Dodge City, Ks. (westernkansasnews.com)
By: Dylan Hunter
With two wind farms located near Dodge City and more being planned, there will be a great need to upgrade and add electrical transmission lines to export the power. There will be a high demand to fill these high-skilled and high-wage positions.
Dodge City Community College and Area Technical Center has partnered with ITC Great Plains, Sunflower Electric and Victory Electric to offer the Electrical Transmission System Technician Program. DCCC has become the first in the nation to offer a technical program of this nature.
Students in the program will learn through a combination of classroom work as well as hands-on lab and field training. The program focuses on systems operations and dispatching, and technicians are responsible for ensuring the reliability of the transmission of electricity to consumers.
Upon completion of the one-year program, students will be certified to enter the industry field.
DCCC hired 30-year industry veteran Ron Wilkins to lead the program and classes will begin in January. For more information about the Electrical Transmission System Technician Program call the DCCC Technical Education office at: 620-227-9295.
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