Students will use the pipe to prepare for pipeline industry careers
STAPLES, Minn. – Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. (KPL) donated approximately one-third mile of steel pipe to the Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance program at Central Lakes College (CLC). Students will use the 18-inch-diameter pipe to build a simulated right-of-way on school property and practice hands-on pipeline construction and maintenance. The donation was made during a presentation led by KPL employees on May 20 at CLC in Staples.
“This generous donation will provide our students with rare and invaluable hands-on experience prior to starting their careers,” said Chris Hadfield, dean of career and technical education at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College. “We are grateful to Koch Pipeline Company and are excited to put this pipe to good use for decades to come.”
“Many graduates of Central Lakes College go on to work in our industry as welders and heavy equipment operators, and we want to provide them with helpful equipment to hone their skills,” said Dave Stecher, vice president of northern operations for Koch Pipeline Company. “This donation is part of our company’s efforts to support the next generation of skilled workers in our industry.”
KPL is the operator of the Minnesota Pipe Line system, which carries crude oil from northwest Minnesota to Twin Cities refineries. These refineries produce much of the transportation fuels used in Minnesota and throughout the Upper Midwest.
Watch this video for more information about the pipe donation.
About Koch Pipeline Company
Koch Pipeline Company operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelines in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois that transport crude oil, refined products, natural gas liquids, and chemicals. Koch Pipeline Company is the operator of the Minnesota Pipe Line system. Learn more at www.kochpipeline.com.
About Central Lakes College
Central Lakes College is the Upper Midwest’s oldest and largest heavy equipment training site consisting of more than 360 acres of ground that has moved thousands of miles, yet mere inches from where it came from. From its beginning in 1962, thousands of graduates have started their careers in earth moving, pipeline construction and maintenance, water and sewer construction, site development, and commercial construction. Many of our graduates are employed as operators, foremen and superintendents for local and national leading companies.