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.