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Haskell joins electrical powerline technology faculty

05 August 2015

Wanting to teach students what he learned during his 36 years in the field, Jerry Haskell has taken over the Electrical Powerline Technology program in Wichita at Pratt Community College.

Haskell will be teaching high school and college students both classwork and hands-on training at the new Grove Campus, which is located at Wichita Area Technical College.

“I feel like I can benefit the students,” Haskell said. “I’ve been in the business for many years so feel I can teach them things they wouldn’t learn in a book.”

The main things Haskell hopes the students know at the end of a class is proper climbing technique and how to handle tools and trucks properly. He added that just positioning the trucks a certain way can be beneficial and make the job easier.

“I want to teach them to be the best in the field and also to do it safely,” he said.

Haskell heard about the teaching position after Dave Campbell, head of the EPT department, sent the position to Haskell’s supervisor. He has considered teaching before but said this time he felt like he was in a good spot for change.

Haskell worked at Butler Rural Electrical Cooperative as a lineman, foreman and service technician for 36 years.

“Campbell and Michael Westerhaus did a wonderful job identifying the highest qualified individual for the position,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Instruction. “Haskell is an added value to our already exemplary program.”

From an early age, Haskell said he knew he wanted to be a lineman. One cold, snowy winter night he watched lineman change a transformer in his backyard and thought it looked exciting.

When Haskell isn’t working he enjoys working on a small acreage he owns, refereeing high school and college football and watching his four grandchildren play sports.