Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
We will provide all learners the highest quality, life-long learning opportunities that are
- what they want
- when they want
- where they want, and
- how they want them
so they may continue their learning and success-fully engage in a career that enhances their quality of life in a global community.
We are a two-year college, serving Northeast Wisconsin by providing education, training, and life-long learning opportunities for individuals and businesses leading to the development of a skilled workforce. Our customers stimulate the economic vitality of our district as a result of the application of skills and knowledge acquired through the completion of certificates, degrees, diplomas, and courses.
History of the College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is a publicly supported, high technology college working closely with businesses and residents of Northeast Wisconsin to provide the education that residents need in order to be successful in the workforce. In the early 1900s, most workers in Wisconsin were trained through the apprenticeship system. But not all craftsmen had the academic knowledge or the teaching ability to give apprentices all the skills they needed. In order to standardize the education that apprentices received in reading, writing, and math, the State of Wisconsin promoted the creation of city vocational schools. Vocational schools sprang up in Green Bay and Marinette in 1913, followed in 1941 by a school in Sturgeon Bay. In 1968 they joined to become a single unit in what was then the Vocational, Technical and Adult Education System (VTAE). In 1971 the hyphenated name NWTI-Green Bay, NWTI-Sturgeon Bay, and NWTI-Marinette was adopted to reflect the oneness of the District while retaining the local character of the individual campuses. The combined service areas of the Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay campuses include part or all of nine counties. In 1994 the State of Wisconsin changed the name of the Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education to the Wisconsin Technical College System. The names of the individual institutions themselves were changed to technical colleges rather than technical institutes. The change was made to communicate more effectively with prospective students. The image evoked by a "technical college" more accurately reflects today's reality of high skills education and training than does the out-dated "vo-tech." The College offers Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas in 65 programs, a growing number of certificates, contracted business services, personal enrichment and continuing education courses, and special interest classes.