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Fox Valley Technical College

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Fox Valley Technical College is a community technical college in Appleton, Wisconsin and is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. It was founded as a vocational school in 1912. Today, there is a branch campus in Oshkosh as well as regional learning centers in Wautoma, Waupaca, Neenah, Clintonville, and Chilton. Around 50,000 people benefit from occupational training, adult basic education, employee training, continuing education, and technical education from the college. The college provides opportunities for the community by offering over 200 degree programs, including two-year associate degrees that can transfer to other colleges or universities, technical diplomas, and certificates.


Academic departments include: Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources; Aviation; Business, Management, and Finance; Construction; Culinary and Hospitality; Engineering and Electronic Related Technologies; Health Science; Human Services; Information Technology, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Manufacturing; Marketing, Sales, and Service; Printing Technologies; Transportation; and General and Individualized Studies.

Potential Careers

There are as many career options for students as there are programs. Students can use their educations to prepare for careers as diverse as crop application specialist, wildland firefighter, e-business entrepreneur, judicial reporting, aircraft electronics, photovoltaic installer, hotel chef, utility vehicle electrical specialist; nurse; pharmacy technician; substance abuse counselor, pc programmer, child protection investigator, engine lathe manufacturer, cybercrime investigator, welder, kitchen and bath designer, package and label printer, caterpillar construction equipment technician, or interpreter.

New and Innovative Programs

The school has a strong reputation for staying on top of new developments in technical fields, and this is evident in the new fields that are continually added to their programs. In recent years, degrees such as supply chain management, writing for the web, digital manufacturing, energy auditor, intelligent interface design, renewable energy engineering technology, and advanced telecommunications were added.

Transfer Opportunities

Many students go on from earning an associate degree to earn a bachelor’s at a four-year institution. Fox Valley has transfer agreements with approximately 30 four-year colleges and universities in the area to allow students to make the transition smoothly and efficiently.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Apprenticeship 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 facilitated through the school include: bricklayer, carpenter, electrician, glazier, pipefitter, ironworker, machinist, millwright, sheet metal worker, steamfitter, and tool and die maker.

In apprenticeship agreements, the employer is responsible for providing 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.

Horticultural Practicums

The horticultural department offers opportunities for students to create gardens and landscape features in the community, providing valuable, instructor-guided work experiences for students and lasting beauty for everyone. Recent projects include the Riverside Reflection Garden at the ThedaCare Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca and a restored wetland that is part of the Outagamie County Parks Department in Grande Chute. The project included extended walking and biking paths that connect to the Appleton campus, and include plantings of tamarack, swamp white oak, yellow birch, red maple, silver maple, and white cedar.

Resources for Native Americans

A variety of resources and training programs are available to Native American tribes in the area. These include the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program for reporting missing, endangered, and abducted children; and Tribal Justice Training, in conjunction with local police forces, to assist tribes in distributing justice.


In keeping with their mission to provide technical and continuing education to any student who desires to pursue it, the school has open admissions. Prospective students must submit an application with placement test or ACT scores and a modest application fee. Some programs may have additional requirements—check with the department you wish to study in.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, Fox Valley Technical College offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. Be sure to contact the financial aid office and see if you qualify for these.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5133rd for the average student loan amount.
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Student Success

About 90% of alumni find employment within six months of graduation. Average starting salary is over $33,000, with an average salary increase of 40% over the first five years.

Clubs and Organizations

The student government is the voice of the students with the administration and the community. Student government also oversees the nearly 50 clubs and organizations that serve to develop personal and professional interests for students across the campus. The Fox Times is a student-staffed newspaper that is published weekly throughout the school year. The school maintains a Student Life calendar on their website to connect students with groups, meetings, and academic and social events.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Foxes compete in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball. Many students also play intramural softball and volleyball.

Local Community

Appleton is a small city in east-central Wisconsin, about 100 miles north of Milwaukee. In addition to Fox Valley, Appleton is home to Lawrence University, Rasmussen College, and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. There are a wide range of recreational, culinary, and cultural attractions for students in the city. Local employers who hire significant numbers of graduates include Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Appleton Area School District, Miller Electric, Pierce Manufacturing, Surface Mount Technology Corporation, West Business Services, Valley Packaging Industries, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and the Appleton Medical Center.

Information Summary

Ranks 46th in Wisconsin and 1853rd 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 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 155 0.21
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 33 0.05
Robbery 29 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 220 0.30
Larceny 1,213 1.66
Vehicle theft 25 0.03

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District5508

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4263rd 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 $486 $486 $486
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 $5,728 $5,728 $7,561
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,814 $15,814 $17,647
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,252 $9,252 $11,085

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,844 $3,978 $3,844 $3,978 $5,522 $5,732
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,480
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,260 $6,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,350 $3,550
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,350 $3,550

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 1 38 86 59 29 2,334 173 2,723
Accounting 3 42 1 46
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 11 1 13
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 14 2 16
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology 6 6
Agricultural Mechanization, General 10 10
Agricultural Production Operations, General 10 10
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 9 9
Agronomy and Crop Science
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 12 1 14
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 15 1 16
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 3 1 1 1 30 1 37
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 9 1 10
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician 6 2 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 2 27 1 31
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 5 1 6
Banking and Financial Support Services 8 1 9
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 5 5
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 5 5
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 5 1 104 8 120
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 1 1 9 11
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 21 1 23
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 1 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 31 4 35
Computer Support Specialist 3 2 23 4 32
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 3 1 38 3 46
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 4 5 2 163 8 184
Dairy Husbandry and Production
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 1 3 33 38
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 14 1 15
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 54 1 58
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 22 25
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 15 17
Electrician 2 12 3 17
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 14 15
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 4
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 51 3 56
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 5 5
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 1 1
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 37 4 42
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 7 2 1 7 1 18
Forensic Science and Technology 5 5
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 14 1 16
Graphic Communications, General 1 7 1 9
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 2 2
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 5 5
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 9 11
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 25 1 26
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician 1 9 10
Interior Design 34 2 36
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 3 43 48
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 1
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 19 2 22
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 18 1 19
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 27 2 30
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 13 14
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 16 16
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 1 47 4 52
Medical Office Management/Administration 1 30 2 33
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 1 44 4 50
Meeting and Event Planning 9 9
Metal Fabricator 1 3 35 2 41
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 1 1 18 18 50
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 28 1 29
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 14 33 13 10 580 56 707
Occupational Therapist Assistant 37 37
Office Management and Supervision 23 1 24
Printing Press Operator 1 3 15 19
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 2 1 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 75 4 83
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 24 1 26
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician 12 12
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1 15 2 19
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 2 5 5 131 8 153
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 2 40 1 43
Welding Technology/Welder 2 2 33 3 40
Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation 4 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 679th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,094 ($82,111 male / $76,013 female)
Number of FT Faculty 308 (179 male / 129 female)
Number of PT Faculty 949
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $17,618,655

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