Wichita Area Technical College
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|Location||Wichita, Kansas, US
|Colors||Growth Green, Sky Blue, Citrus Lime|
|Affiliations||Kansas Board of Regents|
Wichita Area Technical College is a public institution that offers more than 100 programs of study in Healthcare, Aviation, Manufacturing, Design, Business, Police Science and Transferable General Education. Degree and certificate options include Associate of Applied Science, Technical Certificate and Certificate of Completion.
WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) and governed by the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority Board (SCTETA). WATC operates three different campuses throughout the metropolitan area of Wichita. Its main campus is the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), located at 4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226.
Wichita Area Technical College's Workforce Education Division offers customized training solutions for business and industry in south-central Kansas. Customized business training includes corporate and technical training as well as continuing education coursework, in addition to career services.
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.