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The Washburn Tech experience is more than just classrooms and labs. We host various events throughout the academic year that are not only fun, but allow you to connect to instructors, other students and our local community. Mark your calendar with these special events that are now tradition for the Washburn Tech family.

Fall Events

male student smiles at Back 2 School Bash

Back 2 School Bash

Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester by attending the Back 2 School Bash. Set up in the parking lot behind Building A, the event is a fun way to kick off the new school year. Whether you are an instructor, student or staff member, you will enjoy a live band and free food while reconnecting with folks or meeting students for the first time.

student giving a tour at Open House

Open House

Come see us in action! Washburn Tech hosts an open house every fall and spring semester. This come-and-go event provides an opportunity for prospective students to explore their career options. Visitors experience student-led tours and demonstrations while talking to instructors and staff. This event is designed to help you find the right fit.

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Turkey Bowl

Prepare to hit the gridiron and compete for the coveted Turkey Bowl trophy! This annual competition, traditionally held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, pits students from various programs against one another in a spirited game of flag football. Sponsored by the Student Activities and Advisory Board, the day-long event provides another way to feel a part of the Washburn Tech family.

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Toy Build

Washburn Tech's Auto Collision lab turns into Santa's Workshop every December for the annual Toy Build. Students, instructors and volunteers from the community assist in assembling items that are donated to Toys for Tots Foundation. Projects include homemade wooden step stools, hobby horses, beat box drums and yoyos.

Recycled Rides vehicle

Recycled Rides

Our next Recycled Rides Rideaway is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 in Building K on the Washburn Tech campus. Students team up with instructors and community mentors to refurbish a vehicle, which is then gifted to a local family or organization in need. Several community partners donate parts or give monetary gifts. Nominations for both individuals and organizations are due by November 1.

Spring Events

National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day was held virtually on April 15, 2021. Hundreds of area students participated in the event. National Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day began at Washburn Tech in 2014 and is now a national movement involving more than 90 colleges around the country. Students sign letters of intentt, similar to an athletic signing, and commit to the technical program of their choice.

Students have the opportunity to meet potential employers and practice their interview skills at our Career Fair. Dozens of local companies participate, providing a great way to make the leap from college to career.

Twice a year, Washburn Tech's Recycled Rides program hands over the keys to a brighter future. Students team-up with instructors and community mentors to refurbish vehicles which are then presented to local families or organizations in need. Local companies also donate money, parts and supplies to get the vehicles back on the road. Students in all Washburn Tech programs are encouraged to participate.


Washburn Tech hosts its annual Car Show in May. Take a look at cars from five categories including custom/low riders, antique cars and trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and special interest. The event also features food trucks, a live band and a car bash as well as other games and a silent auction. All money raised goes to the Care Closet which provides short-term financial assistance to Washburn Tech students who need help to complete their education.

Celebrate our spring graduates at the beginning of graduation week. This on-campus event is an easy way to learn about the perks of being a Washburn Tech alum while taking a few minutes tto mark your incredible accomplishments!

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