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Wichita Technical Institute
Type for-profit
Location Wichita, Topeka, Joplin, Tulsa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, United States
Campus 5 United States
Website [1]

WTI is a career college headquartered in Wichita, Kansas that offers certification courses to students interested in professional careers.



Wichita Technical Institute was founded in 1954 in Wichita, Kansas by Robert C. Purvis, then president of Wichita Business College. Purvis founded WTI to capitalize on the growing demand for electronics technicians created by the inception of television. His vision also included the creation of opportunities for veterans returning from the Korean War who received tuition assistance from the G.I. bill.

In 1969, Paul D. Moore, a graduate from the school's first class in Radio and Television Theory and Servicing, became president of WTI. Moore had been teaching electronics at WTI since his graduation, and had worked for Robert Purvis.

Wichita Technical Institute earned its accreditation and developed cooperative relationships with companies such as Southwestern Bell and Zenith to ensure a supply of qualified technicians. To accommodate growing job sectors, WTI's curriculum evolved to include training in avionics, broadcast electronics, industrial electronics, telecommunications, office technology, biomedical technology, computer technology and heating/air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R).

In 2001, Moore retired and leadership of WTI was assumed by Barry Mannion and Gary Hively.

In 2002, WTI Wichita added a satellite facility and added on to its main campus, resulting in a total expansion from 10,000 sq. ft. to 17,500 sq. ft. of classroom and laboratory space.

In 2002, Rod D. Moore was named the new director for the WTI Wichita. He is the son of former president Paul Moore.

In June 2003 the school broke ground on a new larger facility in Wichita. The new building would also accommodate the Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration program.

In January 2004, WTI entered its 50th anniversary year and relocated to a $1.5 million, 21,000-sq.-ft. facility in Wichita. Additional WTI campuses were added in Topeka, Kansas; Joplin, Missouri and Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Wichita Technical Institute issues certificates in WTI issues certificates in:

Integrated Electronics Technology

Computer Technology and Network Administration

Computer Technology and Network Administration

Medical Assistant

Integrated Computer and Electronics Technology

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist

Classes run year-round at each campus.


Wichita Technical Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology - ACCSCT, also known as the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.


| Wichita | Joplin | Topeka | Tulsa

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