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Waukesha County Technical College

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About Waukesha County Technical College

Located just west of Wisconsin's biggest city, Milwaukee, Waukesha County Technical College relies on a roughly 700-member advisory committee comprised of local industry leaders to ensure that every curriculum teaches the latest, job-relevant skills. Waukesha also features up-to-date facilities, such as the Harry V. Quadracci Printing & Graphics Center and the Human Patient Simulator lab, in order to replicate hands-on training for students in their field.

Though centered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, the school maintains other campus locations. A second campus is located in nearby Waukesha, and in Pewaukee, the Sky Plaza campus houses the Automotive Technology Program. This program offers students car repair services at a discount. Numerous other outreach centers are found in area high schools, and the school also operates a nature center.


Waukesha County Technical College offers almost 140 different career programs. To help simplify the selection process, the college organizes the programs into 16 clusters, including finance, human services, information technology and more. The information technology cluster offers separate specialty degrees in Web and software development, networks and computers. The programs and clusters are individually administered through the schools of business, health, applied technologies and protective and human services.

The college also offers a number of other non-degree educational opportunities. Those who did not graduate from high school can opt for a high school completion program, which leads to either an adult high school diploma or a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The Center for Business Performance Solutions works with area businesses to create custom training solutions. Waukesha even coordinates education and work retraining resources for workers who have been laid off.


Applicants must be high school graduates and have their sealed transcripts sent to the admissions office. Transfer applicants must also send any previous college transcripts with a completed Transfer Credit Evaluation form. Any applicants who are not submitting college entrance scores, such as the ACT or SAT, must also schedule a time with WCTC Assessment Center to take a COMPASS exam. Exam scores older than five years won't be accepted. Applications to the college cost $30, which is not refundable.

Acceptance may also vary depending on the different programs. Certain programs carry additional admission requirements, generally listed on that program's Web page. Other programs only enroll in fall or spring semesters.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at Waukesha County Technical College is charged on a per-credit basis. The base tuition for residents was about $117 in 2012, while out-of-state residents had to pay an additional $175. Online courses cost an additional $10 per credit.

Waukesha County Technical College provides a number of ways in which students can help pay these costs. In addition to students qualifying for federal grants and loans, the school also internally administers the WCTC Foundation Scholarships.

There are a number of program- and background-specific awards available from the school's benefactors. The James Schaller Memorial Scholarship, for example, is available to any student in the last two semesters of their 2-year program who has demonstrated a financial need and maintained a 3.0 GPA or better. All of the WCTC Foundation scholarships are available through a single application; the application is due June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less-than-one-year certificate
One-but-less-than-two-years certificate
Associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Spring and fall semesters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 9,483 in 2011*
Student Housing Not available*
Schools and Programs Four schools offering almost 140 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Less-than-one-year certificate: Nursing/Patient Care Assistant/Aide (668)
One-but-less-than-two-year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (54)
Associate's: Criminal Justice/Police Science (79)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 19% in 'normal time'
32% within 150 percent of normal time, students beginning in fall of 2008*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
First-Year Retention Rates 66% full-time
52% part-time*
Application Due Date Dec 17 for Spring 2013
August 5 for Fall 2013 in most programs
special due dates apply for certain programs**
Decision Notification Date At least 4 weeks prior to New Student Registration**
Tuition (2012-2013) $117 in-state, per-credit
$292 out-of-state, per-credit**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grant or scholarship aid (28%)
Pell grant (26%)
Federal student loans (30%) in the 2010-2011 school year*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Council on Education Statistics, **Waukesha County Technical College.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 800 Main St., Pewaukee, WI 53702
  • Phone: 262-691-5200
  • Website: www.wctc.edu

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