October 2012 News Releases

Ingersoll Rand Foundation donates $10,000 to Washburn Tech

Washburn Tech has received a gift of $10,000 from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation.

Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable, and efficient environments and includes Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services, among its family of brands. The grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation will help fund the development of the new Midwest Training Center for Climate and Energy Control Technologies at Washburn Tech.

The center’s goal is to provide existing and new workers the additional training needed to help current and new firms grow in the region. The MTC plans to achieve this goal by providing a system of connected and stackable credentials to existing technicians, to new students and to displaced workers for multiple programs and industry sectors: energy, transportation, and advanced manufacturing. The center will also provide train-the-trainer opportunities to secondary and post-secondary instructors throughout the Midwest.

 “Trane is honored to support Washburn Tech in the development of the Midwest Training Center,” said Keven Ward, Public Sector Consultant for Trane. “The training center will serve business and industry throughout the Midwest region by producing trained employees with nationally recognized certifications, and to provide access to short term training and certifications for incumbent workers as well.” 

The training center will offer a series of certifications collaboratively developed in conjunction with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). “The need for certifications that are standardized, which means they are recognized by industry throughout the nation in the primary reason for Trane’s association with NC3,” said Greg Josefchuk, strategic programs leader for Trane. “Furthermore, students benefits from curriculum that has been evaluated by industry so that it reflects the training needs and workforce development of business and industry.” 

“This grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation supplements funding received from the Kansas Department of Commerce for the Midwest Training Center for Climate and Energy Control Technologies and will allow Washburn Tech to further expand the scope of the project,” said Clark Coco, Washburn Tech Dean. “Washburn Tech is extremely excited to have Trane, Snap-on, NC3 and Ingersoll Rand as corporate partners as we strive to provide the most State-of-the Art training to those either entering, or professionals presently employed in, the field of climate and energy controls. Our goal at Washburn Tech is to be the leader for the Midwest in developing a training center which is considered a premier training center in the nation for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and climate and energy control technologies.”

Trane’s support of the MTC extends beyond the donation from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation. Trane and Washburn Tech have developed curriculum and certifications around energy management systems, including the development of state-of-the-art energy labs at the MTC. This will enable students to train on the latest technology used by industry, enabling them to gain the skills needed for technically advanced careers.

“As the national energy sector sponsor of NC3, Trane recognizes the need for a technically strong work force and prioritizes partnerships with organizations such as Washburn Tech  that demonstrate strong leadership and develop the skills and certification workforce programs needed for 21st century technical careers,” said Ward.  “We are very excited to collaborate with key stakeholders in Kansas to advance the mutually shared goals and objectives achieved through the MTC certification programs at Washburn Tech.”   

The MTC is scheduled to be open later this fall and certification programs will begin the first week of December. Washburn Tech leaders anticipate over 30 emergent workers will be trained in industry specific certification programs by the end of January 2013. To learn more about the Midwest Training Center please visit www.Washburntech.edu.

About Washburn Institute of Technology
Washburn Tech offers 25 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.  Washburn Tech, which serves post-secondary and high school students, has the highest graduation rate of any public technical institution in Kansas, 87 percent.  To inquire about technical programs or future courses please contact Washburn Tech at 785-273-7140 or visit our website, www.washburntech.edu.

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or trane.com.

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, 785-228-6390
Dr. Gillian Gabelmann, Washburn Tech, associate dean for instruction, 785-228-6302