Academic Support | Waukesha County Technical College

Academic Support

At WCTC, we’re committed to helping you succeed. Academic Support offers a variety of resources to help you develop essential academic skills, including:

  • Academic support in reading, writing, math, science and English as a second language (ESL)
  • General skill-building courses as well as academic support for specific courses
  • Study skills and test-taking strategies
  • Assessment and test preparation for WCTC’s admission testing, the ACCUPLACER® assessment, apprenticeship testing and ACT exam preparation
  • Academic support services for students with disabilities
  • Coordination of peer tutoring

Academic Support is divided into specialized areas:

The Academic Center will equip you with the tools and strategies you need to enhance your learning:

  • Instruction designed to meet and accommodate diverse needs of each student
  • Utilization of program and general studies course curriculum in order to achieve competent completion of required coursework
  • Instructor-developed supplemental materials
  • Provide instruction on current academic technology and learning management systems
  • Small group instruction provided for Human Services Associate, Early Childhood Education and Business programs

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

The Business/Health Technology Center provides academic support instruction in business and health technology and computer software skills for students enrolled in occupational programs and courses. Instruction is provided individually and in small groups.

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

The ESL Center provides a welcoming and supportive environment where you can focus and improve skills needed to succeed in college-level courses. You can work independently on your personal learning goals in the ESL Center, or you can get academic support for class assignments.

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

Learn more about English as a Second Language at WCTC.

Whether you’re taking a math course or preparing for an apprenticeship or placement test, you can get the extra math help you need here. Our instructors provide academic support and additional resources to help clarify and reinforce mathematical concepts.

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

Don't wait until it’s too late. If you’re struggling with a course, sign up for a peer tutor. WCTC offers this free service for specific technical-level courses. Peer tutors are students who have been successful in a particular subject and who have been recommended by faculty. Peer tutors do not teach, but instead offer valuable guidance and assistance.

Why Use a Peer Tutor?

  • You've already consulted your instructor and Academic Support and still need extra help.
  • Strengthen your knowledge of the material.
  • Learn different study skills.

Become a Peer Tutor

Qualifications

  • Competent completion ("A" or "B") in the course you wish to tutor
  • Instructor recommendation from the completed course
  • Flexibility, willingness to help others and availability to tutor on camps

Benefits

  • Grow personally: build your self confidence and practice listening skills, goal setting, problem solving, interpersonal and oral communication skills, empathy and patience.
  • Strengthen your study skills and knowledge of the material.

The Reading Center offers assistance with:

  • Test preparation
  • Research-based study strategies (through Lifelong Learning Workshops; see current schedule on MyWCTC)
  • One-on-one follow up appointments to apply workshop principles
  • Reading enrichment for English language learners
  • Academic support for all reading courses

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

Reading Center Courses (Noncredit)

Reading Center Courses (Credit)

The Science Center’s welcoming staff can assist with homework, preparing for quizzes and tests, completing lab reports and explaining science content in Basic Anatomy, General and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Life Science Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Medical Terminology and other courses. The Science Center offers a large anatomy model collection, a microscope and tissue slides, resource texts, charts and computer access.

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

Need tips on grammar, punctuation and basic writing skills? The Writing Center’s instructional staff can help. You may be required to attend classes if your placement scores revealed a need for improvement, but all WCTC students are welcome to visit the Writing Center for self-improvement, test preparation and assistance with papers.

Writing Center Courses

The Paper Connection

The Paper Connection is located in the Writing Center (Building B, Room B110-O) and offers drop-in writing support. Instructors can help with APA style, clarity, grammar, punctuation, outlining and more. 

Center hours vary by semester. Check MyWCTC for an updated schedule.

*TABE testing is available Monday through Thursday and ends 30 minutes prior to closing. TABE testing is not available on non-teaching days and when academic support centers are closed.

  • Pre-College ReadingFocuses on improving non-fiction reading skills related to vocabulary in context, implied and stated main ideas, supporting details, patterns of organization, inferences and argument. Students who pass Pre-College Reading can advance to Introduction to College Reading and Study Skills.
  • Pre-College WritingLearn to communicate effectively through written sentences, paragraphs and essays. Apply the rules of grammar, mechanics and sentence structure in creating individualized written work. Students who pass Pre-College Writing can advance to Introduction to College Writing.

Self-paced credit classes in reading, writing and math help you enhance college-level skills and earn a college-level credit and grade, and you can also count them as elective credit toward a WCTC associate degree program. The credits cannot be used for preparation for admission into WCTC associate degree programs. 

  • Individualized Reading Workshop (1 Credit): Includes improvement of comprehension, vocabulary, reading rate and study skills, such as test-taking strategies, memory techniques, note-taking skills and critical reading.
  • Fundamentals of Writing (1 Credit): Includes developing and editing paragraphs and essays using complete sentences, correct punctuation and proper grammar.
  • Special Topics in Math (1 Credit): May include topics that are specific to your program, such as ratio and proportion, measurement, scientific notation, signed numbers, algebra and geometry. 


Testing and Assessment Preparation

We'll help you get ready for important tests and assessments. Call 262.691.7837 for more information.

ACCUPLACER® Placement Test Prep Workshop

A noncredit course for students preparing for the ACCUPLACER® assessment. Learn how the test works, tips for answering questions, and about resources to help you prepare. No fee. Register now.

ACT Exam Preparation

The Study Skills/ACT Exam Preparation course is geared toward high school students preparing for the ACT college entrance exam.

Apprenticeship Exam Preparation

If you're preparing to take an apprenticeship exam (for carpenters, electricians, fire hose fitters, painter, plumbers, sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters and steam fitters), we encourage you to use WCTC's academic support centers.

TABE Testing

Students may retest one time in reading and writing to improve course placement. No fee. Contact Academic Support about other assessment options.

PAX Exam Preparation

Student preparing for the verbal portion of the PAX assessment for the Nursing program can work individually with reading instructors on practice tests, vocabulary building and reading comprehension strategies.

ACCUPLACER© Next Generation Test Preparation

Students preparing for the Reading portion of the ACCUPLACER© Next Generation assessment can familiarize themselves with the test and work with a reading instructor to practice strategies to use with the test passages and questions.