BROOKS CENTER

Brooks Regional Center
for Career and Technical Education

The Brooks Regional Center provides technical education and workforce training in the areas of welding, machining, and automotive technology through a cooperative program between Hutchinson Community College and USD 373.


Welding Technology

Welding Technology is a 35 credit hour program held at the Brooks Regional Center at Newton High School. The hours run from 8:00 am to 3:25 pm for full-time and 8:00 am to 11:15 am or 12:15 pm to 3:25 pm for part-time.

Students take classes in theory and safety as well as math and blueprint reading. They also earn credits in shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, and robotic welding. The welding program is also a national American Welding Society SENSE certified school. Students have the option of certifying in a national program.

Most welders work in manufacturing industries that produce transportation equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, and fabricated metal products.


Machine Technology

Machine Technology is a 31 credit hour program held at the Brooks Regional Center at Newton High School. The hours run from 8:00 am to 3:25 pm for full-time and 8:00 am to 11:15 am or 12:15 pm to 3:25 pm for part-time.

Students take classes in math and print reading as well as quality control, machining practices and CNC operations.

Using lathes, milling machines and spindles, machinist make precision metal parts in machining shops or in manufacturing firms that produce durable goods, including metal working and industrial machinery, aircraft or motor vehicles. Computer-control programmers and operators use computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines to produce large quantities of product.


Automotive Technology

Auto Mechanics Technology is being offered as a merged program with the addition of adult students. It is a 34 credit part-time program and 17 credits can be completed in Newton, with the remaining credits finished in Hutchinson. Students will attend the morning session 8:00 am to 11:15 am for one year. Students earn credits in steering and suspension, brakes, engine performance, and power plant theory.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics work for retail and wholesale dealers, independent repair shops, and service facilities at the department or automotive supply stores.


Additional Information

All three programs have an advisory board of industry members that meet twice a year to provide direction for the program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for their entry into the workforce.

The tech programs are merged with the HS and follow their academic calendar (August – May). Students are expected to attend every class. Attendance policies are enforced and students may be administratively withdrawn for lack of attendance.

Students apply on-line and receive advising and financial aid assistance at our Newton Center, 203 E. Broadway.

The cost of attendance is dependent on the number of credits the student is enrolled in each semester. Per credit 2016-2017 tuition and fees are $103 for a Newton merged program class plus any lab fees associated with the program. Students are also required to purchase books as well as tools and safety equipment for their program of study.

Contact: Mandee Buchholz, Career Development Coordinator, Newton Center; 316-283-7000; buchholzm@hutchcc.edu


Associate of Applied Science

While an associate’s degree is not needed for students to enter the workforce, it is often beneficial for students to have if they are interested in growing in the profession into positions such as shop manager or supervisor. Both full-time and part-time students have the opportunity to complete an additional 32 hours of credit beyond the certificate level to receive and Associate in Applied Science in Machine Technology or Welding. Classes or the AAS degree may be taken at the HCC-Newton Center.