Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is a community technical college in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The college has a large branch campus in Pewaukee as well. WCTC is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. Across all programs combined, there are nearly 30,000 students at WCTC at any given time. Roughly 8,000 of these are enrolled in associate degree programs; 3,000 are enrolled in technical diploma courses; 400 are engaged in apprenticeships and associated programs; 4,000 are high school students taking WCTC courses through partnership agreements; and 13,000 are enrolled in personal improvement courses. In all, about 5,000 students are enrolled full-time and the rest attend part-time.
WCTC is organized into seven departments known as Centers of Excellence. The Centers of Excellence include: Business and Information Technology, Education and Human Services, Electronics and Engineering, Hospitality and Culinary, Nursing and Allied Health, Printing and Graphics, Protective Services, and Skilled Trades.
WCTC fosters a large number of educational programs in addition to its certificate and degree programs. These programs include Adult Basic Education, Corporate and Community Training, Dislocated Workers, English as a Second Language, Learning in Retirement, and Personal Enrichment.
Global Education and Trade Center
The Global Education and Trade Center offers training to the business community and workforce as Wisconsin prepares to meet the global economy. The college partners with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to provide technical training for international trade. The Center offers a Global Business Degree, Importing Technical Certificate, and Global Business Certificate.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, WCTC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, CVTC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
About 49% of WCTC students are male, and 51% are female. The majority of students are European American. Roughly 6% are African American, 7% are Latino American, and 3% belong to other minority groups. Over 90% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation. About 97% of employed graduates work in the state of Wisconsin.
Clubs and Organizations
There are over 50 student organizations on the WCTC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. They include such options as Diversity Club, Kappa Theta Rho (Law Enforcement Organization), and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).
Dining on Campus
The Hub serves burgers, pizzas, submarine sandwiches, salads, soups, cold drinks, coffee and espresso drinks, and fruit smoothies. There are not many options for vegetarians or vegans. The is also a coffee shop in the student center which serves Caribou Coffee, scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, and sandwiches.
The WCTC Child Development Center, located adjacent to the Pewaukee Campus, serves the children of students, staff, and faculty of the college. The center accepts children aged 6 weeks to 8 years. It is open year round, Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM. Several employees of the Center are students in the Early Childhood Associate degree program. Students are offered low-cost rates.
Discounted Services for Students
There are a large number of services available through WCTC’s technical and service programs, serving to meet the needs of the student body while providing valuable work experience for students in the programs:
The Classic Room is the training restaurant for the culinary program. The dining room features a panoramic view of the woods behind the campus and an attractive wood-burning oven. Students in the department design international cuisine menus. The restaurant is open to the student body and the public for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are required. The Classic Room offers excellent opportunities for fine dining at extremely reasonable prices.
The Style and Class Salon is both a full service salon and the training program for the Barber and Cosmetology Academy. Students perform services under the supervision of licensed instructors. Anyone donating ten inches or more of cut hair to Locks of Love will receive a free cut and style. Services come as affordably as 3 dollars for a bang trim, 5 dollars for a deep conditioning treatment, 8 dollars for a manicure, and similar prices for a full range of services.
The Dental Hygiene Clinic provides comprehensive dental care for low prices. All work is performed by student dental hygienists under the close supervision of a licensed dentist and registered dental hygienist. Services include dental exams, teeth cleaning, sealants, blood pressure screening, x-rays, fluoride treatments, oral cancer screenings, and full mouth periodontal assessment and therapy. Services for seniors are available for a flat fee of $20.
The Automotive Technology program offers auto services for a $5 service fee plus the cost of parts. There is no charge for labor. All work is performed by students and supervised by instructors. Vehicles will be scheduled for repairs in the order that the subjects are taught in the class. The Collision Center will do auto body repairs on cars less than ten years old.
WCTC also offers discounted computer and software purchasing services to their student body, a significant advantage to
incoming students who need to purchase or upgrade a system to do their schoolwork. Students in credit programs can buy Dell computers, Apple computers, MS Office, Windows XP, Photoshop, and Macromedia through this program.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department at WCTC is known as the Owls. The Owls compete on the intervarsity level in the NJCAA. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and golf. Women’s sports include basketball, golf, softball, and volleyball. There are also several strong intramural teams and club sports for student enjoyment.
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