Washburn Tech will hold an Open House for the new Advanced Systems Technology training center at the Topeka Regional Airport and Business Center, formerly called Forbes, on Saturday, November 17 from noon to 2:00 p.m... Washburn Tech has greatly expanded the Advanced Systems program in response to strong industry demand for graduates. The Kansas Department of Labor projects there will be more than 5,000 Advanced Systems Technology job openings in Kansas between 2010 and 2020.
Advanced Systems Technicians troubleshoot, repair and maintain manufacturing machinery and equipment to keep production lines and distribution systems in working order. Graduates in the high demand Advanced Systems Technology field may earn an average of $20.00 per hour to start in Northeast Kansas and experienced technicians may earn much more.
"Advanced Manufacturing, represented by many employers in Topeka, demands a rapidly growing skill set in our local workforce. The Advanced Systems Technology program at Washburn Tech will prepare our existing and future workforce to fill these well-paying jobs and is critical to the success of growth in Topeka and Shawnee County” said Dawn Wright, Vice President of Economic Development at the GO Topeka Economic Partnership.
Visitors to the Open House will be able to visit with instructors about the Advanced Systems Technology program and career opportunities within the field. Department of Veterans Affairs staff will also be available with information about federal tuition benefits for veterans and their families.
The expansion of the Advanced Systems Technology program is funded 100 percent through a $19.6 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant (TRAC7) and with the support of the area business community.
The new Advanced Systems training site is located on J Street just two and one-half blocks south of 4 Street North at the Topeka Regional Airport. More information and a map to the training site is located on the Washburn Tech website at www.washburntech.edu on the Upcoming Events page
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 students as well as 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.
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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, 785-228-6390