Center to showcase diesel, precision agriculture programs at open house

The Highland Community Western Center will host an open house on Thursday, October 12.

Submitted by Cara Baker HCC Western Director

The Highland Community College Western Center in Baileyville will be hosting an Open House to showcase the facility and two of its technical programs – Diesel Technology and Precision Agriculture. The Open House will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Western Center, 313 Nemaha in Baileyville.

The public is invited to tour the new constructed Diesel Technology facility and the expansion of the Precision Ag program, as well as, the remaining programs available at the center.

The Highland Community Western Center will host an open house on Thursday, October 12.

The Western Center has been conducting Diesel I classes, but did not have the facilities to house classes for Diesel II students. After acquiring the former Baileyville-St. Benedict High School facility and renovating it for its technical and general education programs, the College still had the newer gymnasium space available.

As the need for a Diesel II facility became clear, the College was able to renovate that gymnasium into a new facility to accommodate the growing diesel student population. With the cooperation of area companies, equipment has been acquired and tools made available so Diesel II students were able to start classes in August. Derrik Russell has been instructing the Diesel students, and Dale Swendson has come on board to work with Diesel students.

Part of a federal Title III grant, the college was able to provide the support necessary to start a Precision Agriculture program designed to help students understand and use technology in farming operations. Precision Agriculture provides students with the skills to make precise applications to enhance soil content for maximum yield and sustainability. Eric Wright is the new Precision Ag instructor.

For information about the open house, the public is encouraged to contact HCC Western Center Director Cara Baker at 785-336-2326 or

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