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 250,000 enrollments each year. 16 college districts comprise the system, and job placement is strong: 92% of WTCS graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.

Fox Valley Technical College offers more than 220 associate degree, technical diploma and certificate programs, and instruction related to 18 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.

  • 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 490,000 (Census 2020: 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)
  • This year 49,655 people enrolled in classes at FVTC
  • 30,611 people took continuing education courses this year
  • FVTC served 7,093 associate degree and technical diploma- declared students this year
  • 62% of program students attend part-time
  • In 2021-22, FVTC trained 1,426 apprenticeship students
  • 13% of 2021 area high school graduates enrolled at FVTC directly from high school
  • 2,451 career program students graduated from FVTC this year
  • 323 apprentices completed their training this year 
  • 92% of graduates in the labor market are employed six months after graduation (Class of 2020-21) 
  • 81% of employed graduates are in jobs related to their training
  • About 55% of graduates remain employed in the district, even after 5 years
  • Six months after graduation, the average salary is over $46,455 (Class of 2020-21)
  • Five years after graduation, the average hourly salary is $29.66 or $61,684 yearly (Class of 2015-16)
  • 96% of graduates are satisfied with their training 
  • Employers are quite satisfied with FVTC graduates, 96% would hire a graduate again
  • The largest employers of new graduates are healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing

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  • 74 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree programs
  • 64 technical diploma programs
  • 19 apprentice trades
  • 86 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 2,200 employers through contract training and technical assistance 
  • More than 20,000 contract training enrollments per year
  • Averaging over $11 million invested in training each year
  • FVTC’s work in this area accounts for over 21% 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 860,976 sq. ft. of facility space, including satellite buildings: Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center, D.J. Bordini Center, J.J. Keller Transportation Center, and Service Motor Company Agriculture Center. 
  • The Public Safety Training Center is a 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 2022-23 is $119 million at adoption, capital budget is $12.1 million
  • 21.3% of college operational funding comes from local taxes, 37.5% from state aid, 18.1% from student tuition & fees, 10.9% from institutional and 12.2% from federal grants
  • Taxpayers with a $100,000 property value will pay an estimated $91 in property taxes to support FVTC in 2022-23