JumpStartHigh school students get a jump on a college degree or a career with tuition-free or reduced-cost classes from WATC.

Through the JumpStart program, WATC offers college options for high school students to take transferable general education courses and career and technical education classes during high school.


JumpStart a four-year degree

 Special tuition rate of $69/credit hour for high school students helps families reduce the cost of a university degree

69-credit-hourWATC offers general education college classes for high school students. Transfer them to another Kansas college. WATC’s college-level transfer classes fulfill core requirements for most college degrees. They are taught on site at high schools, at one of three WATC campuses or entirely online.

High school students are eligible to participate the summer following their freshman year through the summer following their senior year. Whether taken directly through WATC or in cooperation with a participating high school, eligible students pay a special tuition rate of just $69 per credit hour. Save thousands. Please meet with an academic coach to discuss transferability.

The following is a list of the general education courses offered to high school students for just $69 per credit hour for tuition. Registration, lab and online fees may apply. Textbooks and other materials not included in cost of tuition. These courses are part of the Kansas Board of Regents Seamless Transfer System and are guaranteed to transfer to public Kansas colleges and universities. For a schedule of courses, click here.

The following courses are offered by WATC and are guaranteed to transfer to public colleges and universities in Kansas.
American Government
Anatomy & Physiology
Art Appreciation
Calculus I
Chemistry I
Chemistry II
College Algebra
Developmental Psychology
Elementary Statistics
English Composition I
English Composition II
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Psychology
Interpersonal Communication
Intro to Literature
Introductory Astronomy

Physical Science and Lab
Principles of Biology
Principles of Nutrition
Principles of Sociology
Public Speaking
Spanish I
Spanish II
Theatre Appreciation
US History to 1877
US History Since 1865
World History I
Availability may vary. Registration, lab and online fees may apply. Textbooks and other materials not included in cost of tuition. Please inquire for details.


JumpStart a high-wage career

Free tuition for current high school students choosing from 300+ career and technical education classes at WATC

Free TuitionWhether at their high school or at one of three WATC campuses, more than 1,000 local high school students are taking college-level technical education classes with WATC. Tuition is paid in full thanks to Governor Sam Brownback’s Career and Technical Education initiative sponsored by the State of Kansas. These classes teach skills that can lead to promising careers in aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, design, business and other qualifying industries.

High school students are eligible to participate the summer following their sophomore year through graduation. Eligible classes including Intro to CAD, Aviation Maintenance, Accounting and hundreds more. WATC thanks its USD partners for their commitment to preparing high school students for college or a career.