Wichita State and WATC to explore closer relationship

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State University officials say they are open to exploring “the potential of a deeper affiliation” with Wichita Area Technical College.

In a news release, the WATC board appointed John Dieker to serve as its advisor on talks with WSU. Dieker recently retired as vice president of operations at Bombardier Learjet and had been a member of the board.

“We are enthused about the possibilities of working even more closely with WATC to integrate education from GED to Ph.D.,” said WSU President John Bardo. “The two schools are already strong partners in the National Center for Aviation Training and in the new Shocker Pathway program. Combining our assets would offer South Central Kansas an even greater catalyst for economic growth.”

Earlier this year the two institutions launched Shocker Pathway as a partnership for students to combine WATC and WSU coursework for an Associate of Arts degree from WSU.

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