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HCC Receives Technical Grant

published October 24, 2011HCC Receives Technical Grant

Highland Community College has received confirmation that it will receive an $800,000 grant that will aid in expanding several programs at the HCC Technical Center in Atchison and the various regional campuses in the College’s nine county service area in Northeast Kansas.

The $800,000 grant will enhance facilities and curriculum and is from the U.S. Department of Labor. Terri Ball, Director of Technical Education for the College, said the program will train workers in Industrial Maintenance, Risk Management, and Health Services. “This grant will help us meet the growing need for credentialed personnel in the field of industrial maintenance and risk management in Northeast Kansas.” 

HCC is one of seven partners in a consortium that is being awarded a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is designed to support the collaborative efforts of Kansas community and technical colleges in providing workers throughout the state with academic and industry-recognized training and credentials to meet the need for a skilled workforce.

Washburn Institute of Technology (WIT) is serving as the consortium leader for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TRAC-7) grant. In addition to WIT and HCC, other members in the TRAC-7 consortium include Cloud County Community College, Concordia; Dodge City Community College; Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, and Salina Technical College.

“This grant represents a unique opportunity for higher education to collaborate statewide in an effort to promote economic and workforce development success,” noted HCC president David Reist. The grant program at HCC will build on existing programs that have seen an increase in enrollment the past few years. The benefits of the grant will include:
• More graduates obtaining credentials in Risk Management and Quality Assurance
• More students being prepared to go into the Bio-Medical fields.
• More students being prepared to fulfill the need of Industrial Maintenance Supervisors by graduating from Industrial Welding, HVAC, and Electrical Technology and enhancing course articulation by furthering their education with an AAS degree from Washburn Tech.
Those interested in learning more about the programs covered in this grant can contact Amy DuLac at 913-367-6204. Training for these programs is available through multiple formats, including online, on-site, and experiential instruction.

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