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Blackhawk Technical College

Blackhawk Technical College Rating: 2.5/5 (4 votes)

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Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) was founded in 1968 as Blackhawk Technical Institute. The school is located in Janesville, Wisconsin and sits on 80 acres of wooded land.


The college offers roughly 50 programs that can help students obtain an associate’s degree, certificate, or diploma. The school also offers apprenticeship programs helping students who want to learn a trade such as plumbing or carpentry.

Associate degree programs in the school include accounting, early childhood education and marketing. Programs are awarded with a completion of 64 semester hours of course work, 32 of which are focused on a student’s major area of instruction.

The Culinary Arts program prepares students in the field of food service. Students in the program receive hands-on training in a professional kitchen on campus. A seven-week externship is awarded to students for more training in a different setting. Students may also enter contests at the local and state levels to test abilities. The program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

The diploma programs are designed for more extensive training in a wide range of fields including dental assisting, farm business and green industry technology. The programs vary by semester and the school offers less than one year, one year and two year diplomas.

Certificate Programs include web analyst programmers, phlebotomy, and supply chain management. The customer service program is offered as a 16 credit program that includes the skills necessary to be successful in serving customer’s needs. Topics covered include customer retention, business skills and communications.

Acceptance to the Apprenticeship Program requires students to select a trade or occupation, apply to the apprenticeship office and submit a high school or GED transcript.

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The admissions department has an open-door policy. Requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a completed application form which may be filled out online. Admissions for certain programs may vary and there is a helpful checklist on the school’s official website to determine requirements.

International students may apply to the school and are required to pay out-of-state tuition. Admission of foreign students to the school is based on program space availability.

Youth Options is the college’s high school program. Students may earn college credit while still in secondary school by meeting the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a public high school through 10th grade,
  • no risk of disciplinary problems,
  • must have good academic standing,
  • must have written approval of parents or guardian, and
  • must notify school district by required dates.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the forms of grants, loans, scholarships and employment. State programs include the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant, the Indian Student Assistance Grant and a Nursing Student Loan. Aid may be provided for veterans through special military programs.

There are many scholarships offered by the school as well including Private Donors and the BTC Foundation.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5527th for the average student loan amount.
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Up to 14,000 students enroll each year. The school offers an Office of Multicultural Affairs that serves the needs of the minority students at BTC. Student clubs and organizations include an Aviation Club, an Outdoor Club and a Veterans Club.

The fitness center is comprised of 16 pieces of modern equipment, two televisions and shower facilities. The center was made possible by the Student Government Association.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Janesville, Wisconsin is home to some 60,000 people and is known as the “City of Parks” for its 2,015 acre park system that includes 53 parks.

Information Summary

Ranks 57th in Wisconsin and 2339th 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 1 0.03
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 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 115 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 20 0.03
Robbery 32 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 407 0.64
Larceny 1,948 3.05
Vehicle theft 44 0.07

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District5502

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4326th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,666 $3,666 $5,499
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $183 $183 $183
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 $5,417 $5,417 $7,250
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,703 $15,703 $17,536
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,142 $9,142 $10,975

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,524 $3,683 $3,524 $3,683 $5,201 $5,437
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,399 $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 $6,257 $6,449
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,345 $3,555
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,345 $3,555

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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 41 66 7 1 693 19 850
Accounting 1 1 19 21
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 1 3
Agricultural Business Technology 4 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 2 7 1 11
Business Administration and Management, General 2 32 1 36
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 1 1 5 8
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 2 3 9 14
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 9 2 12
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 5 5
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 12 1 59 3 82
Dental Assisting/Assistant 12 13
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 8 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 2 24 1 30
Electrician 10 10
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 7 7
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 1 42 1 49
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 4 8 1 13
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 7 9
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 13 13
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 6 6
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 1
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 5 6
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 5 5
Lineworker 15 15
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 3 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 5
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2 24 26
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 10 1 11
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 13 13
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 1 17 1 22
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 1 19 24
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 16 22 2 158 1 206
Operations Management and Supervision 1 5 6
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 1 11 13
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 2 7 1 11
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 13 14
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 38 2 43
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 2 14 1 18
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other 1 1 1 9 1 14
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 7 7
Welding Technology/Welder 2 1 26 29

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 932nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,044 ($76,465 male / $73,674 female)
Number of FT Faculty 103 (47 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 450
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,288,135

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