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Local High School Students Tour Pittsburg State's College of Technology

The students traveled from cities as far away as Rolla and Wichita to see if they could find a new home at Pitt State, as a gorilla.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- High school students from around the Four States went to college today. Over 500 high school students visited Pittsburg State's College of Technology today. The students traveled from cities as far away as Rolla and Wichita to see if they could find a new home at Pitt State, as a gorilla. High schoolers got a chance to tour the Kansas Technology Center and see for themselves exactly what the college has to offer.

"I like it. I'm glad we got to come here. It looks like a great college to go to, a lot of cool things," said Zach Elliott, Rolla High School. 

They attended a number of demonstrations for various types of technology programs offered at Pitt State. Including automotive, electrical, construction, and engineering.

"Well, getting out of school is always a plus, but I don't know. I'm just looking forward to touring more of it. The automotive part was pretty sweet. I enjoyed that," said Elliott. 

Department leaders say this is a crucial time in a young person's life.

"I want the students to understand that they really need to pursue something that they have an interest in, a passion for, and that they pursue something they have an aptitude for," said Dr. John Iley, Chair of Department of Technology. 

Organizers say it's important for students to take full advantage of their high school years. Doctor Iley says students should also research careers they're interested in. The job market is changing, so it's imperative to choose a career that has some type of future. 
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