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FHTC pleased with TRAC-7 grant supporting data

Numbers won't be finalized until Friday, but Flint Hills Technical College is putting up some impressive completion and placement numbers for the federal TRAC-7 grant boosting the college's Power Plant Technology program.

Grant operations manager Seth Carter updated the college's Board of Trustees during the board's monthly meeting Tuesday.

Seven community colleges and technical colleges, including Flint Hills Technical College, are involved in the grant which splits nearly $20 million for the three-year term. Flint Hills Technical College was awarded over $2.5 million.

Carter says the college is in good shape to line up a fourth year of funding, especially with full-time equivalent numbers jumping from 36 to 80 over the past few years. Over 110 students were involved in the program last year, more than double the goal of 55. Nearly 60 students a year have earned certificates in a year or less, well above goal of 45. The average salary after completing the program is nearly $42,000, about $6,000 more than anticipated.

In other business yesterday (TU), college president Dr. Dean Hollenbeck said the latest round of strategic planning will begin in January to take the college through 2020.

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