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AI Data Specialist

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Degree Type
60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

Time to Degree
2 years

Start Date
August / January

How You'll Learn

  • Hybrid
  • Daytime
  • Evening

Develop the data and programming skills necessary to acquire, analyze and prepare data for use in machine learning algorithms. Create models for predictive analytics, image recognition/computer vision and natural language processing, evaluate results and implement the models in a production environment. Navigate ethical concerns as they relate to AI.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) accelerates and the technology surrounding it evolves, the demand from workforce for individuals with these skills continues to increase. Program graduates are ready to support AI implementations in a wide variety of industries.

  • AI Data Specialist
  • AI Data Technician
  • Data Analyst
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

Salary data not yet available

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. WCTC is proud to be the first college in Wisconsin to offer an associate degree in artificial intelligence.
  2. Students learn to navigate the ethical implications of various AI solutions across multiple industries.
  3. Students complete advanced coursework in topics such as predictive analysis, computer vision, natural language processing, data manipulation and more.

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