WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Starting this summer, students at the Wichita Area Technical College will have more education options.
WATC announced Wednesday it is now affiliated with Wichita State University. A big question for WATC students is whether the affiliation with WSU will transform their tuition rates.
WATAC offers what many consider an affordable education and Utash says that will not change as the school partners with Wichita State.
"We will still be considered a technical college within that system," Utash says. "And sour out tuition rates will be determined differently than they will be for the universities.
With the change comes a new name for WATC. Starting July 1, the technical college will be known as the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.
Utash says the goal is to offer a four-year degree track to students in areas such as aviation, IT, healthcare or engineering.
“This is an exciting day for education in Wichita and the state of Kansas. A strong partnership between WATC and WSU has existed for many years through collaborative efforts like the National Center for Aviation Training, the Shocker Pathway associate of arts degree, and WSU Old Town. Now with a formalized affiliation, this will push our two institutions to collaborate more as we redefine what education looks like and drive toward developing the next generation of trained workers," Utash says in Wednesday's news release
Utash says more opportunities for students will equate to more opportunities for business and industry. She says partnering with a major university is also likely to boost enrolment for WATC.
"We do believe that we're going to grow and we really do believe that we're going to continue to grow the workforce, and we need to," Utash says.