On Friday morning, the president of ITC Great Plains, Carl Husling, came to Dodge City Community College to present the college with scholarship funds.


     On Friday morning, the president of ITC Great Plains, Carl Husling, came to Dodge City Community College to present the college with scholarship funds.
     ITC Great Plains is a transmission-only utility that is working to improve electrical transmission throughout Kansas and the surrounding areas. The utility is currently working on a transmission line that will run from Spearville to Axtell, Neb., and will provide electricity to over 30,000 homes from the Spearville wind farms. The utility is also working on a project called the V-Plan, which will connect the Spearville substation to the Thistle substation, just east of Medicine Lodge, and will continue to improve electrical transmission.
     DC3 President Dr. Don Woodburn accepted the funds and expressed his thanks and gratification to the company for its contribution.
     "This scholarship will help us fill a great need at the college, and we are so appreciative," said Woodburn.
     ITC Great Plains gave the college $2,000, which will be divided and given to two students who are in the electric transmission program.
     Woodburn said college officials haven't chosen the students to receive the money yet, but they are in the process of making that decision.
     "This is a really underrepresented workforce right now," Husling said. "And over the next 10 years, demand is only going to increase. So, anything we can do to get more people interested in this program is a good thing."
     Students who receive these scholarships are usually also offered a job working for ITC — sometimes, even before they have graduated.
     DC3 is the only school in the state of Kansas that offers this program, so many students who graduate from it leave the area. ITC is trying to retain more students to stay in the area.
     "I think we have a great partnership right now with the school," said Husling, "and I hope that we can continue that relationship well into the future with this scholarship program and other projects as well."

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