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Construction underway on Washburn Tech East

Groundbreaking for the Washburn Tech East campus

From The Ichabod - Spring 2018

New opportunities for higher education are blooming in Topeka as a groundbreaking ceremony for an adult education and training facility in the East Topeka community drew hundreds of educational, state and local leaders in March.

At the remodeled building – Washburn Tech East – located at 2014 SE Washington St., Washburn University Institute of Technology will offer courses in health care, construction trades, commercial truck driving and the GED diploma. The building is scheduled to open in January 2019. With this addition, Washburn Tech can offer another 400 adult students training in technical education.

“We are going to open a new chapter in Washburn’s history, as well as the history of Topeka,” said Washburn University President Jerry Farley. “This project has been a dream for a number of people for many, many years, and an 11,000 square-foot facility is what will help make that dream come true.”

Washburn Tech East is a partnership involving Washburn Tech, GO Topeka, the Joint Economic Development Organization and leaders in the East Topeka community.

JEDO purchased the site for $240,000 and is providing up to $4 million for the partial demolition and remodel of the existing facility. In addition, JEDO is committed to providing partnership funds up to $500,000 per year for three years for start-up and operational expenses, having already committed the first year of funding. Washburn University and Washburn Tech will provide staff, instructional programs and all certifications.

“This project offers yet another opportunity to work with our business and community partners as we deliver technical training to the East Topeka community,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “Today’s workforce is going to need some type of post-secondary education to compete in the job market. We are committed to providing the future students who come to Washburn Tech East with the skills and training they need to find employment in these high-demand jobs.”

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