Machine Technology, Welding, along with general education transfer programs are offered at this location. In addition, an Adult Basic Education program and community enrichment and workforce education activities are available. For additional information contact 620.441.6555.

Wichita Center

The Wichita Center is located at 7330 W Maple St, Wichita, KS 67209. Distance Learning and Hybrid courses that offer the best of both worlds with a learning environment that combines face-to-face instruction with online and distance learning are offered in Wichita. Enrollment advisors and student support personnel are available to assist students with meeting their educational goals.

For more information about the Wichita Center, call 316.683.6013.

ITV Classrooms

The college has Interactive Television (ITV) classrooms linking the Arkansas City and Mulvane locations, as well as other area high school outreach locations. Cowley College is an active member of the South Central Kansas Distance Learning Network in partnership with area school districts.

Community Enrichment and Education

Cowley College offers a variety of credit and non-credit educational opportunities that allow you to expand your knowledge, improve your skills, and enrich your life.

Adult Education Programs (ABE, ASE, GED, College Prep., and ESL)

Cowley College encourages individuals who have not completed their high school education to take advantage of the Adult Education Program on the Cowley Campus in Arkansas City or Winfield. Students are able to take the official GED Test at the Pearson Vue Certified Testing Center conveniently located in the adult education department and can earn a Kansas State High School Diploma. The Adult Education program also offers basic skills instruction to aid with college preparation, entrance, and transition. English as a Second Language classes are offered in the evenings for English language learners who wish to improve or retain employment, transition to college, or increase social skills. Students who enroll in these classes pay a $25 materials fee. For more information, go to https://www.cowley.edu/learn-at-cowley/community-education/adult-education/index.html.

Cowley College Golden Tigers

The Cowley College Golden Tigers program, offered to community members who are at least 50 years of age, provides educational opportunities that promotes the social, intellectual, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of its members. Short-term classes, hands-on workshops, and enlightening day trips are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters each year. The Golden Tigers program is designed to create community for its members while enriching their lives.

The Cowley College Golden Tigers office is located on the main campus in Arkansas City. Visit https://www.cowley.edu/learn-at-cowley/community-education/golden-tigers/index.html to learn more, sign up to receive the newsletter, or view current activities.

Workforce & Community Education

Workforce & Community Education offers practical training tailored to the special needs of our community to improve skills, increase productivity, promote safety, and encourage the application of new technologies, at work and home. Go to https://www.cowley.edu/learn-at-cowley/workforce-education/business-and-industry-training/index.html for more information or email us at wce@cowley.edu.

Our community education workshops are credit and non-credit educational opportunities that allow you to expand your knowledge, improve your skills, and enrich your life.  Our most popular workshops cover everything from recertification courses through our Allied Health program, industrial trade skills, motorcycle safety, computer literacy, and a host of non-credit online continuing education.

Our customized workforce training is designed to assist our business and industry partners in providing training for new and incumbent employees.  We serve all types of businesses, from manufacturing and professional business services to retail and service industries. 

College Overview & Notices

Mission Statement

Cowley College is committed to providing opportunities for learning excellence, personal achievement, and community engagement.

Vision Statement

Champion the relevance of two-year colleges in higher education through holistic learning and workforce development opportunities.

Core Values

Cowley College is dedicated to the continual pursuit of excellence by embracing our Core Values, the fundamental principles that guide our actions.


  • We emphasize the importance of human relationships, diversity, and a sense of community.
  • We provide student-centered instruction.
  • We provide a safe learning environment where joy, humor, and teamwork are embraced.
  • We encourage open communication and the sharing of ideas.


  • Our students will receive a quality education.
  • The College will provide students the opportunity to take an active role in their success.
  • All employees are responsible and committed to excellence.
  • We are accountable to the community to educate students and to sustain and improve society.


  • We regard honesty, trust, and respect as essential principles in our academic, personal, and professional standards.


  • We provide a positive atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth.
  • We empower students and employees to be innovative and visionary.
  • We are an ethical leader in the field of education.

Identification Information

Cowley College
125 South Second Street, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005

Legal Names / Academic Terms
1980-present: Cowley County Community College & Area Vocational-Technical School
1966-1980: Cowley County Community Junior College
1922-1966: Arkansas City Junior College

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Disclaimer Statement

Cowley County Community College has made every effort to determine that statements in this catalog are accurate at the time of publication. However, this Catalog may be modified in the event of cancellation, discontinuance or disapproval of any course or program by the Kansas Board of Regents. The College reserves the right to make editorial changes or modifications.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation or other legally protected category.

The college will provide all qualified individuals reasonable accommodations in the work and educational environment and ensure equal access to all College programs, activities and facilities.

The College does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor outlined above or prohibited under applicable law.

This prohibition against discrimination applies to College employees, students, contractors, or agents of the College and to anyone participating in a College-sponsored event or activity. Inquiries concerning the college’s compliance with its non-discrimination policies may be referred to the Executive Director for Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources at 125 S Second St, Arkansas City, KS 67005 or by calling 620.442.0430.

Title IX Compliance

Students, their parents, and employees of Cowley College are hereby notified that the college does not discriminate on the basis of sex and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational activities and employment practices. Any person having inquiries concerning Cowley College compliance with Title IX is directed to contact the Executive Director for Student Affairs, Cowley County Community College, 125 South Second Street, Arkansas City, KS 67005, 620. 442.0430, who has been designated by the college to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with Title IX.


The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Schools must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s record.

A student has the right to file a complaint if the college fails to comply with the requirements of this law. A copy of the college’s policy may be obtained from the Registrar’s office. If Cowley College closes, access to academic and financial records will be kept on file with the Kansas Board of Regents. The college will assist current students in researching and locating an institution that meets their academic progress need.