National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita Receives Funding from Proceeds of Kansas Lottery Ticket Sales

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Project funded by Lottery dollars.

Instructor and Student at National Center for Aviation Training

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 Kansas.

Date:Thursday, September 26, 2013
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or

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.NCAT students

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.

NCAT PropellersOf 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!


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