It took over 10 years for South Central Kansas, Sedgwick County, Wichita Area Technical College, and the National Institute for Aviation Research Wichita State University to partner together for the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) to develop into the state of the art facility that it is today. Aviation executives, the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County, and USD 259 formed the Kansas Technical Training Initiative in 1999, which developed the initial concepts and strategies for regional technical training in 2002. In 2004 the Sedgwick County Commission created the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority to oversee and coordinate technical education. Through these organizations, the cooperative desire to sustain a competitive advantage with a highly-skilled and motivated workforce took shape in the creation of NCAT, a world-class research and training facility specifically designed to meet changing business and workforce needs. Construction began in 2008, and finally classes were held at the NCAT campus in fall 2010.
On Wednesday, October 27, 2010 the official NCAT ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the auditorium. Jim Walters, the Chairman of the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA) began the ceremony by introducing the members of SCTETA. Comments were also made by Lt. Governor Findley and Congressman Jerry Moran.
NCAT is located at 4004 N. Webb Road in Wichita. You can view more photos on Facebook.