Open House on Technology Program at GBC Ely Campus


Did you know that you can now get a certificate of achievement or an associate degree in Applied Science in Electrical Systems or Diesel Technology without leaving Ely? The Great Basin College Ely campus now offers these two programs combining distance learning technology and Ely-based teaching in new electrical and diesel technology labs.

GBC will host an open house at CTE on January 16th from 7pm to 9pm. in GBC Room 111 where you can learn about Ely-based programs as well as programs from other GBC campuses in Elko, Winnemucca and Pahrump. Visits to the new Ely laboratories will be offered at the Open House.

Sam Leyba, who became the new Ely Instructor of Electrical Systems Technology on the Ely campus in the fall, said the 2019 electrical systems technology courses had already begun, but it was time to start to think about registering in the fall of 2019.

"It's really a great opportunity to be able to take electrical technology courses and labs here on the Ely campus," says Leyba. "We can give students practical instructions with the help of tools and equipment that they will use in real working conditions. Students previously had to travel to Elko Campus to obtain this degree. "

The Electrical Systems Technology Laboratory is located in the GBC Building at 2115 Bobcat Drive. Courses are offered in two-semester blocks, the first block in the fall and the second block in the spring. Some classes are delivered through interactive video on the Winnemucca campus and labs in the new on-campus lab at Ely Campus.

The Diesel Technology Laboratory is located in the professional building of White Pine High School at 1800 Bobcat Drive. The diesel technology course will begin January 22 with a three-course block this spring. Mike Whitehead, who taught diesel technology on the Elko campus for 6 years, will now teach the Ely program.

Some general education certificates are also required for these certificates or diplomas, including English, Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, Commerce, Social Science and Political Science.

The electrical systems technology program prepares graduates to work in various industries, including mining, manufacturing, power plants, energy distribution, construction, sales, machine control, water resources management and games. The diesel technology program prepares students for specialized training in the repair, maintenance, troubleshooting, overhaul and rebuilding of diesel vehicles and equipment.

Scholarships and financial assistance are available to students wishing to enroll in technology programs. March 1st is the deadline to apply for admission and scholarships. The application is online at

For more information, please visit GBC's Web site at or contact Kristi Fillman, Electrical Systems Technology Program Assistant, at Great Basin College Ely Campus, at 289-8. 3589.