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September 2013 News Releases

Washburn Tech, Washburn University, and TRAC-7 Host National Conference

 Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech), Washburn University, and Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials (TRAC-7) hosted a national conference for community colleges and technical schools that received a grant funded through the United States Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program.  The conference, “TAACCCT ON!” was Sept. 18 and 19 at Washburn Tech in Topeka.

The conference featured a variety of grantee-led workshops, site visits, and opportunities for the institutions to learn from one another. Participants shared best practice tips, success stories, lessons learned, and strategies for implementing the federally funded grant.  The event highlighted particular TAACCCT strands of grant management, programming and implementation, connections and collaboration and peer-to-peer sharing.

The TRAC-7 mobile training units were also open for tour.  The TRAC-7 signature programs include Advanced Systems Technology (Advanced Manufacturing), Agri-Biotechnology, Electrical Power Technician,  Environmental Technology/Water Treatment, Food Science, Power Plant Technology, and Risk Management.  Other institutions also set up exhibits and shared information about their programs.

U.S. Department of Labor, Kansas Board of Regents, and KANSASWORKS were present at the conference.  Among the institutions, sixteen states were represented including: California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, and Mississippi.  TRAC-7 consortium member institutions represented include: Cloud County Community College, Dodge City Community College, Flint Hills Technical College, Garden City Community College, Highland Community College, and Salina Area Technical College. 

Washburn University, of Topeka, serves as the consortium leader for the TAACCCT Grant, locally known as TRAC-7.  The $19,619,450 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will support the collaborative efforts of seven community and technical colleges in Kansas to provide workers with the academic and industry-recognized credentials and training necessary to meet the need for a skilled workforce.

Contact: Calvin Carter, TRAC7, Outreach Specialist, 785.670.2201,

Christa Smith, TRAC-7 Project Manager, 785.670.2378,