W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 1 W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 0 W I S C O N S I N T E C H N I C A L C O L L E G E S Y S T E M | 1 1 Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. For example, engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent.5 Consider what skills (versus what degree) might interest your child. A bachelor’s degree, also referred to as a four-year degree, actually requires five or six years for many students. A technical education is more focused on practical, hands-on skills development, so the degrees generally require two years of full-time enrollment or less. Technical degrees and diplomas are ideal for students who want to work in highly technical professions like health care or information technology, for example. Given how technology continues to change employers’ workforce needs, it makes sense for people to obtain their education in small stacks of credits over time instead of all at once. Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent. Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent. offers up to 12 percent. your child. Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent. offers up to 12 percent. Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent. offers up to 12 percent. your child. A bachelor’s degree, also referred to as a four-year degree, actually requires A bachelor’s degree, also referred to as a four-year degree, actually requires five or six years for many students. A technical education is more focused five or six years for many students. A technical education is more focused Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. on practical, hands-on skills development, so the degrees generally require Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts offers up to 12 percent. offers up to 12 percent. your child. your child. Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts Consider what skills (versus what degree) might interest Consider what skills (versus what degree) might interest A bachelor’s degree, also referred to as a four-year degree, actually requires A bachelor’s degree, also referred to as a four-year degree, actually requires five or six years for many students. A technical education is more focused Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? five or six years for many students. A technical education is more focused Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts Consider what skills (versus what degree) might interest Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the same return on investment (ROI)? same return on investment (ROI)? This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. This ROI varies most between fields—NOT levels of degree. engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts engineering and math degrees offer up to a 21 percent return while liberal arts Consider what skills (versus what degree) might interest Did you know all college degrees have roughly the Did you know all college degrees have roughly the All degrees provide knowledge and skills for employability. Section 2 The changing employment landscape Certificate Occupation-focused & employer approved. Entry-level credential for quick employment. Shorter series of courses between nine and 15 credits. Typically six months or less (full-time). Lower cost due to fewer credits taken. Technical Degree or Diploma (one - to two-year programs) More advanced than a certificate. Usually 30 to 60 credits. Typically one to two years to complete (full-time). Created with employer input. Associate Degree (two-year programs) Academic degree with some general education. Typically takes two years to complete (full-time). Many other degrees and diplomas may transfer in. Provides soft and hard skills with employer input. Usually 1/4 to 1/2 the cost of a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s Degree (baccalaureate) Academic degree with general education focus. May take four years or more to complete (full-time). Per credit costs are typically at least twice that of an associate degree. High school students may get a head start on college by taking college -level courses available to them.