By BRADY BAUMAN
ARK CITY — Cowley College welcomed U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran Friday afternoon at its main campus in Ark City.
Moran told KSOK Friday he was able to help secure $225,000 in annual Department of Education federal appropriations Cowley will use for remodeling inside one of the central buildings on campus to centralize tutoring and for retention software specialized to target students who are struggling with classes.
“This was one of those things that, not only for Cowley College and its students and this region, but I see this becoming a role model for other community colleges, technical colleges and universities in how to get a hold of those students who need a little attention so they can work their way, get a degree and get a good job,” Moran said.
Cowley College President Dr. Dennis Rittle said the funding will push forward plans that have long been a goal for the college.
“We’ll knock out walls and everything,” he said. “It’s going to create a really dynamic space so students can move around. One space will be for writing and reading. One space will be for the sciences and one space will be for the maths.
“That way the student, if they have multiple areas, they don’t have to go to other places. They can operate right there in that one space, and then we can obviously create greater efficacies with our tutoring.”