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FVTC Overview

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 North Central Association, 1974; AQIP option admission, 2001; reaffirmation of accreditation, 2008-09; next reaffirmation of accreditation, 2015-16.

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)
  • Largest district in the state in student enrollment / headcount (2013-14)


  • Serves about 50,000 people annually
  • Serves approximately 10,000 degree-declared students
  • 61% of program students attend part-time
  • Serves over 900 apprenticeship students
  • Serves approximately 30,000 people taking continuing education courses
  • 14% of students are served in Oshkosh
  • 13% of area high school graduates enroll at FVTC directly from high school


  • Approximately 2,500 career program students graduate from FVTC each year
  • Approximately 400 GED/HSED high school students complete each year
  • Approximately 200 apprenticeship program students complete each year
  • 92% of graduates are employed six months after graduation (class of 2014)
  • 78% of employed graduates are in job related to training
  • Over 60% of graduates remain employed in district, even after 5 years
  • Six months after graduation, average hourly salary is $16.93 or $35,223 yearly (class of 2014)
  • Five years after graduation, average hourly salary is $22.18 or $46,140 yearly (class of 2009)
  • 98% of graduates satisfied with their training
  • Employers are quite satisfied with FVTC grads, 94% would hire a grad again
  • Largest employers of new graduates are health care, manufacturing, transportation, and self-employed

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  • Offers more than 200 associate degree, technical diploma, certificate programs, and instruction related to 15 apprenticeship trades, in addition to providing services to business and industry
  • Offers 35 exclusive programs within the Wisconsin Technical College System:  Aeronautics-Professional Pilot, Agriculture Equipment Service Technician, Agriculture Power Equipment, Aircraft Electronics, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics, Applied Instrumentation & Process Control Automation, Automotive Technician – Imports, Automotive Technology - GM ASEP, Automotive Technology – Imports, Horticulture/Landscape Specialist, Construction Management Technology, Diesel Construction Equipment Service Technician (FABTECH), Diesel Engine Service Technician (FABTECH), Diesel Power Generation & Marine Service Tech (FABTECH), Energy & Environmental Engineering Technology, Engineering Electronics Design & Manufacturing, Forensic Science, Homeland Security & Asset Protection Management, Interior Design - Commercial Design, Interior Design - Kitchen & Bath Design, Laboratory Science Technician, Law Enforcement, Medical Office Assistant, Natural Resources Technician, Outdoor Power Equipment Technician, Package and Label Printing, Package and Label Printing Technician, Production Welding, Residential Building Construction, Safety Engineering Technology, Vehicle Refinishing and Repair Technology, Wildland Fire Crew, Wildland Firefighter, Wood Manufacturing Technology
Programs of Study

Services to Employers

  • Serves over 2,000 employers with contracted services annually
  • Trains more than 21,000 employees via contracted training
  • Generates over $8.5 million in contracted training
  • Accounts for 20% of all contracted training revenue by Wisconsin technical colleges, nearly double that of any other technical college in the state
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

  • Main Appleton campus is 588,805 sq. ft.
  • Key satellite buildings are D. J. Bordini Center at 79,000 sq. ft. & J. J. Keller Transportation Center at 112,498 sq. ft.
  • Oshkosh Riverside campus is 67,000 sq. ft.; S. J. Spanbauer Aviation and Industrial Center is 76,469 sq. ft.
  • Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) is 95,545 sq. ft. located on approximately 76 acres. The scenario village (River City) located at the PSTC is 12,338 sq. ft. 
  • Offers instruction/services in four regional centers (Chilton, Clintonville, Waupaca and Wautoma) and more than 50 other outreach locations
Facilities Rentals

College Budget

  • Operating budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 is $108.9 million at adoption, capital budget is $10.8 million
  • 19.9% of college operational funding comes from local taxes, 35.9% from state aid, 22.7% from student tuition & fees and 10.9% federal grants
  • Taxpayer owning a $100,000 home will pay $113 in property taxes targeted for FVTC in 2015-16