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100 Years of Futuremakers

When the State of Wisconsin first passed laws supporting vocational, technical and adult education in 1911 (Chapter 616), our state was the first to establish such a system. The laws ensured that state aid would be provided to foster continuation, trade and evening schools.

Along with establishing what is now called the Wisconsin Technical College System, the state also created the first apprenticeship program, also the first of its kind in the nation, 100 years ago.

Now offering over 300 programs in fields as diverse as Radiography, Mechanical Design Technology, Renewable Energies and Fashion Marketing, the colleges have helped nearly half of all Wisconsin adults build their futures through occupational, technical and/or liberal arts education.

Learn how the Wisconsin Technical College system was on the leading edge of education in 1911 and how it has continued for over 100 years.