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EPT Students are awarded with scholarships from Kansas Utility company

13 May 2016

Two students from the Electric Power Technology (EPT) program at Pratt Community College were awarded scholarships from ITC Great Plains, LLC on May 4.
 
EPT students Jacob Mader and Barret Freund were surrounded by PCC staff and fellow students in the program to accept the scholarship that will help them to complete their degree.
 
ITC has been providing scholarships for select students in the EPT program at PCC for more than four years. ITC is a is a transmission-only utility which seeks to build a more robust electricity transmission system providing access to reliable, non-discriminatory, competitive and low-cost energy throughout the Southwest Power Pool region.
 
Brett Leopold, President of ITC Great Plains presented the scholarship check to Friend and Mader.
 
“Pratt Community College’s EPT program enables its students to be work-ready upon degree completion,” said Leopold.  “As a utility company founded on science and technology, ITC is pleased to make this important education investment.”
 
“We appreciate ITC very much. They have supported this program over the years and it means a lot to the students to have a company in the industry give back,” said EPT instructor Dave Campbell.
 
Friend is a non-traditional student from Great Bend who is an advocate for the program. Previously working in the oil industry he decided it was time for a change. Having a father and uncle in the utility industry he says that making the decision on a new career path and where to achieve that was a no brainer.
 
“PCC has excellent resources and a nationally recognized program. I knew it was going to be a challenge and I have never looked back,” said Freund. “PCC is a perfect fit for me and am grateful for the scholarship from ITC.”
 
Freund has already starting working at Mid-West utility for the summer.
 
Mader is from Nickerson, KS. He heard about the program from former students and friends who have graduated from PCC, gone through the program and are now working.
 
“After being in the program for one year I am loving it and am ready to start working,” said Mader.
 
Mader will be working for Wheatland Electric over the summer and will return to PCC in the Fall.
 
“We very much appreciate the involvement ITC has had over the last few years and the opportunity that they provide our students,” said Dr. Michael Calvert, president of PCC.

ITC isBased in Topeka, Kansas, ITC Great Plains holds transmission-only utility status in Kansas and Oklahoma, with authority to construct, own, operate and maintain a regulated, high-voltage transmission system.