M-Tech to Include More Manufacturers

May 19, 2014

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech, in cooperation with local manufacturing companies, is launching another phase next month of its new training initiative called Manufacturing Technology or M-Tech. The program, in partnership with GO Topeka, provides intensive technology training to workers and links them to good jobs in the manufacturing field. The pilot project through the Kansas Department of Commerce connects economic and workforce development under the new “Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand” (Workforce AID) initiative at Commerce – education linked to a job.

M-Tech’s first phase involved area food manufacturers including Bimbo Bakeries, Big Heart Pet Brands, Frito-Lay, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Mars Chocolate North America. The second phase, which begins on June 2, partners with Goodyear, Innovia Films and PTMW, Inc. Graduates are prepared for a potential entry-level production position with one of these companies and also are ready to earn a national industry credential, Certified Production Technician. For a limited time, funding from Commerce is available for adults who qualify.

“This project will connect trainees with employers who need people now and support a robust Kansas economy by preparing workers with the skills and credentials required by business,” said Pat George, secretary, Kansas Department of Commerce. “We are excited to support local prosperity with the Workforce AID pilot project for these excellent Topeka regional companies.”

“This unique program provides our business partners with a more prepared workforce while giving local residents skill sets and certifications that will be useful throughout their career,” said Scott Smathers, Vice President of Economic Development for GO Topeka.

To enroll in M-Tech, contact Luci Zieman at Washburn Tech by calling 785.670.2373. You also may ask about M-Tech at the Topeka Workforce Center or call 785.235.5627. Pre-assessment tests are required before enrollment.