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TRAC-7 Program Mobile Units Display at Kansas Workforce Summit

Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, sponsor of the 12th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit, is proud to announce the TRAC-7 Program will have two of their three mobile units on display at the upcoming Summit January 23 and 24 at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Maner Conference Center.  The TRAC-7 (Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials) Program supports the collaborative efforts of seven community and technical colleges in Kansas to provide workers with industry-recognized credentials for high-demand, high-wage jobs by introducing blended learning. Blended learning is the combination of online, hybrid-courses featuring real-time online interactions, and specialized mobile units which will travel to each institution providing students with hands-on, job-centered training.

The Agri-Biotechnology Mobile Unit is a 45 foot-long fifth-wheel with 12 student work stations being towed by a Ford F450 dually truck. The Agri-Biotechnology Program prepares students for entry-level positions in the emerging biotechnology industry. The program provides a strong scientific background and extensive laboratory experience in methods currently used in research, government, and industry laboratories.  

The Environmental Technology Mobile Unit is a 20 foot-long, Nissan NV2500 High-Top. The Environmental Technology Program prepares students for a career in water treatment industry. Water Treatment Operators treat water so that it is safe to drink as well as remove harmful pollutants from domestic and industrial liquid waste so that it is safe to return to the earth. Industrial facilities that send their wastes to municipal treatment plants must meet certain minimum standards to ensure that the wastes have been adequately pretreated and will not damage municipal treatment facilities.

The third mobile unit is currently in the final stages of preparation for use.  The Electrical & Power Transmission Mobile Unit is a 44 foot-long fifth-wheel with 11 student work stations being towed by a Chevy Silverado 3500 Crew Cab dually truck.  The Electrical & Power Transmission Program prepares students for a career as a line worker/lineman in the construction, maintenance, and repair of electric utility overhead and underground systems.  A technicians’ primary responsibility is ensuring the reliability of the transmission of electricity over the electrical grid and to consumers. 

The TRAC-7 Program is a great way to bring training to workers, increasing their chances of receiving a high-paying job.  Employers also benefit from a more skilled workforce with job-specific, hands-on training. Washburn Institute of Technology is leading the effort to expand training opportunities for Kansans. Other consortium institutions include Cloud County Community College Geary County Campus, Dodge City Community College, Flint Hills Technical College, Salina Area Technical College, Garden City Community College, and Highland Community College. Learn more about the TRAC-7 Program at

Registrations to participate in the Kansas Workforce Summit are still being taken and are limited to 300 participants! For complete Summit information, visit or contact WKMA directly toll-free at 877-405-2883 or locally at 620-227-8082.