NWTC is releasing its five-year strategic plan, Future 2018 Statement of Strategic Directions. It is based on extensive community input and is expected to affect tens of thousands of Northeast Wisconsin residents.
In any five-year period, half of the adults in Northeast Wisconsin will receive some sort of education, training or service from NWTC. As a result, NWTC’s decisions can have a significant impact on the skilled workforce, job opportunities, economic growth and quality of life in the region. Therefore, we listen to our customers – taxpayers, communities, businesses and students – in determining the strategic directions that will meet the region’s needs.
To gather information for the Future 2018 plan, College leaders traveled throughout the District and met with about 300 representatives from business, education, government, and community groups. They toured 21 businesses in health care, agriculture, manufacturing, child care and information technology. They met with current students.
From those discussions emerged seven primary strategic areas:
- Pre-College Preparation
- Access and Success
- Employability Skill Development
- Meeting Workforce Demand
- Preparing for Post-Technical College Education
- Assuring Viability of the College
- Addressing Community and Social Issues
As a result, the College has set the following overarching goals for the next five years.
By July 2018
The completion rate for students pursuing college credentials is increased by 50%.
The percentage of students who have graduated from high school within the three prior years before enrolling in college courses and who are unprepared for rigorous college-level work is reduced by half.
The percentage of students who complete developmental education and successfully complete freshman level college courses is doubled.
The achievement gap among socio-economic strata as well as various ethnic groups is reduced by half.
The number of graduates within an occupational cluster will meet a minimum of 60% of the workforce demand within the related occupations.
All graduates will have demonstrated achievement in necessary life and employability skills.
Company investments in NWTC training will have doubled.
Thanks to dedicated staff, enthusiastic students and a great wealth of community support, we are confident we can make these ambitious goals a reality. And as always, thank you for your ongoing support of our students.
DR. H. JEFFREY RAFN, PRESIDENT
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE