Gillette College receives donation from Basin Electric; readies new program


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Gillette College readies new tech program; receives donation from Basin Electric

Basin Electric Power Cooperative has generously donated $10,000 to help fund the new Machine Tool program at Gillette College, and has pledged an additional $20,000 of support to assist in the program’s startup, Gillette College officials have announced.

Conversations with industry and community leaders suggested Gillette College seriously consider enhancing its Machine Tool Technology program beyond what it currently does with students at Campbell County High School. Starting new programs that are responsive to community needs is a responsibility Gillette College takes seriously and yet, it can be difficult without additional resources, said Dr. Mark Englert, Vice President and CEO of Gillette College.

“Basin Electric’s contribution will support an essential program that will ultimately impact the lives of many of our students. Their donation will assist us in enriching our dynamic technical programs, especially as we continue to strive to meet the industry needs of our community,” said Dr. Englert. “Basin Electric’s support is genuinely appreciated.”

Registration for the new Machine Tool Technology program at Gillette College is open and courses will begin this fall 2014 semester. Jed Jensen, Gillette College Dean of Career and Technical Education, identified the machine tool technology program as a vital component of the College’s technical areas of study when he joined Gillette College two years ago and has been instrumental in advancing the program’s development.

Jensen is encouraging individuals who may have an interest in the program to visit with Gillette College admission counselors, as space will be limited. As a result of the support of several regional companies, including Basin Electric, Gillette College now offers both a certification and an Associate of Applied Science degree in machine tool technology.

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