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Delegation with ties to MTI wires Haitian medical clinic

A group of Mitchell Technical Institute alumni and supporters recently spent a week in Haiti wiring a medical clinic. Led by MTI electrical construction and maintenance instructor Patrick Soukup, the group of eight traveled to Jeremie, Haiti, to ...

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A volunteer group with connections to Mitchell Technical Institute is pictured at the completion of a wiring project at Klinik Bondyé-a in Jeremie, Haiti. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Gary Soupir, Ron Disbrow, Calby Auch, Pat Soukup, Doug Schley and Eric Boehmer. In front are Richard Kludt and Paul Faris. (Photo courtesy of Mitchell Technical Institute)

A group of Mitchell Technical Institute alumni and supporters recently spent a week in Haiti wiring a medical clinic.

Led by MTI electrical construction and maintenance instructor Patrick Soukup, the group of eight traveled to Jeremie, Haiti, to work on a newly built medical clinic as the country continues to rebuild from a 2010 earthquake.

Soukup estimated that in one week, the group logged more than 400 hours of work.

At the project's conclusion, the clinic had functional lights and plugins.

Seven of the eight members of the team are MTI alumni, all graduates of the ECM program.

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Team members included Soukup; 1978 graduate Doug Schley, Mitchell; 2011 graduate Calby Auch, Menno; 2012 graduates Eric Boehmer, Mitchell; Ron Disbrow, Sioux Falls; and Gary Soupir, Huron; and current student Richard Kludt, Lesterville.

Also accompanying the group was Paul Faris, Harrisburg.

The bulk of the travel expenses and the cost of materials were provided by several supporters including MTI and the MTI Foundation, Muth Electric, Beef Bucks Inc., Puetz Corp., Dakota Supply Group, the Avera Foundation and Holy Family parish.

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