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About WCTC

As a leader in workforce development, Waukesha County Technical College offers more than 150 areas of study, including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. WCTC’s academic programs offer hands-on training that can be immediately applied in the workplace.

Your student experience is enhanced by academic support, career services and a vibrant campus life scene. It all adds up to a comprehensive education that puts student learning at the forefront, personalizing the college experience and ensuring success.

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WCTC Mission

Waukesha County Technical College provides accessible career and technical education to strengthen our community through lifelong learning.

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WCTC Vision

Waukesha County Technical College is the distinct choice for innovative and transformative education.

WCTC Vision

Help Students Learn

Facilitate learning so students are competently prepared for the workforce.

Meet Stakeholder Needs

Provide transformative educational offerings to meet stakeholder needs.

Value Employees

Create an exemplary, engaged workforce where employees are valued.

Plan and Lead

Execute strategic initiatives to attain the College’s vision.

Resource Stewardship

Ensure financial strength through effective resource stewardship.


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People

Leadership

Many talented people work together to shape the future of WCTC.

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Foundation

WCTC's Foundation works to foster lifelong learning and workforce development in our community.

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Accreditation

WCTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WCTC recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion as core institutional values.

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Why WCTC?

Many students feel lost in large lecture halls and learn better in small classes with individualized attention. WCTC’s average class size is approximately 16 students, so your instructors will get to know you well and help you achieve your personal goals.

All of WCTC’s instructors are qualified to teach in their area of instruction, with industry-recognized degrees and occupational experience in their area of instruction.

Our students learn on the most advanced technology available in their fields, from world-class IT networking labs to our state-of-the-art Robotics and Human Patient Simulation labs.

Incoming students can earn significant credit through their school, work and life experiences. WCTC also offers numerous transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities for those interested in continuing their education.

Rather than simply memorizing theory, you’ll apply what you learn through hands-on projects. This applied approach helps reinforce concepts and keep you interested and motivated.

More than 161 students completed internships at 136 local employers in 2020-21, allowing them to gain relevant work experience while earning college credit. More than 60 percent are hired by their employer upon completing their internship.

Employers consistently hire WCTC grads because they know they have the skills to immediately contribute. More than 700 business leaders serve on WCTC advisory committees, ensuring that what we teach in the classroom reflects the latest industry trends.

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Newsroom

Read the latest news and updates from Waukesha County Technical College.

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Publications

Find the latest editions of the student handbook, Impact magazine, newsletters and more.

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Policies

Learn about the policies and procedures that govern life at WCTC.

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Critical Life Skills

All students are given opportunities to develop and demonstrate critical life skills.

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By the Numbers

View more WCTC data on the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator. For more information on student success statistics, contact Viktor Brenner, Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, at 262.691.5577.

  • 17,343 total enrollment
  • 9,056 enrolled in Associate of Applied Science degree courses
  • 1,480 enrolled in Technical Diploma courses
  • 664 enrolled in apprentice-related training
  • 3,519.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) of college enrollment
  • 3,463 high school students took WCTC courses through partnership agreements
  • 6,779 adults enrolled in continuing education (includes Corporate Training Center)

Students may be enrolled in more than one of these areas.

Program-level students (not including high school dual enrollment):

  • 50% males
  • 50% females
  • 26.5% ethnic minorities, of those for whom ethnicity is known
  • 24 median age
  • 94% of WCTC graduates in the job market are employed within six months.*
  • 97% of WCTC graduates were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the education they received.*
  • 96% of employers were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the education and training their employees received.**
  • The median salary of WCTC graduates working in their fields was $50,000.*
  • WCTC’s graduation rate (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) is a four-year average rate of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students completing a program within 150% of the expected time to degree. For example, students completing a two-year associate degree within three years are counted toward the graduation rate. For 2021-22, the Student Right to Know Graduation Rate (the average of the last four years’ graduation rates) is 42%.
  • WCTC's retention rate for first-time, full-time undergraduate students is 71%. This number represents the percentage of first-time, full-time students starting in fall that either graduated within the first year and/or were re-enrolled for classes in the spring.
  • Some first-time full-time students opt to transfer to another institution prior to completing a degree. As of 2022-22, WCTC’s transfer-out rate was 9%.

* Source: WCTC Graduate Success 2021
** Source: Employer Follow-up 2018

Our History

Since 1923, Waukesha County Technical College has been preparing students for success within the regional and global economy. Learn more about WCTC’s history in Education for a Lifetime.

1923

First Instructor Hired

It all began in 1923, when the newly formed Waukesha Vocational School occupied the basement of Waukesha Central High School (now Les Paul Middle School). J.E. Worthington, principal of the high school, also served as part-time director of the vocational school. The 1920 board minutes authorized “the purchase of materials to build 20 manual training benches and 20 mechanical drawing benches, the same to be constructed by the pupils as their first project.”

O.B. Lindholm was hired as the school’s first manual training instructor, and in 1923, he became the school’s first full-time director — a position he held for the next quarter-century.

In 1923, Waukesha Vocational School’s enrollment was 443, compared with today’s WCTC enrollment of approximately 23,000.

1920

1930

Enrollment Continues to Grow

By 1930, Waukesha Vocational School served 700 students and had outgrown its space in the high school basement. The school built a new building at 222 Maple Ave. for $68,000.

1930

1956

Expanded Offerings

In 1956, the College completed an 11,500-square-foot addition to its 11-room Maple Street location. The $186,000 addition, which opened in 1957, included classrooms for arts and crafts, home furnishings, drafting, social studies and sewing, as well as a large multipurpose classroom.

Maple Street

1967

New Horizons, New Name

In 1967, Waukesha Vocational School became Waukesha County Technical Institute.

1970

WCTI Breaks Ground in Pewaukee

On April 4, 1970, the College broke ground for WCTI’s historic new $7 million campus in Pewaukee. Classes at the new campus began in February of 1972.

1970

1977

WCTC Foundation Established

The WCTC Foundation was established in 1977 with a clear mission: to secure charitable resources to help our students achieve their educational goals.

1970-86

WCTI Owls Win Big

Coached by Athletic Director Wally Wiese from 1970 to 1986, the WCTI Owls basketball team enjoyed 14 straight seasons with more than 20 wins, 13 league titles and eight state championships.

1970-1986

1980

Recession Leads to Record Enrollment

During the recession of the early 1980s, Waukesha County Technical Institute achieved record enrollment, with more than 36,000 students taking classes.

1980's WCTC Students

1988

WCTI Becomes WCTC

In 1988, Waukesha County Technical Institute changed its name to Waukesha County Technical College to better reflect its mission.

1995

Early Online Classes Begin

WCTC made its debut on the internet in 1995 and began offering online courses in business law, financial planning and real estate.

2002

 

The Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center (Building G), which houses WCTC’s printing and graphic arts programs and classrooms, was completed in 2002.

2007

 

In 2007, the College opened the Harry V. Quadracci Education and Technology Center (Building Q), a 23,600 square-foot facility built as a wing of the Printing and Graphics Center.

Quadracci Education and Technology Center

2010

New Enrollment Center Welcomes Students

WCTC’s Enrollment Center renovation was completed in 2010. Students now have seamless access to advising, counseling, admission, registration and financial aid — all conveniently located in the new center. This has streamlined the registration process and shortened wait times for students.

Enrollment Center

2013

 

In 2013, WCTC completed its new Transportation Building, a 5,300-square-foot facility used for the College’s Truck Driving technical diploma program.

The same year, the Dual Enrollment Academy program began as a way to offer high school seniors a head-start in careers in high-demand fields while providing them an opportunity to earn college credits.

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2016-18

 

In 2016, the 24,000-square-foot Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC) was built to increase the amount of space dedicated to electronics, automation and manufacturing trades. The center was renamed to honor donor Terry Lutz in 2018.

The Student Enrichment Center opened in Building B in 2016 as a central location to house Academic Support, Library Services and the Service Desk. The TechEx Center was added in 2017, and the WCTC Bookstore was added in fall 2018.

Student Enrichment Center