Technical Studies - Journeyworker

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-499-5

Build on the technical skills developed in your apprenticeship by completing coursework in communications, social science, behavioral science, and math or science. Work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your individual needs and goals.

How Long It Will Take

Full-time students can complete the 21 credits of required associate degree coursework in two semesters. 

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom setting. Evening completion, accelerated and hybrid/online classes are available.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • This program is for those who are pursuing or have completed a registered trade apprenticeship consisting of at least 400 hours of paid-related technical instruction and three years of on-the-job learning.
  • It recognizes the value of an apprenticeship by awarding 39 college credits, leaving just 21 credits to complete an associate degree.
  • Credits from this program may transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at other institutions.
  • It meets the needs of those who want to pursue an associate degree on a full- or part-time basis.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

WCTC Hands-on Education

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit official high school transcript.
  • Complete placement assessment.
  • Proof of Eligibility:
    • Students currently enrolled in a WCTC apprenticeship: no proof of eligibility needed.
    • Current apprenticeship students enrolled at any Wisconsin Technical College System school: submit official transcript.
    • Apprenticeship completers: submit copy of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Completion Certificate issued by the Department of Workforce Development - Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Fax to 262.691.5123 or email to the Admissions Office.

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2020 Start

  • Submit application by August 3, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

Annual salaries vary.

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

Potential Careers

The customizable approach of this program allows you to shape the associate degree to your technical interests and aptitudes, and it is up to you to determine which trade to pursue.

  • Construction Manager
  • Estimator
  • Expeditor
  • Foreman
  • Production Supervisor

Transfer Options

Whether you’re a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits.
Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Technical Studies - Journeyworker. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
Purdue GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.