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FVTC Overview

As the largest higher education system in the state, the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is the leader in the delivery of cutting-edge, skills-based education. The system offers over 500 programs of study and supports more than 300,000 enrollments each year. 16 college districts comprise the system, and job placement is strong: 93% of WTCS graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.

About FVTC

FVTC offers more than 250 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs, and instruction related to 16 apprenticeship trades, in addition to providing services to business and industry. The college serves almost 50,000 people annually, more than any other technical college in Wisconsin.


Main Campus Address

1825 N. Bluemound Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI, USA 54912-2277
P: 920-735-5600 or 1-800-735-FVTC (3882)
F: 920-735-2582

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  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

  • First accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 1974

  • AQIP option admission, 2001

  • Reaffirmation of accreditation, 2008-09

  • Reaffirmation of accreditation, 2015-16

  • Open Pathway placement, 2019

  • Next reaffirmation of accreditation, 2024-2025

Area Served

FVTC District Map

  • Serves all of 5 counties (Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago) and parts of 4 others (Brown, Manitowoc, Portage, Shawano)

  • District population of more than 480,000 (2017 Population Estimate: Wisconsin Department of Administration)

  • 28 K-12 districts within FVTC district, with 35 public and private high schools


The first vocational and adult education system in the nation was established in Wisconsin in 1911, when state law allowed communities with populations of 5,000 or more to operate their own vocational schools. 

  • 1912: FVTC began providing workforce development training

  • District established in 1967

  • Held three public referendums (1968, 1998 and 2012)

  • Served more students in 2018-19 than any other district in the state

  • Each year 40,000-50,000 people enroll in classes at FVTC

  • Approximately 28,000 people take continuing education courses annually 

  • FVTC serves almost 8,000 degree-declared students each year 

  • Around 60% of program students attend part-time 

  • In 2018-19, FVTC trained over 1,300 apprenticeship students

  • 15% of 2018 area high school graduates enrolled at FVTC directly from high school

  • Over 2,500 career program students graduate from FVTC each year

  • Over 250 apprentices complete their training each year 

  • 94% of graduates in the labor market are employed six months after graduation (Class of 2018-19) 

  • 84% of employed graduates are in jobs related to their training

  • About 59% of graduates remain employed in district, even after 5 years

  • Six months after graduation, average salary is over $43,000 (Class of 2018-19)

  • Five years after graduation, average hourly salary is $25.66 or $53,374 yearly (Class of 2014)

  • 98% of graduates are satisfied with their training 

  • Employers are quite satisfied with FVTC grads, 95% would hire a grad again

  • Largest employers of new graduates are healthcare, transportation and manufacturing

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  • 72 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs

  • 67 technical diploma programs

  • 16 apprentice trades

  • 100 specialized certificates

  • 1000’s of non-credit courses and seminars

  • Wide array of customized training and technical assistance

Programs of Study

Services to Employers
  • Serve over 1,900 employers through contract training and technical assistance 

  • Train more than 21,000 employees via contract training 

  • Deliver over $10.0 million in contract training and technical assistance annually

  • FVTC’s work in this area accounts for over 20% of all contract training provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System

Business & Industry Services

College Employees
College Facilities
  • The main campus in Appleton is located on a 145-acre site with 766,805 sq. ft. of facility space, including several satellite buildings

  • The Public Safety Training Center is a new 98,825 sq. ft. facility on a 77.5-acre site just south of the Appleton International Airport

  • Four facilities comprise the FVTC Oshkosh Campus. The Riverside Campus is a 66,786 sq. ft. facility on an 12.6-acre site. Other locations include the S.J. Spanbauer Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center and the FabTech Education Center, together totaling 127,052 sq. ft.

  • Four regional centers located in Chilton, Clintonville, Waupaca and Wautoma, plus more than 50 other outreach locations where services are provided across the District

Facilities Rentals

College Budget
  • Operating budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 is $118 million at adoption, capital budget is $13.2 million

  • 21.9% of college operational funding comes from local taxes, 36.6% from state aid, 18.9% from student tuition & fees, 10.4% from institutional and 12.2% from federal grants

  • Taxpayers with a $100,000 property value will pay an estimated $103 in property taxes to support FVTC in 2020-21