Neosho County Community College receives grant from the USDA

CHANUTE, Kan. – The Neosho County Community College has received a $745,000 grant from the USDA.

They were one of several agencies in Kansas to receive a grant, but they received the most money for their project, which is the new Mitchell Career and Technology Center. President Brian Inbody says it will open the door to several new opportunities. “It’ll bring up to eight new programs to the area, on day one it’ll have six programs located there, aerostructures, for building airplane parts, industrial maintenance technology for installing equipment in factories, welding, construction, electrical and HVAC.”

The project is in partnership with Southeast Kansas Works and the Chanute Regional Development Authority. Inbody says both agencies have a vested interest in the project as it will help train new, qualified workers for the industrial developments in the area to help fill immediate job vacancies. “So instead of going to school for four years or something along those lines, you can go to college for just a year or less sometimes, get a certificate, business and industry certificate that’s nationally recognized, and then go straight to work in these new areas.”

The $4 million cost of the project is being covered mostly by grants and donations, including the USDA grant, which Inbody says, allowed them to include some additions to the project. “It paid for most of the classrooms at our new location and paid for the electrical lab for people who want to become electricians, we’ll be able offer that program in the future as well, so we’re very grateful to the US Government for providing that grant to us.”

Inbody says they’re hoping to have the new facility open and ready for students by the fall.