WATC to announce grant, Airbus donation

Wichita Area Technical College said Monday that it will formally announce a major donation from Airbus and a separate grant to train sheet metal workers for Spirit AeroSystems.

WATC said the donation from Airbus will be an elevator from an A320 commercial airliner. The part of the A320’s tail spans nearly 20 feet and is valued at $500,000. WATC students will use the elevator to conduct tap testing for defects, composite mapping and repair, and non-destructive testing for water entrapments.

Officials from the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas will also announce a $182,960 grant to help train 70 sheet metal assembly employees for Spirit, which WATC said has a strong demand for workers with those skills.

The announcements will be made at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N. Webb.

WATC is the managing partner of NCAT.

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