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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 (to be completed in 2019) will add two new tech-savvy classrooms and 13 state-of-the art instructional labs for manufacturing, applied engineering, and robotics, which will provide 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. Wayne State College also offers a child development lab and preschool, known as Kiddie College, for early childhood majors. 



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ITE Competition

The ITE Competition at WSC takes place in the spring and is a chance for junior high and high school students to compete in a variety of events related to computer technology, drafting, and construction, including bridge building, mousetrap derby and pull, designing web pages, welding, and many more.

“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.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

College Factual

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018


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              
Drafting and Design              
Early Childhood              
Family and Consumer Sciences              
Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational Education (6-12)              
Family Life Studies              
Fashion Merchandising              
Foods and Nutrition              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
Interior Design              
Manufacturing Management              
Merchandising and Design              
Safety Management              
Skilled and Technical Sciences - Skilled Specific Education (9-12)              
Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (6-12) (formerly Industrial Technology Education)              
Work-Based Learning Education (9-12)              

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.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


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, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. 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 a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Technology and Applied Science Scholarships

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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