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Hackney turns hobby into successful career

06 December 2018

“I shoot people for a living.”

A hitman Darrin Hackney is not, however he does take the phrase quite literally.

Hackney began his passion for photography when he wanted better pictures of his dogs. His desire to photograph his beagle he owned at the time and Steve, his ‘bagel’ (basset hound and beagle mix) was nothing more than a frustrating dream. Every time he would try to take photos of his dogs, the slow cameras produced something less than stellar. Then, everything changed.

Pratt Community College led Darren Oliver to lifelong passion and career

07 November 2018

“When I went to university, I felt I was lightyears ahead of everybody else because of my time at Pratt Community College. I was lightyears ahead of the juniors I transferred with as far as my experiences.”

Darren Oliver graduated from Northglenn High School, located in Northglenn, CO, in 1988. From there, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do or where he wanted to go. He was left with a choice that made him the person he is today.

PCC becomes blessing in disguise for Callie Hobkirk

10 October 2018

“Even though PCC wasn’t necessarily my number one choice for a college, it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. It is something I am extremely grateful for.”

Callie Hobkirk grew up in Wichita and graduated high school from Wichita Heights High School in 2013. While in high school, she participated in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, where she had developed the dreams of becoming a Naval Nurse after graduation. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the University of Kansas for Navy ROTC due to not being granted a scholarship.

Kerschen credits Pratt Community College for kickstarting successful career

19 September 2018

“Pratt Junior College was a blessing in my life. I’m convinced if I hadn’t attended Pratt Junior College, I would not have made it at K-State in Engineering and possibly not in my career.”

Richard Kerschen was born and raised on a farm just north of St. Leo, a small community in western Kingman County. Kerschen admits while growing up, he wasn’t the ideal student.

“I didn’t work very hard in high school,” said Kerschen. “Classes were pretty easy for me and I didn’t study much. I wasn’t ready for college.”

Family tradition led Carol Lewis to Pratt Community College

15 August 2018

Carol Lewis was no stranger to Pratt Community College when she stepped into her first class in fall of 1976. Her sister, Nora Doubek, graduated in 1973. Her brother, Bob Doubek, attended during the 1972-1973 school year on a basketball scholarship. It was the actions of their mother, however that began the family tradition back when the college opened its doors 80 years ago in 1938.

DeWeese finds love and success at Pratt Community College

11 July 2018

“This community college is dear to my heart. If it hadn’t been for Pratt Community College, I would never be where I am at today. If it hadn’t been for a couple of my favorite teachers, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.”

Dwane DeWeese graduated from Cunningham High School in the spring of 1959. The following fall, he along with five other friends, carpooled from Cunningham to Pratt to enroll at what was known as Pratt Junior College at the time.

Scholarship received in 1957 led Marvin Proctor to lifelong career

06 June 2018

One hundred dollars – the amount may seem insignificant to some, but to Marvin Proctor, the $100 scholarship he received to attend Pratt Community College in 1957 would be the start to an education that would provide him a lifelong career with the institution, even if he did not know it at the time.

Forssberg remembers time at PCC as an instructor and coach

08 May 2018

“You either hated Verneene, or you loved her!”

Verneene Forssberg, former instructor at Pratt Community College, recalls what many students and peers thought in her 38 years of teaching and coaching at the institution.

Forssberg began her journey at PCC in 1968. She and her husband moved to Pratt the previous year, as he was teaching at the middle school and she was preparing to have a baby.

Don Schwartz recalls journey to Pratt Community College

11 April 2018

“I think I made a mistake.”

The first words Don Schwartz remembers telling his mother after he arrived in Pratt during the summer of 1966 were less than enthusiastic. Little did he know at the time, his upcoming journey through Pratt and Pratt Community College, known as Pratt Junior College at the time, would be one that would change his life forever.

Elizabeth Bible recollects on 50 years at PCC

27 March 2018

Elizabeth Bible began her journey at Pratt Community College as a student in the fall of 1954. She attended PCC until she graduated in 1956 with her Associate’s Degree in Art and Business. At the time, she had no idea she would dedicate the next 50 years as an employee of the college.


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