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January 2012 News Releases

Kansas Contractors Association supports Washburn Tech commercial and heavy construction program

The Kansas Contractors Association is donating $1,500 to Washburn Tech to help subsidize a substantial portion of the fuel costs for the Commercial and Heavy Construction Program. The Association has supported the Construction program from the program’s beginning in 2008. The funds will help pay for fuel for the heavy equipment students use during the hands-on portion of the program.

The Kansas Contractors Association is a professional association of contractors and supplier/service providers who join together to enhance the performance and representation of our members, to promote the respect and integrity of our industry and to improve the quality of life in our communities.

The Kansas Contractors Association (KCA) is the recognized leader of the heavy construction industry in the state of Kansas. Since 1923, this statewide chapter of the AGC of America has provided services to its members in such areas as legislation, governmental regulations, on-the-job training, liaison with awarding authorities, project information and numerous other services. The Kansas Contractors Association brings strength and unity to association members and serves as the “watchdog” while striving to protect and preserve the livelihood of the heavy, highway and utility construction industry.

The Kansas Department of Labor projects employers state-wide will have 1,500 openings for construction equipment operating engineers through 2018 due to growth in demand and attrition. Experienced operating engineers can make over $35-$45,000 per year.

The Washburn Tech Commercial and Heavy Construction Program offers a 43-credit technical certificate that introduces the basic skills used in commercial and heavy construction projects through a combination of hands-on activities and lecture. The program includes field safety and orientation, site layout, heavy equipment I, II, and II application, heavy highway, and pipe laying. Students have the opportunity to obtain safety certifications and to become National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certified Craft Technicians. Class B CDL is an optional certification.

Washburn Tech offers 24 technical programs, most of which are about 48 credits in length, in one of five divisions - Construction, Health Care, Transportation, Human Services, and Technology. In addition, short-term continuing education and custom courses are also offered.

To inquire about technical programs or future courses please contact Washburn Tech at (785) 273-7140 or visit our website

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Jonathan Wimer, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, Washburn Tech, (785) 228-6390