Students receive scholarship for enrolling in electrician program
To help promote one of the newest program on Pratt’s campus, Pratt and Coffeyville community colleges have decided to offer a scholarship for students who enroll in the program.
The scholarship, which covers tuition, will be offered to students who sign up for the electrician program on Pratt’s campus.
The Electrical Technology Program will start its second year in August and will prepare individuals for a career in a variety of areas including residential, commercial, industrial wiring and plant maintenance.
Last year students wired a multipurpose room as a living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen.
The room has included fan outlets, phone and electrical outlets and a doorbell outside of the house.
“The students really enjoy working on the house and it gives them hands-on experience, which they will need after they graduate,” said Tom Kuhn, program instructor.
In order to receive the scholarship, students must take a minimum of two electrician classes per semester and must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. The classes are offered in block scheduling or as individual courses to help better accommodate student’s schedules.
When enrolling in the program students will have the option to receive an associate’s degree or certification in the program. No matter which option a student chooses they will be required to take part in a three month internship.
“It seems like with electrical people learn better with hands-on so we offer both hands-on and book work,” Kuhn said. “This helps them to retain the knowledge that they have learned and also lets them know if it is really what they want to go into.”
Once a student completes the program they will be an apprentice for four years, after which time they can take an exam to become a journeyman and after passing that test, they can take another at anytime to become a master.