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Northcentral Technical College

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Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is a community technical college in Wasau, Wisconsin. The college was founded as the Wausau Industrial School in 1912. Today, NTC’s catchment area includes Marathon, Lincoln, Taylor, Price, Waupaca, Shawano, Langlade, Monominee, Portage, and Clark counties. In addition to the man campus, there are regional centers in Wittenberg, Antigo, Spencer, Medford, Phillips, and Merrill. NTC is a member of the 16-school Wisconsin Technical College System.

All instruction at NTC is informed by their core beliefs, as explained on the school’s website:

Learner Focus: We believe in an educational environment that exceeds learner expectations and helps them reach their unique potential.

Continuous Learning We believe in a learning organization comprised of individuals who are competent, forward thinking, accountable, caring and collaborative.

Ingenuity: We believe in innovation of learning and services through creativity and forward thinking.

Access: We believe in access for all learners through geographic, financial, service, and learning delivery alternatives.

Service to Community: We believe in service to our communities to meet their economic and educational needs.

Diversity: We believe in diversity of thought, culture, opinion, economic status, age, gender and physical capabilities.

Culture of Professionalism: We believe in a culture that exudes professionalism, treating internal and external customers with integrity and respect.


NTC offers certificates and associate degrees in a wide variety of agricultural, business, community service, health, safety, and technical areas. For students who wish to earn a certificate quickly, NTC offers accelerated certificates in the following fields: Human Resources Management, Leadership, Lean Organizations, Supervision, and Supervision for IT Managers.

Flexible and Online Class Options

Recognizing that many students must fit in school around a work schedule, child care, and other commitments, NTC offers a variety of flexible class schedules, including summer courses, weekend courses, late start courses, anytime start independent work courses, and their most flexible option, virtual college. Through the virtual college program, students study and communicate with instructors online. There are hundreds of courses offered online, and three associate degrees that can be completed 100% online: Business Management, Marketing and Information Technology, and Computer Support Specialist. A large number of certificates can also be earned completely online, including several information technology certificates.

Transfer Options

NTC has transfer agreements with over 150 four-year schools, offering virtually limitless opportunities for students to go on to study whatever and wherever they like.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Apprenticeships play a key role in the education of many NTC 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 NTC include: Electrician, Plumber, Steamfitter, Sheetmetal, Mason, Instrumentation, and Millwright.

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 their mission to offer high-quality education to any adult who wishes to pursue it, NTC 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, NTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5744th for the average student loan amount.
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Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of clubs at NTC to meet a variety of personal and professional interests. They include such options as Campus Crusade for Christ, Diversity Club, I-Sign, and honor society Delta Epsilon Chi.


Although NTC does not have any of its own housing, many students live in the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s residence hall, which is located on the same bus line as the NTC campus. Marathon Hall features double rooms with a study lounge, television longue, computer lab, game room, and food and drink services.

Child Care

The YMCA offers The Kanga Room, a satellite child care program at the college for the children of students, faculty, and staff. The Kanga Room accepts children from age 6 weeks to 12 years. It is open Mondays to Thursdays from 6:30 AM to 10 PM and on Fridays from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center provides independent and assisted learning opportunities for students who wish to improve their reading or math skills. Assistance and the Basic Math Diagnostic and Reading for Understanding tests are available free of charge.

Student Enrollment Demographics


As of 2010, NTC competes in intercollegiate women’s volleyball and coed soccer. The school also sponsors a variety of intramural sports throughout the year, including softball, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and football.

Local Community

Wasau is a small city on the Wisconsin River in the northern part of the state. In addition to NTC and University of Wisconsin Marathon County, the area is home to satellite campuses of University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Upper Iowa University, Lakeland College Concordia University Wisconsin, Rasmussen College, and Globe University. As a result, there is a thriving college town atmosphere in Wasau with a large number of affordable restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to appeal to students. Area industries that employ NTC graduates include paper manufacturing, home manufacturing, granite mining, and ginseng cultivation.


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Information Summary

Ranks 37th in Wisconsin and 1465th 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 2 0.04
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 70 0.18
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 32 0.08
Robbery 21 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 253 0.64
Larceny 890 2.27
Vehicle theft 35 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wausau, WI 54401-1899
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population30,485 (23,966 urban / 6,519 rural)
Households11,942 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,070
Families8,049 (3.07 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 District5507

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2624th 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 $359 $359 $359
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 $14,115 $14,115 $15,948
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,806 $15,806 $17,639
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,245 $9,245 $11,078

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,673 $3,852 $3,673 $3,852 $5,352 $5,606
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,399 $1,472
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,480 $4,608
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,345 $3,555
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 Capacity60
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1205th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,924 ($69,962 male / $73,927 female)
Number of FT Faculty 129 (64 male / 65 female)
Number of PT Faculty 130
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $5,162,799

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