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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • New programs attract students to PCC

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  • A pair of future programs at Pratt Community College in electrical technology and multimedia production is getting closer to reality while a new course within a wildlife program has a drawn lot of interest.
    Working in partnership with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Wildlife Management program is offering a Training the Trainer in hunter safety program, said Joe Varrientos, PCC vice president for instruction at the monthly PCC Trustees meeting Monday.
    The one credit hour course literally trains the people who will train the hunter safety course for KDWPT. Eventually, these trainers will affect the lives of numerous young hunters as they learn the proper techniques for safe hunting.
    The course has drawn the interest of 11 students and is the latest of additions to the curriculum at PCC.
    Also coming to PCC but partially started is a new Electrical Technology course. Currently, the college is working on approval from Kansas Board of Regents for the program that will expand electrical program offerings at PCC.
    While the program has not been approved yet, some students interested in the program are already fulfilling some of the requirements for the course through the already established Solar Power Technology.
    Enough of the required courses for both programs lap over that students can go ahead and get some of the courses out of the way so they can get into the full program after the full Electrical Technology course is presented to the Technical Education Authority in January for approval.
    Another program on the horizon is Multi Media Production. This 65-hour course will teach students production of radio, television and other multi media.
    The college is working in connection with the Kiowa County Media Center in Greensburg. They already have a working studio capable of handling the course requirements.
    One thing the college lacks to get this program started is an instructor. Varrientos said it's tough to find an instructor but is confident the college will be able to start the new program in the fall of 2014.
    The college is also working on getting program approval for this program in January.
    The college will host a special event on Sept. 23 at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena that will introduce the sports programs to the community along with the cheerleaders and the music and drama programs.
    The community is invited to come and meet the PCC students at "Fill the Arena" starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at the sports arena. Besides an introduction to the students, the program will feature giveaways and an opportunity for autographs, said Vice President of Student/Enrollment Management Lisa Miller.
    Food will also be available at the Beaver Bites café.
    Page 2 of 2 - Enrollment numbers are better than expected at the college with an increase of 2.5 percent above the same time a year ago.
    Credit hours are up seven percent and the total head count is up four percent. Residence hall occupancy is at 96 percent.
    "Ninety-six percent occupied is very positive for the residence halls," Miller said. "I'm very excited about the fall figures."
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