Mission Statement: Cowley College and Area Vocational-Technical School is committed to learning excellence and personal enrichment in an open access environment. About Us: Cowley is a community college and a vocational/technical school. With more than 68 majors and degree possibilities, we prepare students to transfer to a four-year program or to enter the workforce with a two-year job-ready degree. Cowley College celebrates 85 years of innovation and excellence in 2007. Beginning in 1922 in the basement of Arkansas City High School and fondly known as Basement University by its students and faculty, Cowley College has transformed ito a cutting-edge institition recognized across the nation for the quality in its classrooms and the sucess of its graduates. It is through courage and risk-taking that we measure our success.