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February 2013 News Releases

Kansas Contractors Association donates $9,000 to Washburn Tech - Funds to benefit the Commercial and Heavy Construction Program

Washburn Tech has received a gift of $9,000 spread over two years from the Kansas Contractors Association towards the purchase of an M series motor grader simulator which will be used by students in the Commercial and Heavy Construction program.  The simulator purchased by Washburn Tech has a dual console platform with multi-purpose USB replica controls and replica excavation pedal.

The Commercial and Heavy Construction Program offers a one year certificate to post-secondary students and introduces the basic skills used in commercial and heavy construction projects.  The program is a challenging, career building educational experience for anyone who is serious about their future in construction.  Courses are a combination of lecture and lab, and provide the opportunity for work-site experience utilizing skills acquired through equipment used in the courses.  Math and reading are embedded in the curriculum.  At the completion of the program, students are eligible to be National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certified Craft Technicians through all courses except Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Heavy Equipment 2.  A CDL (Class A) is an optional certification.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to complete their Associate Degree.


The Kansas Contractors Association represents 250 members of the heavy, highway and utility construction industries across Kansas. As the state's largest full-service association, KCA is committed to constantly improving the industry offering government and regulatory programs; networking and social events; education and safety programs; and industry specific products and publications.  For more information please visit or call 785.266.4152.

About Washburn Tech

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,

Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coord. of Continuing Ed & Marketing, 785.228.6390
Karen Wagaman, Kansas Contractors Association, Director of Marketing, 785.266.4152