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Students recognized for leadership skills in classroom

27 March 2014

Pratt Community College had two Electrical Power Technology students recognized for their hard work in the classroom on March 25, when they were each given a $1,000 scholarship.

Zachary Brouhard, of Tonganoxie, and Dirk Torson, of Dighton, Kan., both freshman, received the scholarships from ITC of Great Plains, which is a dependent high voltage electrical company.

“It is important that we now we have bright, young people coming in with hard work and dedication,” said Kristine Schmidt, President of ITC Great Plains.

Schmidt said from research they have completed, they found that in the next 15 years 80 percent of the linemen in the workforce will retire.

Dave Campbell, head of the EPT program at PCC, said he nominated the two students for the scholarship.

“Both students have a very strong work ethic and are leaders in the program,” he said. “It’s a great honor to be able to reward them with this scholarship.”

Both students have internships this summer and are planning to graduate in May of 2015.