WATC and WSU sign a 2+2 agreement in hopes to provide the community with better applicants for local law enforcement agencies.
WICHITA, Kan. – Officials from Wichita State University (WSU) and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) signed an agreement Dec. 17, 2015 that allows students who complete an associate of applied science degree in police science at WATC to transfer to Wichita State University’s undergraduate criminal justice program.
The 2+2 agreement means students complete two years in the WATC police science program before transferring to WSU where their coursework will be applied to WSU’s requirements only leaving two years of coursework to complete their bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice.
“By creating a 2+2 program we are able to give WATC students an outstanding opportunity to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. This also gives criminal justice students the chance to save money by attending WATC their first two years due to a lower tuition rate.” said Matt Vogt, Lead Faculty of the Police Science program at WATC.
WATC’s Police Science program launched in August 2012 designed to prepare students for a successful career in law enforcement with a special focus on urban policing, diversity and criminal justice in the 21st century. Classes are taught by instructors who are current, commissioned law enforcement officials from the Wichita metro area.
Vogt said “With WATC’s focus on hands on application and WSU’s in-depth review of the theory behind the criminal justice system and the procedures that it operates by, students receive a more complete education that creates a better applicant for local law enforcement agencies.”
WATC is a Kansas Board of Regents institution and the state’s leader in modern technical education, offering 100 programs of study in areas such as aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design and business. WATC serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita. Additionally, NCAT is home to some operations of Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).