General Studies Certificate

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General Studies

Technical Certificate

21 Credits | 1 Year

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith* 

*Combination of Online, Your Choice, In Person or Web Conferencing instruction. Select courses are available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

The General Studies certificate is designed for students who would like to take introductory courses before deciding on a technical diploma or associate degree program. It provides time to develop learning skills and clarify career/educational goals while earning credits that may be applied to a WITC program.

Program Outcomes

The General Studies certificate will help you:

  • Develop learning skills
  • Clarify career/educational goals
  • Recognize and be more aware of their abilities
  • Complete general education requirements prior to choosing their program
  • Match interests and abilities to today’s technical careers
  • Improve their study habits, writing skills, academic performance, and employability skills



General Studies courses are available at each WITC campus (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and the three outreach centers in Balsam Lake, Hayward, and Ladysmith. 


Experienced Instructors

WITC is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. The experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable, and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Transfer Options

Some credits may also be transferable to other technical colleges, the UW System, or private four-year colleges.

Associate Degree

Apply the General Studies certificate credits toward University Transfer Degree - Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees to increase your skills. 


Complete courses from four main areas of study: communications, math or science, social science and behavioral science. 

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Featured General Studies Courses

| 4 CR
Covers the fundamentals of chemistry. Topics include the metric system, problem solving, periodic relationships, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, properties of water; acids, bases, and salts; and gas laws.
| 3 CR
This science of psychology course is a survey of multiple aspects of behavior and mental processes. It provides an overview of topics such as research methods, theoretical perspectives, learning, cognition, memory, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal psychology, physiological factors, social influences, and development.
| 3 CR
This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That's it!

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

General Studies

21 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC General Studies Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a General Studies certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243



Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.