Washburn Institute of Technology

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Washburn Institute of Technology
(Washburn Tech)
Washburn Tech Logo.png
Former names
Northeast Kansas Vocational Technical School (1964–1967)
Kaw Area Vocational Technical School (1967–1992)
Kaw Area Technical School (1992–2008)
Type Public coed two-year technical college
Established 1964 (53 years ago) (1964)
Dean Clark Coco
Location 5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, Kansas 66604
, United States
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
Campus Urban
Affiliations Washburn University
Website washburntech.edu

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.[1]

Establishment and administration[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Staff (undated). "History". Washburn Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 12, 2014.

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