Cowley First Events

Cowley First Events:

Career Expo 2021



In the recent years Cowley First has hosted the Cowley County Freshman Career Expo, an annual event held at the Arkansas City Agri-Business Building in Mid-April. Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development partners with the Cowley County School Districts, local businesses, organizations and educational institutions for the intent of exposing students to a wide range of careers.

With the uncertainty of 2021 events we have chosen to postpone the 2021 Career Expo. This decision has not been taken lightly however, the safety and health of our students, local businesses, organizations and educational institutions is a high priority of ours.  

We plan to continue this event in spring of 2022! With new health and safety measures in place we plan to make this event in person. Please keep us in mind for the Career Expo in 2022 in the hopes for a grand event built to surpass the past events! In the meantime if you have experienced any virtual options that would work with the students please let us know.

Thank you for your commitment to Career Expo. An event of this magnitude is not possible without help from businesses such as yours. Any questions, concerns and ideas can be directed to cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org or call 620-221-9951.    

Future Finance 


This event is postponed to 2021! Dates coming soon!

The 7th annual financial reality exercise dates for high school sophomores for 2019 are October 1 at Winfield High School and Oct 2 at Arkansas City High School.

What is Future Finance?

Future Finance is a financial literacy exercise geared towards sophomores that helps youth understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood. As adults we must have money to buy food, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc. and more often than not, we have to figure that out not only for ourselves but perhaps a spouse and children. FF provides students the opportunity to learn about those choices that must be made as adults. FF provides a valuable service to teens ­helping them learn to determine spending priorities and budget their money. The goals of the program are to show teens that their performance in school today will affect their future, and give teens a chance to learn and practice personal finance skills in a fun way.

Prior to the event students complete a survey at school, provided by Cowley First, as to how they see their lives ten years in the future including career, lifestyle, married or single, children, etc. At the event they are given a life situation based on their answers. Of those who said they would be married, about 40% are given a status of divorced and the situations that may apply such as paying or receiving child support.

At the event, the following fourteen booths are set up for the students and manned by local business leaders. Students visit each booth and make mock purchases of their goods/services. Banking, Childcare, Utilities. Communications, Housing, Insurance, Supermarket, Shopping Center, Entertainment, Transportation, Medical Center, Charitable Giving, Chances ad Financial Advising/SOS.

The FREE program is a community wide effort with sponsors, school support and over 250 volunteers from the community making this two-day event possible.

We are always looking for volunteers and sponsorship as 100% of the program expenses are on us, Cowley First. Anyone interested, please email to ashowalter@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

ACCA Future Finance Survey

ARKANSAS CITY USD 470 Future Finance Survey

BELLE PLAINE USD 357 Future Finance Survey

CEDAR VALE USD 285 Future Finance Survey

CENTRAL USD 462 Future Finance Survey

CLEARWATER USD 264 Future Finance Survey

DEXTER USD 471 Future Finance Survey

OXFORD USD 358 Future Finance Survey

SOUTH HAVEN USD 509 Future Finance Survey

UDALL USD 463 Future Finance Survey

WINFIELD USD 465 Future Finance Survey

TEST Future Finance Survey

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