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Barn Quilt Class in Ark City

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There is still time to register for the next Barn Quilt class scheduled for Feb 21st in Ark City at the Ag Building, 712 W. Washington. You can make your very own barn quilt ranging from a 2′ to an 8′. The barn quilt craze has hit Cowley County! So do not miss the fun!

Register by Feb 4th by calling the Winfield Chamber at 620-221-2420 or email The class is hosted by Ark City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cowley First, CCTA, and Winfield Convention and Tourism.

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Cowley County Job Fair Approaching

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There is still time to register for the Cowley County Job Fair scheduled for March 3rd from 9am to noon at the Winfield High School and March 4th from 3:00-5:30 pm at Cowley College Wright Room in Ark City. Cost to participate is $50 per day to offset advertising expenses.

So far the following businesses have signed up to participate: Employers-City of Arkansas City, Four County Mental Health, Easter Seals Capper Foundation, Creekstone Farms, Morton Buildings, Mosaic, MWV, Skyline Corp., The Arnold Group, Western Industries, Conco Construction, Jet AirWerks and Galaxy Technologies. Resources attending- Cowley College, K-State Global Campus, Southwestern College, ECCEL, Workforce Centers of South Central Ks/Cowley Workforce Center, Kansas Works Mobile Unit.

To take advantage of ALL advertising, please register by Feb 9. by emailing

Attn: Employers Who Are Hiring

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There will be a No-Employer-Fee Job Fair at McConnell Air Force Base on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Robert J. Dole Community Center, Building 412, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.  This event is sponsored by the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

 The Job Fair will give your company the opportunity to meet highly-skilled, well-trained members of our varied workforce.  Clients include military members, federal employees, family members, military retirees and veterans with a wide range of technical, managerial, and clerical skills that are dependable, disciplined, and reliable.  Continue Reading

Ark City named 8th for families

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Ark City was the southernmost city that made the list and it was rated No. 8.

While researching to create the top 10 list, Nerdwallet found several trends, including that highways were easily accessible to the cities listed, the homes available on the market were affordable — none of the top eight cities have median home values higher than $170,000, compared to the state median home value of $127,400 in 2012 — and there were city projects in the works.

All of those are true in the case of Arkansas City, which sits astride two U.S. highways, has a new hospital and had a median home value of $61,200 in 2012.

But the list was compiled with specific criteria in mind.

The three factors that most were taken into consideration for Arkansas City were public school excellence, home affordability and growth. Continue Reading

Cowley County represented at Coffeyville Job Fair

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Cowley County Businesses will be attending the Coffeyville Job Fair on December 18th at Coffeyville Community College. Click here for information on job listings and relocation information. 

2015 Cowley County Job Fair

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The 2015 Cowley County Job Fair is scheduled for March 3rd at the Winfield High School Auxiliary Gym from 9:00 am to noon and March 4th at the Cowley College Brown Center-Wright Room from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Businesses interested in participating may contact Cowley First at 620-221-9951 or 442-3094. Cost to participate is $50 per day (half price for Cowley First Business Partners). All fees go towards the advertising of the event. Businesses, job listings and descriptions will be listed on our website beginning in February.

Cowley County Economic Forum

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by David A Seaton

Companies in Cowley County, like those in the rest of the country, struggle to find qualified workers.

The good news is that government, schools and businesses here are working together on the problem, according to the keynote speaker at Thursday’s local economic forum. 

“You guys are really … on the right track,” Mike Butler told a crowd of about 60 people gathered in the Wright Room at the Brown Center at Cowley College.

Butler is a business recruitment consultant for the Kansas Department of Commerce, based in New York. He was the keynote speaker at the Cowley County Economic Forum, an annual event organized by Cowley First. This year’s theme was “Preparing the Next Generation.” Continue Reading

Professional Training Classes-Register Now

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Supervisor Certificate Program 5 day program held every-other Wednesday starting Jan 7th. 2015 (Jan 7, 21, Feb 4, 18 and Mar 4) 8:30 am-3:00 pm @ Four County Mental Health, 22214 D Street-Strother Field. Cost reduced from $1195 and offered for ONLY $675 (Register by December 15th)

Mini-MBA 5 day program held every-other Thursday starting Jan 15, 2015 (Jan 15, 29, Feb 12, 26 and Mar 12) 9:00am-3:30 pm @ Cowley College Presidential Dining Room, 206 S 4th-Ark City Campus. Cost reduced from $1995 and offered for ONLY $1000. (Register by December 15)

To register for any classes, contact Deb at Cowley First (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email

Lunch is provided at ALL classes.

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Two Job Fairs in Cowley County

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Kansas Veteran’s Home, 1220 WWII Memorial Dr., will be hosting a job fair on Oct 20, 9am to 9 pm. Due to the addition of 40 new long term care beds the following positions need to be filled: RN’s, LPN’s, CMA’s, CNA’s, Social Worker, Housekeeping, Dietary, and Maintenance.

MWV Calmar, 3719 E 12th Ave, Winfield will host a Job Fair Oct 24 from 1pm-4pm. Candidates with Molding Machine or Industrial Maintenance encouraged to apply.

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Register for Project Management Class

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Professional development opportunities continue to be available in Cowley County. Cowley First is partnering with Wichita State Center for Management Development and offering the two-day class “Project Management Essentials” on December 2 and 3 at a greatly reduced cost of $250. This class was originally priced $795 but Cowley First is subsidizing the cost to assist businesses investing in their employees.

This seminar is designed for business professionals faced with getting projects done on-time, within budget and to the customer’s satisfaction. It provides hands-on, interactive training that will benefit both first-time and experienced project leaders through effective, step-by-step processes to organize, define, plan, track, and complete any project and skills necessary to be successful. Continue Reading