As the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center readies for the start of its second year of classes, its director and supporters are looking at how to build on a successful first year.
Peaslee director Marvin Hunt takes pride in successfully getting the 17,000-square-foot center open a year ago after he was hired in 2014 to guide the final push to launch the skills training center, which the city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Lawrence chamber of commerce, Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence and Douglas County and numerous local companies had worked to establish.
The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center recently wrapped up a successful first year and has its sights on future growth.
But the new center is only going to scratch the surface of workforce training in Lawrence and Douglas County until a stable source of long-term funding can be identified. The concept of a countywide tax to support economic development, including the center, should at least be explored.
Peaslee Tech is a combined effort by business and industry, the Economic Development Council of Lawrence and Douglas County, City of Lawrence, Douglas County, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and Unified School District 497.
This initiative was generated out of the fabric of our community after several decades of recognition that Lawrence lacks technical skills training.
Our future hope—Community leaders will offer a naming right for the campus. This will give the campus an identity, hopefully in its early stage of development. Our identity and brand will be built upon and enhanced, bringing pride to Lawrence for this new dimension of training.
We are a catalyst for economic growth providing technical training to a diverse community of learners to meet the current and emerging needs of our communities and employers.
Dwayne Peaslee was no ordinary person.
He was a leader in uniting the business community and union members to support job creation. He helped people see how important the skilled trades are to our quality of life and was at the table on almost every important issue related to job creation until his passing in 2013. He wanted what the Peaslee Center now wants--great careers for our citizens who want to work in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Photo: Richard Gwin/Lawrence Journal-World
Industrial Engineering Technology
Construction, HVAC, Welding, Healthcare
Creative Problem Solving, Resolving Workplace Conflicts, Financial Literacy, and Career Building
Computer Courses, Technical Math, Writing, Reading, Others
Peaslee Tech helps you grow your career through several courses which will connect you with industry leaders, prepare for your interview, sharpen your resume, and help you learn how to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
Learn how to use equipment and building materials while being safe.
Discover all of the certificates you can attain through Peaslee Tech and our partners.
Computers and Applications
Learn the basics of computing and how to use the most popular office programs.
Learn about construction, hazards, safety, and tools.
Custom Courses for Industry Partners
Peaslee Tech can offer custom courses for our industrial partners. From one-half day to multi-week courses, we can help design a course for your needs. Call us to discuss your need!
Learn about the electrical fundamentals of HVAC¸ and how to read basic drawings and use tools.
Learn about industrial electricity and wiring. Our manufacturing partners like these courses!
Several of our courses help you learn about manufacturing including the industrial electrical courses, welding, and construction courses.
Math in Technical Work
Learn about technical math and how to apply math to industrial settings.
Acquire the OSHA 10 certificate and increase your value to the workplace.
Learn about welding, cutting and arc welding.
Peaslee Tech’s educational providers:
Our providers offer training or use our training services, donate equipment or time, provide contracted instructors, or find other creative ways to engage our training mission. Contact us to learn how you can coordinate your interests for growth with Peaslee Tech.
Flint Hills Technical College
Johnson County Community College
University of Kansas
Neosho County Community College
Peaslee Tech is part of a new technical training campus, located at 2920
Haskell Avenue in Lawrence. The campus includes two buildings: The Dwayne
Peaslee Technical Training Center and the USD 497 College and Career Center.
These two buildings house more than 100,000 square feet of space in a
vibrant industrial district overlooking the new 31st Street and Highway 10.
Key aspects of the new campus:
Custom Courses for Industry: Peaslee Tech offers custom courses for our industrial partners. From one-half day to multi-week courses, we can help design a course for your needs. Call 785-856-1831 to discuss your training needs.
Leaders from area companies enthusiastically support Peaslee Tech and are contributing time, equipment, financial support, and expertise to our success. Let us show you how we can help your business retain and grow your workforce.
Manufacturing: Hallmark, Berry Plastic, Big Heart Pet Brands, Amarr Entrematic, Plastikon Health Care, ICL Performance Products, Grandstand, others. The Mid America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Peaslee Tech work together to provide support for area manufacturing through a sub recipient MAMTC grant to Peaslee Tech.
Construction: B.A. Green, Highland, Benchmark, P1, Lawrence Home Builders Association, Loyd Builders, KBS, First Construction, others
Automobile: Laird Noller, Willey Chevrolet, Crown Toyota, Ellena Honda, Briggs Chrysler, Lawrence KIA, others
OSHA Safety Professional Certification Courses will be offered at Peaslee Tech beginning April 2016!
Peaslee Tech and Metropolitan Community College's Region VII OSHA Training Institute Education Center are offering certification in the following areas:
The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center
2920 Haskell Avenue, Suite 100
Lawrence, KS 66046