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PCC Automotive Program Expands to Kingman

18 August 2020

The Pratt Community College Automotive Technology program has recently expanded to Kingman, Kan. PCC Automotive Technology now has three locations: the main campus on Pratt, the South Central Career Pathways center in Attica, and the newly established Kingman High School location. Courses that will be offered are Engine Performance 1, Electrical 1, Steering and Suspension 1, Steering and Suspension 2, Brakes 1 and Brakes 2. All course offerings count for college credit and are transferable to any vocational school in the state of Kansas. All courses also lead to ASE certification.

“The mission of PCC Automotive Technology is to provide quality hands-on training so students can enter the workforce and become a productive member of society,” said Daryl Lucas, PCC automotive instructor.

“Automotive repair shops and dealerships are in search of entry-level mechanics,” said Lucas. “The PCC automotive department is trying to help fill the need for entry level mechanics.”

To accomplish this task, the facility at Kingman has been renovated, and new technology has been added. This technology will allow faculty to teach students on up to date equipment and practices. 

Kingman native, Tyler Wells, will be the automotive technology instructor at the Kingman location. Wells grew up in Kingman and graduated from Kingman High School. Wells studied automotive technology and graduated from WyoTECH in Laramie, Wyo. Wells then worked at Midway Motors, Mel Hambelton Ford and Lubbers as a mechanic.

“I grew up working on cars on the farm,” said Wells. “I enjoyed it and thought I would make a career of it.”

When Wells was asked why he wanted to enter the education field, he said.

“I believe I can make a difference in young people’s lives and help them become professionals in the profession I enjoy.”

Wells’s goals for the upcoming year, are to have a smooth transition year, provide current mechanical practices, and to have students leave the class feeling confident to work with their hands.

If you are interested in enrolling in any automotive class, contact Daryl Lucas (Pratt Location), daryll@prattcc.edu, Daniel Meng (Attica Location), danielm@prattcc.edu, or Tyler Wells (Kingman Location) tylerw@prattcc.edu.

The Automotive Technology department at Pratt Community College is fully certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASE). Automotive Technology students work in a live repair shop environment with state of the art equipment found in the auto industry including a full engine machine shop, engine and transmission dynamometers, and the latest tire, alignment, and electronic diagnostic tooling. Successful completion of all required courses earns students an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. They will also have the chance to be trained by industry professionals, participate in a race car project, car shows and many other exciting activities. All these experiences prepare students to become ASE certified prior to graduation, enhancing earning potential and career opportunities.

The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment.