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Chippewa Valley Technical College

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Chippewa Valley Technical College is a public technical school in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. There are four campuses in the town of Eau Claire (Gateway, Clairemont, and West) and regional learning centers in Menomonie, Neillsville, River Falls, and Chippewa Falls. In all, the college serves an area that encompasses 16 counties with over 6,500 students enrolled in degree and certificate programs, and roughly another 16,000 in continuing education programs.The school’s mission states that “Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the larger community.”


Educational Divisions

Educational divisions are organized into career clusters. The Career clusters are: Agricultural Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Business, Finance, and Marketing; Health Services; Human Services; Law, Public Safety, and Security; Manufacturing; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Information Technology; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.

Learning Modalities

There are several different kinds of classes at Eau Claire to suit different styles of learning, student schedules, and preferences. These include online classes, in which students discuss class material, submit assignments, and meet with faculty—all online with minimal face-to-face contact; hybrid classes, in which students blend online learning with personal session; web conferencing, in which students watch and listen to a lecture online; and open lab, in which students may work on-campus with in-person support, but at their own rate and with a great deal of flexibility.

Offerings of the Different Campuses

The Clairemont campus houses the health and business programs and also offers welding and automotive classes. The Gateway campus is the hub for manufacturing technology. It contains the NanoRite Innovation Center and the Manufacturing Education Center. The Eau Claire West campus houses the Transportation Education Center and Emergency Service Education Center, offering programs such as Criminal Justice, Truck Driving, and FireMedic.

Transfer Agreements

Many students go on to earn four-year degrees at institutions in the area. The college has transfer agreements with Capella University, Cardinal Stritch, Concordia University, Globe University, Marian College, University of Minnesota, Viterbo University, Winona State, and several University of Wisconsin campuses, including Stout, Stevens Point, River Falls, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, and Eau Claire.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Apprenticeships play a key role in the education of many students. The college partners with employers who offer on-the-job training and the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Most apprenticeships vary in length from two to five years. Apprentices are paid a portion of the rate they can expect to earn after finishing their programs.

Trades with apprenticeship programs include:

  • Barber-Cosmetologist
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Child Care Development Specialist
  • Cook/Chef
  • Correctional Officer
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Technician
  • Construction Electrician
  • Environmental Service Technician
  • HVAC Installer Technician
  • Industrial (Maintenance) Pipefitter
  • Injection Molding Machine Setter (Plastic)
  • Millwright
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Roofer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steamfitter
  • Tool and Die Maker

In apprenticeship agreements, the employer is responsible to provide safe and adequate facilities for on-the-job training; qualified personnel to teach the apprentice; appropriate supervision; and wages for time spent in related instruction. The apprentice is responsible to be a reliable and responsible employee, work diligently throughout the apprenticeship, and complete all related instruction work as assigned by the classroom instructor. Normally, apprentices attend classes twice a month for 8 hours per session.


In keeping with its mission to provide educational opportunities to all adults in their catchment area who wish to pursue them, Chippewa Valley features open admissions. Some specific programs have further requirements; check with the department in which you wish to study. All students in any program must take a COMPASS pre-entry assessment before registering in the program of their choice.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and financial options open to any college or university student in Wisconsin, the college offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4691st for the average student loan amount.
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Dining on Campus

The Valley Café, located at the Eau Claire Business Education Center on the Clairemont campus, offers standard cafeteria fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are also vending machines on all campuses and at most learning centers.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Eau Claire is a small city in west-central Wisconsin. It has been named both one of the best communities for young people and a Tree City in recent years. Outdoor recreation is a large part of life in Eau Claire, with many opportunities for biking, hiking, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Chippewa River State Trail follows the lower course of the Chippewa River from Eau Claire. There is also an indoor ice center with a figure skating club and an Olympic-sized public pool in the town.

The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Immanuel Lutheran College, and a branch campus of Globe University Minnesota School of Business are all located in Eau Claire as well, creating a college-town atmosphere rich in affordable restaurants, bars, clubs, and other amenities for students. There are also several vineyards in the Eau Claire area.

Local Music

The Amble Down record label in Eau Claire produces albums by local bands. There is a thriving indie rock, hip hop, and jazz scene in the area. There is a nationally-known jazz festival in the city every year.

Local Employers

There is a thriving computer hardware industry in Eau Claire, including such companies as Hutchinson Technology and IDEXX Computer Systems. Other companies headquartered in Eau Claire which hire many graduates include Menards, Cascades Tissue Group, National Presto Industries, Midwest Manufacturer, Erbert & Gerbert’s, and Open-Silicon.


There is a local bus company providing transportation within the area and a regional airport just outside of town.

Information Summary

Ranks 47th in Wisconsin and 1869th 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 98 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 20 0.03
Robbery 21 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 378 0.57
Larceny 1,531 2.31
Vehicle theft 50 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population35,852 (30,548 urban / 5,304 rural)
Households13,634 (2.34 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,331
Families8,127 (2.94 people per family)

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 District5503

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4457th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,692 $3,692 $4,392
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $297 $297 $297
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 $5,267 $5,267 $6,264
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,553 $15,553 $16,550
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,992 $8,992 $9,989

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,440 $3,524 $3,440 $3,524 $5,319 $5,541
  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 $6,256 $6,452
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,344 $3,552
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,344 $3,552

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1143rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,755 ($73,289 male / $72,148 female)
Number of FT Faculty 223 (102 male / 121 female)
Number of PT Faculty 477
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $9,378,801

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