GO Topeka, JEDO and Washburn Tech Partner to Meet Workforce Needs

May 5, 2014

Topeka, Kan. – The official presentation of a $50,000 grant to expand and improve the local workforce will be presented to Washburn Tech by the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) and GO Topeka at a special event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, in front of Washburn Tech’s main building at 5724 SW Huntoon St.

Scholarships are available to both current and incoming post-secondary students from Shawnee County. Washburn Tech will manage the program and be responsible for producing specific outcomes including number and demographics of participants, program completion rates, percentage enrolled in high-demand careers and number of jobs attained.

“JEDO and GO Topeka funds being used for Washburn Tech scholarships is vital in providing needed support for students in these career paths,” said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast. “These programs at Washburn Tech are training students for jobs that are available, and anyone who desires to enter these jobs should not be prevented from doing so due to lack of funds.”

GO Topeka is the leader in creating opportunities for economic growth that provide a thriving business climate and fulfilling lifestyle for all residents of Topeka and Shawnee County. The organization is contracted by JEDO to manage revenue generated by a countywide, half-cent sales tax.

"The scholarships being established by GO Topeka from funds provided by JEDO are a direct reflection of local government reinvesting its tax dollars into improving the lives and job opportunities of its citizens,” said Kevin Cook, Shawnee County Commissioner, District 2. “As the current chair of JEDO, I am proud to be a part of providing this opportunity to the students of Washburn Tech and to continue to build a valuable workforce in Topeka and Shawnee County."

Washburn Tech offers 30 career programs in five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Short-term, continuing education courses also are available along with custom courses for business and industry. Washburn Tech, which serves both high school and adult students, has an 81% graduation rate which is the highest in the state among all universities, community colleges and technical institutions.