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Boeing Departure Underscores Need for Aviation and Other Technical Training

by jontjes on January 4, 2012

With today’s Boeing announcement that 2,100 jobs will be lost when the company leaves town, many Wichita families are facing an uncertain future. Although the pain felt by many will be real, Wichitans are not without hope. Robust growth continues for commercial aviation manufacturers and suppliers and the forthcoming rebound of general and business aviation promises to further boost the Air Capital’s fortunes. Additionally, the foresight of Sedgwick County and key aviation manufacturers has resulted in a unique solution for workforce transition that is already funded, built, staffed and ready to enable new opportunities.

Channel 12 Eyewitness News report on aviation training

In operation for more than a year, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) is a partnership between Sedgwick County, Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) and WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). As the managing partner of the facility, WATC offers the nation’s best aviation training and other elite advanced manufacturing educational opportunities.

With a job placement rate as high as 100% for some programs, WATC’s three Wichita campuses offer more than 75 courses of study for workers seeking new or better opportunities in aviation as well as other fields such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, design and business.

Featuring state-of-the-art labs, modern classrooms and expert instructors with relevant work experience at Wichita’s best employers, NCAT is perfectly positioned to help displaced workers retrain, gain new skills and adapt to the changing needs of Wichita employers.

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