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Department of Applied Technology
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Center For Applied Technology 121
Phone: 785-628-4211
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Benefits of a Degree from the Department of Applied Technology

Degrees of Success
Where do you want to be in five years? In 10? Do you see yourself in a management or leadership position? A bachelor's degree from FHSU affords more career flexibility than a two-year degree. It provides the professional skills, life skills and hands-on experience that employers seek.

World Ready Students
As a student here, you'll:

  • Develop valuable life skills, including the ability to think critically and problem-solve
  • Take responsibility for your learning and future success
  • Pursue success through innovation and the application of current and emerging technologies
  • Learn to manipulate materials, processes, and systems of instructional and industrial technology

Small Classes, Modern Labs
Many of our students say the small classes are one of the things they like the most about the department. Small class sizes mean you get to work closely with students and faculty. They encourage one-on-one attention and a safer working environment, especially in the labs. Our labs are well-equipped:

  • Up-to-date CAD/CAM software (Autodesk, VCarve, MasterCAM)
  • Industry and VEX robotics
  • Canon Plotter
  • Universal Laser Cutter
  • CNC Techno Router
  • CNC Haas Mill and Lathe
  • Fully equipped Construction Trailer


Creating Community
Students like to say we're a family over here. And we have a lot of fun. Our faculty care about their students-you'll realize right away you're more than just a face in the crowd. You'll get to participate in lots of activities outside the classroom, from departmental and social events to technology conferences to TEECA.

We forge partnerships with businesses and industries. These include technical education collaborations with two-year schools, corporate partnerships, and partnerships with the military. As industries expand and change, we improve our curriculum to meet industry standards.

Paid Internships
Imagine graduating with a semester of work experience, confident and ready to start your career. Students working toward a degree in Industrial Technology do just that. At the end of the program, you'll complete a semester-long paid internship (12 credit hours) in your area of specialization. And that internship could lead to a full-time job.

Training Teachers
We train quality teachers who understand technology as well as how students learn. That's why schools throughout the region often call us looking for teachers. As a Technology Education student, you'll learn to teach broad-based courses. You'll also develop the skills to teach in a specialized career and technology education program. We require one semester of student teaching [link to internships page that follows] (12 credit hours).

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