The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded Seward County Community
College/Area Technical School a three-year Workforce Solutions Fund Grant in
the amount of $113,275 in the area of Advanced Manufacturing.
The grant will add an advanced training component to the manufacturing
cluster with direct application to Welding Technology, Machine Tool
Technology and Drafting and Design Technology programs at the college. The
grant is a collaborative effort with regional industry employers as well as
Garden City Community College and Dodge City Community College. Industry
partners include Engineering Technologies, Liberal New Iron and Metal and
Great Plains Gas Compression.
The college will use the funds to purchase equipment, provide training, and
assist industry with short-term customized training needs related to the
machining and manufacturing industries.
Addition of this program will give the college the ability to train high
skills Computer Numeric Control (CNC) workers for the southwest Kansas
The grant will help fund a ³water-jet² machine, which can cut using water as
the cutter. The water-jet is CNC controlled and is the first CNC type
machine that primarily fits inside a welding program/shop.
All CNC controlled machines operate with coordinates, which are generated
from computer drawings through the Drafting program.
For information about this new educational opportunity, contact Smithson at
620-417-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org