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Western Technical College launches an Aerospace and Defense Technology Program

July 6, 2020

Western Technical College (WTC) has added a new Associate Degree in Aerospace and Defense Technology. The addition of this new program serves as a reminder of the steady growth and innovation in education that Western Tech has continued to demonstrate over the last 50 years.

Graduates from the Aerospace and Defense Technology program at WTC will have the fundamental skills needed for a career in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Graduates will have the opportunity to transfer their credits to earn a Bachelor degree where they will continue to take subjects in: Additive, Manufacturing, Aviation Maintenance, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems.

WTC will be able to promote interest in recruitment, teaching, and advancement of students and the technology workforce at all levels. The Aerospace and Defense Technology program will also serve as a pathway for Veterans and transitioning soldiers for aerospace and defense as well as spark the interest and hiring potential of advanced manufacturing industries for the El Paso area.

“We strongly feel that a program like this will contribute to the integrated middle-skill and high-skill workforce pipeline initiative for the development of advanced technology in the El Paso region,” stated Brad Kuykendall-CEO.

“Congratulations to Western Technical College for expanding educational opportunities for El Pasoans and embracing our region’s opportunities to create a more prosperous economy,” said Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16). “The Associate Degree in Aeronautical Technology will support local efforts to lead in the aerospace and defense industry, build a new talent pipeline, and create an exciting future of possibilities for students.”

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About Western Technical College

Founded in 1970, Western Technical College has been a family-owned and operated nationally accredited institution of higher education for four generations in El Paso, Texas.  Western Tech is committed to supporting its students from the time of enrollment, throughout the program of study and through graduation and employment.  Western Tech’s mission is to provide quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.