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1800 Bronson Blvd
Fennimore, WI 53809-9778
p. 608-822-3262
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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

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In Fennimore, Wisconsin, away from the bustle and distractions of city life, Southwest Tech is a place where students are getting a practical, hands-on education developed for real-world applications. Part of the Wisconsin state technical college system, Southwest Tech’s history dates all the way back to the mid-1960s. Whether students need specific training, computer help or want to pursue an academic degree, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a place to get it done.

Accreditation for the college comes from the Higher Learning Commission, member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), an organization founded in 1895.

Students can pursue associate’s degrees or certificates through Southwest Tech’s core academic programs. The main Business Department programs include Accounting, Administration and Office Support, Graphic/Web Design and Business Management. Associate degrees will require a two-year commitment. In Information Technology, students can pursue degrees in Network Communications, Web Programming/Analysis and Computer Support.

Southwest Tech has a strong commitment to the agricultural industry as well. Aside from Agriculture Power and Equipment Tech, students can pursue degrees in Herd Management and Farm Production. Technicians with a desire to pursue further machine work can take advantage of industrial studies such as Welding, Electromechanical Tech, Auto Collision Repair and Machine Tool Operation.

Another reflection of the school’s commitment to preparing students for the real world can be found in the Healthcare Occupations department. The country’s largest industry is always in need of quality employees. Students can choose administrative work as a Medical Coding Specialist or Medical Transcription Specialist (now online courses) or get involved up close with Clinical Lab Tech, Radiology and/or Respiratory Care programs. One of the highlighted programs at Southwest Tech is the Nursing Program, which can start students on the path to full certification.

The academic programs at Southwest Tech are rounded out by the Public Safety/Criminal Justice programs and Service Industry coursework. Students hoping to break into Cosmetology, Culinary Management or Spa Services can learn the trade here.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The application process at Southwest Tech can be handled entirely online. The school website offers services to pay the one-time application fee with a credit card and forward academic transcripts at a later date. All transcripts from high school, GED certificate programs and other college coursework must be submitted before applications will be processed. Once this process is complete, students must take an assessment test at Southwest Tech, which also involves a small fee. Certain programs (such as the Nursing degree) may require additional materials. Applications are accepted throughout the year, so check the deadlines if a specific program is being considered.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid office at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is in place to help students figure out a way to pay for higher education. All applicants to financial aid programs must begin the process by filling out the FAFSA, which can be done online. Once the application is submitted, students will learn what type of federal aid is available. Pell grants are awarded to the students most in need, while supplemental grants may even help pay for living expenses and school supplies. Scholarships are also available at the federal and state level.

For students not qualifying for grants and scholarships, loans can be obtained with beneficial interest terms. In some cases, interest will not begin to accrue until after all college coursework has been completed. Parents may qualify for loans to pay for a child’s tuition.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5737th for the average student loan amount.
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Southwest Tech offers a variety of activities for students who want to get involved and socialize with fellow classmates. Students can take advantage of the housing facilities if they decide they want to live on campus.

Popular activities include the Student Senate, Intramural Sports (baseball, kickball and basketball) and the College Newspaper for aspiring journalists. In addition, Southwest Tech sponsors numerous social events scheduled throughout the academic year. Musical performances, picnics and dances may be on the menu, depending on the time of year.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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

Local Community

Students will find themselves attending classes in a quiet but picturesque corner of Southwestern Wisconsin. If you like fishing, the local trout are one of the prizes of Fennimore. Meanwhile, hikes are recommended for anyone who loves the outdoors. In the small city center, visitors can take in the sights at the Fennimore Railroad Historical Society Museum.

Information Summary

Ranks 35th in Wisconsin and 1339th 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 N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.40
Larceny 65 2.59
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fennimore, WI 53809-9778
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population3,959 (N/A urban / 3,959 rural)
Households1,542 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,807
Families1,039 (3.05 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 2273rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,667 $3,667 $5,490
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 $15,828 $15,828 $17,651
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,828 $15,828 $17,651
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,267 $9,267 $11,090

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,648 $3,800 $3,648 $3,800 $5,319 $5,559
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,472
On-Campus – Room & Board $3,250 $3,450
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,348 $3,552
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,258 $6,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,348 $3,552
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,348 $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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity100
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,550
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 6 4 3 733 761
Accounting 10 10
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 7 7
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 5 6
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 9 9
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology 17 17
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 9 9
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 9 9
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 7 7
Business Administration and Management, General 1 17 19
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 2 2
Carpentry/Carpenter 5 5
Child Care Provider/Assistant 7 7
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 9 10
Computer Graphics 13 13
Computer Support Specialist 3 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 2
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 15 16
Criminal Justice/Police Science 26 27
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 4 4
Dairy Husbandry and Production 10 10
Dental Assisting/Assistant 25 27
Direct Entry Midwifery 3 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 12
Electrician 2 2
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 8 8
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Golf Course Operation and Grounds Management 7 7
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 1 55 58
Lineworker 16 16
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 6 6
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 3 3
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 28 29
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 7 7
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 21 22
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 1 3 267 277
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 10 10
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 5 5
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 8 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 33 34
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 6 7
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 2 3
Welding Technology/Welder 21 22

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1654th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,222 ($62,780 male / $61,928 female)
Number of FT Faculty 88 (36 male / 52 female)
Number of PT Faculty 106
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $3,659,180

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