Supporting Our Students

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Advantage Center is open to students by appointment only. 

Family takes care of family. As a part of Washburn Tech's family, you have access to the Advantage Center in Building A, Room AE110. The Advantage Center offers you free, drop-in tutoring, help with resumes, listing of employment opportunities, GED preparation classes as well as adult basic education classes to refresh your skills.

Adult Education

An Adult Education program is offered through the Advantage Center. Qualifying students may build their academic or English language skills for personal enrichment, for employment, to attend college or as preparation for the GED exam. 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.

Computer Access

Computers and a printer are available for students to use in the Advantage Center. You have access to the Internet as well as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Employment Assistance

Get help designing and preparing your resume through the Advantage Center. Would you like to practice interviewing for positions? You can do that in the Advantage Center. A list of employment opportunities is posted in the center, as well.

Tutoring

Free drop-in tutoring is available to potential students wanting to polish their academic skills prior to taking the Accuplacer exam for entry into Washburn Tech programs. Current Washburn Tech students also may participate in free tutoring services to support their learning. Call 785.670.2390 to learn more information.

Accelerating Opportunities: Kansas

The AO-K Program

The Accelerating Opportunities-Kansas (AO-K) program which was developed by the Kansas Board of Regents in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce is also offered through the Advantage Center.  Individuals who want to work toward their GED and acquire technical training at the same time can do so through the AO-K program. Tuition costs for the technical classes are paid by the Kansas Board of Regents. 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.

Fields of Focus

Washburn Tech offers AO-K at both the Huntoon campus and Washburn Tech East. The program focuses on the following occupational areas:

  • health care (15 credit hours) - students build academic skills and earn certification as a CNA, HHA and CMA for work in the medical field... students also can earn certifications in CPR, First Aid, OSHA and develop a medical vocabulary 
  • machine/tool technology (23 credit hours) - students build both academic and hands-on skills including lathing, milling and grinding in preparation to work as a machinist who manufactures parts in a machine shop or manufacturing fabrication facility
  • welding technology (21 credit hours) - students build on academic skills as well as Stick, MIG and TIG welding skills in preparation to work as a fabrication welder
  • building technology (25 credit hours) - students build academic skills as well as hands-on skills that prepare them to work in the building industry... skill areas include framing, finishing, electrical, plumbing, surveying and masonry

For more information about any of these career pathways, contact Mandy Cox at 785.670.2601 or mandy.cox@washburn.edu.

You also may contact program case managers/advisors Carol Hill at carol.hill@washburn.edu or Nicole Bartell at nicole.bartell@washburn.edu.

AO-K Resources

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