Technical education in Northeast Kansas began during World War II when Topeka High School established Topeka Trade School in 1941. In addition to Machine Shop and Auto Mechanics courses, the school eventually provided wartime and civil service training for Topeka Army Air Field personnel as well as pre-induction training for students bound for military service.
Kansas lawmakers passed legislation in 1964 creating the Northeast Kansas Vocational Technical School. It became Kaw Area Vocational Technical School in 1967 and opened the doors of its current facility in 1968. In 1992, the school became Kaw Area Technical School or KATS.
In 2008, the management of KATS shifted from Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education to Washburn University and its Board of Regents. Today, operating as Washburn Institute of Technology, it’s the managing partner of a consortium of 17 member school districts and serves as a national model for the rare partnership of technical education and traditional university.
Washburn Institute of Technology is committed to providing high quality instruction and programs consistent with current needs in today's technologies. Learn about what Washburn Tech does to enhance the student opportunities including financial aid, schedules, calendars, counseling, and other general information.
Programs of Study
Washburn Tech's courses vary greatly, from computers to welding, from graphic design to automotive. Explore the many different programs to find what interests you.
Business & Industry Training
If you are a business interested in customized training in business or industry for your employees, Washburn Tech provides information on how we can help you. Washburn Tech can help upgrade the skills of your current employees and provide high quality training for new employees.
Plan ahead with the Washburn Tech calendar! View upcoming school holidays, special events, and other important information.
The Washburn Bridge
Students have the opportunity to extend their academic careers by pursuing an associate of applied studies degrees at Washburn University, based on hours earned at both schools.
Washburn Tech Annual Report
The Washburn Tech Annual Report is produced yearly by our Graphics/Printing Technology students. The report contains the Director's Report, Business/Industry Training, Student Enrollment statistics, Graduation, Student Honors, and Skills USA Championships.
Download Annual Report (updated February 2008): PDF (2.63 MB)