National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita Receives
Funding from Proceeds of Kansas Lottery Ticket Sales
YouTube video on National Center for Aviation Training
Project funded by Lottery dollars.
The National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in
Wichita is a recipient of funding from the Economic Development
Initiatives Fund, which is derived from Kansas Lottery proceeds.
Each year, the Lottery transfers more than $42 million
dollars to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund to be used for
various programs that retain and create jobs in
Date:Thursday, September 26, 2013
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in
Wichita will tell you it's the "hands on" learning that really
makes the difference in their education. "Because once you learn
something hands on, you never forget it," said NCAT student Ben
Schrader. From Tucson, Arizona, Schrader found out about NCAT
from a friend who had gone there and decided instantly it was the
place for him. He would eventually like to become a test pilot.
The National Center for Aviation Training is a world-class
training facility, primarily funded and built by Sedgwick County.
Wichita Area Technical College serves as the managing partner for
the Center and provides training courses that are industry
driven. Additionally, Wichita State University has a research
presence at NCAT.
"Because our programs are industry driven, they are focused on
changing trends," said Kent Irick, NCAT Director of Aviation
Programs. "We modify programs to keep up with the latest
technology. Our students are trained in all facets of aviation -
from computer assisted drafting and design, to composites,
painting, and maintenance."
"It's very fast paced. There's something new every day. You
never know what the teachers are going to have you do in the lab,"
explained Dan Palmer, another NCAT Student.
Of course, it's no accident that the
National Center for Aviation Training is located in Wichita,
Kansas, which has one of the largest aviation clusters in the
world. Upon completion of some of the programs, students are
guaranteed interviews with aviation manufacturing companies.
NCAT's goal is to prepare students to be the right candidates for
the positions that are needed.
"I think we're at the cutting edge at this school in training, I
don't think there's anything better," said Schrader.
The Kansas Lottery is proud to support programs like those
offered at the National Center for Aviation Training that match
skilled workers with jobs!