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June 2012 News Releases

Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials TRAC-7 learns about registered apprenticeships

Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials (TRAC-7) met with education and industry partners to learn about registered apprenticeships, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Washburn University.

The meeting featured a guest presentation by Susan Symons, Apprenticeship Program Consultant for the Department of Commerce, explaining the benefits of a registered apprenticeship as well as how it could be potentially used in the TRAC-7 Program.  Other topics discussed include outreach objectives, curriculum redesign as well as a brief address by Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) Dean, Clark Coco.

Registered Apprenticeship is paid, on-the-job training sponsored by an employer, supervised by the employer’s mentor and includes related technical instruction.  Employees and employers benefit from registered apprenticeships because it creates customized training to fit the employer’s needs while also paying employees a progressively increasing wage based on performance.  There are currently 1,500 registered apprentices in Kansas with approximately 350 new apprentices registered annually.

Other institutions and businesses represented at the meeting include:  WESTAR Energy, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Kansas City Power & Light, Heartland Works, KANSASWORKS and Kansas State University.  TRAC-7 Consortium member institutions were also present at the meeting which includes:  Washburn Tech, Cloud County Community College, Dodge City Community College, Flint Hills Technical College, Garden City Community College, Highland Community College and Salina Area Technical College.   

Washburn Tech serves as the consortium leader for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant, locally known as TRAC-7.  The $19,619,450 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will support the collaborative efforts of seven community and technical colleges in Kansas to provide workers with the academic and industry-recognized credentials and training necessary to meet the need for a skilled workforce. 

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Calvin Carter, TRAC7, Outreach Specialist, 785.670.2201,

Gloria Comfort, TRAC-7 Project Manager, 785.670.2378,