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Wichita Area Technical College

Wichita Area Technical College

Join the WATC team and make a difference in people’s lives!

When you join the WATC team, you’ll have more than just a job. Employment at WATC leads to a fulfilling career, changing the lives of others.

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is not just a leader in higher education, we give people the skills to go to work. If you want to be a part of the vision of WATC, working in a world class state-of-the-art facility, delivering the standard of career technical education, then we want you!

We are located in the beautiful heartland of the Great Plains. With our low cost of living and family oriented amenities, Wichita is a great place to live. WATC also offers wonderful perks and benefits for our employees.

Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been delivering excellence in education since 1965. WATC continues to build on this tradition with quality instructors, talented students and state-of-the-art technical equipment. Together, these elements help create a hands-on learning environment that promotes participation and prepares students for career experiences.

The mission of WATC is to provide quality higher education and leadership in workforce training that supports economic development for a global economy.

WATC will be the leading provider of higher education, specializing in the delivery of career technical education, utilizing state of-the-are facilities with highly qualified faculty, and offering a competitive advantage that drives economic development in the region.

To achieve our vision and fulfill our missions, Wichita Area Technical College has embraced the following values:

  • Accountability: WATC values the resources entrusted to it and will use them responsibly to support the college’s mission.
  • Quality: WATC values an environment of professionalism and excellence for students, faculty, and staff to learn and work.
  • Innovation: WATC values cutting-edge technology and delivery methods to encourage lifelong learning within a rapidly changing society.
  • Customer Service: WATC values its customers as it strives to exceed their expectations, while responding to the needs of its various constituents.
  • Equity/Diversity: WATC values the diverse nature of its students, faculty and staff and seeks to treat each person with the utmost respect.
  • Global Professional Standards: WATC values and practices behaviors that promote responsible, successful, and ethical students, employees and citizens.

Governance and Structure:  Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority  (SCTETA) Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is dedicated to the future and the higher education needs of South Central Kansas. We have framed the future of our college through a five-year Strategic Plan founded on our commitment to ‘Give Your Career Lift’. Through this planning we will continue to build on the solid foundation we worked so diligently to create in the Wichita community over the past 45 years.

As the WATC Board, we continue to be committed to the vision of being the leading provider of higher education that specializes in the delivery of career technical education that drives economic development in our region. The in-depth planning reflected in this five-year plan will assist in our quest to stimulate advancement by adding cutting-edge technology and emerging technical programs to meet the workforce needs of the populations we serve.

On behalf of the WATC Board, we commend all of our partners who have made progress possible and look forward to continuing our work of realizing our vision. We are grateful of our Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioner partners for their support and providing WATC the ability to play a key role as the managing partner of the National Center for Aviation Training.

Jim Walters
Sr Vice President, HR & Communications
Textron Aviation
Justin T. Welner
Vice President, Human Resources & EHS
Spirit AeroSystems
Patricia G. Koehler
JR Custom Metal Products, Inc.
Pete Meitzner
City of Wichita
Council Member, District 2
Cindy Hoover – Vice Chair
Vice President, Twin Aisle Programs
Spirit AeroSystems
Michael O’Donnell
Sedgwick County Kansas Commissioner, District 2
Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners
Kim Shank
Former Sr. Administrator – Clinical Operations
Via Christi Clinic, PA
Lyndon Wells – Chair
Former Division Director – Public Affairs
Intrust Bank
Lynn Nichols
Yingling Aviation
John O’Leary – Treasurer
Vice President and General Manager
Matthew Hesse
Senior Counsel
Via Christi Health, Inc
Meredith Olson
Vice President of Public Affairs
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC.

Kansas Board of Regents

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) is comprised of nine members who are appointed by the governor of Kansas and confirmed by the Kansas Senate. KBOR governs six state universities and supervises and coordinates 19 community colleges, six technical colleges and a municipal university. KBOR primarily deals with educational policies, programs, services, providers and other systems in an effort to improve and maintain the high quality of education in Kansas. KBOR also coordinates vital programs, such as adult literacy, qualified admissions, concurrent enrollment for high school students, financial assistance for education and many others. KBOR, in conjunction with the Kansas Post-secondary Technical Education Authority, approves technical programs offered by WATC.

Governing Board

Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA) is the governing board for WATC. The board consists of 11 appointed, voting members who establish and publish policies, regulations and procedures pertaining to WATC.

Industry Advocate Teams

Program advisory committees, representatives from business and industry, provide a very important link between WATC and the community. These teams validate learning outcomes deemed essential by business and industry for successful entry or advancement in specific occupations. These teams also monitor the curriculum, recommend instructional equipment and help keep the programs current with emerging technologies.


The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is part of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools. NCA is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Through its Commissions, it accredits and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the North Central region.

Wichita Area Technical College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association as of October 2008.

Employee Benefit Programs

WATC is committed to fostering and creating a highly trained workforce. In order to recruit and retain the necessary talent to be the premier provider of technical education in the region, WATC makes a priority of offering competitive wages and excellent benefits to its employees. The benefit plan includes medical, dental, pharmacy and life insurance, retirement income through KPERS, along with pay for holidays, vacations and illness. In additional, employees may choose to participate in additional voluntary benefits.

Conditions of Employment

Terms, conditions, and benefits of employment are subject to change. Selected candidates must satisfy other employment prerequisites, in addition to having required qualifications and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Thorough background checks of references, criminal history, employment and education are conducted on all candidates. Unsatisfactory result of any process will result in the withdrawal of any employment offer or termination of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle of the Wichita Area Technical College. Consideration for employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, disability, genetic bias, military status or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal law

Safety & Security

WATC’s annual security report is available at http://watc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Annual-Security-Report.pdf.    For more information about safety policies, as well as personal safety suggestions or the most current crime statistics for any campus, contact WATC Safety and Security at 316-677-1911 or visit http://watc.edu/about/campus-safety/



Doris Queen, PHR
HR Manager
Wichita Area Technical College
4004 N. Webb Road
Building 100
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 677-1751
(316) 223-3114 (fax)