Washburn Institute of Technology

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Washburn Institute of Technology
"WU Tech"
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Established 1964
Type Public coed two-year technical college
Dean Clark Coco
Location 5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, Kansas
, USA 66604
39°02′40″N 95°45′05″W / 39.044363°N 95.751289°W / 39.044363; -95.751289Coordinates: 39°02′40″N 95°45′05″W / 39.044363°N 95.751289°W / 39.044363; -95.751289
Former names Kansas Vocational Technical School
Kaw Valley Vocational Technical School
Affiliations Washburn University
Website WashburnTech.edu

Washburn Institute of Technology (formerly Kaw Area Technical School or KATS) is an Institute of technology located in Topeka, Kansas. It houses a variety of programs for nursing, auto tech, culinary arts and much more. It is administered under Washburn University.


Technical education in Northeast Kansas began during World War II when Topeka High School established 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.[1]

Kansas lawmakers passed legislation in 1964 creating the Northeast Kansas Vocational Technical School. It became Kaw Area Vocational Technical School in 1967 and opened the doors of its current facility in 1968. In 1992, the school became Kaw Area Technical School or KATS.[1]

In 2008, the management of KATS shifted from Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education to Washburn University and its Board of Regents. Today, operating as Washburn Institute of Technology, it’s 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.[1]


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