Tech Launches Emergency Communications Program

May 4, 2016

Washburn Tech is answering the call for more 911 dispatchers by offering a new program, Emergency Communications. This training, in partnership with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, begins in August and is open to both high school and adult students. 

“Emergency dispatchers form the vital link in our community between callers in distress and emergency response teams,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “Local officials say it is challenging to find and keep well-qualified dispatchers, which is why they approached Washburn Tech about forming an educational partnership.”

Emergency Communications is a two-semester program that provides the necessary telecommunications skills and knowledge to be effective in serving the public’s needs as part of the local law enforcement or emergency preparedness dispatch systems. Students will earn 19-credit-hours while learning in both the classroom and clinical settings and work directly with local dispatchers.

“This is a true venture working in partnership with the community, which is part of our mission statement. This will help cut down training time for new communication specialists who will work in the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center. Thereby it will benefit the citizens of our community,” said Sheriff Herman T. Jones.

Washburn Tech offers more than 30 career programs in one of 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 one of the highest graduation rates in the state as well as one of the highest placement rates.