The Manhattan Area Technical College received a grant that will help the college prepare students to work as engineering technicians in the animal science industry.
The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, more than $500,000 grant to the college to develop a Critical Environment Engineering Technology education program, which will train students to become engineering technicians to assist in veterinary medicine.
The program aims to help sustain and expand the Animal Health Corridor, a cluster of animal-science-related businesses and educational programs in the Kansas City region. That includes Manhattan, which is home to the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, the Biosecurity Research Institute, and soon, the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility — a $1.25 billion federal animal disease lab.
“It is clear that the Animal Health Corridor is a key component of the regional economy and provides this area with a global connection offering the winning combination of research, product development, markets, and good career opportunities,” said James Genandt, MATC president.
“One of the key elements is providing a skilled workforce to support the research scientists, veterinary scientists, and lab managers so that the facilities operate safely and effectively. MATC is excited to lead the way with technician training for biotechnology, biosafety risk reduction and critical environment technology.”
Additionally, the college received grants from AT&T Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce to connect the critical environment technology training with building automation systems.
MATC said the grant will help the college train workers to fill a growing demand for engineering technicians that will help construct and manage building those systems.