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December 2012 News Releases

Midwest Training Center to open in January at Washburn Tech

The Midwest Training Center (MTC) for Climate and Energy Control Technologies located on the Washburn Tech campus in Topeka is scheduled to open next month. The opening of the MTC aligns with Senate Bill 155 and the launch of Governor Brownback’s initiative to build a certified, highly qualified workforce for business and industry in Kansas.

“The Brownback Administration has launched an initiative to help ensure that Kansas businesses have a skilled, highly qualified workforce,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “This is an effort supported by industry leaders, workforce stakeholders and postsecondary education institutions across the state.”

The initiative stems from Kansas Senate Bill 155 that was passed in May of 2012. The new law is aimed at encouraging high school students to enroll in a technical college or community college. It provides all Kansas high school students free tuition for technical education courses taken at Kansas technical and community colleges. It also establishes an incentive program for school districts to get students involved in career and technical education prior to graduating from high school. The incentive will give school districts $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation, as identified by the Kansas Secretary of Labor.

One high-need occupation identified is HVAC mechanics and installers. Washburn Tech has responded to this need in Kansas through the creation of the Midwest Training Center. The first course offered at the new MTC is Basic Commercial HVAC. Classes will be held Saturday mornings in January and students will receive nine continuing education units from the City of Topeka and Washburn Tech will award college credit for the course.

About the Midwest Training Center (MTC)

The MTC’s goal is to provide existing and new workers the additional training needed to help current and new firms grow in the region. The training center will offer a series of certificates that are endorsed by Trane and Snap-on through the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). The certifications are industry driven and portable because they are nationally standardized. Furthermore, the curriculum has been developed and evaluated by industry so that it is world-class curricula representing the training needs of industry partners.

“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 need for certifications that are standardized, which means they are recognized by industry throughout the nation is the primary reason for Trane’s association with NC3,” said Greg Josefchuk, strategic programs leader for Trane. “Furthermore, students benefit from curriculum that has been evaluated by industry so that it reflects the training needs and workforce development of business and industry.”

For more information on the MTC or to enroll in Basic Commercial HVAC please contact Washburn Tech Continuing Education at 785-228-6392 or email Daniel Schmidt at The enrollment form may also be found online at under both Midwest Training Center and Continuing Education.


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,

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

Contact: Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, 785-228-6390