Fall 2012 semester headcount numbers released Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents show WATC’s 25.33% rate of enrollment growth topped all other colleges in Kansas. On average, enrollment was down at the seven public universities and 19 community colleges in Kansas. Click here for the full KBOR report.
WATC showed an increase of 541 students for the 2012 fall academic semester compared to fall 2011. The strong growth resulted from multiple factors including more high school dual/concurrent students, a new Robotics program, a high number of first-time Aviation Maintenance Technology students, and a new South Central Kansas Nursing Partnership in conjunction with Pratt Community College.
WATC’s record enrollment growth comes on the heels of last week’s news that WATC was selected to lead a consortium of community colleges slated to receive nearly $15 million to develop aviation curriculum for use nationally.
Technical education offers a compelling value both for recent high school graduates as well as older, non-traditional college students because it takes less time, costs less and results in high-demand, high-wage occupations. For example, many WATC programs boast a 100% job placement rate for graduates with a 94% average across all programs. A growing list of local employers offer guaranteed job interviews for those completing select WATC programs.
Additionally, Governor Sam Brownback’s Career and Technical Education initiative creates unique opportunities for current high school students to pursue an industry credential at WATC.
About the Kansas Board of Regents
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.
WATC offers a high-tech, high-wage, high-demand career pipeline for students who choose from associate of applied science (AAS) degrees, technical certificates and certificates of completion. Additionally, general education credits in math, history, speech, art and dozens of other subjects can be earned at half the cost of a four-year university and transferred easily to other colleges. WATC offers more than 75 programs of study including aviation, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, business and design.
Additionally, the College partners with business, industry and organizations across Kansas to provide non-credit employer and career services in support of customized training, continuing education and recertification.
As a public college, WATC is supported by the State of Kansas through the Kansas Board of Regents and Sedgwick County. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. It operates three Wichita campuses including the state-of-the-art National Center for Aviation Training.