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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 400 programs of study and supports nearly 330,000 enrollments each year. 16 college districts comprise the system, and job placement is strong: 94% of WTCS graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.

About FVTC

FVTC offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs, and instruction related to 15 apprenticeship trades, in addition to providing services to business and industry. The college serves about 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 (formerly known as the North Central Association)
  • First accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 1974, AQIP option admission, 2001; reaffirmation of accreditation, 2008-09; 2015-2016 next reaffirmation of accreditation, 2023-24

Area Served

  • Serves all of 5 counties (Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago) and parts of 4 others (Brown, Manitowoc, Portage, Shawano)
  • District population of approximately 475,000  (2014 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 2014-15 than any other district in the state


  • Each year 40,000-50,000 people enroll in classes at FVTC
  • Serve over 10,000 degree-declared students 
  • 60% of program students attend part-time 
  • Serve over 1,000 apprenticeship students 
  • Serve approximately 30,000 people taking continuing education courses
  • 14% of area high school graduates (Class of 2014) enrolled at FVTC directly from high school in the 2014-15 academic year; 19% within 2 years (Class of 2013); and 29% in any WTCS college within 2 years


  • Approximately 2,800 career program students graduate from FVTC each year 
  • Approximately 125 adults complete a high school credential (GED/HSED) at FVTC each year 
  • Approximately 200 apprentices complete their training each year 
  • 94% of graduates are employed six months after graduation (Class of 2015) 
  • 85% of graduates are employed in a job related to their training 
  • About 54% of graduates remain employed in the district, even after 5 years 
  • Six months after graduation, average hourly salary is $17.40 or $36,196 annually (Class of 2015) 
  • Five years after graduation, average hourly salary is $22.24 or $46,251 annually (Class of 2010)
  • 98% of graduates are satisfied with their training
  • Employers are quite satisfied with FVTC grads; 94% would hire a grad again
  • Largest employers of new graduates are in the health care, transportation and business

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  • 62 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs
  • 51 technical diploma programs
  • 16 apprentice trades
  • 183 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

  • Approximately 344 full- and part-time instructors
  • Approximately 1,002 adjunct faculty
  • Approximately 311 full- and part-time support staff
  • Approximately 151 professional, technical and administrative staff
  • Faculty / Staff Academic Credentials (PDF)

College Facilities

  • The main campus in Appleton is located on a 145-acre site with 799,874 sq. ft. of facility space, including several satellite buildings
  • The Public Safety Training Center is a new 98,700 sq. ft. facility on a 75-acre site just south of the Outagamie County Regional Airport
  • Four facilities comprise the FVTC Oshkosh Campus. The Riverside Campus is a 65,786 sq. ft. facility on an 18-acre site. Other locations include the S.J. Spanbauer Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center and the FabTech Education Center, together totaling 120,717 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 2016-17 is $109 million at adoption, capital budget is $10.9 million
  • 20.3% of college operational funding comes from local taxes, 35.8% from state aid, 18.7% from student tuition & fees, 8.6% from institutional and 11.3% from federal grants 
  • Taxpayers with a $100,000 property value will pay $112 in property taxes to support FVTC in 2016-17