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Construction receives $6,000 donation for pipe laser

November 02, 2011 12:00AM

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Roger Heckert, left, presents a check to Jim Otter, CMCET chairman, and students at the Kansas Technology Center.

The Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies department at Pittsburg State University has become known for giving back. This week a statewide organization returned the favor.

Roger Heckert, a PSU alumnus and representative of the Kansas Contractors Association Education Foundation, stopped by a CMCET course on Tuesday afternoon to present a check for $6,000 to the department. The KCA routinely funds grant requests from Kansas colleges and universities with construction-related programs. In total, it has awarded PSU approximately $86,000 over the past 15 years.

The funds will be used to purchase a pipe laser, which will be used in the curriculum of several CMCET courses and will help with the addition of a new course on utility construction. Pipe lasers are used to align pipes in a pipeline to ensure proper slope and positioning.

"It's something we've had on our needs list for several years," said Jim Otter, chairman of CMCET. "We have several courses that will benefit from the addition of this equipment."

Heckert, a former co-owner of Heckert Construction who also served on the KCA board, said contributing to the department is a positive investment in the university and community.

"Personally, I have a fondness in my heart for this university because this is where I got my education," Heckert said. "It's our pleasure to help the continual modernization of this program.

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