Wichita, Kan. – Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) will be expanding by opening its fourth Wichita location in the former Airbus Americas Engineering site at 213 N. Mead in Old Town. This space will be shared with Wichita State University’s (WSU) Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Jan. 31, with members from WATC, WSU and Key Construction present.
Sheree Utash, president, WATC said “We are excited to be a part of the transformation of Wichita in Old Town and hope to be a catalyst for continued growth by providing opportunities for students to seek education in the downtown area. It is the mission of WATC to work with our healthcare community in Wichita to provide trained and qualified workers. This new center of excellence for healthcare programs will not only allow students and faculty of both WATC and WSU the chance to work side by side but also the opportunity to leverage the resources and equipment of both institutions.”
WATC plans to move several of their healthcare programs that are currently housed in their Southside Education Center located at 47th St. S. and Oliver. These programs include Practical Nurse, Surgical Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding, Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medication Aide and Home Health Aide.
Pam Doyle, chief academic officer of general education and health science, WATC said “We look forward to bringing our healthcare programs to the heart of Wichita. The space has been designed to accommodate the specific needs of the programs and to create a dynamic learning environment for students. We are particularly excited to have a state-of-the-art simulation hospital where students will practice their skills in a realistic setting with the latest medical simulation technology.”
WATC plans to offer classes at the Old Town location starting in the fall 2017 semester.
WATC is the state’s leader in modern technical education, offering over 100 programs of study in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design and business. WATC serves as managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) in Wichita. Additionally, NCAT is home to some operations of Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).