Manhattan Area Technical College

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Manhattan Area Technical College
MATC Service Mark.jpg
Motto The Technical College
Established 1965
Type Technical College
President Robert John Edleston
Location Manhattan, KS, USA
Mascot Bodi Bison

Manhattan Area Technical College is a technical college located in Manhattan, Kansas. The College offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in 8 disciplines, with Technical Certificate programs in many others. The school has been in continuous operation since 1965. Manhattan Area Technical College is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. MATC programs lead to licensure and/or certification in all fields offered through the institution.

History[edit]

Manhattan Area Technical College was established in 1965 by statute under the Kansas Board of Education and named Manhattan Area Vocational Technical School. Programs were offered on the campus of Manhattan High School until the current campus located at 3136 Dickens Ave was completed in 1967. The school was renamed Manhattan Area Technical Center in 1992 and continued under that name until 1996, when legislation passed in 1994 allowed vocational/technical schools to apply for recognition as a college. In 1996, Kansas Governor Bill Graves signed into law Kansas House Bill 2606, which designated the school Manhattan Area Technical College. In 2004, the College separated from the local united school district (USD 383) and became a stand-alone public institution. Dr. Rob Edleston was hired as the College's first President and Chief Executive Officer under the newly formed, autonomous, Board of Directors. In 2007, the school earned accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has since been reaccredited until 2020-2021.

Service Area[edit]

Since being established in 1965, Manhattan Area Technical College has served 10 counties in Northeast Kansas; however, the school provides technical training to students throughout the state, other states, and occasionally other countries as well. The College's primary service area includes Geary, Riley, Clay, Marshall, Dickinson, and Pottawatomie Counties.

Academic programs[edit]

The College offers 16 programs of study, each granting an Associate of Applied Science degree or Technical Certificate. These programs are:

  • Information and Network Technology
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Trades
  • Business Administration
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Technology
  • Electric Power & Distribution
  • Practical Nursing
  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Welding Technology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  • Advanced Biotechnology Technician
  • AAS in Technical Studies

Leadership[edit]

Manhattan Area Technical College has had five leaders since 1965:

Under the United School District 383:

  • Nicholas (Nick) Talarico, Director 1965 - 1969 (Deceased: 1969)
  • Dr. Darrell Brensing, Director 1969 - 1976
  • William (Bill) Berry II, Director 1976 - 1996, President 1996 - 1998 (Deceased: 2011)
  • Dr. Duane M. Dunn, President 1998 - 2004

As an independent public technical college

  • Dr. Robert (Rob) J. Edleston, President/Chief Executive Officer 2004–Present

Board of directors[edit]

MATC's nine member Board of Directors is made up of community leaders representing the College's service area counties. The Board members are not elected officials but instead are selected by the sitting Board members when openings occur.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°11′52″N 96°36′55″W / 39.19778°N 96.61528°W / 39.19778; -96.61528