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Mitchell Tech Graduate follows family tradition

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MITCHELL, S.D. (KELO) — A Mitchell Tech graduate is the fourth person from his family to graduate from the schools Powerline Construction Program.

Ty Coss walked across the stage at the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell earlier today after completing the powerline construction program. But he’s not the first member of his family to receive this honor. Both of his brothers and his father all graduated from M-T-C over the past 23 years. 

“After watching my dad and brothers do what they do and they. They loved it and still do, I thought I’d follow the footsteps,” Ty Coss said. 

Tate Coss is the oldest brother and graduated in 2018. He says he knew he was going to MTC when he was in high school.

“You have that age old question of what are you going to do for the rest of your life? I talked to dad kind of seeing what I wanted to do. He said it was something different every day, not an office job. And I’m not an office guy. So then it was, where am I going to go? And I knew this was a great school, so I decided to come on up here,” Tate Coss said.

Next is Cole Coss, who graduated in 2022. He says his dad was his reason to go to MTC.

“I grew up with him doing that job, so I saw what he did every day, and he enjoyed it. So. Just decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Cole Coss said.

Their father Kevin Coss, who graduated in 2001, says he never pushed any of his sons to follow in his footsteps. 

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“I’m super proud. But it’s a little scary, too, you know, in our industry, yes. Safety is everything. And you worry about your kids, especially your kids. You worry about coworkers and stuff,” Kevin Coss said. 

Mike Puetz is the powerline construction program director at MTC… and he’s taught all four members of the Coss family.

“It was kind of shocking when I first learned about the first one coming through and then the second one coming through and then the third one couple, two. And then I knew I had something that was rare,” Mike Puetz said.

Cole says he is proud of Ty for following in the family footsteps.

“You have to keep the tradition going,” Cole Coss said. 

Ty says he already has a job lined up at Prema in Alliance, Nebraska.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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