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Impact

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.

Technical colleges are accessible to students of all backgrounds.
1,417
0.46%
Displaced Homemaker
8,660
2.81%
LEP
14,395
4.68%
Disabled
5,962
1.94%
Incarcerated
11,485
3.73%
Non-Traditional
17,591
5.71%
Single Parent
45,204
14.68%
Academically Disadvantaged
58,772
19.09%
Economically Disadvantaged

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.

Employment

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75%

of graduates are employed in a job related to their education

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Median salaries by career area for 2020 graduates.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources $36,357
Architecture and Construction $49,154
Arts, A/V Technology and Communications $35,981
Business, Management and Administration $42,464
Education and Training $29,471
Finance $38,628
Health Sciences $46,798
Hospitality and Tourism $29,819
Human Services $35,357
Information Technology $47,836
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security $49,000
Manufacturing $45,756
Marketing, Sales and Service $37,437
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics $50,000
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics $46,796

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.

Graduates

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97%

of graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with their technical college education

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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

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93%

of technical college graduates live and work in Wisconsin

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Priorities

WTCS Ambassador Program

The WTCS Ambassador program annually recognizes one student from each tech college and engages those students in a leadership development program.

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Career Pathways

Organizing technical college offerings and services within guided Career Pathways leads to learner success and creates a reliable talent pipeline for Wisconsin employers.

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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.

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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.

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Outcomes-Based Funding

State law requires WTCS to maintain a distinct formula for allocating a portion of general state aid to technical colleges, linking outcomes to investments.

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 System Updates

WTCS operations and service to tech colleges, partners and the public remain at full capacity as staff work remotely. Work with Public Health agencies is ongoing.

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Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges educate more than 300,000 students every year

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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.

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WTCS Board elects officers for 2021-22

Rhinelander, WI – During a meeting hosted by Nicolet College in Rhinelander, the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board elected new Board officers.

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Leadership changes
Technical colleges deliver Wisconsin's essential workforce
Serving students, communities throughout Wisconsin