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WATC partners with Wichita Manufacturer’s Association to award four $1,000 scholarships

by kgarrett on April 10, 2013

For more information, please contact Jim Fly, Executive Director for Advancement and Employer Services, at 316-677-1679.

Wichita, Kans. — Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has partnered with the Wichita Manufacturer’s Association (WMA) to provide $1,000 scholarships to four qualified applicants. Scholarship winners are encouraged to pursue manufacturing careers upon completion of their WATC education.

WATC’s four scholarship recipients will be honored with 12 winners from other local colleges during an awards ceremony Friday, May 10th at Rolling Hills Country Club. Congressman Mike Pompeo will be the keynote speaker. He is expected to deliver comments regarding the outlook for manufacturing employment in Kansas.

WMA Scholarship Chair, Steve Flesher of InterAct Training Group, coordinates donor activity to meet student needs. This year’s WMA Executive Committee is chaired by President Gabe Schlickau of Black Hills Energy. WATC’s Division of Advancement is led by Executive Director Jim Fly.

The backgrounds of the four WATC scholarship students vary, but all have an interest in manufacturing-related occupations and technical education:

Christian Long works as a small business property manager. He is studying Design Engineering at WATC and would like to design appealing, functional parts for the automotive and motorsports industries.

Currently working as a lathe operator, John Dick has experience as a welder, forklift operator, tooling assistant and more. With 15 years of metal work experience, he aspires to become a first-class machinist and eventually have his own metal shop.

Citing his admiration for skilled workers, Jeffrey Dunbar plans to earn an associate’s degree in machining technology to become a CNC programmer. His special interests include wood-working and sculpting. He has previous experience as a cabinet builder.

Following in his father’s aviation footsteps, Logan Hanna is intrigued by the capability of manufacturing technologies. He is currently working in the machining industry and wants to further his education to include programming and maintenance.

Each scholarship recipient has the drive and motivation to create a better future through technical education. Thanks to the Wichita Manufacturer’s Association and partnering institution WATC, these students are one step closer to reaching their goals.

To learn more about the Wichita Manufacturer’s Association, visit www.wichitamanufacturers.org. To learn more about the fastest-growing college in Kansas, its 97% placement success rate, and more than 75 program of study, visit www.watc.edu for more information.

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