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Special Initiatives

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.

PowerSafe Testing Site


Washburn Tech is now a proctored testing site for PowerSafe. PowerSafe is an integrated comprehensive safety orientation and verification system for utility contractors. This system is administered by Alliance Safety Council, a non-profit member association that has been providing comprehensive educational programs, seminars and training materials to improve safety awareness on the job and in the community for nearly 60 years.

PowerSafe Generation and PowerSafe T&D provide standardized, OSHA awareness-level safety orientations for utility contractors. The training is recorded in the PowerSafe database, which is easily validated through an auditable system and helps to end the unnecessary duplication of contractor training.

Testing Schedule: Monday & Thursday       
Testing Begins at 9 a.m. and noon                

Please call 785.670.3353 to reserve a test day or set-up a custom date if the regular schedule does not work for you or your company.

Accelerating Opportunity-Kansas

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:

  • health care (15 credit hours) - students build academic skills and earn certification as a CNA, HHA and CMA for work in the medical field... students also can earn certifications in CPR, First Aid, OSHA and develop a medical vocabulary 
  • machine/tool technology (23 credit hours) - students build both academic and hands-on skills including lathing, milling and grinding in preparation to work as a machinist who manufactures parts in a machine shop or manufacturing fabrication facility
  • welding technology (21 credit hours) - students build on academic skills as well as Stick, MIG and TIG welding skills in preparation to work as a fabrication welder
  • building technology (25 credit hours) - students build academic skills as well as hands-on skills that prepare them to work in the building industry... skill areas include framing, finishing, electrical, plumbing, surveying and masonry

For more information about any of these career pathways, contact Mandy Cox at 785.670.2601 or mandy.cox@washburn.edu.

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings and associated education and training. Click here to utilize this special service.

Heavy Diesel Construction Technology

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:

  • outlined curriculum
  • new equipment
  • company sponsorships for qualified students.

Click here for more information on this dynamic program.

Heavy Diesel Construction Tech lab


Midwest Training Center

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:

  • a series of certificates, endorsed by Trane and Snap-on through the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).
  • the certifications are industry driven and portable because they are nationally standardized
  • the curriculum has been developed and evaluated by industry so that it is world-class curricula representing the training needs of industry partners

Click here to learn more about this program.

Midwest Training Center


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.

M-Tech facility


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.

NC3 Boot Camp

In partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Washburn Tech, Trane and Snap-on Tools, Washburn Tech hosted NC3 Boot Camp on our campus. The initiative was designed to:

  • elevate technical education and technical occupations
  • provide a better understanding of the high tech skills required in today’s technical occupations
  • provide examples of contextual applications in science and math using high technology and tools

Educators, who attended the Boot Camp, learned 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.