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Technical college has changed during the past 25 years. The technical college system has worked to improve the training and education of its students. WITC now has more than 50 career programs in areas such as health care, general studies, business, public safety and the skilled trades.

However, we have not forgotten the importance of real-world employment skills and hands-on training. In fact, our teaching methods have gotten national attention. Washington Monthly magazine recently ranked WITC fourth among two-year colleges nationwide.

Check out just a few of the ways WITC can help your student be successful:

  1. Great-paying careers – The average annual starting salary for 2012-13 graduates employed in jobs related to their training is $35,072.
  2. Instructors with real-world experience – Besides instructors with both education and work experience in their field, each WITC program has an advisory committee made up of local professionals who help assure the course curriculum meets the needs of area business and industry.
  3. Hands-on learning – During their studies at WITC students experience internships, lab-based education and opportunities to work both individually and as a part of a team.
  4. Affordable tuition – Students pay, on average, roughly half the tuition of state universities resulting in quicker financial freedom upon graduation.
  5. Smaller classes – “Instead of sitting in large, anonymous auditoriums, they gather in groups of 24 or less—with teachers who know their names and who take a personal interest in their success.” – Nicole Westemeier, WITC graduate.
  6. Strong job placement – Within six months of graduating, 91 percent of our students are hired. A majority of graduates are employed in the state, with an overwhelming number of WITC grads staying in Northwestern Wisconsin.
  7. Great people and social activities – Learning takes place beyond the classroom setting. Each campus provides students an opportunity to network in professional settings, gain leadership skills, volunteer in their community and gather for entertainment and social networking.
  8. Flexible class scheduling – WITC offers a variety of options for attending college that work with an individual’s busy schedule. In addition to traditional daytime classes, students can work toward their degree online, in the Educational Technology Center, or during evening hours.
  9. Credit transfer to four-year programs – Associate degree and general study courses can be transferred on to many public and private four-year colleges.
  10. More career choices – WITC offers seven career programs unique within the state. Programs like architectural commercial design, marine repair technician, telecommunication technician and others enable students to pursue careers that would typically take them out of Wisconsin to achieve.