Spirit awards $30,000 to WATC students

Spirit AeroSystems presented Wichita Area Technical College Foundation (WATC Foundation) with a $30,000 grant to support students with scholarships to further their education. These scholarships will be used to support WATC’s Wichita Promise initiative programs.

Spirit's Justin Welner with WATC President Sheree Utash.
Spirit’s Justin Welner with WATC President Sheree Utash and WATC students.

Wichita Promise was established in April 2016 to increase Wichita’s skilled workforce by providing free tuition to students in a high-tech, high-wage career pathway and a guaranteed interview with one of WATC’s business and industry partners upon completion of their program. Spirit’s gift will allow a significant increase in the number of available Wichita Promise scholarships.

“Spirit greatly benefits by the WATC’s specific industry training, which is core to our manufacturing needs,” said Justin Welner, Spirit AeroSystems vice president of Human Resources and EH&S. “We have a strong demand for employees technically trained and skilled in aerospace assembly and composites. We see this scholarship program as a means to building a pipeline for future employees.”

About the WATC Foundation
The WATC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the mission of Wichita Area Technical College through scholarship and program assistance. The Foundation is administered by a board of seven civic minded leaders from within the Wichita area. The mission of the Foundation is to be the College’s partner in securing and providing resources to support and promote education and workforce development throughout the communities we serve. For more information about the WATC Foundation visit www.watc.edu/Foundation or call 316-677-1039.