Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been delivering excellence in education since 1965. WATC continues to build on this tradition with quality instructors, talented students and state-of-the-art technical equipment. Together, these elements help create a hands-on learning environment that promotes participation and prepares students for further education and/or career experiences.
The mission of WATC is to provide quality higher education and leadership in workforce training that supports economic development for a global economy.
WATC will be the leading provider of higher education, specializing in the delivery of career technical education, utilizing state of-the-art facilities with highly qualified faculty, and offering a competitive advantage that drives economic development in the region.
To achieve our vision and fulfill our mission, Wichita Area Technical College has embraced the following values:
- Accountability: WATC values the resources entrusted to it and will use them responsibly to support the college’s mission.
- Quality: WATC values an environment of professionalism and excellence for students, faculty,and staff to learn and work.
- Innovation: WATC values cutting-edge technology and delivery methods to encourage lifelong learning within a rapidly changing society.
- Customer Service: WATC values its customers as it strives to exceed their expectations, while responding to the needs of its various constituents.
- Equity/Diversity: WATC values the diverse nature of its students, faculty and staff and seeks to treat each person with the utmost respect.
- Global Professional Standards: WATC values and practices behaviors that promote responsible,successful, and ethical students, employees and citizens.
Governance and Structure
Kansas Board of Regents
The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) is comprised of nine members who are appointed by the governor of Kansas and confirmed by the Kansas Senate. KBOR governs six state universities and supervises and coordinates 19 community colleges, six technical colleges and a municipal university. KBOR primarily deals with educational policies, programs, services,providers and other systems in an effort to improve and maintain the high quality of education in Kansas. KBOR also coordinates vital programs, such as adult literacy, qualified admissions, concurrent enrollment for high school students, financial assistance for education and many others. KBOR, in conjunction with the Kansas Post secondary Technical Education Authority, approves technical programs offered by WATC.
Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority
Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA) is the governing board for WATC. The board consists of 11 appointed, voting members who establish and publish policies, regulations and procedures pertaining to WATC.
Industry Advocate Teams
Program advisory committees, representatives from business and industry, provide a very important link between WATC and the community. These teams validate learning outcomes deemed essential by business and industry for successful entry or advancement in specific occupations. These teams also monitor the curriculum, recommend instructional equipment and help keep the programs current with emerging technologies.
The Higher Learning Commission – North Central Association
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is part of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools. NCA is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Through its Commissions, it accredits and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the North Central region.
Wichita Area Technical College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association as of October 2008.
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456