Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Technical College Effect

Wisconsin's technical colleges are the state's largest educational system, impacting about 370,000 students.

Wisconsin’s technical colleges are the state’s largest educational system, impacting about 370,000 students.

As we begin this new calendar year, I thought I would start a short series of blog posts on the effects of Wisconsin’s Technical College System. Unbeknown to many, the technical colleges have success measures in place and data to evaluate effectiveness, and I will examine some of these in this series. Did you know that Wisconsin’s Technical College System serves nearly 370,000 students each year? This is the largest higher education system in Wisconsin. And, nearly 9 of every 10 technical college graduates live and work right here in Wisconsin. This is not the typical “brain drain” we often hear about when the subject of college graduates is brought up.Fox Valley Technical College is currently serving more students than any other technical college in the state; and that we believe is due to our strong partnerships with local employers, the K-12 schools, and the community. In fact, of the 52,000 people served by FVTC programs and services last year, over 24,000 of those individuals were employees in local companies and organizations whose employers contracted with the College to provide customized training and help build the skills of their workforce. Continue reading