Types of programs available at WCTC

WCTC’s four Schools – the School of Applied Technologies, School of Business, School of Health and School of Protective & Human Services – offer a diverse collection of program offerings.

Whether an associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship or short-term certificate, all programs offer students training that provides them with skills that can be immediately applied to the workforce and lead to greater career success.

Associate of Applied Science degree

An Associate of Applied Science degree combines technical skills classes with general education classes. Full-time students can typically complete a 66- to 70-credit program within two years. Many transfer agreements exist with four-year colleges and universities, often allowing students to begin their baccalaureate studies at junior-level standing. Credits may be transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students interested in transferring their credits from WCTC into another college should consult their academic advisor.

Technical Diploma

Technical diploma programs focus on hands-on learning of occupational skills. They can take as little as one semester (2–16 credits), one year (17–36 credits) or two years (61–70 credits) to complete. Additionally, for many technical diploma programs, just one more year of studies is needed in a related program to earn an associate degree.


Apprentices learn a trade by practical experience under a skilled worker – generally bound by a contract for a set time between the apprentice (employee) and employer or joint apprenticeship training committee. The contract details the areas of training, hours of training and wages during the training period.

While WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction, the student does not need to apply to the College; it is separate from a traditional college program in that the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development oversees the apprenticeship system. General apprenticeship information can be found at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/.


A WCTC technical certificate provides an excellent means for those already employed to cross train or expand their knowledge through short-term training opportunities. Certificates can range from three to 16 credits and generally take one to three semesters to complete. Depending on the certificate, some credits earned can be transferred into technical diploma and associate degree programs.