The Cowley College Career and Technical Education Center campaign has crossed the $1.8 million mark thanks to Union State Bank and the Docking Family.
The Center will help train and certify graduates in areas of advanced construction trade, those in the fields of electrical and HVAC, welding, and criminal justice.
“With more than 600 technical openings going unfilled across Cowley County and the region, the need for the Tech Center is significant,” Eric Kurtz, Union State Bank President and CEO said. According to a Comprehensive Regional Economic Needs Assessment, more than 350 advanced construction trade positions, 100 electrical and HVAC positions, and almost 50 welding positions need to be filled by local and regional businesses."
“There is a ripple effect when these diverse trade skills go unfilled,” said Brad Bryant, Union State Bank’s Arkansas City Market President. “From home and commercial construction to the oil fields and from manufacturing to electric companies, the economy is slowed when businesses can’t find qualified employees. This project creates employment for hundreds, builds businesses, and grows our economy.”
The Center will help train and certify graduates in areas of advanced construction trade, those in the fields of electrical and HVAC, welding, and criminal justice. “Hundreds of these positions go unfilled every five years in Cowley County and the region,” said Dr. Michelle Schoon, College President. “Our businesses can’t find enough qualified people for these specialty technical areas. The Career and Tech Center provides expanded space and new instructional technologies to educate and train more people in these areas more effectively and quickly.”