By Sam Jack
Classes at WSU Haysville started last month, with 131 enrolled students taking classes in subjects ranging from sign language to microbiology.
Dr. Michael Yeung, director of both WSU Haysville and WSU South, said Wichita State’s Haysville campus has had a “truly phenomenal” welcome from the local community.
“From the general public to the school district, City Hall and the businesses, we have been so encouraged by the enthusiasm and excitement that people have expressed,” he said. “We are trying hard to make sure our operation meets the expectations of the residents of Haysville.”
Yeung said that WSU staff are pleased with the facility, which is owned by USD 261 and which formerly housed Haysville High School. Some further renovation will be needed to get an HVAC training program going, in partnership with Campus High School.
“We will see if we could host that program for the 2019 fall semester,” Yeung said. “We will be visiting with the new principal at Campus High School.”
The first of WSU Haysville’s non-credit “community classes” is scheduled for Sept. 22, when a class on backyard chickens will be offered.
“We have had good response to that community class, and we are happy with it, because this is the first time we have ever offered that class,” Yeung said. “Danielle Gabor, our assistant director, is working with the Workforce, Professional and Community Education department at the main campus to schedule more community classes for spring 2019. We did a survey a few months ago; it seems there are a variety of topics people are interested to see in our community classes.”
Those not in the market for college classes will get a chance to tour the facility and learn more when WSU Haysville holds an open house, Sept. 28 starting at 4 p.m.
By Sam Jack