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Specialized Technical Programs

  • Topeka also is home to Washburn Institute of Technology (known as Washburn Tech).
  • Topeka is less than an hour’s drive to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, major universities with engineering and technical programs relating to aerospace and defense.
  • Home to the Kansas National Guard / 190th Air Refueling Wing with its skilled workforce as part of a 200,000 strong labor force within minutes of any Topeka location.
  • Co-location with major US Department of Defense facilities and skilled cyber workforce.
  • With a Governor committed to economic development, Kansas has a 7% corporate income tax rate if corporate income is greater than $50,000.

    • The University of Kansas (25 miles / 40km)
      • Located in Lawrence, Kansas, KU Aerospace Engineering is one of the top programs in the world in aircraft and engine design education. Four NASA astronauts earned degrees at KU, including one in the 2017 astronaut class. With an emphasis on designing, simulating, building, testing, and flying aerospace vehicles and systems, aerospace engineering students at KU receive access to unmatched educational opportunities.
    • Emporia State University (60 miles / 95km)
      • Located in Emporia, Kansas, ESU is an intensely personal, welcoming campus community that challenges the idea of what education is in the minds of students. They provide real-world, hands-on learning experiences that helps students uncover what they can offer the world because of what they start while there.
    • Kansas State University (60 miles / 95km)
      • Located in Manhattan, Kansas, The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering is rich in tradition with a history more than 100 years old, and is a highly ranked college providing quality education within a research environment that develops tomorrow’s leaders.
    • Washburn University & Washburn University of Technology
      • Located in Topeka, Washburn University and the Institute of Technology has multiple locations that offers customized training programs where companies help build the curriculum for cutting-edge programs. These programs prepare students to enter the workforce with a level of knowledge that is specific to the industry they are working in. Washburn Tech has a 94% job placement rate, which is the highest in the state of Kansas.

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