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Skyland Grain gives $20,000 to PCC for student scholarships

18 October 2019

Pratt Community College received a $20,000 check from Skyland Grain, LLC to go towards scholarships for students. Skyland Grain, a program partner for the Crop Application certificate for nearly four years, has offered an occupational workforce program in conjunction with the Agriculture and Ag Power technical programs at PCC. Students have the opportunity to earn a Crop Applicator certificate and receive scholarship dollars to help cover tuition, books and more.

Ag student combines passion for agriculture and computers to set his career path

15 October 2019

A Pratt Community College student combines two passions to make his own career pathway. PCC Sophomore, Pake Sipes grew up in Stafford, Kan., which Sipes describes as a small agricultural community. Growing up in an agriculture community sparked Sipes interest to attend Pratt Community College and study Agribusiness. He chose to attend PCC because it is close to home, but yet he still has the chance to live on campus.

“I like the class sizes, and the information is interesting,” said Sipes.

PCC Pep Band grows with help of alumnus

18 September 2019

One of the primary goals of the Performing Arts Department for the 2019-2020 school year was the growth of the pep band. That goal is seeing some success already with nearly 30 members in the band.
Misty Beck, Pep Band and Performing Arts Director, is pleased with the growth of the band.
“Last year there were fewer than 10 in the pep band and this year we have nearly 30 players” said Beck. “I would like a couple more trombones and alto saxes to join the group, to help balance out the band.”

PCC grabs experienced instructor as Choir Director

18 September 2019

Long time music educator and chorus instructor, Beth Novotny, has joined Pratt Community College as Community Choir Director.
Novotny has 25 years of experience as a music educator, so it was no surprise she said yes when asked to direct the PCC Community Choir. Even though she is retired, she doesn’t stop teaching, learning, or performing.

Hackney turns hobby into successful career

06 December 2018

“I shoot people for a living.”

A hitman Darrin Hackney is not, however he does take the phrase quite literally.

Hackney began his passion for photography when he wanted better pictures of his dogs. His desire to photograph his beagle he owned at the time and Steve, his ‘bagel’ (basset hound and beagle mix) was nothing more than a frustrating dream. Every time he would try to take photos of his dogs, the slow cameras produced something less than stellar. Then, everything changed.

Pratt Community College led Darren Oliver to lifelong passion and career

07 November 2018

“When I went to university, I felt I was lightyears ahead of everybody else because of my time at Pratt Community College. I was lightyears ahead of the juniors I transferred with as far as my experiences.”

Darren Oliver graduated from Northglenn High School, located in Northglenn, CO, in 1988. From there, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do or where he wanted to go. He was left with a choice that made him the person he is today.

PCC becomes blessing in disguise for Callie Hobkirk

10 October 2018

“Even though PCC wasn’t necessarily my number one choice for a college, it ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. It is something I am extremely grateful for.”

Callie Hobkirk grew up in Wichita and graduated high school from Wichita Heights High School in 2013. While in high school, she participated in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, where she had developed the dreams of becoming a Naval Nurse after graduation. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the University of Kansas for Navy ROTC due to not being granted a scholarship.

Kerschen credits Pratt Community College for kickstarting successful career

19 September 2018

“Pratt Junior College was a blessing in my life. I’m convinced if I hadn’t attended Pratt Junior College, I would not have made it at K-State in Engineering and possibly not in my career.”

Richard Kerschen was born and raised on a farm just north of St. Leo, a small community in western Kingman County. Kerschen admits while growing up, he wasn’t the ideal student.

“I didn’t work very hard in high school,” said Kerschen. “Classes were pretty easy for me and I didn’t study much. I wasn’t ready for college.”

Family tradition led Carol Lewis to Pratt Community College

15 August 2018

Carol Lewis was no stranger to Pratt Community College when she stepped into her first class in fall of 1976. Her sister, Nora Doubek, graduated in 1973. Her brother, Bob Doubek, attended during the 1972-1973 school year on a basketball scholarship. It was the actions of their mother, however that began the family tradition back when the college opened its doors 80 years ago in 1938.

DeWeese finds love and success at Pratt Community College

11 July 2018

“This community college is dear to my heart. If it hadn’t been for Pratt Community College, I would never be where I am at today. If it hadn’t been for a couple of my favorite teachers, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.”

Dwane DeWeese graduated from Cunningham High School in the spring of 1959. The following fall, he along with five other friends, carpooled from Cunningham to Pratt to enroll at what was known as Pratt Junior College at the time.


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