Two Electrical Power Technology Students awarded ITC scholarships
On Apr. 13, ITC Great Plains, LLC awarded scholarships to two students from the Electric Power Technology (EPT) program at Pratt Community College. EPT students Austin Showman and Kyle Hammer accepted the scholarships, which will help them complete their degree, in front of PCC staff and fellow students.
This is the fifth year ITC Great Plains has provided scholarships to EPT students at PCC. 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.
The President of ITC Great Plains, Brett Leopold, presented the scholarship check to Showman and Hammer. When asked about how the scholarship came about, Leopold said the program’s reputation led them to support students in this industry.
“ITC has been wonderful to award scholarship money to our students and help give back. There are a lot of companies out there that are helping to provide power to the country but there aren’t many of them that give back and try to help the next generation of employees and linemen coming into the system,” said EPT instructor Dave Campbell.
When speaking about this year’s scholarship recipients, Campbell mentioned how they really earned this opportunity and how much hard work and leadership they showed within the program.
Showman is from South Haven, Kan. and took a non-traditional approach through a couple other colleges before landing at PCC and really enjoying the EPT program and experiences.
“The main thing I have taken away from doing this (EPT), is doing the best work you can do,” said Showman. “You’re going to be as successful as what you put into it.”
Showman will be interning this summer at Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative based out of Girard, Kan.
Hammer, born and raised in Rossville, Kan., chose the EPT program because of his interest and experience working with an electric company during the summers.
“The biggest things I have taken away from this program are pride, respect, and brotherhood,” said Hammer. “Getting the lights back on is going to be something you take pride in.”
In May, Hammer will be headed to FreeState Electric Cooperative out of Topeka, Kan for his internship.
Both Hammer and Showman hope to gain full-time employment while using the scholarship to finish up their last year of the EPT program.