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January 2012 News Releases

Washburn Tech Students Win State Design Competition

Students at Washburn Tech competed in the Kansas SkillsUSA design contest in December, winning first place in both the pin and T-shirt design contests.

Graphics Technology students Olivia Schwyhart made the State Pin winning design. She is a student at Perry-Lecompton High School. David Vincent made the State T-Shirt winning design. He is a post-secondary student from Topeka.

Kansas SkillsUSA organizers said this is the first time in memory that a single school has won both first place awards. State pins will be traded at the SkillsUSA Nationals, June 23-27, 2012 in Kansas City.

The Graphics Technology program at Washburn Tech offers a 48-credit technical certificate that is designed to introduce students to the graphics industry. Through hands-on activities, projects and internship opportunities, students learn the basics of graphic design, digital photography and printing using industry standard software (Adobe programs such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop). Students learn how graphics, photography and print work together, developing the skills required for entry level employment in the graphics industry.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

Washburn Tech is a 2-year institution where students can obtain relevant technical skills in courses taught by highly skilled, knowledgeable instructors who prepare them for the job market. 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 offered.

Approximately 90 percent of Washburn Tech graduates go into jobs related to their training, the military or on to further education. After one or two years of training, graduates of our programs have obtained employment earning up to $ 23.42 per hour.

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

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

David Praiswater, Washburn Tech, SkillsUSA advisor, (785) 273-7140

Pam Manning, Washburn Tech, instructor, graphics technology, (785) 273-7140