In September, Pratt Community College was named one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in the Country by SmartAsset.com, a blog that uses software and data to solve financial problems.
A college education is increasingly important in order to get and keep a job in the current information-oriented world, while at the same time, college costs are rising. SmartAsset evaluated approximately 700 public community colleges across the country in order to find the best investment.
This year, Pratt celebrates 60 years of hosting the Miss Kansas Pageant. Pratt Community College is the longtime provider of the pageant’s unique venue and a major in-kind sponsor. The event, which brings hundreds of people into the community from around the state, has been held on campus for over half of its history in Pratt.The pageant is held in the college’s Dennis Lesh Sport Arena, and contestants spend the week residing in the college residence halls.
As Pratt Community College students complete their final exams and prepare to return home for the summer, the Pratt Area Humane Society looks back at the impact their student volunteers have made on the organization throughout the year.
Susan Mayberry is a PCC employee and chair of the Rescue Committee for the Humane Society. She describes the many student groups that came to donate their time, and credits them with giving the animals much needed exercise and attention, including the cross country team members, who take the larger dogs for distance runs.
In a presentation ceremony on May 4, two Pratt Community College students in the Electrical Powerline Technology program were recognized for their hard work with scholarships from ITC Great Plains.
Jesus Villegas of Great Bend and Dereck Hahn of Garden City were each awarded $1,000 towards their college expenses by the energy company, which recognizes the importance of investing in the next generation of skilled workers.
Pratt Community College athlete Rebecca Borger’s national qualifying javelin throw was good enough for fifth place at the Region VI Championships. She’ll be joined at the national meet by the women’s 4x800 relay team.
The relay team of Elisabeth Richins, Krystal Rivera, Divina Flores, and Cyra Fenceroy broke the 28-year old school record. It marks the fourth record Richins has broken during her first year at Pratt.
Rounding out the scoring for the Beavers was Krystal Rivera’s sixth place finish in the 800.
On Saturday, the Pratt Community College baseball team traveled to Johnson County to take on the Cavaliers in the first round of the KJCCC Jayhawk Conference playoffs.
The Beavers lost game one 6-5 on a walk off base hit. The game was hard fought and saw three Beaver homeruns. Two came from sophomore Ethan Schlesener and one from freshman Kailen Glover. On the mound, Kane McCarthy dominated for seven innings keeping the number four team in the nation confused. McCarthy delivered one of the best pitching games of the season.
This April, Pratt Community College welcomes World Champion Steer Roper Rocky Patterson as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s rodeo program. Patterson stepped in as interim head coach earlier in the semester, and accepted the permanent position after forming good relationships with the current students and seeing potential in the incoming team.
“Rodeo is all I’ve ever known,” said Patterson. “I’m here to help the students every way I can in what is traditionally a very expensive and demanding sport.”
With just four days remaining until the Region VI meet, the Pratt Community College track teams appear to be peaking at the right time. Several personal best times were set at Wednesday’s Emporia State Midweek Classic.