Dallas Hand, 16, of Abilene, tries out the truck driving simulator as his dad, Trevor Hand, watches during a visit Tuseday morning to Salina Area Technical College. [Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal]

“You get disoriented,” Thummel said after completing a trip on the Salina Area Technical College truck-driving simulator, one of the highlights of Salina Tech’s open house Tuesday morning. “There’s stuff coming at you from every direction.”

During the open house, visitors were able to go on self-guided tours and explore various departments, including Dental Assisting, Automotive Technology, Welding, Graphic Design and others.

In addition to the truck-driving simulator, the tour also included an opportunity to try out a welding and an auto-painting simulator and visit the latest project house at Ohio and Kirwin, where the school’s construction, electrical and HVAC students are working.

Andrew Manley, Salina Tech vice president of administrative services, said the truck-driving simulator was one of the major features of the college’s commercial truck driving program.

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