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PCC Adds More Equipment at the South Central Pathways Center

21 September 2020

Pratt Community College’s South-Central Career Pathways Center (SCCPC) has added new equipment for high school students to get hands-on training. In Fall 2019 SCCPC, welcomed their first crop of area high school students from Medicine Lodge, Chaparral and Attica.
In the second year of the SCCPC program, both the morning and afternoon sessions are full at SCCPC. In addition to the morning and afternoon sessions, a third session has been added for second year students. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for the program, and are on track to graduate and complete an internship at a local shop during their senior year in high school.

Daryl Lucas, PCC Automotive Instructor at the main campus says that the addition of equipment to the SCCPC is to provide students with industry level training.
 
The new equipment in the shop include pro-cut on car lathe and two practice vehicles for students to work on, two battery load testers, six electrical simulators, four multimeters, two oscilloscope and one SnapOn MODIS scan tool for diagnosing vehicle drivability problems. All of these devises are used in automotive electrical testing which are vital to a technician diagnosing problems and finding the best solution moving forward.
 
“In this program high school students get a jump start on their college career technical education,” said Lucas. “By the time they complete their courses, junior and senior year, they will have the opportunity to be ASE student certified in Brakes, Suspension and Maintenance Light Duty Repair.”
 
In addition to the ASE certification, students will also have the opportunity to receive a Level 1 Automotive Repair Certificate from PCC. The PCC Automotive Program is nationally accredited by the ASE Education Foundation. To achieve this coveted recognition, PCC’s Automotive Program underwent rigorous evaluation by the ASE Education Foundation. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.
 
Not only does the PCC Automotive Program provide college level courses and facilities for high school students to get a jump start on their career but Kansas’ Excel in Career Technical Education (CTE) offers high school students the opportunity to take college level, CTE, courses tuition-free. According to the Association for Career and Technical Education taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school and Students earning three or more CTE credits have a 99 percent graduation rate.
 
The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) calculated that more than 1,800 credentials were obtained by Kansas high school students in 2018 and that the average wage of CTE students who exit and are employed exceeds $31,000 per year.
 
To find out more information about the PCC Automotive Program and the SCCPC Automotive Program in Attica contact Daniel Meng, PCC Automotive Instructor, at danielm@prattcc.edu.