WITC graduates making financial gains in Wisconsin
growth in earnings by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College graduates has
increased 50 percent since their graduation from WITC in 2006. According to the
college’s recently completed Five-Year Longitudinal Follow-Up Study, the average
yearly salary for graduates increased from nearly $29,000 to more than $43,000.
The change in the Consumer Price Index was 10.9 percent for the same period.
incredibly proud of its Five-Year Longitudinal Follow-Up Study results,” WITC
President Bob Meyer said. “With these extremely positive career placement
results, it is not surprising that our graduates also confidently state that
their WITC training is both valuable and vital to their career development.”
survey, 89 percent agreed their technical college education played an important
role at the start of their career and 79 percent said their training was very
important or important in their career advancement. Fifty-six percent surveyed
have received at least one job promotion since graduating from WITC. Also, 73
percent are employed in Wisconsin with 57 percent working in WITC’s 11-county
education with business and industry, technical colleges use advisory committees
made up of business and industry representatives to provide input on their most
critical employment needs. The Longitudinal Study evaluates the success of
employees and their respective education.
results of this study are helpful to future and current students in assisting
them in making career choices; helping instructors determine the effectiveness
of their teaching and administration in discovering the need for possible
revisions in various program curricula,” WITC Research and Planning Coordinator
Jennifer Kunselman said. “The results validate that a technical college
education, specifically from WITC, is worth the investment in time and expense
because their education not only assists them in getting a job, but in advancing
in their careers for many years post-graduation.”
Longitudinal Follow-Up Study, which looks at changes in employment five years
after graduation, also found that 93 percent of its graduates are employed and
that 85 percent are employed in a career that is related to their WITC training.
of 573 of 1,608 graduates completed the survey for a 36 percent response rate.
For more information, visit
Longitudinal Follow-Up Study Summary.