WyoTech

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WyoTech, formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute,[1] is a for-profit college system founded in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1966.

Initially an automotive-themed school, under the ownership of Corinthian Colleges, Inc.,[2] WyoTech has four campuses offering degree and diploma programs in the fields of automotive, diesel, collision refinishing, motorcycle, marine technology, as well as construction trades. WyoTech also offers advanced training programs in applied service management; light duty diesel; advanced automotive diagnostics; street rod and custom fabrication; motorsports chassis fabrication; high performance power trains; and trim and upholstery technology.

In 2013, Wyotech schools faced layoffs and site closings as Corinthian Colleges, its parent company, received greater government scrutiny for its business and trading practices.[3][4]

Wyotech's parent company, Corinthian Colleges, is currently being sued by the state of California for "false and predatory advertising, intentional misrepresentations to students, securities fraud and unlawful use of military seals in advertisements." [5]

"According to (California Attorney General) Harris’ complaint, CCI’s predatory marketing efforts specifically target vulnerable, low-income job seekers and single parents who have annual incomes near the federal poverty line. In internal company documents obtained by the Department of Justice, CCI describes its target demographic as “isolated,” “impatient,” individuals with “low self-esteem,” who have “few people in their lives who care about them” and who are “stuck” and “unable to see and plan well for future.” It is alleged the schools targeted people meeting these targets through aggressive and persistent internet and telemarketing campaigns and through television ads on daytime shows like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich."[3]

In November 2013, Corinthian Colleges reported that they were under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [6]

Tuition is typically 300% to 400% more expensive than programs at community colleges.[7] Wyotech's student loan default rate is approximately 19%. [8] Wyotech's job placement rate is unknown.

Accreditation[edit]

WyoTech is nationally accredited but not regionally accredited. Most public and private universities are regionally accredited and will not accept credits or degrees from Wyotech for transfer.[9][10][11][12]

Campus locations[edit]

WyoTech campuses are located in California, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. The campus in Florida has been for sale, but no buyer has been located. [4] The campus in Sacramento was closed in 2013.[13]

  • Laramie, Wyoming—The Wyotech-Laramie Campus, located at 4373 North 3rd Street, Laramie, WY 82072, was the first WyoTech campus formed in 1966 with only 22 students. In 1969 WyoTech’s Laramie campus became accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, formerly known as NATTS, and through the years has received approval from 50 state governing authorities. WyoTech originated in a single 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) building in 1966 and has since expanded to its current size of 370,000 square feet (34,000 m2) of modern shop, classroom and administrative facilities. After the original Automotive Technology program, WyoTech introduced Diesel Technology in 1967, Collision/Refinishing Technology in 1971, Automotive Trim and Upholstery in 1977, Associate of Applied Science degree programs in 1986, and the Street Rod Building and Auto Customizing course in 1992. In 2000 WyoTech expanded the Street Rod course further by offering two separate, more specialized courses: Motorsports Chassis Fabrication and Street Rod & Custom Fabrication. This expansion of curriculum allows students the opportunity to hone their skills within a specialty automotive industry. And in 2001, WyoTech added Advanced Diesel courses, giving students the chance to further their training in the diesel field.
  • Blairsville, Pennsylvania—The Wyotech-Blairsville Campus, located at 500 Innovation Drive, Blairsville PA, 15717, was WyoTech's second campus. A significant milestone was reached when WyoTech opened its doors in the spring of 2002 for training in the automotive and collision/refinishing industries and specialty courses in Street Rod, Motorsports Chassis Fabrication, and Management at a branch campus located in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. The school moved into brand-new, expanded facilities located at 500 Innovation Drive in Blairsville in December 2003. Courses in Diesel Technology began in 2006, and the Blairsville campus added Light Duty Diesel and High Performance Power Trains as advanced courses in 2007.


  • Long Beach, California—The Wyotech-Long Beach Campus, located at 2161 Technology Place, Long Beach CA, 90810, and formerly National Institute of Technology, was founded in 1969 as the Rosston School. In 1986 the school was acquired by Educorp, Inc. and renamed Educorp Career College. The school was acquired by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. in Oct 2000. The school name was changed to National Institute of Technology in May 2001 and was renamed WyoTech in July 2007. The School moved to its current location in April 2004. The campus has two buildings totaling 92,435 square feet (8,587.5 m2). The Main Building is 42,712 square feet (3,968.1 m2) with 25 classrooms and labs, administrative offices, a student lounge, restrooms, and a resource center containing reference and reading materials related to the academic programs. The Automotive Building is 49,723 square feet (4,619.4 m2) with eight classrooms, student lounge, toolroom, and the rest is mainly an open area functioning as a large auto/laboratory for instruction.
  • Fremont, California—The Wyotech-Fremont Campus, located at 200 Whitney Place, Fremont CA, 94539, began operations under the name Sequoia Institute in 1962 with a handful of students in an automotive class located in Sunnyvale, California. Over the past 40 years, the School has grown into a sophisticated training center with approximately 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of facilities at its present site in Fremont, California. On August 1, 2003, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. purchased the former Sequoia Institute. On July 1, 2004, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. officially changed Sequoia Institute’s name to WyoTech.

In a pending case, nine former WyoTech students who took heating and air-conditioning classes in Fremont claimed in 2008 that they had taken out student loans for as much as $40,000 each, but their training did not make them employable. Instructors sometimes appeared to be drunk, fell asleep in class and could not answer basic questions, and equipment was outdated, according to their suit.[14]

Fields of study[edit]

WyoTech degrees are completed in twelve months with add-on classes lasting four months each. Not all programs of study are available at every campus.

Core Classes - Diplomas and Certificates are available in the following subjects:

  • Automotive-Diesel Combination
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision & Refinishing
  • Diesel Technology
  • Residential HVAC
  • Marine Technology
  • Motorcycle Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Structural Electricity

Electives - Specialty courses offered to students who complete Core Classes:

  • Advanced Automotive Diagnostics
  • Applied Service Management, or ASM, is the only class offered by WyoTech that results in an Associate's Degree when combined with an eligible core class
  • Chassis Fabrication
  • High Performance Powertrain
  • Light-Duty Diesel
  • Street Rod
  • Trim & Upholstery

Motorcycle Electives

  • Asian Motorcycles
  • European Motorcycles
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What You Might Not Know About WyoTech". Wyotech.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ "CCI Information on WyoTech". Cci.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ Chad Terhune (2013-06-16). "Corinthian Colleges' stock tumbles 23% since disclosing SEC probe". Los Angeles Times. Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Corinthian Colleges to sell 2 WyoTech campuses". Reuters. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131012053317/http://oag.ca.gov/system/files/attachments/press_releases/Complaint%2C%20filed%20stamped.pdf. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Dougherty, Carter (2013-11-22). "For-Profit Colleges Face Consumer Bureau Probe on Lending Roles". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Wyotech Long Beach - Tuition, Cost, and Price to Attend". Collegecalc.org. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  8. ^ WyoTech (2013-11-24). "WyoTech - Student Loan Default Rates by School". Student-loan-default.findthedata.org. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  9. ^ Jaschik, Scott (2013-12-06). "''Demanding Credit'', Inside Higher Education website, dated Oct. 19, 2005 by Scott Jaschik". Insidehighered.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  10. ^ Lederman, Doug (2013-12-06). "''Tussling Over Transfer of Credit'', Inside Higher Education website, February 26, 2007 by Doug Lederman". Insidehighered.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  11. ^ What is the Difference Between Regional and National Accreditation, Yahoo! Education website[dead link]
  12. ^ Types of Accreditation, Education USA website[dead link]
  13. ^ "Wyotech closing down, not taking new automotive students - Sacramento Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  14. ^ "For-profit colleges soaking up tax dollars despite student loan defaults, low graduation rates - and could be in trouble - San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 

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