Technical colleges keep the state’s hospitals and clinics thriving, manufacturing on the cutting edge, commerce moving, police and fire departments vital, EMTs on the road, farmers producing, power and electricity flowing, and IT online.
Our colleges deliver Wisconsin’s essential, front-line workforce.
Wisconsin’s technical colleges are open doors to a world of opportunity.
A broad mission means there is room for everyone.
Employers looking for talent, or to advance talent.
High school students eager to earn college credit at no cost, or high school grads interested in efficient, affordable, transferable postsecondary education.
Veterans with an interest in re-skilling or earning a credential.
Adults who need to work while they plan and pursue their next career, or who need to improve their academic or English Language skills to progress.
Workers who want to take advantage of an “earn while you learn” apprenticeship.
Incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals ready to start a new life of prosperity and promise.
of graduates are employed in a job related to their education
Wisconsin's technical colleges deliver thousands of skilled graduates each year.
Thousands of technical college graduates and apprentices start prosperous careers each year that keep Wisconsin employers competing and communities thriving, with thousands more continuing their education in pursuit of a four-year degree.
of graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with their technical college education
Over more than 100 years, Wisconsin’s technical colleges have become uniquely versatile, vital members of the communities they serve.
Our colleges have made themselves invaluable over time, to students and to the employers and communities they serve. Graduates, apprentices, learning in service of the community and so much more.
Close to Home
of technical college graduates live and work in Wisconsin
WTCS Ambassador Program
The WTCS Ambassador program annually recognizes one student from each tech college and engages those students in a leadership development program.
Organizing technical college offerings and services within guided Career Pathways leads to learner success and creates a reliable talent pipeline for Wisconsin employers.
Commitment to Progress
WTCS commits to creating safe spaces for students and staff and pathways to prosperity for all, and to preparing law enforcement officers for a complex job.
WTCS Student Success Center
Through the Student Success Center, Wisconsin’s technical colleges learn from – and build on – outstanding work at peer institutions, improving student outcomes.
State law requires WTCS to maintain a distinct formula for allocating a portion of general state aid to technical colleges, linking outcomes to investments.
2021-23 Biennial Budget Request
Investment will allow 2,000 additional individuals each year to earn a short-term credential in healthcare, protective services, manufacturing, IT and other essential sectors.
COVID-19 College Updates
As community-responsive, local units of government, tech colleges consult with local Public Health officials. Access real-time updates on college operations here.
COVID-19 System Updates
WTCS operations and service to tech colleges, partners and the public remain at full capacity. Access updates on System Office operations here.
5-Year Graduate Follow-Up
Five years after graduation, Wisconsin technical college graduates are essential workers and leaders in the communities they serve.
The technical colleges surveyed nearly 26,000 2013-14 technical college graduates, with more than 6,300 responding.
Read the publication online here or download using the links below.
October is Manufacturing Month
CVTC encourages careers in manufacturing with open house event
Gateway holds Women in Manufacturing Forum
Western’s “Operation Next” to help military members transition to manufacturing careers
Research Brief: WTCS colleges “moved rapidly” in response to COVID-19
WTCS Education Director published
MATC bilingual programs knock down barriers: “I really see no better place”
Northwood Tech 2021 WTCS Ambassador highlights career change potential
WTCS Fire Service Education & Training Director named President of NAFTD
Early Childcare Educator Apprenticeship comes online
New credit transfer agreement to benefit Wisconsin students