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The Mission of the College of Technology

The mission of the College of Technology is to be the center for excellence in technology for the state of Kansas.  The College of Technology assumes this leadership role through programs in five departments: Automotive Technology; Engineering Technology; Graphics and Imaging Technologies; School of Construction; and Technology Management and Technology Studies.  The college meets its regional and national responsibility by giving particular attention to supporting economic development.  

Academic majors in the five departments lead to technical certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees with majors in automotive technology, engineering technology, graphics and imaging technologies, technology management and technology studies.  Graduate programs include Master of Engineering Technology and Master of Science degrees with majors in human resource development, technical teacher education, technology, technology education.  A Specialist in Education degree with a major in Industrial Education is also offered.

Five Areas of Responsibility

To accomplish its mission, the college recognizes the following five areas of responsibility:

  • The college supports excellence in education through its degree and certificate programs, and through its leadership in industrial technical training for the state of Kansas and the nation.
  • The college promotes scholarship and creativity in the application of advanced technology by providing a resource for applied research and consultation to support industry.
  • The college maintains strong industrial relationships through cooperative education, student placement, resource generation, and curricular review and development.
  • The college meets its mandate to provide statewide leadership in technical teacher education.
  • The college provides an educational environment which utilizes experiential and academic processes to prepare students for technical and professional careers and in their professional lives.

Commitment to Industry and Education

The College of Technology fulfills the university's commitment to assist American industry in the era of high technology growth by providing qualified graduates in the entire technological spectrum from the technician to the professional manager and applied designer/researcher.  The college fulfills its teacher education mission by providing highly competitive teachers of technology for public schools from middle school through the university, for technical and vocational schools and institutions and for industrial trainers-teachers in industry world wide.

The close industrial ties lead to outstanding opportunities for Co-Op work while students are enrolled and an exceptional placement record for graduates.