Did you know that you can now earn a certificate of achievement or an associate of applied science degree in electrical systems or diesel technology without having to leave Ely? The Great Basin College Ely Campus is now offering both programs using a combination of distance-learning technology and Ely-based instruction at new electrical systems and diesel technology labs.

GBC will be hosting a CTE Open House January 16 from 7-9 p.m. in GBC Room 111 where you can learn more about the Ely-based programs as well as programs at other GBC campuses in Elko, Winnemucca, and Pahrump. Tours of the new Ely labs will be offered at the Open House.

Sam Leyba, who became the new electrical systems technology instructor at the Ely campus last fall, says spring 2019 electrical systems technology classes have already started, but it’s time to start thinking about enrolling in fall 2019 sessions.

“It is really a great opportunity to be able to take electrical systems technology classes and labs here at the Ely campus,” Leyba says. “We can give students hands-on instruction using tools and equipment the students will use in real-world work settings. Students used to have to go to the Elko campus to get this degree.”

The electrical systems technology lab is located at the GBC building at 2115 Bobcat Drive. Classes are offered in two semester blocks with the first block in the fall and the second block in the spring. Some classes are taught through interactive video with the Winnemucca campus and labs are taught in the new Ely campus on-site lab.

The diesel technology lab is located at the White Pine High School Vocational Building at 1800 Bobcat Drive. Diesel technology classes will begin January 22 with a three-course block this spring. Mike Whitehead, who has been a diesel technology instructor at the Elko campus for 6 years, will now be teaching the Ely program.

Some general education classes are also required for these certificates or degrees including English, math, science, fine arts, business, social science and political science.

The electrical systems technology program prepares graduates to work in diverse industries including mining, manufacturing, power plants, power distribution, construction, sales, machine control, water resource management, and gaming. The diesel technology program prepares students with specialized training in the repairing, maintaining, troubleshooting, reconditioning, and rebuilding of diesel vehicles and equipment.

Maintenance Training Cooperative (MTC) Scholarships and financial aid are available for students who want to enroll in technology programs. March 1 is the deadline to apply for admission and scholarships. The application is online at https://www.gbcnv.edu/financial/mtc.html.

For more information, please check out the GBC website at www.gbcnv.edu or contact Kristi Fillman, electrical systems technology program assistant, at the Great Basin College Ely Campus at 289-3589.