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EPT students awarded scholarships from ITC Great Plains

04 May 2018

On May 1, ITC Great Plains, LLC awarded scholarships to two students currently in the Electrical Power Technology program at Pratt Community College. Students Willie Wilkerson and Brayden Bittel were recognized for their hard work in the program and received the scholarships in front of their peers and instructors.

Kim Goodnight, Regional Manager for Community Affairs at ITC Great Plains, presented the scholarships to the students. This is the sixth year the company has provided scholarships to the EPT students at PCC.

“We are very fortunate to have companies like ITC in our industry,” said EPT Instructor Dave Campbell. “They always remember to support programs like ours because they know our students are their workforce of the future. Their scholarship will help two of our students achieve their goals in training for their careers.”

Wilkerson grew up in Plainsville, Kan. He job shadowed for Western Cooperative in high school and decided he wanted to become a lineman.

“I heard about Pratt through a good friend. I decided to come here because I saw a great opportunity,” said Wilkerson. “The program is an excellent program that I have learned a lot from and all of the many skills I learned I will be able to take into the workforce with me.”

Wilkerson will graduate this year with an associate’s degree.

Bittel is from Ellis, Kan. He chose to become a lineman after watching his dad and uncle find success in the field.

“My dad and uncle are lineman. I grew up around it and I fell in love with it,” said Bittel. “The program at PCC is a great one to attend. I have learned and absorbed so much from this program that will help me succeed in line work.”

Bittel will obtain his certificate this semester. He will earn his associate’s degree after finishing a couple classes this summer then will be working at Midwest Energy in Hays.

“We have so many deserving students, it is difficult to just pick two for this scholarship. Brayden Bittel and Willie Wilkerson were selected because of their leadership in the class,” said Campbell. “Many students have done very well in the program but Brayden and Willie have distinguished themselves as leaders who always can be counted on to do the right things and step up when the training is difficult. They have earned this recognition.”

“We appreciate the relationship we have had with Pratt Community College and Pratt County,” said Goodnight. “We look forward to doing this again and supporting the students.”

ITC Great Plains is a transmission-only utility based out of Topeka providing access to reliable, non-discriminatory, competitive, and low-cost energy in the fifteen state Southwest Power Pool region with a particular focus on Kansas and Oklahoma.