School and Ranking Information
There are four school options in Wichita for electrician and electrical mechanics training. Three schools in the Wichita area stand out based on graduation rate, cost and program availability.
- Winner: Salina Area Technical College is the closest school to Wichita that offers training for aspiring electricians seeking licensure. It boasts a higher-than-average graduation rate, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Also, the school doesn't charge an additional amount for out-of-state tuition and has the second lowest tuition and fee rate of the top three schools.
- Runner-Up #1: Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) is the only school in the area that offers an associate's degree or certificate in electromechanical systems, though these programs might not meet requirements for journeyman electrician's licensure.
- Runner-Up #2: Pratt Community College offers an associate's degree or certificate in electrical technology, but it has the lowest graduation rate of the three schools.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Salina Area Technical College||Wichita Area Technical College||Pratt Community College|
|Location||Salina, KS (75 miles from Wichita)||Wichita, KS||Pratt, KS (80 miles from Wichita)|
|School Type||2-year public||2-year public||2-year public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$4,019*||$6,634 (in-state),
| $2,912 (in-district),
|Electrician or Electromechanical Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree||Certificate and associate's degree||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Electrician Degrees & Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||10*||N/A*||N/A*|
|Most Popular Electrician Program Level in 2011-2012||2- to 4-year certificate (8 awarded)*||N/A*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2008 Entering Class||65%*||60%*||37%*|
|Noteworthy||Program includes journeyman electrician exam prep**||Offers hands-on training in addition to coursework***||Scholarship available for electrical technology students****|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Salina Area Technical College, ***Wichita Area Technical College, ****Pratt Community College.
Winner: Salina Area Technical College
- As reported by NCES, the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, which is much lower than the national average of 21:1 for 2-year public schools
- Electrical technology program provides an internship
Salina Area Technical College offers certificate and associate's degree programs in electrical technology. Courses include safety, wiring, circuits, transformers and troubleshooting. Students are expected to complete 1,200 hours of field experiences through internships, lab time or other work experiences to complete the program and prepare for the journeyman electrician's licensure exam.
Runner-Up #1: Wichita Area Technical College
- Students can take day or evening classes
- Located in downtown Wichita
WATC offers associate's degree and certificate programs in electromechanical systems. The program is designed to prepare students for work in manufacturing or related fields. Courses in both programs cover subjects such as electronics, robotics and motor controls, and the degree program includes general education subjects. Students also have the option to complete an internship.
Runner-Up #2: Pratt Community College
- Electrical technology programs include an internship
- Students can participate in electrical wiring simulations while in the program
Pratt Community College, located the farthest away from Wichita, offers an associate's degree or certificate in electrical technology. Courses for both programs cover subjects such as wiring, electronics, motor controls and others. Students are required to purchase their own tools and complete a 3-month internship to graduate. Students need additional work experience to meet requirements for journeyman electrician's licensure.