DeSoto County’s private technical college is about to grow on its Horn Lake campus and Tom Pullin is the man who will be watching over its growth.
Pullin is the Campus President of the Horn Lake campus for Delta Technical College at 6550 Interstate Blvd., Building D, in Horn Lake. The school, a branch campus of the Springfield, Ill.-based Midwest Technical Institute, is the top-performing school in the group that includes four campuses in Illinois and Ridgeland, in addition to Horn Lake.
That’s according to Brian Huff, an owner of the nationally-accredited vocational-technical school system.
“We have about 540 students here in Horn Lake,” Huff said Monday when a groundbreaking event was held for a new 50,000-square-foot campus facility set to open in July. The building will be 10,000 square feet larger than the current facility, located just off I-55 south of Goodman Road.
“That’s going to give our programs more room,” Pullin said. “Every program will have a little bit larger area to work in. Currently our CDL/Professional Truck Driving program is on Holmes Road in Memphis and we’re going to be able to move it over here to a two-acre facility to have it here on location, too.”
Pullin’s career with Delta Tech has grown as he has seen the school grow.
“I’ve been with Delta Tech for 10 years,” he explained. “I started out as a welding and pipe fitting instructor and then moved into the Director of Education position and became Campus President here about six months ago.”
The native of Senath, Mo. in the state’s Bootheel now leads a school that offers 12 different programs in allied health fields and in mechanical and skilled trades.
“We want to facilitate for all of our students a chance to actually have a living wage and to learn a trade they can turn into a career,” Pullin said. “Every program that we have here is less than a year and in a year we expect you to be out there making a living wage and supporting yourself. We offer diploma-based, hands-on programs, so you’re not just learning in the classroom. You’re learning it by doing it. We’ve had a lot of success doing that.”
For more information about Delta Technical College, you may visit www.deltatechnicalcollege.com or call (662) 280-1443.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.