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Wichita Area Technical College


High school students get a jump on a college degree or a career with tuition-free or reduced-cost classes from WATC.  

Through the JumpStart program, WATC offers college options for high school students to take transferable general education courses and career and technical education classes during high school.


Garden Plain High School offers its students the unique opportunity to attend WATC during their high school career beginning as early as their junior year. Students will be able to attend either the morning block (8-11AM) or the afternoon block (12-3PM). Students will earn 3 Garden Plain high school credits while attending WATC for either block. Due to the WATC block program structure, studen

ts will take the AM block in place periods 1-3 or the PM block Periods 3-5 & Seminar. With this structure, it is imperative that students understand both the WATC course schedule and the Garden Plain High School schedule to prepare their schedule to best fit their needs and requirements.


First, students who are interested in participating in the WATC Jump Start program must visit with Mrs. Hatfield in the counseling office to discuss their interest. Once a student has been approved to take courses through WATC they may begin the enrollment process. 

Students will also be required to complete the Jump Start Enrollment Form provided below or given out by the High School Counselor. Jump Start enrollment forms must be submitted  before or at the time of testing to either your Counselor or to your WATC high school admissions specialist. 

Upon scoring of the tests, interested students who meet enrollment test scores will be enrolled and both the student and counselor will be notified. Students who do not pass will be contacted about retest options using the contact information listed on their enrollment forms. A list of students who do not meet enrollment test scores will also be e-mailed back to the school counselor.

Step 1: Apply

  • Students may submit a free application for admission to WATC.  

Step 2:  Placement Test 

  • ACT/SAT scores can be submitted by counselor upon request
  • or, The compass test may be taken at one of WATC’s testing centers
  • Information for locations, hours and practice tests are available HERE.

Step 3: Register for Courses 

  • Schedule a meeting with a high school admissions specialist by calling (316-677-9400).


For additional information please contact Kirsten Heimerman at 316-677-9532 or by email at


Important: Witchita Area Technical College is offered only to students who are committed. Failure to meet academic requirements and/or attendance requirements of WATC and/or AHS will result in a loss of 3 credits at Andale High School.

WATC courses are available to Juniors and Seniors only. Students must be in good standing with academics, attendance and behavior, and be on track to graduate, to be allowed to enroll at WATC. The Counseling department along with administration will have the final decision as to a student’s eligibility to attend. 

Students must enroll during the block of time offered at WATC and follow the WATC calendar for their selected course. Students have the option to take school provided transportation to and from their WATC campus. If a student wishes to either take the school provided transportation or self transport they must commit to that means of transportation. Students will not be allowed to jump from one to the other unless special circumstances apply, which will be to the discretion of administration.

GPHS students will receive 3 credits for successful completion of the WATC semester curriculum. If a student should, for any reason, fail to complete or be removed from the WATC program, they will receive a letter grade of “F” for 3 credits at Gardem Plain High School and be ineligible for all KSHSAA activities. Students will also not be allowed to re-enroll at Garden Plain High School courses during their previously scheduled WATC block.

The letter grade given by WATC will be the letter grade reflected on the students high school transcript. If a student wishes to attend WATC for a full day within a semester, they must have completed all core required course work for their grade level. 

Any WATC course a student takes during the summer between Junior and Senior year will not count towards Garden Plain High School credit but can/will count for college credit. 

WATC Enrollment Form

WATC Consent To Release Form