Washburn Tech to Open New Health Care Training Center

October 30, 2015

Washburn Tech will officially unveil a new, state-of-the-art Health Care Simulation Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, in Building A at 5724 SW Huntoon St. This multi-million dollar lab, built to mirror a hospital setting, will train future health care workers by utilizing the latest technology including patient simulators which breathe, talk and even bleed.

“Our new simulation lab will provide students a safe and realistic environment to experience nursing scenarios,” said Jerry Farley, president, Washburn University. “This opportunity allows them to refine their clinical decision-making skills without adverse consequences, providing them with confidence and promoting patient safety.”

The new facility is part of the KanTRAIN project that is supported by a $11.9 million U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Washburn University, which oversees the project. The funding is divided among Washburn Tech and three other Kansas colleges to support job-driven training efforts. Washburn Tech, while working with Washburn University’s School of Nursing and School of Applied Studies, is receiving $3.2 million of the grant to train future workers for the fast-growing health care field.

The initiative is part of the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program (TAACCCT). It is the second time that Washburn University has received money from the program. Four years ago, a $19.6 million grant was awarded to fund Technical Retraining to Achieve Credentials (TRAC-7) with Washburn Tech providing advanced manufacturing training.