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Technical Diploma  |  31-307-1  |  1-800-547-2882


Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations. Their goal is to plan the right pathway to graduation by maximizing students' potential and ensuring success based on the student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student. Student success specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career. Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals. More information can be found on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Technology Requirements

Students must have access to a laptop, computer, or device, and have reliable Wi-Fi at home or off-campus.

Academic Support

Free academic help including drop-in tutoring, test preparation, and technology support available online and face-to-face. More information is available on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Caregiver Background Check

A background check and fingerprints are required in order to be placed at a practicum site. At the start of the semester, the practicum instructor will provide directions on how to request a caregiver background check and fingerprints from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). The fees related to this are at the student's expense. A list of offenses that can affect the ability to gain placement can be found on the DCF website.

Physical Requirements

The physical can be conducted at a clinic of the student's preference or Prevea Health Family Medicine Clinic, 617 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire. For appointments, please call 715-839-5175.

Practicum Requirements

The program includes two practicums in which students are placed in a child care setting working with children of varying ages. Students have the option to register for an online or face-to-face section of the practicum course. Regardless of course format, students are required to attend their practicum placement site 8 hours per week (typically two 4-hour mornings per week), in person. Placements are arranged by the practicum instructor.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students an opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to program curriculum. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experience, and courses completed at other institutions. If a student wishes to attempt CPL for a course in progress, it is imperative that CPL is attempted within the first week of the class to be eligible for a tuition refund. More information can be found at

Transfer Credit

Students planning to transfer to a university have the option to take 200-level courses that will count toward general education requirements in the four-year degree being pursued. While some of the 100-level general education courses listed on the program requirements may meet approval for transfer, the 200-level courses are more widely accepted for transfer. To determine what courses may transfer, utilize Students should also contact the college or university they are pursuing to determine exactly what the school will accept and when to seek admission. Students should maintain contact with the other institution, given that program requirements are subject to change.

Financial Aid Consideration

Some courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Courses must be part of a program to be eligible. A list of courses not eligible is located on Commons (Pay for College/Financial Aid). To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted.

Employment Requirement

Current CPR certification is not required for students to enroll in their program, it is required for employment in a child care setting. CVTC offers Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider courses. In addition, students may contact the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or local hospitals/clinics to register for the course.

804-134 Mathematical Reasoning

Students may be eligible to earn credit for the Mathematical Reasoning course if they have taken the WorkKeys test or scored a 25 or higher on the Math section of the ACT. If students have met the ACT score or taken the WorkKeys test, or would like to take the WorkKeys test in lieu of taking the Mathematical Reasoning course, please contact the Credit for Prior Learning office for more details. Students are advised to contact CPL prior to the semester starting or within the first week of the class to ensure that if they pursue CPL, they are eligible for a tuition refund.

Advanced Placement

The Child Care Services Technical Diploma is the first year of the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree. Students who wish to continue into the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Associate Degree can do so by submitting a new application as ECE-Advanced Placement via

Title IX Pregnancy and Parenting

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities. We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities. Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Last Updated: 2023-07-17T18:56:50Z

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