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Individualized Technical Studies

Associate of Applied Science - 64-72 Credits


Individualized Technical Studies

About the Program

The Individualized Technical Studies degree (ITSD) is a customized program for individuals currently working in their desired field of study who have clearly defined career goal(s) with specific job performance needs that cannot be met by the college's existing degree programs. The ITSD was created by the Wisconsin Technical College System in response to the need for employees to be more effective and productive in the workplace. The degree is targeted particularly for workers performing multiple tasks using new technologies and work processes where there is no existing degree program to need these needs. Students employed in the field of their degree interest can create an associate degree customized to gain the competencies necessary for the job opportunity available to them in their workplace. An occupational mentor from an appropriate business or industry assists in identifying the skills and competencies the student will need in the new job opportunity. The student's program plan must be approved by the college's Individualized Technical Studies Degree Committee before the student has completed 32 credits.

Students may be eligible for credit based on prior work experience, course work, or non-collegiate training. Documentation of learning from previous training or work experience can be submitted in a request for advanced standing in degree program courses. A minimum of 25% of the total program requirements must be earned at Nicolet College.

With the growth of employment opportunities in small- to medium-sized firms, employees are taking on multiple tasks and roles that cut across traditional occupational categories. In addition, as new kinds of technologies and work processes are introduced, occupational duties and required competencies fluctuate continually, regardless of firm size. As jobs change and new occupations emerge, workers need skills and knowledge drawn from a variety of traditional disciplines in order to be productive and effective in today's workplace.


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


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