Marshall Announces $1.2 Million to Expand Training Programs
(Washington, D.C., March 5, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. today announced $1.18 million in funding from the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) for the expansion of Northwest Kansas Technical College’s (NWKTC) training facility in Goodland, Kan. The college provides diesel and automotive technician training and EDA funding will allow the school to grow the number of students served annually by nearly 300.
“It is through job training and education that we will truly get people back to work and rebuild our great economy,” said Senator Marshall. “NWKTC provides hands-on training and services to folks across northwest Kansas, providing opportunities for high-wage, high-skill positions that meet regional needs in agriculture, trucking, and logistics fields. The expansion of NWKTC will equip graduates with the real-life job skills that allow them to enter the workforce and fill a growing need in the surrounding region.”
More than $1.5 billion in funding from the CARES Act was provided to the EDA to be used for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus. Funding awarded to NWKTC will allow the school to increase the number of diesel and automotive technicians trained and hired into distressed communities. The expansion of NWKTC’s program will benefit the 17-county region the college currently serves by providing opportunities for students to enter high-wage, high-skilled positions currently available in communities across the region. Additional technicians will also benefit the communities and the sectors served including logistics, trucking and agriculture.