Wichita Area Technical College

301 South Grove 
Wichita KS 67211 

(316) 677-9400

Wichita Area Technical College

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Wichita Area Technical College
Type Technical college
President Dr. Anthony Kinkel
Location Wichita, Kansas, USA
37°43'09?N 97°17'35?W? / ?37.71917°N 97.29306°W? / 37.71917; -97.29306Coordinates: 37°43'09?N 97°17'35?W? / ?37.71917°N 97.29306°W? / 37.71917; -97.29306
Nickname WATC
Affiliations Kansas Board of Regents

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is a technical college located in Wichita, Kansas. The school is coordinated by the [Kansas Board of Regents] and governed by the Sedgwick County Technical Training Authority Board (SCTTA). The college has been in operation since 1965 and currently offers associates degrees, diplomas and certificates in over 70 different programs. The college is located at three different campuses throughout the metropolitan area of Wichita.

Programs include general education courses, associate of applied science (AAS) degrees, technical certificates and certificates of completion. Programs of study include aviation, business, health science, manufacturing, skilled trades and transportation.

Wichita Area Technical College also provides customized training for business and industry in south-central Kansas. Customized business training includes programs in Six Sigma, eMarketing, business training and leadership training. Industry training includes aviation, manufacturing, transportation, environmental health and safety, private security, and workforce readiness.


Year Event
  • Senate bill 257 was passed and signed by the governor authorizing the transition of Wichita Area Vocational-Technical School to Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) and gave the college the authority to grant college credit and award the associate of applied science degree.
  • State supervisory jurisdiction over WATC was changed from the Kansas State Board of Education to the Kansas Board of Regents with the passage of Senate bill 345.
  • An ad hoc task force, appointed by the Wichita Public Schools Superintendent, developed and presented Keys to Success, a list of the desired characteristics of a world-class technical college.
  • WATC received Candidacy status with the Council on Occupational Education. Camille Kluge was appointed president of the college.
  • WATC received full accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents established a policy enabling all degree-granting institutions in Kansas to achieve accreditation from HLC-NCA. WATC began the research and planning necessary to accomplish this new requirement.
  • The Kansas Legislature passed Senate bill 7, allowing all degree-granting institutions to be governed by a board independent from a K-12 school board and to develop a plan for transition.
  • The WATC transition plan was approved by the local Wichita Public Schools Unified School District 259 (USD 259) Board of Education (BOE) and the Kansas Board of Regents. WATC transitioned to an independent entity governed by a new nine-member Board of Trustees on July 1, 2004.
  • WATC suffered a loss of $3.5 million in funding from USD 259 resulting in a reduction-in-force of 59 positions and 12 programs.
  • Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution creating a Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority.
  • The Preliminary Information Form seeking HLC-NCA accreditation was prepared and submitted to HLCNCA.
  • WATC Board of Trustees expanded to 11 members.
  • WATC received candidacy status with HLC-NCA.
  • Camille Kluge resigned. Jim Means was appointed interim president.
  • Plans for a new campus were announced by the Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners.
  • WATC was named the managing partner for the new facility.
  • The Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority became the governing board for WATC.
  • Peter Gustaf was appointed president.
  • Twenty-nine full-time equivalents were eliminated to redirect funds for instructional priorities.
  • The National Center for Aviation Training opens at Jabara Airport.[1]


The Kansas Board of Regents governs six universities and coordinates and supervises Kansas’ 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, and five technical schools. Within Kansas Board of Regents’ purview is the establishment of policies related to all institutions and the approval of all programs and course offerings. Courses may be submitted for approval on an as-needed basis, and program approvals may be submitted monthly. Institutions that wish to deliver approved programs or courses within the service area governed by the Kansas Wichita Area Technical College


Formal assessment began in 1999 as a way to measure the effectiveness of technical education. Instructors developed course competencies to provide a structure for assessing the skills, knowledge, and abilities graduates need to be successful in their programs and the workforce. The assessment plan was built upon this competency system. Department instructors, along with program advisory committees, made changes to the competencies that align them with current job-market needs. This process continues today, and in 2005, instructors, student, and employer surveys were added as a way to assess program outcomes.

Following the 2006 HLC-NCA visit, WATC embarked on a revised process of assessment. This process allows instructors to use a variety of measures that focus specifically on student learning outcomes.[2]

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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