Topeka, Kan.Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) has been designated the top National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in Kansas.

    Formed in 1996, NCCER is recognized by the construction industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. It also provides comprehensive workforce development systems to assist technical schools in boosting enrollment and job placements.

    Chris Mullins, electrical technology instructor and NCCER coordinator, accepted the award at a recent Build Up Kansas event hosted by Associated General Contractors of Kansas (AGC of KS), which sponsors more than 160 career and technical education programs in the state.

    “Being the NCCER program of the year in the state of Kansas is a testament to the dedication of NCCER instructors who work hard each day certifying students in 17 different craft titles,” he said. “We work as a team to be sure we always use best practices.”

    Other Washburn Tech instructors who teach the curriculum are Mike Evenson, John Lemon and David Praiswater, at the main campus, and James Herren, Fred Harmon, Martin DeVader and Kyle Weider at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex.

    AGC of Kansas is a leading construction legislative lobby and political action organization for the state’s construction industry.


For further information, contact:
Lori Hutchinson
Interim Director of Public Relations
Telephone: 785-670-1711
Cell: 785-224-6212
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