Wisconsin technical colleges unveil eTechCollege.com

by jurben6. August 2001 19:00
     MADISON - Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges have announced an exciting new venture that will give students easier access to hundreds of courses. The new eTechCollege of Wisconsin combines the flexibility of online learning with the educational strength of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The web address is http://www.eTechCollege.com.

    In a recent survey, eTechCollege of Wisconsin found that more than 88 percent of Wisconsin technical college students have access to the Internet at home. Another survey concluded that 59 percent of "non-completers" said completion of their degree would have been more likely if the courses they needed were offered over the Internet. The new online learning system from the WTCS addresses these issues, in addition to making technical colleges available to countless others unable to attend a WTCS campus.

    "Making the resources of all 16 technical colleges available to students at one convenient online site will be value added to the programs and services the system currently offers," said John Shanahan, president of Moraine Park Technical College. "Moraine Park's goal has always been to allow students access to our programs and courses at the time, place and pace that meets their needs. The eTechCollege, along with our own online programs and courses, does that."

    The new eTechCollege of Wisconsin will also give former students another way of easing back into school and it will provide working adults another opportunity to take courses to enhance their resume or knowledge on a particular subject area.
"Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges have been offering online learning for years, but eTechCollege brings them all together to give students a wealth of courses from which to choose," said Ed Chin, WTCS State Director. "Now students can readily take courses that may not be offered at their own college, and credit transfer is smooth," Chin added.

    Not only does eTechCollege of Wisconsin offer more choices to students, but it also creates new efficiencies for the 16 technical colleges through standardized course competencies and shared curriculum, which enhance learning opportunities.

    eTechCollege of Wisconsin is the result of two years of planning and preparation by representatives of all 16 colleges and the WTCS Board Office.

    The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System offers a variety of distance learning opportunities and is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin's business and industry community. The WTCS web site is located at http://www.witechcolleges.com. For more information on eTechCollege of Wisconsin, log on to the web site at http://www.eTechCollege.com or call toll free, 1-866-eTechWI.