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Ag Power students get paid while earning their degree

22 October 2019

The Pratt Community College Agriculture Power Technology (APT) Program gives students the opportunity to earn while they learn. The goal of the technical program is to provide students with the skills to enter into a career workforce ready. This is achieved by spending time in the classroom, on-campus APT shop and being placed in a paid internship for a large portion of the curriculum.

Ag Power Freshman signs work contract upon graduation

21 October 2019

Pratt Community College Freshmen Mitchell Becker, Agriculture Power Technology student, has signed a three year contract with Prairieland Partners upon completion of the program.

Becker grew up in Conway Springs, Kan. and says he has always had a knack for mechanics. He heard about the program from multiple sources including his friends and his brother, and decided to join the PCC program.

Engine donated to PCC Ag Power Program

07 September 2018

The Pratt Community College Agriculture Power Technology department recently received a John Deere TO 4045 D 809400 Type 4045df 150 engine through a donation by Don Hildebrand.

The engine is complete with a clutch, radiator, and stand. It used a lot of oil, so it was replaced by electric drive.

“The engine will be disassembled by students to analyze why it uses oil, if possible, and research ways to reuse it,” said Ag Power Instructor Ralph Williams.

Williams hired as new Ag Power instructor

06 August 2018

Pratt Community College’s Agriculture Power Technology program welcomes the experience and leadership of new instructor, Ralph Williams.

Williams was hired late in the 2018 spring semester and will begin teaching this fall. He received his diesel mechanic training at PCC before being hired onto Mid-Co Implement. He was able to work in the John Deere profession for over 30 years before coming back to PCC to teach what he loves.

Before becoming a diesel mechanic, Williams had a different career path in mind.

PCC’s ag power program loaned $300,000 tractor

29 August 2016

As the start of the 2016 fall semester has begun, Ag power students received hands-on training with a Case Magnum 310 loaned from Straub’s International out of Pratt, KS. This tractor retails at $270,000 to $300,000 and allowed students to receive training on the highest quality of equipment. They spent two days learning and running checks on this tractor and will continue to train on different equipment throughout the year.

Skyland Grain visits campus and signs partnership

11 August 2016

Officials from Skyland Grain, LCC visited the Pratt Community College campus on Aug. 8 where they made their partnership official. Skyland Grain CEO David Cron and members of the Skyland team travelled from their headquarters in Johnson, Kan. and eastern administrative offices in Cunningham on Monday to visit the PCC campus and together signed a partnership agreement for the newest agriculture program launching this Fall.

PCC student pays homage to late ag instructor

21 July 2016
A Pratt Community College Agriculture student is honoring the late Bill “Doc” Hunter with a shiny statement and homage to his life. Kelly Doherty, a sophomore returning to PCC this fall, has set out to show her appreciation for “Doc” in the form of a custom silver belt buckle.

PCC partners with Skyland Grain for new agriculture program

20 July 2016

Pratt Community College and Skyland Grain, LLC from Johnson, Kan are partnering together to add a new certificate program to the popular Agriculture and Ag Power departments. Students will be able to enroll in a Crop Application one year certificate program beginning this Fall. At the end of the program students will have learned fundamentals of agriculture science, technology and gain workforce experience from Skyland Grain.

PCC instructor gives KCCTE workshop to high school instructors

28 June 2016

Nine high school vocational instructors were on the Pratt Community College campus June 21 through 24 for a small engines class taught by Ag Power instructor Rod Stewart.
The instructors were on campus participating in a workshop to learn a curriculum and hands-on sessions to take back to their schools and implement. This effort comes as a state wide initiative to have more vocational classes taught in Kansas high schools.

Dedication ceremony to happen Dec. 5

26 November 2014

Pratt Community College will have a building dedication ceremony on Dec. 5 to honor a longtime supporter of the college and unveil the sign for the recently expanded and newly renamed Dudrey Agriculture Technology Center.

This summer, the college added 1,650 square feet on the east side to what was formerly known as the Ag Power Building. The addition was possible because of money that was given to the college by Carl and the late Bonnie Dudrey.


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