Chippewa Valley Technical College, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was founded to provide service and education to residents in the counties of Eau Claire, Dunn Chippewa, Taylor, Clark, Jackson, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin and Pierce. CVTC is a public two year institution and one of the twelve schools that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. The system was formed in 1911 through a law requiring that any district having more than 5000 residents establish a trade and vocational school. Through the enactment of this law Wisconsin became the first state to create a publically funded vocational training system.
Chippewa Valley Technical College is dedicated to providing students with the technical and vocational skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce and work in a field related to their chosen program of study. Typically these programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or associate degree which demonstrates that the student has earned a level of competency required to obtain work at the entry level. Programs mix hands on experience with more traditional classroom education, and by combining them allow students a practical means to implement and test newly learned techniques and applications, and thus developing the experience necessary for securing employment. Two year programs typically reflect community needs, and as a result graduates should find employment opportunities available to them upon completion.
Some programs allow for the transfer of credit to the University of Wisconsin through agreements made regarding the curriculum of the program. Graduates of such programs may choose to continue their education at a University of Wisconsin campus and pursue a bachelor's degree. Students interested in such transfer opportunities should meet with a counselor to discuss programs and options.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Chippewa Valley Technical College is a two year open enrollment institution allowing any individuals that meet the minimum requirements for enrollment to be admitted upon submission of an application. Students are required to provide transcripts and complete the placement exam, as well as submit financial aid applications and participate in orientation before registration for classes begins. Students are also encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss program options and develop a curriculum. Registration takes place prior to the start of each semester with tuition fees due shortly thereafter.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Financial aid is awarded based on need as determined by the school's financial aid office i through the use of a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which may be submitted through the FAFSA website. Students requiring assistance will have their FAFSA reviewed to identify how much and which type of aid the student is qualified to receive. Federal regulations require that random students be asked to provide additional information prior to the disbursement of funds, ensuring the accuracy of the submitted information on the FAFSA's. Financial aid must be must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,900. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,900-$4,600
- Out-of-State: $5,800-$6,934
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $130-$150 per unit
- Out-of-State: $190-$230 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||56%||$4,809|
|Receiving Student Loans||60%||$5,430|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Chippewa Valley Technical College may offer services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for Chippewa Valley Technical College compared to community colleges in Wisconsin, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|CVTC||Eau Claire County||Wisconsin|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1980)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1985)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Wisconsin
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2001)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Chippewa Valley Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Chippewa Valley Technical College.
- Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Winona, MN (53 miles away)
- Western Technical College - La Crosse in La Crosse, WI (69 miles away)
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake, WI (69 miles away)
- Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN (76 miles away)
- Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN (77 miles away)