Washburn Tech Dean begins a new chapter

Fri May 17 19:30:13 PDT 2019

Washburn Tech Dean begins a new chapter

A retirement reception was held for Washburn Institute of Technology Dean Clark Coco. Washburn Tech has seen several major developments under his stewardship of seven years. Enrollment at Washburn Tech has increased more than 55%. Coco has attracted more business partners to campus, leading to the creation of five national training centers. Washburn Tech created several new career programs in direct response to community need. Those programs include Commercial Truck Driving, Cosmetology, Emergency Communications, EMT, Locomotive Diesel Technology and Phlebotomy. Dean Coco founded National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day in 2014, which mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college. Coco most recently set-up new virtual opportunities, offering technical courses through online and distance learning. By utilizing virtual reality and augmented reality, high school students are learning valuable technical skills without ever leaving their hometowns. In 2015, Coco was named SkillsUSA Kansas Administrator of the Year. Under his encouragement, Washburn Tech’s participation in SkillsUSA has grown dramatically. Last year, more than 100 students competed in the state skills competitions. More than 40 students qualified to compete at the national level and earned seven medals including three gold medals. In all, seven students won medals and 22 competitors finished in the top five in 2018. Washburn University plans to conduct a national search for Dean Coco’s replacement.

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