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Perry Tech...providing technical skills education for 75 years

YAKIMA – For the past 75 years those seeking an education in the trade professions have been able to do so at Perry Technical Institute in Yakima. Harriet M. Perry opened the school in honor of her deceased husband, John M. Perry, in 1939. “The focus and mission was and still is to prepare people for industry,” said Leanne LaBissoniere, public relations director for the school. Last week the school hosted a summer preview tour of the school for those thinking about pursuing a technical skills education. “The programs have changed to meet the needs of industry, but the intent remains,” said LaBissoniere. There are currently 10 programs offered at the school, which will soon break ground on a new building for its instrumentation program. Students in that program learn skills that are useful in many different areas of industry, including manufacturing. “It is one of our most popular programs,” LaBissoniere said of the instrumentation program. She said demand for skilled instrument technicians continues to grow as automation in manufacturing expands. That program, like many others, requires two years of education. Also offered at Perry Technical Institute are automative technology, business technology and accounting, electrical technology, HVAC, informational technology and communication systems, machine technology, medical assistant, medical office administration and coding, and welding technology programs. Jill Cope spoke to prospective students last week, explaining the enrollment process. She said it involves a tour to determine which program one wishes to pursue, the application, providing proof of education and identification, an entrance exam, a $500 tuition deposit and new student orientation. Financial aid, said Mayra Fernandez, is possible at Perry Technical Institute. She told those taking advantage of the summer preview that loans are guaranteed and first-year students can receive $5,500 in tuition assistance. “Our staff understands financial hardships and will work with you to ensure your needs are met,” she said, adding staff will also work with students to make sure they have the needed supplies for their classes. LaBissoniere told the group that there are also scholarship opportunities. There are scholarships from the school, but also outside scholarship opportunities. Students attending Perry Technical Institute also have the support of staff in the career services department. According to Jennifer Arnett, students are urged and helped to begin thinking about their future as soon as they enroll at the school. Career services staff help students with interview skills, organize career workshops and stage an employer expo. “Career services is available for a lifetime for our alumni,” said Arnett. Also speaking to the group of prospective students was President Christine Cote. She said, “We are preparing you to work.”

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Perry Technical Institute was founded by Harriet M. Perry in honor of her late husband, John M. Perry. The school celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

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This auditorium at Perry Technical Institute is one of the only rooms at the school that has not been updated. It was constructed in 1939 when the school was founded.

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Students in the instrumentation program at Perry Technical Institute learn to work on a variety of industrial equipment.

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Prospective Perry Technical Institute students interested in the electrical technology program learn about the electrical panels used in the program.

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Those interested in the welding technology program at Perry Technical Institute learn about the welders and other tools available in the classroom environment.

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Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology students work with commercial air conditioners like these. They also learn about commercial refrigerators and refrigerators like those one would have at home.

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Students in the business technology and accounting program at Perry Technical School work in a simulated office environment.

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