NCK Tech PHAC helps local schools
BELOIT – The Waconda, USD #272 School District was awarded a Spark Grant. With said grant, they purchased 35 touchless faucets for both Lakeside Elementary School in Cawker City, and Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School in Downs.
Administration ordered the faucets in June, 2020, however, they did not arrive until October, 2020. To fulfill the requirements of the grant, the faucets were to be installed by the end of this year. Pressed for time and resources, Jesse Janssen, Waconda Superintendent, reached out to Shannon Duskie, Student Activities Coordinator on the Beloit Campus.
“I had just recently started with NCK Tech and saw a great learning and civic leadership opportunity for our Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Program (PHAC) students,” Duskie said,
Last week, the PHAC students installed the faucets in Cawker City, and are on par to finish installing the faucets in Downs, this week.
“This project helped the students better understand what tools to use and how to use them properly," said PHAC Instructor, Robert Chitty. "I split them into five groups of two and showed them what to expect with the first sink, as a demonstration. Most of the fixtures are old providing them experience with the many things that can go wrong while getting the old out and the new in. I think about every sink and faucet posed a different problem to overcome. The students are ready to see what other challenges they can experience and overcome as we finish.”