WyoTech, formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute, is a for-profit college system founded in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1966. Initially an automotive-themed school, under the ownership of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., WyoTech has grown to six campuses nationwide and now offers degree and diploma programs in the fields of automotive, diesel, collision refinishing, motorcycle, marine technology, as well as construction trades. In addition, WyoTech 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.
WyoTech is nationally accredited. Most public and private universities are regionally accredited and will not accept credits or degrees from nationally accredited institutions for transfer.
WyoTech campuses are located in California, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Florida.
- 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.
- Sacramento, California—The Wyotech-Sacramento Campus, located at 980 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento CA, 95605, was the third WyoTech campus. In January 2004, WyoTech’s third campus opened in West Sacramento, California, with Automotive Technology, Applied Service Management, and Motorsports Chassis Fabrication courses. In addition, a new facility was added in 2005, and course offerings were expanded to include Street Rod and Custom Fabrication and Advanced Automotive Diagnostics. In October 2006 the third facility expansion was added and course offerings were expanded to include Collision/Refinishing Technology, Trim and Upholstery Technology and High Performance Power Trains. In October 2007, Light Duty Diesel was added to the Specialty Course offerings utilizing existing classrooms and shop space in the Automotive facility.
- 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.
- Daytona Beach, Florida—The Wyotech-Daytona Campus, located at 470 Destination Daytona Lane, Ormond Beach FL, 32174 was established in January 1972 under the name American Motorcycle Institute, or AMI. Classes began in a one-building classroom shop and grew to a 10.5-acre (42,000 m2) campus. In 1972, motorcycle mechanics was the only program of instruction. However, seeing the need for another service-related program, marine mechanics was added in 1973. At first only inboard gasoline-powered marine engines with a stern drive unit were used for the training; but soon the demand for outboard motor mechanics training became strong, and it was added to the curriculum in 1975. In 2004 the school was purchased by Florida Metropolitan University, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. In February 2006 the name of the school was changed from AMI to WyoTech. In November 2006 the school moved to its current location at 470 Destination Lane, Ormond Beach, FL.
- 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.
Fields of study
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
- 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
- Asian Motorcycles
- European Motorcycles
- Harley Davidson Motorcycles
- http://www.wyotech.edu/wyotech-experience/about What You Might Not Know About WyoTech
- http://www.cci.edu/brands/wyotech CCI Information on WyoTech
- Demanding Credit, Inside Higher Education website, dated Oct. 19, 2005 by Scott Jaschik
- Tussling Over Transfer of Credit, Inside Higher Education website, February 26, 2007 by Doug Lederman
- What is the Difference Between Regional and National Accreditation, Yahoo! Education website
- Types of Accreditation, Education USA website
- WyoTech Nation
- WyoTech Official Student Website
- WyoTech Facebook Page
- WyoTech Twitter Page
- Wyotech Alumni Association
- WTI Foundation