When Dodge City Community College announced its electrical power technician program would not be returning next semester, new negotiations took place toward keeping that program alive.

During the June DCCC board of trustees meeting, discussions took place on a partnership between DCCC and Pratt Community College.

According to DCCC officials, DCCC and Pratt Community College are working out the details of a proposed partnership for delivering an ETP (lineman) program in Ford County.

A proposal will be shared for the consideration and approval of the DCCC board of trustees meeting in July.

During the trustees meeting, representatives from Pratt Community College said they had toured the facilities of the program and assessed the inventory and supplies.

"We are proud of the program," DCCC president Harold Nolte said in the meeting. "I think Pratt has the No. 1 program in the state."

The program would look to have an average of at least 20 students enrolled every year.

At the current time, the program has the proper equipment in place and the schools will need to then have a curriculum and teacher in place.

"This is what community colleges are for here in Kansas," trustee Jeremy Presley said during the meeting. "We're not here to compete with each other but work together."


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