Shattering Technical College Myths
- Technical college is for people who can't get into "real" college.
- Technical college credits don't transfer into four-year colleges or universities
- Technical college education is second-rate.
- Technical college education leads only to "dirty" and/or "dead end" jobs.
- MYTH: Technical college is for people who can't get into "real" college.
FACT: Technical College is a great option for just about everyone, including many high schools students who graduated at the top of their class. Many people who would also be accepted into a four-year college choose technical college because they may:
- Want to begin working sooner
- Want to graduate with less debt
- Know what career they want and don’t want to delay taking those courses
- Want a hands-on, relevant program
- Have a passion for a career only offered at technical colleges
- Want a direct path to their future career
- Understand that technical colleges offer opportunities to transfer into many 4-year colleges
- Prefer to stay closer to home
- Need flexible learning options to fit into a very busy life
- MYTH: Technical college credits don't transfer into four-year colleges or universities.
FACT:There are hundreds of transfer agreements in place between Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges and the University of Wisconsin System. In addition, four of the technical colleges (Nicolet Area, Madison Area, Milwaukee Area and Chippewa Valley) offer a liberal arts transfer program into the University of Wisconsin System. Most private four-year colleges also accept the majority of technical college credits. The best way to ensure a seamless transfer into another educational institution is to contact the admissions department at your technical college.
- MYTH: Technical college education is second-rate.
FACT:You will be hard-pressed to find instructors who care more and work harder for their students than those at Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges. Instructors have experience working in the real world. They are extremely dedicated to their students’ success, often mentoring them along the way. Most classes are much smaller than those at four-year colleges and universities, so instructors get to know their students and help them succeed. The instructors have experience working in their fields, and they also have industry connections that help keep their knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of employers.
- MYTH: Technical college education leads only to "dirty" and/or "dead end" jobs.
FACT:Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges actually offer over 300 programs. Sure some of them may be more industrial in nature (after all, there are plenty of jobs in welding, auto mechanics and other important hands-on careers), but there are a wide variety of “white collar” career options too. Many of our healthcare professionals have attended a technical college. Many business professionals in accounting or marketing, for example, have attended a technical college. Many of our graduates also enjoy careers in engineering or sustainability, leaving their mark on our communities.
After graduation, students can continue on with their education, or they can enter the workforce. As workplaces change, our programs change to offer the greatest potential for career growth. Even in a down economy, 86% of our graduates have jobs within six months of graduation, proving the relevance of the education students receive. Biotechnology Laboratory Technician is one example of a career with high growth potential using the latest technology, so a related education is essential to success.