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The Chamber works to develop our future workforce, through K-12 and post - secondary institutions, to expose students to career opportunities in Eau Claire County. We will continue to focus and support development opportunities for employees in this region's industry leaders.

This month we are taking time to highlight Chippewa Valley Technical College and the various ways that students can enter the workforce through higher education resources at their disposal. In almost all of the cases outlined below students could start a Youth Apprenticeship (entering the workforce their Junior/Senior year) while getting high school and college credit. To learn more contact

College Credit and Degrees in High School

Did you know students entering grades 9-12 have the opportunity to earn college credits and even degrees in Eau Claire County?

Students have opportunities in the summer, fall and spring semesters every year to start earning their degree. CVTC offers several dual credit programs that allow students to earn both high school and college credits at the same time. Often times these courses also align with Youth Apprenticeship opportunities.

Transcripted Courses and High School Academies

Transcripted Credit are courses taught at the high schools by the high school teacher. High school teachers meet the same requirements as CVTC instructors, and they work directly with CVTC instructors to align their curriculum each year. You can find these options listed in your high school academic and career planning guide.

Students take one or more college classes in a career pathway and earn both high school and college credit. Courses are reserved for high school students and are taught by CVTC faculty at their high school, a CVTC host site, or a CVTC campus. Students complete a full semester of a program, a technical diploma, an associate degree, or an industry credential, they are able to be employed while in high school in a career of interest. School districts cover the cost of these programs and provide more opportunities for students beyond what each district is able to offer at their high school.

In Eau Claire County, students from ECASD and our surrounding districts have the opportunity to explore many different career pathways. For example, students can complete their full associate degree in business management, a welding or IT technical diploma, or even their full Practical Nursing degree before they graduate from high school. Students whose career path will require a four-year degree can even enroll in our college transfer academy and complete their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at CVTC before graduating from high school, saving them two years of time and tuition on their general education courses.

Start College Now

Start College Now is another option for incoming juniors and seniors to choose individual courses at CVTC that they would like to take. The application deadline is March 1 for the fall term and October 1 for the spring term. Students fill out the application and turn it into their counselor by the deadlines above. The application and instructions can be found below:

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