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Haskell receives teaching award as first year instructor

02 June 2016

Each year students at Pratt Community College are invited to nominate a teacher that has made a positive influence on their learning career and life.

This year Jerry Haskell, a first year Electrical Power Lineman Technology instructor in Wichita, won the Dennis Lesh Instructor of the Year Award after getting nominations from six of his students.

“I felt Jerry was a great nominee for this award because of his excellent ability to teach students on a level that I have never experienced before,” said student Greyson Pihl. “Jerry creates both a fun and productive learning environment in the classroom and on the pole field. Along with teaching us what we need to know to be successful in our jobs, he also taught us about life.”

Haskell said his teaching philosophy was to teach them everything he could about line work and the dangers of the job so they could stay safe. He said he also tried to give them life lessons along the way about putting money in their 401K and being a good employee and co-worker and about having a good appearance.

All of these things are reasons why the committee picked him as this year’s winner of the plaque and $1,000.

“When we read through what the students said about him (Jerry), we knew he was who Dennis would have wanted as a winner,” said Susan Mayberry, who served on the committee. “Dennis used to do the same thing, helping students in and out of the classroom. He would have been proud of this selection.”

Before coming to PCC this past fall, Haskell worked at Butler Rural Electrical Cooperative as a lineman, foreman and service technician for 36 years.

“Being a first year teacher, I didn’t know about this award so when they talked about the award and said my name with it, I was absolutely shocked,” Haskell said. “It made it very special knowing the students nominated me.”

PCC offers one of the most comprehensive Electrical Power Lineman Programs in the nation. One of only three in the state of Kansas, it offers students a variety of convenient ways to attend classes through on campus courses, distance education and on the job training. The program is offered at three locations: Pratt, Coffeyville and Wichita.

Students in the program climb daily, get exposure to underground installation, learn electrical theory and safety, are taught about transformer hook-ups and basic line construction. They also get receive trencher/backhoe training.

The program does not keep a waiting list. The program fills classes on a first come, first served basis. However, classes do fill up quickly and we encourage students to pre-enroll as soon as possible.