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Adult Learner

The average American works 46.7 hours a week. We think life’s too short to spend that time doing something you don’t enjoy. But making the decision to go back to school is not easy. You might think, “I don’t have the time… I have a family and a house payment, so I can’t afford it… I don’t know what I want to do… I won’t fit in…”

You’re not alone. We hear these stories every day and we also see the end result. Hundreds of adults just like you who took a risk and changed their life. And we're here to help.

  • Looking for a change but aren't sure what program is for you? Don't worry, our career counselors can help you narrow down your options.
  • Concerned about paying for college? Check out our AdultStart Scholarship and guide to Paying for College. Also, have you checked with your current employer to see if they offer tuition assistance?
  • Finish a certificate or technical diploma (select programs) in a year or less and start changing your future today. 
  • Already been around the block once or twice? You may be eligible for Prior Learning Credit for past schooling or work/life experience.
  • Are you a Veteran, servicemember or qualifying family member? Contact us to take advantage of the benefits available to you. Learn more.
  • It can be difficult to focus on learning when other things are weighing on your mind. Check out all the student resources available including tutors.
  • Not interested in a formal program but still want to learn something new or expand your knowledge? Explore our community classes.

Check out these VIDEOS to get the inside scoop from our adult students.

What to Expect

Choosing a Program

If you're deciding which program would be a good fit for you, watch this video from our 2018 Open House for helpful tips.

Fitting In

The average age of a Fox Valley Tech student is about 30. There will be younger students, but there will also be older students. This mix mirrors the working world and provides an ideal learning environment. Plus class sizes are smaller here, which means you’re getting more individualized instruction.

VIDEO: hear Rachel talk about what it's like to be a student here >>

Learning Options

There are a variety of class options at Fox Valley Tech, including on-campus, online, part-time, day, evening, weekend and accelerated options. Plus, while our main campus is located in Appleton, we also offer many classes at our Oshkosh campuses and regional centers in Chilton, Clintonville, Waupaca and Wautoma. You can learn when, where and how you want. Learn more about FVTC's flexible learning options.

If child care is a concern, there is a day care center at the Appleton campus that is open to students and staff, and is licensed for 96 children, ages six weeks through five years, year-round.


Succeeding in College

Math, writing, science… the struggle is real, we get it. We will do everything in our power to help you succeed. Through our Teaching & Learning Center, individual tutoring and study groups are available to help you improve whatever skills you need help with, all free of charge. We also offer free workshops and classes throughout the semester to help you with things like study skills, test-taking and time management.

Looking to get your GED or brush up on skills before starting a program? We can help you with that too, through our Adult Basic Education classes.

Is It Worth It?

There are no guarantees in life. But with a degree from Fox Valley Tech, the odds of finding a job are definitely in your favor. 94% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduating, and 80 of our programs have 100% job employment.

What’s more, education is something that can never be taken from you; you will carry that knowledge and experience with you wherever you go, for the rest of your life. You will have taken a risk and succeeded.

So is it worth it? Absolutely. 

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Admissions Specialist

(920) 735-4740

Appleton Campus:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
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