Wayne State College
Technology & Applied Science

Department of Technology and Applied Science

Our programs empower graduates by developing technical skills, as well as career, leadership, and life skills.

About the Department

Housed in Benthack Hall of Applied Science, the Technology and Applied Science Department offers state-of-the-art construction, woodcrafting, manufacturing, and food preparation labs, so you can expect to graduate with a modern, high-tech education. What’s more, our new Center for Applied Technology boasts new tech-savvy classrooms and 13 state-of-the art instructional labs for drafting, manufacturing, applied engineering, robotics, and more, which provides you with excellent hands-on learning opportunities.  

If you’re pursuing a career in the family and consumer sciences field, our clothing lab offers excellent hands-on learning experience for soft furnishing and textile construction, while our sample room offers carpet, wallpaper, and a variety of flooring samples for interior design classes.


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Jacob Henderson

“The coolest thing about my program is the different technology you get to use in the labs. The faculty are really great to work with. They're always encouraging and trying to push you to be a better educator. If you don't know something, they're super easy to approach, and they're always willing to help you with the project.”


Jacob Henderson

Major: Industrial Technology Education
Hometown: Ida Grove, Iowa


Recognized for Excellence

Wayne State College is nationally ranked and continually recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2022

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2022

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Recognized for Excellence

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Technology and Applied Science Programs

Choose from our technology and applied science majors, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Construction Management Explore      Explore       
Drafting and Design Explore      Explore       
Early Childhood and Family Studies Explore             
Engineering Technology Explore             
Family and Consumer Sciences Explore             
Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Online Master's Degree Option (MSE)     Explore         
Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational Education (6-12) Explore             
Family Life Studies       Explore       
Fashion Merchandising Explore             
Foods and Nutrition Explore      Explore       
Health Sciences Education Explore             
Industrial Technology Explore             
Industrial Technology Education - Online Master's Degree Option (MSE)     Explore         
Interdisciplinary Studies Explore    Explore  Explore       
Interior Design Explore             
Manufacturing Management Explore      Explore       
Mapping       Explore       
Merchandising and Design       Explore       
Safety Management Explore      Explore       
Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (6-12) (formerly Industrial Technology Education) Explore             
Technology (transfer only) Explore             
Work-Based Learning Education (9-12) Explore             

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, competitions, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. 

Activities Outside the Classroom


  • Field trips – Visit local construction and manufacturing facilities to meet pros in the industry and get a peek at operations behind the scenes to watch how things are made.
  • Competitions – Earn national recognition and prizes for your skills and accomplishments when you compete in FCCLA STAR events.
  • Dean's Ambassadors - The Dean's Ambassadors include students from the fields of health, law, and engineering. Their purpose is to represent Wayne State College in the community and develop positive relationships between the two.
school of technology and applied science internships


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating to build your portfolio and gain experience in this field of study. If you’re an education major, you’ll need to complete clinical practice (student teaching). Career Services is also available to help you find internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Department of Technology and Applied Science.


In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for technology and applied science students.

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