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Electrical lab fires up the grill

The smell of freshly grilled burgers is drifting through the halls today as the Electrical Trades department hosts a meet-and-greet for students and professionals in the electrical industry.

"This is our first annual Electrical Trades Open House," Instructor Bill Flockhart said. "It's an opportunity for students and industry representatives to meet and make connections."

Attendees include local electrical contractors, suppliers, dealers, and vendors, as well as Western Dakota Tech electrical students and alumni.

The groups are touring the electrical lab and getting an overview of current projects the students are working on. Flockhart says the goal is to have some fun, eat some food, and get to know each other.

"There's something for everyone here today. First-year students looking for summer experience, soon-to-be-graduates looking for employment, and employers looking for employees," said Flockhart.

The instructors are also using the relaxed event to turn the eye on their own efforts.

"It's also a good opportunity for us instructors to explore ways to enhance the program to better serve the students and the industry," said Flockhart.

The Electrical Trades program is a hands-on four-semester Associate of Applied Science degree program. It is designed to give students a solid foundation in electrical technology and start them on the path to learning advanced electrical trades skills.

The event ends at 1:00 p.m. today. Flockhart hopes to continue to grow the event annually.

For more information about the Western Dakota Tech Electrical Trades program, click here.

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