The admissions process is the first step in becoming a CVTC student and getting your career off the ground. Whether you are interested in a program, certificate, or apprenticeship, we've made it easy to apply by providing steps below.

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Program Application

CVTC offers over 80 programs. With our variety of day, evening, and online classes you'll find what you need to fit college into your life, and into your budget. CVTC offers proven education to help you earn a degree or certificate, advance your career, or get the training you need to start a new career. Don't hesitate as some of our programs fill-up fast and have waiting lists. Start the college admission process now!

Step 1: Complete Application

The application process will take approximately 20 minutes and you will need your social security number. A one-time nonrefundable application processing fee of $30 is required at the time of application. You can apply online or by using our paper version.

If you are an international student, we recommend beginning the application process at least six months before you would like to enroll. Learn more about becoming an international student.

Application Deadlines

  • Before July 1 for the Fall Semester
  • Before November 1 for the Spring Semester
  • High school seniors may start applying for the following academic year starting on the Friday before Labor Day

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Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Many of our students receive financial aid (for eligible programs) assistance. There are several different types of aid, and you can learn more about each one below. For more details on the financial aid process, view our Financial Aid Checklist.

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Step 3: Complete Entrance Requirements

Most of our programs have open access (meaning no entrance exams or scores are required to enter the program). There are other programs which have an academic range which applicants must meet. Please review your program admission requirements to determine if you meet the academic requirements for admission to the program.

Before enrolling at CVTC, we recommend every student take the Inventory for Student Success (ISS). The ISS is a free, web-based questionnaire that gauges your confidence and attitude regarding your ability to do well at CVTC. Your answers help us better support you and your success at CVTC. Answers or results from the ISS will not affect your admission to CVTC.

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Certificate Application

CVTC offers a wide variety of certificates and you can apply anytime throughout the year. There is no admission fee or entrance exam requirement to apply for a certificate. While our certificates are not eligible for financial aid, you may find other payment options by checking out our grants, scholarships, Veterans benefits, and payment plan.


Apprenticeships give you access to careers that are typically unavailable to those without experience, and build skills that are transferable from one employer to another and from one area of the country to another. They combine structured on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. CVTC offers five apprenticeships:

Academic Records

The Records & Registration office maintains official student records and coordinates the registration process, monitors satisfactory academic progress, provides official transcripts, and verifies degree completion.

View the Academic Records area to perform tasks such as:

  • Academic Appeals
  • COMPASS Score Requests
  • Enrollment Confirmation
  • Replacement Diploma
  • Request a Transcript
  • View Current & Past Program Catalogs
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Just Take a Class

The Just-Take-a-Class option is for those who do not wish to enroll in a program but want to sign up for a class, seminar, or workshop. You can search for available courses. Please contact the Information & Service Center at or 715-833-6200 to set up an account and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name, address, phone number
  • Demographic information (ethnicity, etc.)
  • Social security number
  • High school information (optional)

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning grants college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for knowledge or skills you have gained that directly relate to your program. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

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Credit for prior learning information session

Transfer Center

Transferring in credits from other learning environments is common at CVTC. You can transfer in credits from courses taken in high school, by taking an exam, or through apprenticeship training or work experience. Your credits can come from a variety of places, but at least 25% of them must be earned through graded coursework at CVTC.

Transfer in Credits

Youth Options

The Youth Options program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take courses at CVTC. Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit. The school board must pay for any course (including tuition, books, and fees) that is taken for high school credit and that is not comparable to a course offered in the school district.

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Your students are eligible if you are a public high school, and the student has completed 10th grade with good academic standing, met any course prerequisites, has written approval from a parent or guardian, and has no history of disciplinary problems.

Important Deadlines

  • By March 1 for the fall semester
  • By October 1 for the spring semester

Credit for Prior Learning Information Sessions

These sessions cover the “nuts and bolts” of CVTC’s Credit for Prior Learning program. You will find out more about what it is, how it works, resources that are available, and what you will need to do on your end to attain college credit for your previous knowledge.

Come and learn how you can get started on a path to save money and time, and earn your college degree or technical diploma. Both sessions cover the same information and are hosted by our Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator,

All sessions are free and there is no registration required.

There are no sessions scheduled at this time.