Rawson retires from PCC after 17 years

06 July 2020

Pratt Community College maintenance staff member, Ed Rawson, retired from PCC after working here for 17 years.

"I have enjoyed it, and I will miss the people," said Rawson.

Rawson was born in Huron, S.D., during his childhood, Rawson's family moved to Neenah, Wis., then when Rawson was in the seventh grade his family moved to Fullerton, Calif. Rawson continued his schooling and graduated from high school in Fullerton. Shortly after he graduated from high school he joined the army. Rawson is a retired army veteran after serving for 66 years.

When Rawson first heard about an opening at PCC, Rawson and his wife, Genile, were living in Harper, Kan. Rawson heard about a security guard position at PCC from a security guard that was working at PCC at the time. This security guard was also living in Harper and was Rawson's neighbor at the time. Rawson applied for the security guard position and began working at PCC as a nighttime security guard.

Rawson worked as a nighttime security guard for his first three years at PCC, then after three years, Rawson's security guard position became obsolete. At the time, the Director of Facilities, Dan Petz, needed two part-time maintenance staff members. Rawson applied for one of the positions and began working part-time with the maintenance staff and later became full-time with the maintenance staff.

"My favorite part working at PCC was when I worked as an evening custodian and got to make decisions on the spot for things," said Rawson. 
Rawson and his wife eventually moved from Harper to the Pratt area.

"It's been a pleasure working with him," said Petz. "He has been a dependable, loyal employee."

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