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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.”
 
According to Dr. Mike Calvert, President, PCC, the site features indoor and outdoor rodeo arenas, multiple livestock shelters, a log home and other related structures. With additions and modifications, this property will be converted to one-of-a-kind, hands-on place of learning for agriculture and rodeo students to learn.  
“From a teaching standpoint, typical classroom space isn’t always conducive for agriculture students or instructors,” said Michael Calvert, President, Pratt Community College. “This charitable gift of real estate allows us to create something special. In a prime location in one of the world's most productive agricultural regions, the PCC Agricultural and Livestock Education and Rodeo Campus will offer students the ability to work firsthand with livestock, and in production situations, instead of just learning skills and theories in a classroom.”
 
Though the majority of the footprint is already in place, capital enhancements will create a premier learning facility to better help students prepare for a career in the agricultural industry. The facility will accommodate traditional courses including range management, livestock production, agricultural marketing, soils, plant science, animal science and agricultural economics. Building on what exists, this project, including a livestock processing facility, is critical for teaching the proper handling of animals.
 
Once enhancements are made, new platforms will accommodate equine therapy for individuals with special needs. This new way to utilize PCC resources will not only help those in need but provides both leadership and educational opportunities for PCC students. Equine therapy is used to treat behavioral issues such as attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and more.

In addition to the use of the arenas by the PCC Rodeo team, the facility will allow the Pratt community to hold year-round equine, rodeo and livestock events. Groups including FFA, 4-H and youth rodeo can benefit greatly from both the indoor and outdoor arenas. This facility would also provide another economic development opportunity for Pratt. However, more funding is needed before renovations will be complete.
 
“The Build Our Future Campaign serves to develop new funding for scholarships, programs, capital and equipment,” said Barry Fisher, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations. “A national campaign leadership committee works with a local campaign committee to research and sequence gifts and prospects.  Once complete, this campaign sets the stage for a new kind of success for PCC.”
 
To learn more about the PCC Foundation’s campaign and how donations can be made towards any of the campaign objectives please contact Fisher at barryf@prattcc.edu or 620-450-2179.
 
The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment. PCC is proud to be a part of the community in Pratt, Kansas. With more than 80 years of history, PCC remains humbled to serve our community and students who come to build a foundation for their future. PCC is a two-year public, comprehensive community college and an area vocational school. For more information visit prattcc.edu or call us at 620-672-5641.