Learn More... Earn More

Everyone can be a learner! Washburn Tech offers the resources you need to build a brighter future for yourself. Whether you are a teenager who wants to go back to school, an adult who needs a high school degree (GED) or an individual who wants to build your English language skills, we can help you take the next step. More learning means more earning and that can begin at Washburn Tech.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookSalary w/ GED 25% higheron campus
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Accelerating Opportunities: Kansas

Furthering your education is incredibly affordable thanks to the Accelerating Opportunities-Kansas program, or AO-K.  Developed by the Kansas Board of Regents in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, it allows you to earn your GED and acquire technical training at the same time. Tuition costs for the technical classes are paid by KBOR. The student only pays a $30 student materials fee and the cost of taking each of four tests to earn the GED. 

At the core of AO-K are career pathway programs through which Adult Education and career/technical education instructors team-teach classes. Supplemental instruction is designed to develop skills which assist students in passing the GED tests while working toward their technical certificate. Students complete short-term certificate programs aligned with labor market needs, which provide them an edge in the competitive marketplace.

Students do not have to be co-enrolled in technical education classes to participate in the AO-K program. The student only pays the $30 student materials fee and the cost of taking each of four pre-tests and four tests to earn the GED.  All other adult education services are at no-charge to the individual student.

For more information, contact Mandy Cox at 785.670.2601 or mandy.cox@washburn.edu.

Fields of Focus

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  • Build academic skills and earn certification as a CNA, HHA and CMA for work in the medical field. (15 cr. hours)
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Fast-Track Machine/Tool

  • Build both academic and hands-on skills including lathing, milling and grinding in preparation to work as a machinist who manufactures parts. (23 cr. hours)
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Fast-Track Welding

  • Build on academic skills as well as Stick, MIG and TIG welding skills in preparation to work as a fabrication welder. (21 cr. hours)
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  • Build academic and hands-on skills that prepare you to work in the building industry. Skill areas include framing, finishing and electrical. (25 cr. hours)

Let's Get Started...

Adult education options are offered at Washburn Tech's main campus, Washburn Tech East and Let's Help in downtown Topeka. Students must complete an orientation session at the start of their journey. A completed admissions packet is due on the Thursday before orientation.

Washburn Tech believes in the importance of getting to know our students. When you are ready to apply, come in person to either the main campus at 5724 SW Huntoon or Washburn Tech East at 2014 SE Washington St.

  • Ask for an application packet in either the main office of the Huntoon campus or the front desk at the east location.
  • Complete the admissions packet and give it to a member of our Adult Basic Education staff.
  • A $30 material fee is due prior to or at the beginning of the orientation session you attend. This fee is nonrefundable.
  • Students who are 16 or 17 years old age need to bring a copy of their Compulsory Attendance Disclaimer form (from the high school district in which they currently reside) and a parent to be eligible to complete the enrollment packet.
  • For more information, contact Mandy Cox at (785) 670.2601 or mandy.cox@washburn.edu.

Please note: Admissions packets are due no later than 3 p.m. on the Thursday prior to orientation.

Washburn Tech:  5724 SW Huntoon St., Topeka, Kan. 66604

Washburn Tech East: 2014 SE Washington St., Topeka, Kan. 66607

Let's Help: 200 S. Kansas, Topeka, Kan. 66603

Huntoon Location

Morning: 8 - 11 a.m., Monday through Friday

Afternoon: noon - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday

Evening: 6 - 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday

East Location

Morning: 8 - 11:10 a.m., Monday through Friday

Afternoon: 11:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., Monday through Friday

Let's Help

Morning: 8:15 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Friday

East Location

Morning: 8 - 11:10 a.m., Monday through Friday

Afternoon: 11:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., Monday through Friday

Our Adult Basic Education team brings decades of experience to the classroom. They are dedicated to making sure every student lives up to his or her full potential. They will help you become your best self!

Mandy Cox
Director, Adult Basic Education
(785) 670.2601

Robyn Conners
(785) 670.2433

Tippi Killingsworth
Sr. Admin. Specialist
(785) 670.2403

Kelly Perry
(785) 670.2122

Max Stinnett
ESL Instructor
(785) 670.2346

Jennifer Vrbanac
Evening Instructor

Mark Will

Dawn Yarnell
Sr. Admin. Assistant
(785) 670.3389

Huntoon Campus (GED)

August 31 - September 3 (morning/afternoon)

September 14 - 16 (evening)

October 19 - 22 (morning/afternoon)

Tech East (GED)

September 14 - 17

November 2 - 5

Tech East (ESL)

August 16 - 18

September 29 - Octobeer 1

November 15 - 17

Let's Help

August 23 - 27

September 27 - October 1

November 15 - 19

Changes and adjustments may need to be made to this information so please call (785) 670.2390 to verify dates and times.

Pathway Potential

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Pathways, included in the AO-K program, are identified by KBOR as high-demand in the current workplace. The average annual salaries of these career fields are listed below. (source: Kansas Department of Labor)



Machine Tool & Welding

$40, 800

Medication Aide (CMA)


AO-K Resources

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