Wichita Area Technical College


WSU Tech in Wichita is expanding an aviation training program in order to meet workforce demand from Spirit AeroSystems and other companies.

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WSU Tech saw its enrollment jump 17 percent in the last year.

This is the fourth semester that WSU Tech (formerly known as Wichita Area Technical College) saw a strong increase in enrollment. That's based on an internal census done by the technical college looking at spring semester enrollment.

“I was pleasantly surprised," said Andy McFayden, WSU Tech's executive director of marketing and community outreach.

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Wichita Area Technical College announced Wednesday that it will officially become Wichita State University’s Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.

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Fall enrollment numbers were released Friday for regents universities and colleges, and they show a mixed picture at schools across the state. Overall enrollment is down in Kansas, but Wichita State University is one of the schools seeing an increase in students.

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Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College on Thursday celebrated their new shared space in Old Town.

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Westar Energy on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its new training site in Wichita where high school and technical school students can explore careers in the electrical industry.

Pratt Community College students showed off their climbing skills, going up and down practice electrical poles with special boots equipped with steel shanks.


City Council members approved a $150,000 community services block grant this week for the Wichita Area Technical College.

The training will focus on four job industries, assembly mechanic, composite fabrication, computer numerical control operator and IT help desk specialist.

The City of Wichita's Housing and Community Services oversees the grant.


Wichita Area Technical College is changing the name of one of its campuses and adding a GED program to the curriculum.

WATC’s Grove campus near downtown Wichita will now be known as the City Center campus.

The four buildings on campus were recently expanded and renovated. Labs were updated with new equipment.

WATC’s Marketing Director Andy McFayden says there’s growing demand for the General Education Development (GED) certificate program, so it’ll now be offered at City Center.


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Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law officially tying together Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC).

A signing ceremony was held Wednesday at the Experiential Engineering Building on the WSU campus.

WATC will remain a separate legal entity and will be called the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.


Education and economic development leaders are asking Kansas lawmakers to approve a proposed affiliation between Wichita Area Technical College and Wichita State University.

A state Senate committee heard testimony on Monday about Senate Bill 174, which authorizes the affiliation.

Under the proposal, WATC would become the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, and its employees would become WSU employees.