Businesses are looking for solutions that work and affect the bottom line. Washburn Tech is committed to our business and industry partners, optimizing their expertise and resources to create a better trained worker. Discover the projects and partnerships that are training today’s workforce. These efforts are one more reason that Washburn Tech students are prepared to move from the lab and classroom into the workplace and a good paying career.
Accelerating Opportunity- Kansas - Accelerating Opportunity: Kansas (AO-K) is a groundbreaking demonstration project that is transforming the delivery system for adult education. AO-K uses Career Pathways to deliver career and technical education simultaneously with adult basic skills instruction. Students complete short term certificate programs aligned with labor market needs, leading to industry endorsed credentials and immediate jobs. Washburn Tech offers the following AO-K training programs:
For more information about any of these career pathways, contact Lea Ann Curtis at 785.670.2248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The shortage of qualified diesel technicians is severe. In turn, the job outlook is bright and the wages are strong. Washburn Tech offers the first nationally recognized Heavy Diesel Construction Technology Training Center in partnership with CASE Construction Equipment and The Victor L. Phillips Company. The public private partnership is a result of strong company leadership and investment. CASE and their dealerships are providing:
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The Midwest Training Center (MTC) provides training in current and emerging technologies in Climate and Energy Control Technologies. The Climate Control Center lab is one of the most technologically advanced in the country and is made possible through a private/public partnership with the Trane Company. The training center offers:
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Washburn Tech, in cooperation with area manufacturing companies, offered a new training initiative in the spring and summer of 2014 called Manufacturing Technology or M-Tech. The program, in partnership with GO Topeka, provided intensive technology training to workers and linked them to good jobs in the manufacturing field. The pilot project through the Kansas Department of Commerce connected economic and workforce development under the new “Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand” (Workforce AID) initiative at Commerce.
The first phase of this initiative involved food manufacturers including Bimbo Bakeries USA, Del Monte, Frito-Lay, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Mars Chocolate North America. The second phase included Goodyear, Innovia Films and PTMW, Inc. Graduates were prepared for an entry-level production position with one of these companies and also were ready to earn a national industry credential, Certified Production Technician.
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards. Washburn Tech is proud to be part of this network of education providers and corporations. Learn more by watching highights of the NC3 Leadership Summit.
In partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Washburn Tech, Trane and Snap-on Tools, another NC3 Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday, September 12, on the Washburn Tech campus. It is designed to:
Educators, who attend the Boot Camp, will learn about the career opportunities for their students as well as the high level math and science skills required for success. The inaugural NC3 Boot Camp was held in the summer of 2013 at Washburn Tech and has been replicated in other parts of the state with the cooperation of the Kansas Department of Education and the Kansas Board of Regents.
Washburn Tech has a strong mission to serve the community and support economic development. Net Reach is another example of The Tech living its mission. Through an outreach program and satellite sight, Washburn Tech is providing technical training in an East Topeka neighborhood. With quality technical training and skills, the partnership plans to assist the revitalization of a neighborhood where many citizens are underserved.