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Forbes ranks WITC a top two-year college in the nation

May 12, 2021

WITC garnered national attention recently when Forbes Magazine placed the college in the top 25 two-year trade schools nationally.

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In its second-annual ranking of the Top Two-Year Trade Schools, Forbes placed WITC 22nd in the nation. Rankings were determined based on four categories including post-graduate success, affordability, completion success and student experience.

WITC President Dr. John Will said, “This ranking builds on our already established track record of high student satisfaction, outstanding graduate employment prospects and other well-established rankings, such as the Aspen Institute Top 150 ranking. We feel it’s a reflection of putting our student learning first.”

Forbes started with over 700 currently-operating schools and narrowed them down based on qualifying criteria, eliminating for-profit schools and schools with under 300 students. Schools with three-year graduation rates below 25 percent, retention rates below 33 percent or insufficient default rate or salary data were also eliminated. Data was pulled from the federal government’s IPEDS and College Scorecard databases, along with the well-known salary database Payscale, which placed WITC’s mid-career median salary for alumni with more than 10 years of experience at $53,900.

WITC was among three other technical colleges from Wisconsin and one technical college from Minnesota that made the list, which includes Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College and Dakota County Technical College.

WITC is grateful to all its community partnerships. Your support of the WITC Foundation is essential to student success. For information on how to contribute, visit

A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2018 Military Friendly® School, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.


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