WICHITA, Kan. – On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. the Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) presented the Wichita Area Technical College Foundation (WATC Foundation) with a $15,000 grant to support students with scholarships to further their education. These scholarships will be split among students in the IT (Information Technology) and Wichita Promise programs. The scholarships are a part of WIBA’s initiative to further economic development in the Wichita area.
Speakers at the presentation included Pete Meitzner, City Council Member and member of the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority Board of Trustees, Emily Compton, Wichita Independent Business Association, Board Chair, Ray Frederick, President of the Wichita Independent Business Association and Sheree Utash, President of Wichita Area Technical College.
Wichita Promise was established in April of this year to increase Wichita’s skilled workforce by covering the tuition and fees of individuals enrolling in programs of select high wage, high demand fields. WIBA’s gift will significantly increase the number of available Wichita Promise scholarships.
“When James Chung presented his research on Wichita’s economic downturn, we knew we had to do something to help reverse this trend,” said Sheree Utash, president of WATC. “Together, WATC and the WIBA are removing barriers that keep people from getting the training they need, filling Wichita’s funnel of skilled workers and shrinking talent gaps so that we can retain and grow our local industries.”
Wichita Promise’s eligible training programs include aerospace manufacturing technology, aerospace coating and paint technology, composite technology, machining technology, automotive technology, industrial automation, machine maintenance and carpentry. Students who complete their program are guaranteed an interview with a local company.
For more information about the WATC Foundation visit watc.edu/Foundation or call Paula Pitts, 316-677-9505.