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KTC hosts fifth annual Construction Expo

The Kansas Technology Center will host its annual Construction Expo on Wednesday, April 5.

It’s a phrase spoken often at the Pittsburg State Kansas Technology Center: there’s only so much you can learn from a textbook.

“Sometimes you have to close the book, step up to the machines and get your hands dirty,” said Seth O’Brien, associate professor in the Pitt State School of Construction.

The importance of a hands-on educational experience is the motivation behind the annual Construction Expo at the Kansas Technology Center. The fifth annual Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the north side of the KTC.

The event offers students the opportunity to operate various pieces of construction-related heavy equipment, including simulators, a skid-steer and power trowel. More than 50 construction-related companies will be at this year’s Expo to display various equipment and products.

Students will also get the chance to meet and network with representatives from more the construction-related companies.

“This is one of our premier events of the year,” O’Brien said. “The Expo gives our students a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with equipment and scenarios they’ll encounter in the workforce. We like to say that we learn by doing, and this is definitely a prime example of that concept.”

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