Wisconsin’s technical colleges helping our military veterans

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By Erin Eagan

 

Each year on November 11, we honor our military veterans for their service to the United States. Their service is greatly appreciated, and Wisconsin’s technical colleges are honored to provide our veterans and their families with the support and resources for educational and career success.  

We want our veterans to know they are not alone in their pursuit of a post-military career, so some of the resources we provide include: priority enrollment, career coaching, academic advising, disability services as well as clubs and support groups. 

We are proud to report that in 2018-19 over 8,000 veteran students were enrolled in a WTCS course. Some want to pursue a career somewhat related to their military jobs and lifestyle, so they may choose criminal justice or fire fighting programs. Others follow their dreams and do something completely different and enroll in one of over 400 other program options. Last year, in fact, the Nursing program was the top program veterans enrolled in; other top programs include business management, criminal justice, IT networking, welding and liberal arts.

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Top 10 veteran-enrolled programs

Source: WTCS Client Reporting, Program Enrollment Cube

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Veteran learning Tool and Die Making
Armed with many of the skills and experience to achieve success in college, obtaining a technical diploma or degree can be life-changing for veterans. “Going [to technical college] changed my life,” says Charles Robel, a U.S. Military Veteran. “When I got out of the military I was bouncing around from job to job. My wife convinced me to go back to school and get a career going instead of doing odd jobs.” Robel enrolled in the Tool and Die Making program at Waukesha County Technical College where he excelled. 

“I was a soldier and proud to serve my country,” says Robel. “Graduating from college lets me serve my family, myself and my community.”

If you’re a veteran and aren’t sure how to get started, visit your local college website to connect with the Veteran Certifying Official. He or she will ensure your benefits will take care of your needs while you attend college and get you started on the path to your new career. 

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