Washburn Institute of Technology
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2014)|
|Washburn Institute of Technology|
|Type||Public coed two-year technical college|
|Location||5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, Kansas 66604, United States
|Former names||Northeast Kansas Vocational Technical School (1964–1967)
Kaw Area Vocational Technical School (1967–1992)
Kaw Area Technical School (1992–2008)
The Washburn Institute of Technology (colloquially known as WU Tech) is an American institute of technology located in Topeka, Kansas. It houses a variety of programs including nursing, auto technology and culinary arts. It is administered under Washburn University.
Technical education in Northeast Kansas began during World War II when the Topeka High School established the Topeka Trade School in 1941. In addition to machine shop and auto mechanics courses, the school eventually provided wartime and civil-service training for Topeka Army Air Field personnel as well as pre-induction training for students bound for military service.
Establishment and administration
Kansas lawmakers passed legislation in 1964 creating the Northeast Kansas Vocational Technical School. It became the Kaw Area Vocational Technical School in 1967 and opened the doors of its current facility in 1968. In 1992, the school became the Kaw Area Technical School.
In 2008, the management of the institute shifted from Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education to Washburn University and its Board of Regents. Operating as the Washburn Institute of Technology, it is the managing partner of a consortium of 17 member school districts and serves as a national model for the rare partnership of technical education and traditional university.
- Staff (undated). "History". Washburn Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
- washburntech.edu, the institute's official website
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