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PCC instructor gives KCCTE workshop to high school instructors

28 June 2016

Nine high school vocational instructors were on the Pratt Community College campus June 21 through 24 for a small engines class taught by Ag Power instructor Rod Stewart.
The instructors were on campus participating in a workshop to learn a curriculum and hands-on sessions to take back to their schools and implement. This effort comes as a state wide initiative to have more vocational classes taught in Kansas high schools.
The single engines course that Stewart taught was contracted through Pittsburg State University Kansas Center for Career and Technical Education (KCCTE). KCCTE is a newly developed center in the state of Kansas created with the purpose of providing technical and professional development for Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors. They are offering courses to high school instructors in all areas of vocational trades such as automotive, history, agriculture and many more. Stewart is one of many college instructors putting on workshops throughout the state.
“There’s a shortage of technicians in the industry,” said Stewart. “This helps everyone from giving continuing education to instructors and them being able to implement that to young students to showing them what all PCC has to offer.”
Rod says he believes in this initiative because he believes in continuing education for the high school instructors and it’s a bonus because the instructors come to our campus and are able to see firsthand the facilities and what we have to offer.
The nine instructors that took the small engines course come from all over Kansas including Skyline, Pretty Prairie, Louisburg, Santanta, Cherryvale, Yates Center and Central Merriam.
“This is an excellent opportunity to utilize the facilities at PCC and get to know the people outside of our service area,” said Stewart.
The small engines course provided a curriculum package to take back and implement in the classroom as well as working hands-on in the lab pulling apart and putting back together an engine
They took home a small engine, a text book, work book and answer key and handouts for the classroom.
Stewart says that there is a possibility that the same courses will be offered next summer.
“The feedback that we received from the class was very positive. They received hands-on experience which is exactly what they wanted,” said Stewart. “The representative from Skyline says that she is going to be offering a small engines class at the high school and will be doing concurrent courses as well.
Concurrent courses are open to students to earn college credits while still in high school. Technical courses such as a small engines class are free. The free college tuition applies to any and all technical courses in approved programs at public community and technical colleges.