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EPT program offering online path for working students

07 July 2017
EPT program offering online path for working students

The Electrical Power Technology (EPT) program at Pratt Community College will begin offering their program online starting Fall 2017.

Students all over the country can now apply for admission into the popular program for either a one-year certificate or two-year Associates of Applied Science while they are employed with an electric company. General education courses and EPT required courses will be available solely online for distance students. Online students are required to be accepted into an entry-level apprenticeship with an electrical company to fulfill the lab and field training portion of the degree program.

EPT instructors at PCC will work closely with distance learners and their employers to ensure quality training and completion of the program to be certified.

 “This has a tremendous potential for both electric companies and future lineman, said Dave Campbell, EPT instructor at PCC. “Electric companies can hire and begin to train their lineman while they receive a quality education online.”

According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) resource center job opportunities for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers is expected to grow 9 to 13 percent within the next seven years.

“There is a definite need for lineman in the industry right now,” said Campbell. “We are seeing an increase in people who are 55 to 65 years old retiring and the industry needs certified lineman to replace them.”

According to KSdegreestats.com, an online database resource created by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), the EPT program at PCC has one of the best return on investments for graduates of the program. Within five years of graduating, lineman in the region have the potential to earn almost $100,000 in salary. Sixty percent of graduates in the program are employed in Kansas and Missouri. This data is collected by KBOR and published annually since 2003.

Electrical Power Technology offers degrees in Applied Science and Job Certification on PCC’s campus, Coffeyville Community College’s campus and in Wichita.  Students receive training in the classroom and pole and wire training during in the field class training. All students are required to have 400 hours of on the job training during the summer months.

To apply for the EPT program for on-campus or online students contact Frank Stahl at franks@prattcc.edu or call 620-450-2114. For more information about the Electrical Power Technology program, contact Dave Campbell at 620-450-2127 or phillipc@prattcc.edu.