Wichita Area Technical College
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|Wichita Area Technical College|
|President||Dr. Anthony Kinkel|
|Location||Wichita, Kansas, USA
|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.
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.
- "New aviation center prepares for classes to start", "Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com", July 30, 2010.
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