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Block and Bridle prepares tasty demonstration for second graders

28 April 2016

Members of the Pratt Community College Block and Bridle group visited the second grade classes at Skyline School as a part of their annual community service project. The agriculture oriented organization has been visiting youngsters at Skyline every spring for more than a decade and this year they made a very tasty and informational presentation on the importance of soils.
 

Eighteen students compete at NACTA conference

21 April 2016

Agriculture students from all over the country competed against each other in the 2016 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Competition at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Eighteen students from PCC competed against other 2-year institutions in areas such as agribusiness, dairy judging, mechanized agriculture and a new events including animals and wildlife this year.

PCC agriculture instructor on state water vision team

02 December 2015

An instructor and students from the Pratt Community College agriculture program attended and participated in a presentation on the ‘Future of Water in Kansas’ in conjunction with the Governor’s Conference. Agriculture Instructor Bill Hunter was invited to join the presentation and engage with legislators, government officials, state agencies and departments to organize education and outreach coordinating teams in accordance with the ‘Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas’.

Students become certified for class

11 March 2015

Pratt Community College agriculture instructors find it important for students to get certified in different areas they are learning about.

“It is important for students to achieve these certifications in animal handling, food safety and quality assurance. The agriculture industry and consumer is starting to demand it of its producers,” said Lori Montgomery, agriculture instructor. “It allows our students to leave here with a certification even if they don’t leave with their degree for some reason.”

Pratt Livestock sees benefit to hiring college students

17 February 2015

After attending Pratt Community College and starting their careers while they were in college, both David McComb and Jake Lewis find it important to hire college students at the sale barn.

Each year Pratt Livestock employs about five college students.

“The majority of the time the students are hard workers and it works out well for us,” Lewis, assistant manager at Pratt Livestock said.

After graduating from PCC, both Lewis and McComb went on to KSU to receive degrees and came back to work at Pratt Livestock.

Grant to help with student certificate cost, facilities

03 February 2015

Seeing an opportunity to help make improvements to the college, agriculture instructor, Lori Montgomery applied for a grant that would help students with the cost of student learning and rodeo facilities.

Montgomery received word in early January that they received $12,000 from the Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Foundation.

The grant will be used for two purposes: to help defray the cost of the online student certifications and rodeo course and to bring the college’s livestock handling facilities to an industry acceptable level.

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.

PCC Celebrates 45 Years of Rodeo

25 August 2014

The 2014-2015 school year marks the 45th anniversary of the rodeo program at Pratt Community College. It began in 1969 as an extracurricular club through the efforts of a handful of students and faculty members, and has since become one of the largest programs on campus.

Dorothy Huffman is a resident of Pratt and shared this about her husband Herb Huffman, who was a member of the PCC agriculture faculty and a PCC alumnus himself:

PCC Professor Attends Irrigation Seminar

23 July 2014

On June 19 – 20, PCC agriculture instructor Dr. Bill Hunter attended the Irrigation Foundation’s 12th annual Irrigation Faculty Academy. Twenty-two college and high school instructors from 21 schools attended the event, held at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

Ag students place second in Ag Business competition

16 April 2014

Agriculture students from all over the country competed against each other on April 11-13 in Maryville, Mo.

Four students from Pratt Community College went to the North America College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) competition and received second place in the Ag Business Management contest. The competition is for all agriculture students who attend a 2- or 4-year school.

“It was a competitive environment and a challenging test,” said Mitch Urban, a sophomore from Wellington. “I feel good about how we performed.”

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