KanTRAIN & The Workforce of the Future
No matter where they come from or the path they’ve taken to get there, students are creating a new and better future for themselves and Kansas with the help of KanTRAIN’s programs. Across the state, KanTRAIN acted as a catalyst for rapid program growth and initiatives to improve the experience and outcomes for a variety of students. From the improved welding labs of Garden City to the advanced simulation lab in Topeka, technology provided by KanTRAIN funding helps prepare students to be at the top of their field when they graduate.
What does a future thanks to KanTRAIN look like? Our participant students say that: “It’s a future where I’m not working retail” and “Where I can have a real career.” Our students come from a variety of backgrounds: the unemployed, underemployed, and later in life career changers have all found a new career path through our consortium institutions and their programs. In partnership with KanVET, KanTRAIN has provided focused career re/training to veterans across the state of Kansas.
KanTRAIN’s Impact (as of May 2018):
- Enrolled 2,167 participants in training programs.
- Finished renovations of industry-standard welding facilities and classrooms at GCCC and FHTC
- Incorporated automated equipment for core advanced manufacturing courses in high-tech labs and classrooms at WSU-Tech.
- Developed a new interprofessional health care curriculum and credential for program participants at WU and WIT.
- Completed the Regional Simulation Center facility at WIT.
KanTRAIN has served 2,167 participants since August 2015 in advanced manufacturing at FHTC (5.5%), GCCC (7.3%) and WSU-Tech (24.5%) and in health care programs at WIT (53.1%) and WU (9.6%). Select Participant Results (as of May 2018):
- 8% are veterans.
- 30% started programs as unemployed.
- 70% started programs as underemployed workers.
- 81% completed a program and graduated.
- 9% are still enrolled in programs.
- 34% unemployed participants completed programs and entered the workforce.
- 63% underemployed worker participants are now employed at a higher wage than when they started.