GTM Sportswear is the most recent company to receive the Employer Engagement Initiative award from Flint Hills Technical College. The initiative, set forth by the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas Department of Commerce, recognizes outstanding partnerships between business and industry and postsecondary institutions.
Located in Manhattan, KS, GTM Sportswear provides custom uniforms, practice apparel and warm up gear for sports teams. Since 1989, the company has provided apparel to over 1.1 million teams and currently employs nearly 900 team members. GTM has developed a strong partnership with FHTC through the Graphic Arts Technology program, providing annual facility tours and guest speakers for the program. In addition, GTM provides several internships for FHTC students; in the past three years the company has hired 12 interns with five of those students becoming full-time employees at the Manhattan headquarters.
“It is our job here at Flint Hills Technical College to provide quality employees for our business and industry partners. We are excited to continue to provide employees for GTM Sportswear. The partnership has been a wonderful experience for all parties involved, but the students are the ones that are benefiting the most. The graphic arts department can only do so much, but when you bring on a partner like GTM it allows us to do so much more,” stated Graphic Arts Technology instructor, Bryan Crouch.
Through the Graphic Arts Technology program students learn to design and prepare printed material including books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, and advertising material. Students become well-versed in typography, layout and design, graphics software, photography, screen printing, finishing and binding materials, and web design. The program offers a one-year technical certificate, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree. Internship opportunities through companies like GTM Sportswear provide real-world, hands-on experience during the student’s college career.
GTM Sportswear is the seventh business and industry partner to receive the Champion Level award from Flint Hills Technical College. To learn more about Graphic Arts Technology, visit www.fhtc.edu.