Wichita Area Technical College
About Wichita Area Technical College
Wichita Area Technical College is located in Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas, and a major cultural center. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Sedgwick County Zoo, or Botanica, the Wichita Gardens, a botanical garden with 24 themed gardens. Art enthusiasts can visit the Wichita Art Museum and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. On the last Friday of each month, most art museums and galleries are open late and free to the public. The city also hosts the annual Wichita River Festival each May, one of the longest continuous running festivals in the state featuring musical entertainment, traveling exhibits, cultural and historical activities, plays, a parade, block parties, fireworks and souvenirs. Large performance events such as those produced by the Music Theatre of Wichita and Wichita Symphony Orchestra are performed at the Century II Convention Hall.
WATC is a public, two-year vocational-technical school that has been in operation since 1965. The college is located at six different campuses throughout the metropolitan area of Wichita. WATC is currently accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Recently WATC received notification that the college will be recommended for initial accreditation to the Higher Learning Commission, a part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The architectural design technology program at WATC offers both a one-year technical certificate and a 18-month AAS degree. The technical certificate program allows students to gain skills and knowledge in the area of architectural drafting and design. This program includes classroom and lab instruction in the basic design concepts of sketching, geometric construction, multi-view drawings, auxiliary views, surface developments, dimensioning and tolerances and working drawings. Required courses include technical drafting, computer-aided drafting, machine drafting and design, architectural drafting and design, computer concepts, architectural computer-aided drafting, basic chief architect and architectural desktop, industrial materials and processes, and a drafting technology internship. The AAS degree program courses provide educational experiences through the solution of practical problems related to the architectural industry. To receive the AAS, students need to complete the architectural technical certificate program and the required technical electives and general education credits. Technical electives include hand and power tools, civil drafting, residential drafting, commercial drafting and design, and pipe drafting and design.
At this time WATC does not offer students any institutionally-funded scholarships. The financial aid office at WATC is available to help students and parents find the resources and programs needed to help fund the student's education. A listing of federal and outside scholarships available to WATC students is available through the college Web site. This list includes scholarships from organizations that have awarded scholarships to WATC students in the past.