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Individualized Technical Studies Associate Degree

Program Code: 108251

The Individualized Technical Studies program is intended for currently employed individuals who have a specific career objective that cannot be met by existing degree programs. By combining state board approved courses from two or more major areas of study, the student, along with an occupational advisor, designs an occupational degree program into a unique associate degree.


Employment Potential

With the growth of employment opportunities in small and mid-sized firms, employers increasingly seek workers able to take on multiple tasks and roles that cut across traditional occupational categories. With the introduction of new kinds of technologies and work processes, occupational duties and the competencies needed in the workplace are constantly in flux.
To be productive and effective in today’s workplace, workers may need skills and knowledge drawn from a variety of traditional disciplines.
This program allows students to design a customized instructional program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies. The individualized program will have a specific occupational focus designed by the student in consultation with an occupational mentor, district faculty, and career advising staff.
The program requires the identification of an occupation advisor who will assist the student in specifying skill competencies and occupational outcomes for a specific occupational area.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Completion of all recommended activities to address math and reading skills deficiencies.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green Bay
Total credits for the Individualized Technical Studies program will vary with a minimum of 60
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 50; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)

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Individualized Technical Studies Degree Has Two Objectives:
• Provide flexibility in programming in order to meet the educational needs of individuals based on their particular career goals.
• Emphasize an individual’s career goals that cannot be achieved through enrollment in any single instructional program currently available at the college.
As part of the educational process, each student is required to complete a personal program portfolio outlining his or her career objectives and the courses required to meet those objectives. This student portfolio, together with a completed application for admission, becomes part of the review process used by the NWTC Individualized Technical Studies committee to admit the student for a customized technical studies program.


Explore the possibility of Individual Technical Studies in areas such as:
Childcare Administration
Students who complete the 18-credit Child Care Administration Certificate may wish to combine those classes with other classes in the Early Childhood or Supervision associate degree programs for an Individual Technical Studies-Child Care Administration Degree. Courses can be chosen to create a customized curriculum specific to the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on Administration, Special Needs, Infant/Toddler or other areas.
In today’s world, there is increasing desire among people of all ages to explore, develop, start and run their own businesses. But the knowledge, skills and abilities to start and successfully operate these businesses have never required the wearing of so many hats – and to wear them well. Though the rewards are great, the risks are equally as great, thereby requiring that today’s entrepreneurs be more sophisticated and balanced in their planning and preparation. NWTC has carefully considered the needs of an entrepreneur, and have created four distinct Entrepreneurship Certificate tracks to consider. By pairing these certificates with general studies courses, you can create an Individualized Technical Studies Degree in Entrepreneurship.
For more information about these degrees and other exciting opportunities, please call (920) 498-5421.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.