A message from WCTC President Barbara Prindiville, Ph.D.:
Waukesha County Technical College's Dual Enrollment Academy is a year-long pilot program that began this fall to fill the state's need for qualified workers. Area high school students graduate from the academy having earned an industry-recognized workplace certificate, allowing them to either get a job right away or use the credits they have earned to go on and pursue a college degree.
An important element of this program is the level of involvement from our partners in business and industry. Industry partners help develop the workplace certificates, provide classroom presentations and offer internships. One example of a strong industry partner is Brookfield-based Trace-A-Matic, which will offer 10 jobs to Tool & Die students upon completion of the program and an additional stipend based on their GPA.
WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy provides skills training to high school students
Details of WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy pilot program were announced at a press conference held at the College on Oct. 29 that included speakers Gov. Scott Walker, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Sec. Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Vice President, Business & Industry Development Lee Swindall and Trace-A-Matic President Thorsten Wienss.
The DWD and WEDC each contributed $77,576 toward the pilot's instructional costs for the three high-demand program cohorts, which are Tool & Die/CNC; Welding/Fabrication; and IT-Networking. Upon program completion, students earn an industry-recognized "workplace certificate" in one of the three occupations.
Collaborating school districts for the program are: Waukesha School District; Arrowhead School District; Elmbrook School District; New Berlin School District; Pewaukee School District; Sussex Hamilton School District; West Allis School District and Light House Academy, a local homeschool.
Additional facts about the program:
- Each Dual Enrollment Academy cohort consists of 8-18 students. Currently, 40 students are enrolled in the program.
- Participants must be in 12th grade, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, must be on track to graduate from high school and successfully meet College entrance and program requirements.
- Students spend a majority of time during each school day at WCTC participating in the Dual Enrollment Academy program during their first and second semester senior year.
- Students will attain 20-24 credits of course work (dependent on program option); while earning both high school and college credit.
After the press conference, Gov. Walker, Sec. Newson and Swindall toured WCTC's Advanced Manufacturing Center, including the Tool & Die/CNC Lab and the college's newly-expanded Welding Lab.
WCTC celebrates Indoor Firing Range Grand Opening
Representatives from the Waukesha County Business Alliance and Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce along with several local dignitaries and elected officials joined WCTC in celebrating the grand opening of the college's Indoor Firing Range on Oct. 18. The facility will provide state-of-the-art firearms training to serve the needs of the College, the law enforcement community and the general public.
Find out more about the WCTC Firing Range.
WCTC forms articulation agreements with more four-year universities
Chancellor of UW-Green Bay Thomas K. Harden and
WCTC President Dr. Barbara Prindiville
WCTC continues to enhance transfer opportunities for students with recently formed agreements including the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Concordia University Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
The UW-Green Bay articulation agreement allows any WCTC graduate who has an Associate of Applied Science degree to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree by transferring in 60 credits, starting at UW-Green Bay as a junior, and finishing the degree fully online.
Students who graduate from WCTC's Supervisory Management or Human Resources Management Associate of Applied Science degree programs are now eligible for full transfer of all credits into the Concordia University Wisconsin Bachelor of Arts in Business Management or Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management degree programs.
WCTC's articulation agreement with Wisconsin Lutheran College grants WCTC Associate of Applied Science degree graduates of 13 programs transfer to WLC's Business Management and Leadership Bachelors of Science program offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The programs are: Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Global Business, Graphic Design, Health Information Technology, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Human Resources, IT Computer Support Specialist, Marketing, Management Development, Print and Digital Media Web and Digital Media Design.
Learn more about WCTC transfer opportunities.