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Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language move to Pewaukee Campus

In January, the Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) pre-college level programs moved from the Waukesha Campus to the main Pewaukee Campus and are now centrally located in Building K. (U.S. Citizenship, Spanish General Education Development Certificate and Learning in Retirement classes will remain at the Waukesha location, 327 E. Broadway.)
Adult Basic Education serves students who are seeking a high school credential, such as a General Education Development Certificate (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or adult high school diploma. The program also helps students who need to improve their skills for testing, former ESL students and students with learning differences.
ESL serves non-native English speakers of differing skill levels. Courses are available from beginner to advanced, along with ESL preparation for occupational programs.

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Wisconsin DWD awards $99K Fast Forward grant to WCTC


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development awarded a $99,000 Wisconsin Fast Forward High School Certification grant to Waukesha County Technical College. Funds will be used for the College’s Expanded High School Dual Enrollment Academies project, which will train up to 42 high school students in two new Dual Enrollment Academy programs: Firefighter/EMT and Building Construction Trades. The Fast Forward program encourages collaboration among Wisconsin’s employers, colleges, economic development organizers and others to develop and execute business-led training programs.

Board Members: Jim Riley and Patricia Deklotz

WCTC, Marquette establish new transfer agreement

Waukesha County Technical College and Marquette University have established a formal partnership and articulation agreement assist students with the transfer process. WCTC students who have earned their associate degree in the Graphic Design or Web and Digital Media Design programs may enter the Diederich College of Communication to complete any major in a 2+2 timeline.

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Board Members: Jim Riley and Patricia Deklotz

Get ready for Spring Open House!


Plans are underway for the Spring All-Campus Open House, set for Thursday, March 14, from 4-7 p.m. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the main WCTC campus to learn about the more than 95 programs offered at the College.
Open house participants can meet with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising and other departments; attend information sessions; tour facilities and more.

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Board Members: Jim Riley and Patricia Deklotz

Nursing grad earns prestigious award

At WCTC’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony held Dec. 18, graduate Eric Eichelberger was presented with the Wisconsin Nurses Association Future Leader Award. All Wisconsin schools of nursing are invited to nominate one student from their graduating class for this award.
Nominees are those who show exemplary leadership qualities and embody the ethics and values of nursing. Only five students in the state are selected for this award by the WNA Mentorship Committee each semester.


Highlighted Dates

WCTC District Board meeting
February 12

Student Accessibility Tour
February 15

Architectural Drafting for Women
February 18

Getting Started session
February 19

Black History Month Event: Which Lives Matter?
February 26

Healthcare for Men
February 26

Electronics and Engineering for Women
March 4

Getting Started session
March 7

WCTC District Board meeting
March 12

WCTC Open House
March 14

Getting Started session
March 18

Spring Break - No Classes
March 18 - 22

Signing Day
March 21

Women Entrepreneur Speaker Series
April 3

Getting Started session
April 3

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First WCTC Speaker Series to host child safety advocate Elizabeth Smart


To kick off the first event of the WCTC Speaker Series and recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, WCTC is hosting Elizabeth Smart on Tuesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building S on the main campus.
Smart will share her poignant, personal story of being a survivor of child abduction and her role as an advocate for change relating to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation.
Cost for the event, which includes a light lunch, is $40 for community members; registration is required. Smart’s book, “My Story,” will be available for purchase.

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Save the Date!

Book buyback, Tax Day Sale coming to the WCTC Bookstore


The WCTC Bookstore and TechEx Center will be hosting two special events this spring.

  • On March 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the bookstore will host a textbook buyback. Get cash for books!

  • On April 15, the TechEx Center is having a one-day, Customer Appreciation Tax Day sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no sales tax on the purchase of Apple MacBooks, iMacs or iPad Pros. This translates to an additional 5 percent savings off already discounted education pricing. Pre-orders are encouraged! Additionally, customers can receive 25 percent off Beats headphones with the purchase of any electronic device.

Nicole Gahagan
Jedidiah Krug,
Current Electric Co.

Electrical apprentice earns first in competition, will head to nationals; plumbing apprentice earns second


Students in two Waukesha County Technical College apprenticeship programs took home honors at the 2019 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprentice Skill Competition held Jan. 25 at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wis.

Jedidiah Krug, a WCTC electrical apprentice employed by Current Electric, earned first place in the Electrical category and will represent Wisconsin at the ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach, Calif., in March.
Charles Earle, a WCTC plumbing apprentice employed by Milestone Plumbing Inc. placed second in the Plumbing category competition.

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Donor, Terry Lutz  

Lauren Strunsee '18, Graphic Design


Lauren Strunsee, who earned her associate degree in Graphic Design and a certificate in Web and Digital Media, says WCTC played a key role in securing a job in her field. She currently works as a graphic designer at Straight Up, a full-service promotional marketing agency.

​While at WCTC, she was involved in The Commons – a bold collaboration between a network of southeast Wisconsin universities/colleges, the metro Milwaukee business community and regional entrepreneurs – and took part in various competitions.

Strunsee’s education and extracurricular opportunities at WCTC helped prepare her for success in her field. “I couldn’t look back more fondly on my experiences here,” she says.

Donor, Terry Lutz  

Jack Jaeger '18, Industrial Maintenance Technician


When Jack Jaeger was deciding on a career, he knew a job behind a desk wasn’t for him. Jaeger was drawn to jobs where he could use his hands, so he chose a technical trade.

He enrolled in WCTC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician program, gained hands-on experience through lab work as well as an internship at Quad Graphics, and earned his technical diploma in 2018.

“WCTC really gives you a good baseline to tackle everyday tasks at work. You learn something, and the next day, you can use it at work,” said Jaeger, who is a service engineer at Helios Gear Products in South Elgin, Ill. "You couldn’t ask for a better experience, and with all the scholarships and grants I got at WCTC, I left with no debt.”

WCTC in the News…

Check out a few WCTC stories recently featured in local news outlets.

Martin Luther King Jr. event at WCTC features well-known historian, speaker
WCTC welcomed Reggie Jackson, well-known historian, speaker and head griot for America's Black Holocaust Museum, for the College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Upskilling on the up: Automation not taking jobs from humans, study suggests
Waukesha County has become a hub for the automation industry, and WCTC plays a critical role in training students for jobs in robotics and related trades.

WCTC grad turns love for his city, beer and fashion into apparel brand
Evan Nevals, a 2016 Waukesha County Technical College grad of Marketing, and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs, started Beer Me. Waukee, a beer-inspired apparel brand in November 2017.

Nicole Gahagan
Jane Kittel, Ed.D., CPA,
Vice President of Finance, CFO

Message from Jane Kittel


As we all try to keep moving in this cold Wisconsin winter, we may need to take a moment to remind ourselves of the positive things about living in this state. Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is one of these positive things. As one of the 16 technical colleges in Wisconsin, WCTC trains students for the workforce with hands-on higher education. Instructors are from the real world. Business and industry advisors provide regular input so hands-on learning is based closely on what's needed in real-world workplaces. The WCTC budget is supported by property taxes, student tuition and the state budget; this system of higher education is a real bargain. Students graduate with less debt (or no debt). Credits are about half the cost, and degrees can be earned in one or two years (for full-time students) for a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree. More than 94 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation. WCTC is one of the best parts of living in Wisconsin!

Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, Wi 53072

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