Minnesota West to highlight 4 programs at the Canby campus in March
Prospective students may explore Diesel Technology, Dental Assistant, Electrician and Wind Energy Technology.
CANBY — Minnesota West Community and Technical College will host its Program Shadowing Xtravaganza from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 on its Canby campus.
Prospective students will have the opportunity to connect and explore one or all of the available programs: Diesel Technology, Dental Assistant, Electrician and Wind Energy Technology. Program shadowing for students starts at 9 a.m., including hands-on activities and a campus tour.
Technical careers are in high demand and the job outlook is growing.
The community is invited to participate in the afternoon and evening with a burger feed and raffle fundraiser.
The Diesel Mechanic program students started the event back in 1997 to raise funds for scholarships and equipment. Each year, the students line up equipment with local dealerships showcasing equipment, they host a burger feed and run a fundraising raffle.
The event focuses on program shadowing for future students, but many community members find it intriguing as well, as there is always a big crowd and loyal supporters look forward to the event every year.
Through partnerships and community support, the Xtravaganza has significantly grown over the years.
The day also brings Minnesota West alumni together to connect and see what is new in the industry.
Peter Girard has spent 41 years as a Diesel Technology instructor, and Mike DeVries is in his sixth year on the Canby campus. Both instructors have a long history together — DeVries is a past student of Girard's, and together they continue the annual Xtravaganza event.
All proceeds from the event are used for program field trips, equipment needed, and student scholarships.