Good business is simple. It is about growing the bottom line. Washburn Tech is helping area companies do just that, serving as the connection between education, industry training and the workforce.

If personal growth is your goal, Washburn Tech offers a variety of continuing education programs to either enhance your job skills, change your career path or enrich your personal life.

  • Already in the workforce - If you are in the workforce, our courses help you stay current with technology or train for a career move.
  • Business owners - If you are a business owner, we can equip your employees with the custom training they need to help your company succeed.
  • Learn something new - Maybe you just want to learn something you have always wanted to know. Washburn Tech provides high-quality courses that are convenient and affordable. If you don’t know where to begin, utilize our skills assessment tools to identify the training that is right for you.
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Advisory Committees

  • Each Washburn Tech program has an advisory committee comprised of experts and business leaders in our local community.
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Custom Training

  • Most companies have needs that are specific to their workforce. Partner with Washburn Tech to create custom training for your employees.
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Continuing Education

  • Whether you are learning a new career or bumping your current skills to a higher level, Washburn Tech is here to help!
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Hire a Graduate

  • Post job openings and hire a Washburn Tech graduate. Or if you're looking for a new job opportunity, this is a great place to start.

Business & Industry Center

Washburn Tech’s Business & Industry Center team shares a vast wealth of knowledge and real-world experience. Team members come from varied sectors of the workforce including business, education and government. Together, we can combine our resources and expertise to optimize the skills of your employees and the success of your company.
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Tim Clothier, Director

Tim earned a bachelor's degree in business from Emporia State University. He spent 27 years in management at one of the country's largest retailers, Payless ShoeSource, and also has experience as an independent business owner. Tim and his wife, Lynn, formerly owned and operated Topeka's Cold Stone Creamery. Tim has served on numerous boards and continues to be an active member of the Topeka community.

Connect with Tim through LinkedIn.

Meet the Team

Educational opportunities through our Business & Industry Center are facilitated by a group of talented instructors and industry professionals.

  • Teresa Vasquez, Sr. Administrative Assistant
  • Richard Anderson, Custom Trades Specialist
  • Stacey Berndt, Health Occupations Training Specialist
  • Darrin Dillingham, Automotive Training Specialist
  • Mike Evenson, Commercial & Heavy Construction Specialist
  • Nancy Hutzell, Office Training Specialist
  • Ed Keating, AST Custom Training Specialist
  • John Lemon, Cabinet/Millwork Training Specialist
  • Dennis Mergenmeier, AST Custom Training Specialist
  • Robert Oswald, Automotive Training Specialist
  • David Peralta, AST Custom Training Specialist

Our Business Partners

Washburn Tech’s Business & Industry Center provides training that is as different as the types of businesses we serve. We also team up with worldwide corporations to ensure our programs meet industry standards and turn out graduates who are needed in the workforce.

  • Case Construction
  • The Victor L. Phillips Company
  • Evergy
  • City of Topeka
  • GO Topeka
  • Stormont-Vail Health Care
  • University of Kansas Health System St. Francis campus
  • Bimbo Bakery
  • Frito-Lay
  • Goodyear
  • Hills Pet Nutrition
  • Innovia
  • Mars Chocolate North America
  • PTMW, Inc.
  • Smuckers
  • NC3
  • Snap-on Tools
  • Trane Corporation

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