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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

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Introduction

Wisconsin Indianhead technical College (WITC) is a two-year public technical college with several campuses in the Superior, Wisconsin area. It is one of 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Originally, WITC was founded in 1912 as the Industrial, Commercial, Continuing Evening School. Today, the college has campuses in Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior, Hayward, and Ladysmith, as well as a learning center in Washburn County at Spooner. Administrative offices for the school are located in Shell Lake.

WITC offers associate degree programs, technical programs, short-term certificates, customized training, and a wide assortment of classes for personal and career enhancement. There are over 8,000 students enrolled in degree and certificate programs, and nearly 19,000 in non-credit classes. In fact, more than 10% of area residents have taken at least one class of some kind through WITC.

Academics

There are a variety of career and transfer programs of study at WITC. There are over 50 career programs at the college alone. Many of the more well-paid and marketable career tracks recommended by WITC are Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology; Automotive Maintenance Technician; Information Technology-Computer Networking; Law Enforcement; Machine Tool; Nursing and Nursing Assistant; Occupational Therapy Assistant; and Welding. Some of the more out-of-the-box choices include Agricultural Power and Equipment Technician; Dairy Herd Management; Energy Efficiency Technician; Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Power Products Technician; and Wood Technics.

Certificate Programs

WITC offers several certificate options that take a year or less to complete. They include several particularly healthy and profitable fields such as AutoCAD Drafting, Biofuels and Chemical Process Technician, IBM PRG IV Programming, Information Security Specialist, Renewable Electricity, and Sustainable Design. Other certificate programs serve to enhance the credentials of professionals already working in their fields, such as Ethical Leadership, Customer Service, and Supervisory Leadership.

Online Education

WITC offers four degrees that can be earned completely online. These include: accounting, administrative professional, marketing, and IT-Web Analyst/Programmer. In addition, many basic courses in a variety of disciplines are offered online, creating convenience for many students who attend general classes online, and specialized classes in person.

General Studies

WITC offers a General Studies degree on the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior campuses. General Studies includes classes in mathematics, science, communication, social science, and behavioural science in order to lay the foundation for other degree, certificate, and diploma programs.

Basic Education

WITC offers a full range of Basic Education classes in English, English Language Learning (ELL), reading, social studies, science, mathematics, civics, health, career exploration, and employability skills. GED preparation is also available. Basic Education is available at every level, from the primary grades to the completion of high school.

College-Wide Outcomes

In every program, students are expected to meet the WITC college-wide outcomes, which include demonstrated knowledge, skills, and understanding in communication, critical thinking, social interaction, mathematics, science and technology, and local and global perspectives.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

WITC has a strong apprenticeship program for students in the trades. The school’s formalized training programs offer students opportunities to enter a skilled profession and achieve journey-level status while still in school. An apprentice registers for a legal agreement called an indenture in these arrangements and are paid a predesignated percentage of the skilled journeyperson rate. Any Wisconsin resident over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

The WITC internship office in Rice Lake works with regional apprenticeship offices in Chippewa Falls, Wausau, Milwaukee, Appleton, and Madison to set up appropriate opportunities for their students. The college also makes connections directly with businesses, industries, and local labor union offices as needed.

Apprenticeships available through WITC include:

  • ABC Carpentry
  • Barber
  • Cosmetologist
  • Masonry
  • Bricklayer
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Plumber

Admissions

In keeping with their mission to offer high-quality education to any adult who wishes to pursue it, WVNCC offers open admissions. Applicants need to either have a high school diploma or a GED to begin college level studies; the college also offers basic adult education and GED preparation for students not yet ready to begin college level work. Some programs, particularly in nursing and other medical disciplines, have further requirements, so check with the department in which you wish to study before registering for classes.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, CVTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5956th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Dining on Campus

Breakfast and lunch are available most days from an on-campus cafeteria. There are also several vending machines in the student lounge.

Residing Near Campus

WITC has no housing of their own, although the Ashland campus has an arrangement with Northland College to provide housing for WITC students in their dormitories the Rice Lake campus provides student housing at nearby Glenwood Commons, and the Superior campus has a similar arrangement with the University of Wisconsin Superior. All campuses maintain housing listings in the Student Services office to assist students in finding housing to meet their needs.

Careers After College

WITC is deeply invested in connecting their graduates with work in their field. The college provides employability skills instruction, job seeking assistance, and employment fairs. The school also maintains a web-based job bank called TechConnect. Students are encouraged to take Job Quest, a one-credit class encouraging students to take control of their own success. The college boasts of a strong career placement rate: 85% of students are employed within six months of graduating.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Bibliography

  • About. Index. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Web. 29 July 2011.
  • Apprenticeship. Programs. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Web. 29 July 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Food. Student Services. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Web. 29 July 2011.
  • General Studies. Programs. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Web. 29 July 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in Wisconsin and 1591st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 21 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 3 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 89 1.08
Larceny 403 4.88
Vehicle theft 13 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Shell Lake, WI 54871-8727
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population2,852 (N/A urban / 2,852 rural)
Households1,137 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,654
Families790 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4226th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,910 $3,910 $5,866
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $386 $386 $386
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $122 $122 $183
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,870 $5,870 $7,826
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,154 $16,154 $18,110
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,594 $9,594 $11,550

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,571 $3,798 $3,571 $3,798 $5,249 $5,552
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,472
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,258 $6,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,344 $3,596
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,344 $3,596

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 11 7 11 30 1,542 10 1,639
Accounting 1 45 2 48
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 12 12
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 66 71
Agricultural Power Machinery Operation 13 13
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 21 22
Business Administration and Management, General 38 39
Carpentry/Carpenter 9 9
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 41 43
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 1 1 10 12
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 8 9
Computer Support Specialist 7 7
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 11 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 25 27
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 27 27
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1 48 52
Criminal Justice/Police Science 18 18
Dairy Husbandry and Production 5 5
Dental Assisting/Assistant 11 11
Dietitian Assistant 1 1
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3 143 147
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 6 6
Finance, General 8 8
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 11 11
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 20 21
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 91 93
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 35 36
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 10 10
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 16 17
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 3 3
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8 8
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 3 3
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 50 52
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 2 17 1 20
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 4 2 6 16 478 5 526
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2 20 22
Office Management and Supervision 1 1 16 18
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 4 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 101 1 104
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 8 1 9
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician 13 13
Welding Technology/Welder 1 49 53

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1566th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,306 ($68,679 male / $63,879 female)
Number of FT Faculty 153 (69 male / 84 female)
Number of PT Faculty 348
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,942,258
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