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March 2013 News Releases

Washburn Tech Announces Grand Opening of Midwest Training Center in Topeka


Washburn Tech announces the grand opening of the Midwest Training Center for Climate and Energy Control Technologies (MTC) on Tuesday, March 12 at the Washburn Tech campus. Refreshments and networking will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center with the formal program commencing at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following the program a ribbon-cutting and Open House will be held at the MTC on campus.

 “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,” said Clark Coco, Washburn Tech Dean. “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.”

Details of the ribbon-cutting ceremony:

  • Refreshments and networking will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 12 followed by a formal program at 9:30 a.m. in the Washburn Tech Conference Center, 5724 Huntoon Street, Topeka, Kansas 66604.
  • Dr. Jerry Farley, President of Washburn University and Blake Flanders, Vice President for Workforce Development at Kansas Board of Regents will provide remarks.
  • Kansas dignitaries as well as executive leaders representing business and industry will be in attendance.

The general public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony; however guests are encouraged to RVSP to The MTC will be open to the public until 11:00 a.m. for guided tours following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The MTC will 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 provides world-class training to meet the 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 creation of the Midwest Training Center at Washburn Tech is supported by numerous financial partners.  In addition to the support of Trane, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation, Snap-on and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Washburn Tech has received several state and federal grants which have assisted tremendously in the establishment of the Midwest Training Center.  These include a Jobs and Innovative Industry Skills Training (JIIST) grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce, a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor also awarded through the Kansas Department of Commerce, an Innovative Technology grant from the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), and Carl D Perkins Program Improvement grants, a U.S. Department of Education  grant administered by KBOR.

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 one of the highest graduation rates of any public technical institution in Kansas, 83 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 or

Photo Opp:    Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:50-9:20 a.m., Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and other distinguished stakeholders will be conducting private interviews with members of the press in the Midwest Training Center followed by the grand opening ceremony which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Washburn Tech Conference Center

Contacts: Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, Coord. of Continuing Ed & Marketing, 785.228.6390  Angie Gensler, Marketing Specialist, Trane Climate Solutions, 913.599.4664