The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board is the coordinating and oversight body for Wisconsin's 16 public, two-year technical colleges. It consists of 13 members, including 10 appointed by the Governor: a student, a farmer, an employer representative, and employee representative and 6 public members.
The remaining three "ex-officio" members, who serve by virtue of their professional position, are: the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the President of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Board of Regents, or his or her designee.
Among the Board's primary oversight responsibilities are System-wide tuition setting, program approval, facilities approval, state finance, state and federal government relations, and state and federal grant administration.
Because they operate as local units of government, Wisconsin's technical colleges are uniquely tied to the communities they serve.
A Message from the Board President
"We Were Built for this Moment”
At a time when employers in all sectors and geographic regions are desperate for talent, Wisconsin’s 16 world-class technical colleges make valuable lifelong learning possible for people in communities throughout the state regardless of age, race, ethnicity, income level, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or conviction record.
The result? Significantly expanded workforce participation and a deeper talent pool.
For our students, it’s about gaining the technical skills, confidence, professional network and leadership abilities to excel in their chosen profession, knowing that they’ll be hired upon graduation … or before. Of 2019 technical college grads in the workforce, 93 percent were hired within 6 months of graduation. For many occupations, that figure is 100 percent.
As our graduates begin their careers, they have confidence in knowing about the many transfer opportunities available to our graduates who want to pursue additional education. And their employers know about our ability to customize instruction for their existing workforce.
For employers, it’s ultimately about having access to the talent that fosters success. In a recent survey, 86 percent of the 2,000 employers responding said that their local technical college was important to their success.
The fact that with us, employers are in on the ground floor – working with our instructors to develop programs and courses – benefits both students and employers.
Our students learn from instructors that remain connected to industry, making internship and employment connections that expand students’ professional networks in the process. Employers get a close-up view of the skills students are perfecting, gauging the next generation of talent and expanding their own networks.
For taxpayers, it’s about investing in the workforce development that provides a proven return on investment and will drive Wisconsin’s economy successfully into the future.
I encourage you to learn more about the Wisconsin Technical College System – committed to your success and in continuous pursuit of the equitable, inclusive higher education opportunities that will benefit individuals, employers and communities throughout the state.
Dr. Rodney Pasch, President
Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board