Benefits of a technical college

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Graduates of Wisconsin's technical colleges get the education and training that provides skills to compete in today's global job market. Benefits include:

  • Individual attention: Classes are smaller and instructors care about the success of every student.
  • Placement is strong: More than 93 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
  • Less debt (or no debt): Credits are about half the cost; degrees can be earned in one or two years (full-time students) for a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree. 
  • Smooth credit transfer for a 4-yr. degree: Students can take advantage of the Universal Credit Transfer, Liberal Arts Transfer or program-to-program transfer agreements between specific colleges. There are more than 600 agreements with the UW-System. 
  • Quicker path to a skilled position: Students graduate with a skill for employment to hit the ground running in one or two years (full time students).
  • Relevant skills: Instructors are from the real world. Business and industry advisers provide regular input so hands-on learning is based closely on what's needed in real-world work places.
  • More jobs than graduates: Employers are in need of individuals with technical skills and the decrease in demand for graduates is nowhere in sight. 
  • Great starting salaries: 2015 Associate degree graduates' median salary (meaning half of them earn more than this) is $40,000.