WSU Tech
WSU Tech logo.png
TypeTechnical college
Parent institution
Wichita State University
PresidentSheree Utash
Location, ,
United States

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
ColorsBlack and yellow[1]
AffiliationsKansas Board of Regents

Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech and previously the Wichita Area Technical College) is a public community college in Wichita, Kansas, United States. It was known as the Wichita Area Technical College before its affiliation with Wichita State University. WSU Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), and governed by the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority Board (SCTETA).[2] WSU Tech operates four different campuses throughout the metropolitan area of Wichita. Its main campus is the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT).[3]


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.[citation needed]
  • 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 (US$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 US$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 4004 North Webb Road, Wichita, KS, near Jabara Airport.[4]
  • Wichita Area Technical College was awarded $13 million Department of Labor grant and chosen to facilitate the National Aviation Consortium (NAC) as the head institution in partnership with four colleges to develop a nationally recognized curriculum and training standard.[5]
  • WATC was the only state college in the Wichita area with fall enrollment growth, reaching 2,935 students.[6]
  • Agreement between WATC and WSU creates a joint Associate of Arts degree – called Shocker Pathway – to assist students who want to begin their coursework at WATC and finish their AA degree, or beyond, at WSU.
  • Affiliation between WATC and WSU was approved by the Higher Learning Commission. WATC will become Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, known informally as WSU Tech for short. Official changes will come into effect starting July 1, 2018.[7]


The Kansas Board of Regents governs six universities and coordinates and supervises Kansas' 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, and five technical schools. Within the 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 Board of Regents must seek approval from that university annually. However, technical schools and colleges located in the same county as a regents' university do not fall under this regulation.


  1. ^ "Wichita State University Visual Identity Standards" (PDF). July 2, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "WSUTECH Governing Board - WSUTECH". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Campuses - WATC". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "New aviation center prepares for classes to start", "Wichita Eagle and", July 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "National Aviation Consortium - WATC". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "WATC will become the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology - WSU Tech". Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "ARM Institute Announces First Recipients of New Endorsement Program". Retrieved June 11, 2021.