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Community Impact

Building a highly-skilled workforce

Businesses need a highly-skilled workforce to be efficient, productive, and profitable. Click the video link below to hear how businesses across the state have turned to Wisconsin's technical colleges to get the talented employees they need to be successful. Click the image below to view video.

Business Testimonials


Nicolet College is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. Wisconsin Technical Colleges have 370,000 students — the largest higher education system in Wisconsin.

Immediate Success for Graduates

Strong job placement: 9 out of every 10 graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation, even in a tough economy.

Great student investment: For every dollar students invest in their technical college education, nearly $5 ($4.90) is returned as higher future income over their careers.

Graduates are valued and rewarded: Median salaries for associate degree grads are $36,000 right out of college.

Impressive salary growth after five years: Median salaries of more than $44,000; a 48% increase since graduation.

Immediate Payback for Taxpayers

Great taxpayer investment: Wisconsin's taxpayers receive $12.20 in benefits for every dollar invested in the technical colleges.

Degrees in demand: At least 54% of Wisconsin's jobs in the next decade require technical education.

Head start in high school: Nearly 19,000 students carried some college credit with them from high school to a technical college.

Getting individuals back in the workforce: Wisconsin Technical Colleges served 81% more dislocated and unemployed workers over the last decade (22,000 to 40,000).

Immediate Results for Employers

Skills employers want: Business and industry representatives serving on advisory committees help ensure graduates have the skills employers need for success.

Appreciation for graduates: 93% of employers are satisfied or very satisfied with the education and training and would hire technical college graduates again.

Value of technical colleges: 96% of employers say their local technical college is important to the overall success of their businesses.

Flexible onsite corporate training: More than 98% of companies say Wisconsin Technical Colleges' customized training meets or exceeds expectations.