Kirk Pickett

Engineering Aid, Boone Electric Coop

Kirk discovered the EPCE booth while attending the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference. Kirk earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia College but thought a degree in the energy field would be an asset, so he enrolled in the online EPCE Electric Power Technology (ELPW) program as Bismarck State College.

Kirk was already very busy with two young daughters, coaching their basketball, soccer and softball teams plus volunteering at a child abuse shelter on top of his work schedule. But, he was fortunate. In addition to the conveniences of taking courses that are accessible 24/7 online, his wife worked part time as a social worker, which helped out quite a bit. Kirk took the classes at his own pace, completing his degree in about four years.

Kirk really enjoyed the online courses. “I wouldn’t have been able to get a degree if it wasn’t offered online.”