Wichita, Kans. — Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been awarded the largest grant in its history and will lead a consortium of community colleges in the development of industry-standard aviation manufacturing training curricula.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday, Sept. 19 that WATC and four other community colleges nationally will receive $14.9 million in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant beginning Oct. 1, 2012.
WATC was chosen to facilitate and lead the project and a WATC Project Manager will coordinate efforts among participating colleges in five states. WATC’s portion of the nearly $15 million grant approaches $9 million dollars. Click here for the project’s abstract.
In addition to its financial and project leadership roles, WATC is responsible for outcomes of the grant. The project will be evaluated externally by the Office of Education, Innovation and Evaluation at Kansas State University. The grant is part of the Obama administration’s initiative to allocate $500 million nationally in support of job training through local employer partnerships. Click here for the U.S. Department of Labor’s press release (and scroll down to Kansas).
We're a different kind of college. At Wichita Area Technical College we're changing lives by training people for high-wage, high-demand jobs. We work hand-in-hand with employers to determine their job needs now and into the future so our students graduate with the right skills. We measure success not by the number of students we get but by the number of students who get jobs. That's why WATC graduates enjoy a 94% placement success rate.
Not only to we offer five areas of professional study, each with degrees, certificate programs and individual coursework, in exciting fields such as Aviation, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Business and Design, we have over 75 programs of study so you can choose the path that interests you the most. WATC also offers dozens of General Education classes such as psychology, math, English and history that can transfer easily to other colleges. WATC has three convenient Wichita campus locations as well as online courses.
With nearly 70 expert trainers, the Employer and Career Services Division (ECS) helps employers plan, manage, and provide training throughout a wide range of technical fields for their supervisory staff members and employees. The ECS Division also provides continuing education, certification, and recertification training programs for individuals in technical and professional occupations.
Additionally, the ECS Division employs career service experts who make it their mission to help students plan their careers and find jobs, as well as employers find qualified and highly trained workers. The ECS Division employs disability service advisors who help students with disabilities and special needs obtain the assistance they may need to complete college courses.