Solomon Corporation Attends Ribbon Cutting For New Substation Lab At Cccc | Solomon Corporation

November 21, 2014

On Wednesday, November 12th, representatives from Solomon Corporation attended the ribbon cutting of a new substation lab and classroom at Cloud County Community College (CCCC) in Concordia, Kansas. As the only lab of its kind in the country, the new Substation Training Lab will give Wind Energy Technology students at CCCC the opportunity for hands-on experience working with substation transformers, load tap changers (LTCs), voltage regulators, reclosers, and other industry equipment. The ribbon cutting was overseen by CCCC President Dr. Danette Toone, and afterward the public was given the opportunity to tour the Substation Training Lab.

Cloud County Community College is well-situated for the study of Wind Energy Technology. Anyone who has driven west on I-70 may have seen the wind farms that are located near Concordia. When Bruce Graham, Department Chair of the Wind Energy Department, first conceived of the idea for the Substation Training Lab, he sought a partnership with Westar Energy of Kansas, who helped to supply equipment and construction for the project. Westar was enthusiastic to contribute to the expansion of electrical education in Kansas, but they weren’t the only local company to help contribute to the launch of the Substation Training Lab.

Solomon Corporation is excited by the potential of the substation and CCCC’s wind energy program, and the company did its part to help contribute to the success of the new Substation Training Lab. Solomon Corp cleaned and painted all of the surplus equipment that Westar donated to the substation program. In addition, Solomon Corp engineers custom designed LTC controls that will allow instructors to simulate control problems for students to solve, giving students an unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand the kinds of challenges that they’ll face in the field. Solomon Corp is proud to have played a key role in bringing the Substation Training Lab at CCCC to fruition.

Electrical and other energy fields are facing a disproportionate labor shortage in the coming years as 60% or more of the electrical workforce reach retirement age. That’s why companies like Westar and Solomon Corporation believe so strongly in the importance of programs like the Wind Energy Department at CCCC and the new Substation Training Lab, which will allow for the training of the next generation of electrical engineers and technicians.

As part of its Wind Energy Technology program, CCCC offers a Substation Technician Certificate, which prepares students to operate and maintain substations and switchyards, with an emphasis on training in construction, operation, and maintenance of electrical substations and other infrastructure. The new Substation Training Lab will provide students who’re pursuing the Substation Technician Certificate-as well as any students in the Wind Energy Technology program-with an opportunity not found anywhere else in the nation.