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WALLA WALLA, WASH. – Clarkston School District (CSD) high school students have a new and exciting learning opportunity through an educational partnership with Walla Walla Community College (WWCC).


This partnership provides the opportunity for the school district to deliver instruction in Energy Systems 131 (Principles of Electrical Theory) to high school students. Participants in the class will learn about the practical application of electricity and its relation to a variety of systems, including electrical wiring, hydraulics, motors and controls. The class will be held in the Industrial Mechanics instructional space of the Workforce Development and Business Center at WWCC’s Clarkston Campus (1470 Bridge St.).


“Walla Walla Community College is excited to collaborate with the Clarkston School District to provide a meaningful career and technical opportunity for students,” said Dr. Chad Miltenberger, WWCC Clarkston Campus dean. “I anticipate that this venture will provide additional, unique instructional opportunities for students.”


Miltenberger, Clarkston High School (CHS) principal Doug LaMunyan, and CSD superintendent Thaynan Knowlton developed this innovative partnership through several months of discussion and planning. The collaboration provides students with access to state-of-the-art learning equipment through WWCC’s Energy Systems Technology program. It also creates opportunities for students to learn more about careers in Energy Systems. Students participating in this class will be eligible for dual credit, credits that can apply to high school requirements as well as the Energy Systems program at WWCC.


“We are pleased that Dr. Miltenberger and his team were able to find space and staff for our students,” Knowlton said. “We hope to expand these types of programs in the future. This is a pilot program and we are interested in watching how this partnership develops. We are so grateful to have a quality organization in our area like WWCC that is so community- and student-focused.”