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Pratt Community College Announces Plans for New Agriculture & Rodeo Complex

30 October 2019

BUILD OUR FUTURE, Pratt Community College’s (PCC) first comprehensive multi-million dollar-campaign, has secured an in-kind gift of 220 acres to develop the new PCC Agricultural and Livestock Education and Rodeo Campus. The gift of property allows PCC to expand two of its traditional educational and club programs.
 
“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” said Gregg Lesh, PCC Foundation Chair. “The College was looking at ways to expand or enhance these programs, as rural America is still very much seeking young professionals dedicated to agriculture.”
 

PCC’s Agriculture Program provides hands-on training and industry partnerships to guide student success

25 October 2019

Pratt Community College Agriculture instructor, Barrett Smith, has many goals for his classes this school year. His main goal, however, is to prepare students to have the skills to successfully transfer to a four-year institution or leave PCC with a job opportunity.

Ag Power students get paid while earning their degree

22 October 2019

The Pratt Community College Agriculture Power Technology (APT) Program gives students the opportunity to earn while they learn. The goal of the technical program is to provide students with the skills to enter into a career workforce ready. This is achieved by spending time in the classroom, on-campus APT shop and being placed in a paid internship for a large portion of the curriculum.

Ag Power Freshman signs work contract upon graduation

21 October 2019

Pratt Community College Freshmen Mitchell Becker, Agriculture Power Technology student, has signed a three year contract with Prairieland Partners upon completion of the program.

Becker grew up in Conway Springs, Kan. and says he has always had a knack for mechanics. He heard about the program from multiple sources including his friends and his brother, and decided to join the PCC program.

Skyland Grain gives $20,000 to PCC for student scholarships

18 October 2019

Pratt Community College received a $20,000 check from Skyland Grain, LLC to go towards scholarships for students. Skyland Grain, a program partner for the Crop Application certificate for nearly four years, has offered an occupational workforce program in conjunction with the Agriculture and Ag Power technical programs at PCC. Students have the opportunity to earn a Crop Applicator certificate and receive scholarship dollars to help cover tuition, books and more.

Ag student combines passion for agriculture and computers to set his career path

15 October 2019

A Pratt Community College student combines two passions to make his own career pathway. PCC Sophomore, Pake Sipes grew up in Stafford, Kan., which Sipes describes as a small agricultural community. Growing up in an agriculture community sparked Sipes interest to attend Pratt Community College and study Agribusiness. He chose to attend PCC because it is close to home, but yet he still has the chance to live on campus.

“I like the class sizes, and the information is interesting,” said Sipes.

PCC Pep Band grows with help of alumnus

18 September 2019

One of the primary goals of the Performing Arts Department for the 2019-2020 school year was the growth of the pep band. That goal is seeing some success already with nearly 30 members in the band.
 
Misty Beck, Pep Band and Performing Arts Director, is pleased with the growth of the band.
 
“Last year there were fewer than 10 in the pep band and this year we have nearly 30 players” said Beck. “I would like a couple more trombones and alto saxes to join the group, to help balance out the band.”
 

PCC grabs experienced instructor as Choir Director

18 September 2019

Long time music educator and chorus instructor, Beth Novotny, has joined Pratt Community College as Community Choir Director.
 
Novotny has 25 years of experience as a music educator, so it was no surprise she said yes when asked to direct the PCC Community Choir. Even though she is retired, she doesn’t stop teaching, learning, or performing.
 

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.

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