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Big Sandy Electrical Students Perform Service Learning Project for Army Corps of Engineers

Students from Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Electrical Technology program on the Mayo campus are shown with Associate Professor Jimmy McClure and US Army Corps of Engineers Resource Manager T.C. Music in the basement of the Big Sandy Area Training Center.

T.C. Music. Resources manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, looks at the Big Sandy Area Training Center and knows it is a facility that Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) built. 

The facility has been the recipient of service learning projects from the college over the years.  It started with some carpentry work years ago, then the installation of an HVAC system and now new electrical wiring. 

“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the college,” said Music. “I can’t express how much I appreciate these students, the teachers and the college.” 

Students from Jimmy McClure’s Electrical Technology program on the Mayo campus of BSCTC spent several days installing electrical service to the basement of the training center.  This included the installation of a new service, LED lighting with dimming control, new outlets and a service disconnect for a hot water heater. 

“It is so rewarding to get out of the classroom and work on a project like this,” said McClure, an associate professor at BSCTC. “It’s a win-win for us, the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States taxpayers.” 

Music said the work the college has provided to the facility has saved the Army Corps of Engineers tens of thousands of dollars. 

“The work has also allowed us to connect with students who may be interested in working for the federal government,” Music added. “We hired a Big Sandy graduate a few years ago for our operation at Fishtrap Lake.” 

Students working on the project were comprised of first- and second-semester students.  Chase Muncy, of Martin County, said the service learning experience was “fun and allowed us to apply what we have learned in the classroom.” 

For more information on the Electrical Technology program at BSCTC or service learning opportunities, contact McClure at (606) 788-2840 or email jmcclure0032@kctcs.edu.