Pratt Community College plans to offer a new program, Modern Distribution Sales and Management, starting in fall 2018.

The newest program at Pratt Community College is one that some might not have thought of as an addition to the college programs.

After two years of work, Modern Distribution Sales and Management is heading towards becoming the newest PCC program. It is designed to teach students how to operate a wholesale business. It's not something people often think about but distribution centers are essential for businesses like Amazon and locally, Stanion Electric that is working with the college on the program, said PCC President Michael Calvert.

Stanion Electric is helping the college develop a program curriculum that can be used for other business beside electric.

The college has hired Jenny Egging as an adjunct teacher for the program. Operating a wholesale business requires different skills than a retail business and Egging will be teaching those skills in the program.

The program is set up with three options for degrees. Option one is a certificate that requires 34 credit hours. This is a one year program that will allow students to work in the wholesale field.

Option two is an associate of applied science degree that takes two years and the graduate will be more qualified in the wholesale field.

Option three is an associate of science degree that will allow the student to continue in the program at a four-year institution like Kansas State University and Wichita State University that teach logistics and supply chain management.

Those are the long term plans. Calvert is confident everything will be approved and the college will be ready to start at the opening of the 2018 fall semester.

"We're in the process to make that happen," Calvert said.

While it looks like the program will be approved, there are several steps to go before PCC can proceed.

A special meeting was held Jan. 12 in Calvert's office for the Board of Trustees to approve the program. The Trustee monthly meeting was Jan. 8 but the college instructional council had to give their approval before that and they met earlier last week to approve the curriculum. Once their approval was given, the Trustees could vote for the new program.

But there are more approvals to get before the program is ready to go. The program has to go through the Kansas Board of Regents, the Higher Learning Commission and finally the Kansas Department of Education. If all of these entities approve, and Calvert expects each to give their approval, then the program can officially get underway at PCC.

"Things have be done in proper chronological order." Calvert said.

When approval is given, it will allow federal financial aid for students that qualify.

In other business at the Trustees regular meeting, Calvert reported that the active shooter exercise at the college tested protocols and communication at the college if there is a shooter on campus. It helped increase faculty and staff awareness of the reality of the world.

Calvert said they expected to find areas of strength and weakness that needed improvement. The college would work on the areas of weakness as soon as possible.

There was great cooperation among all the entities and everyone gained knowledge from the event.

College faculty has to meet state criteria to teach at the college. They are currently in the process of their annual update to make sure their credentials are current.