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City Awards WATC Jobs and Training Grant

Contact: John Hall, Housing & Community Services |

The City of Wichita has awarded the Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) a $150,000 grant to train and help employ residents who meet federal poverty guidelines.

WATC’s Workforce Education and Development department will provide personalized career coaching for workers, ensuring those enrolled in the program will improve their economic prosperity. The federal funds are administered by the State of Kansas Housing Resource Corporation through the City. The City Council on Tuesday approved the performance based contract, which supports the City’s What Works Cities initiative to better use data and evidence to increase public engagement.

“This agreement will reduce barriers to employment and provide job skills,” John Hall, Director for Housing and Community Services, said. “The program should give residents access to employment that may lead to higher wages and a better quality of life.”

This spring, Housing & Community Services submitted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a service provider to deliver employment and training services. WATC submitted a proposal to train certify, place and retain 45 participants across four industries: assembly mechanic; composite fabrication; Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator; and Information Technology Help Desk Specialist.

The jobs support the Blueprint for Regional and Economic Growth (BREG). BREG, an economic development collaboration, focuses on the advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, aerospace, agriculture, data services and information technology, healthcare, oil and gas, and transportation and logistics.

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