Wichita Area Technical College


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.


Wichita Area Technical College is opening a new location in Old Town in the former home of Airbus Engineering at 213 N. Mead. The space will be shared with Wichita State University’s Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs. It will be the fourth WATC campus in the Wichita area.


The Kansas Board of Regents approved a proposal this week to form an affiliation between Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College. The plan will now go before the state Legislature.

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

WATC would remain a separate legal entity and continue to provide two-year associate’s degrees.


On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents read a first draft of proposed legislation that would allow for the merger of Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is launching a new job-training program that’s designed to get more people into the advanced manufacturing industry.

The Workforce Alliance is coordinating a tuition-free training program that’s expected to start next spring. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $6 million grant for the project.

Students at Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College and Wichita Area Technical College will be able to get paid on-the-job training at area manufacturers in addition to their classroom education.

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This spring, Wichita Area Technical College will have its very first class of veterinary technician students. And they will have the opportunity to use new technology: The school is the first in the nation to begin using a synthetic dog--in place of a real one--to train vet tech students.


Another for-profit college that has campuses in Kansas has closed its doors: Heritage College unexpectedly stopped operations Tuesday.

Heritage College announced on its website that, "with great disappointment," it is permanently closing its 10 campuses, including ones in Wichita and Kansas City. In the statement, the school says it "does not have the cash to continue to run its business."


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing funding for the Wichita Area Technical College to create a new collaborative network for manufacturing education.

WATC received an $800,000 grant to set up this network called Manufacturing Alliance Keeping Education Relevant to Technical Employee Competence or “MakerTEC.” The goal is to create a qualified workforce in science, technology, engineering and math industries.

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Wichita Area Technical College plans to offer a new associate degree program for veterinary technology beginning in January 2017.

The WATC Vet Tech program will prepare students for entry-level employment in animal healthcare at veterinary offices, hospitals and labs.

Students will earn an associate of applied science degree when they complete the two-year program.

Teddy Farias, the dean of Health Sciences at WATC, says students will get experience with large and small animals.


The Wichita Area Technical College is offering assistance to ITT Tech students who were left in limbo when their school closed last week.

WATC is holding information sessions this week to help ITT Tech students who want to continue their education.

The for-profit ITT Technical Institute closed its Wichita campus along with 136 others across the U.S.

Justin Pfeifer with WATC Student Services says they’re waiving some fees to help students get back in the classroom.