Barton Community College has been named an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute, the college announced Wednesday.
There are currently no other OSHA Training Institutes in the state, according to OSHA’s website.
For about 10 years, Barton’s Grandview Plaza campus near Junction City has been a host site for OSHA, but its current designation allowed for limited training. Its new designation as a training institute will allow it to use other colleges as host sites for more classes throughout the state.
“If we cut most of the travel expenses, hopefully businesses will be able to afford more training,” said Bill Nash, dean of technical and military outreach for the college.
“A lot of times for small businesses, the costs of training are bad enough. Then add in sending employees across the state or out of state, and that makes training costs prohibitive.”
The college is part of the Midwest OSHA Education Center for the region, along with the National Safety Council in Omaha and Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.
The college, whose main campus is outside Great Bend, is in the process of working with other colleges throughout Kansas to become satellites.
So far, it has had conversations with Pittsburg State University, Wichita Area Technical College and Washburn Tech in Topeka to potentially offer classes next year.
Because of its close proximity to Oklahoma – which does not have an OSHA Training Institute – Pittsburg could make it a prime location, Nash said.
The college also hopes to find a satellite location in western Kansas.
Classes will vary in cost, but more advanced classes will cost about $800, Nash said.
Those interested in signing up for January classes at current Barton locations should contact John Truitt at 785-238-8550.