The Technical College Effect: Immediate Success for Graduates

One of the things we are most proud of in Wisconsin’s Technical College System is the success of our graduates.  When we can say to prospective students, “if you successfully complete your AAS degree or technical diploma with us, you have a 9 in 10 chance of being employed within six months of graduation,” it’s quite a compelling statement.  And the basis for this kind of statement can be found in our extensive follow-up research that is conducted with our graduates each year.

It’s clear to me that our graduates land very good jobs that are available right here in our local communities with median salaries for AAS grads across our System reaching $36,000 right out of college.  What’s really impressive, though, is what happens to this median salary after just five years of experience in Wisconsin’s workforce where it rises to $44,000 annually—a 48% increase in just five years.  How do we know this?  We not only conduct extensive follow-up studies with our graduates six months after graduation, but also five years after graduation.  You can find our regional graduate survey results at www.fvtc.edu/graduateemployment.  You can also see in the graphics below the types of technical occupations that produce some of the highest median salaries upon graduation—they certainly represent just some of the excellent career opportunities for successful technical college graduates!

Our staff work very hard to help ensure that our students and graduates ultimately receive a solid return on their educational investment.  We know this is so important to anyone navigating today’s challenging and competitive marketplace.  Key to this ROI is making certain our programs of study are relevant to the needs of area employers—I think a graduate placement rate of typically 87-92% suggests we are keenly focused on the work opportunities in our local communities.

Technical college graduates find success and make a broad impact on the workforce.

Technical college graduates find success and make a broad impact on the workforce.

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