About Us

Flint Hills Technical College is a two-year public institution of higher education nestled in the rolling hills of east-central Kansas. It is located at the intersection of I-35 and the Kansas Turnpike in Emporia, a city in the heart of the beautiful rangeland known as the Flint Hills and just a short distance from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

The college was founded in 1963 when the Emporia Board of Education made application to the Kansas State Board of Education. The college received associate degree granting status by an act of the Kansas Legislature during the 1995 Legislative Session. On July 1, 1999, by an act of the Kansas Legislature, the Kansas Board of Regents became the coordinating body of FHTC at the state level. As a result of Senate Bill 7 signed in May of 2003, Flint Hills Technical College was allowed to pursue autonomy from the Emporia School District, USD #253. On July 1, 2004 Flint Hills Technical College became autonomous from USD #253. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited Flint Hills Technical College on February 6, 2007.


The mission of Flint Hills Technical College, as an associate degree granting institution, is to provide a diverse community of learners with life-long educational opportunities for personal growth and preparation for professional and civic responsibilities that meet the needs of society.


Our vision is to empower our graduates to compete successfully in the high-tech global workplace.

Value Statements

Value statements are put into place to help Flint Hills Technical College fulfill its mission and vision.

  • FHTC values quality in all aspects of its operation.
  • FHTC values the diversity of all individuals and promotes mutual respect within the framework of ethical and professional behavior.
  • FHTC values student success by providing a wide range of support services.
  • FHTC values a caring climate conducive to student learning and campus safety.
  • FHTC values innovation accomplished through the vision and creativity of all partners in technical education.
  • FHTC values the practicality of technical education by providing a diverse curriculum and delivery system.
  • FHTC values collaboration and cooperation in all aspects of developing meaningful relations with internal and external customers.

Purpose Statements

  1. To provide student support services through a meaningful process of academic advisement, assessment, and financial aid assistance to prospective and currently enrolled students.
  2. To provide general education instruction in communication, critical thinking, problem solving and team building skills, thereby enabling students to succeed in their programs of study.
  3. To provide academic and applied instruction in a technical program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
  4. To assimilate emerging technological resources and services that meet or exceed the standards of business and industry.
  5. To promote and model the benefits of life-long learning.
  6. To provide occupational placement services to graduates focusing on maximizing the achievement of their career goals.
  7. To provide business and industry with qualified personnel through a diverse curriculum, continuing education opportunities, and customized training.
  8. To maintain a positive campus environment conducive to learning and personal safety.

Education Philosophy

The administration, faculty and staff of Flint Hills Technical College believe in the power of teaching and learning. FHTC endorses the right of each person to access opportunities to learn and affirm the innate value of the pursuit of knowledge and its application to life. The College’s primary commitment is to facilitate and support student success in learning and to prepare well-educated, productive members of society who have the ability to achieve personal and professional success in a global environment. Flint Hills Technical College strives to remove barriers to the educational process by providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities. Furthermore, FHTC aspires to promote quality in all facets of the college’s operation and believes that the student body must also perceive value in the educational process. FHTC embraces a teaching/learning philosophy where freedom of expression is encouraged in an orderly, nurturing environment. To ensure continuous improvement in the educational process, FHTC is committed to ongoing assessment and evaluation. To support the general education philosophy, the college will:

  • Recognize and support general education learning experiences as a necessary and integral component of technical curricula to better develop and produce well-educated, productive members of society.
  • Provide an assessment program, which will enable each student to plan for and enter into a program of study that will allow the individual to maximize their educational opportunity.
  • Model and promote academic excellence in the teaching/learning process.
  • Promote creative and critical thinking that leads to academic excellence.
  • Provide relevant academic coursework and resources that prepare students to successfully live and work in a global economy.
  • Broaden learning opportunities for students by articulating coursework with other institutions of higher education.
  • Respond to life-long learning needs of individuals.
  • Accommodate the needs of business and industry for specialized training.

The Core Abilities Include:

  1. Citizenship - The student will contribute to the community by serving others.
  2. Communications - The student will utilize verbal, non-verbal, written, and listening skills to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and formats.
  3. Critical Thinking - The student will utilize analytical skills and creativity to solve problems.
  4. Information Literacy - The student will locate, evaluate, analyze, and utilize the best information to meet his/her specific needs.
  5. Math Logic - The student will apply appropriate computational skills to solve problems and make decisions.
  6. Professional Work Ethic - The student will develop and utilize professional work skills and attitudes and demonstrate an understanding of ethics that is reflected in his/her behavior.
  7. Technology Literacy - The student will demonstrate knowledge of the nature and role of technology in problem solving and will be proficient in its use.
  8. Respect for Diversity - The student will demonstrate knowledge of and respect for elements of cultural diversity, such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, socioeconomic class, gender, etc.
  9. Global Awareness - The student will exhibit a basic understanding of the interdependence of global issues such as economics, politics, and the environment, as well as their application on a national, state, and local level.

Flint Hills Technical College Board of Trustees

Flint Hills Technical College is governed by a local Board of Trustees, comprised of appointed officials, area business/industry and educational representatives. The board convenes on a monthly basis to conduct the business of the college.

Program Advisory Committees

The College maintains a standard of education monitored and approved by program advisory committees made up of members from the general public, business and industry. The committees guide the College in fulfilling its responsibilities to provide up-to-date, quality education.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Flint Hills Technical College is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents and accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Occupational Education. Program accreditations include the American Association of General Contractors; the Kansas State Board of Nursing; the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; the American Dental Association; and the Graphic Arts Education Research Foundation.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Flint Hills Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, handicap, race, color, age, religion, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid or other college-administered programs. For questions or concerns regarding non-discrimination contact the Director of Human Resources at 620-343-4600.