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Technical Studies Journey Worker
Program Number: 104995
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
21 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    All Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Colleges recognize successful completion of an apprenticeship program with at least 400-hours of paid related instruction provided through a WTCS college or training facility AND possession of a Certificate of Apprenticeship (completion) issued by the Department of Workforce Development-Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (DWD-BAS) as fulfilling the 39-credit minimum Technical Studies requirement of the 60 credit Technical Studies – Journey Worker Associate of Applied Science degree. Advanced standing for apprentice related instruction taken at other accredited institutions is currently determined on an individual basis using established Credit for Prior Learning procedures. Registered Apprenticeship-College Credit (RACC) recommendations are accepted.

    Program Details

    Students in the Technical Studies Journey Worker program can attend full or part time.

    Technical Studies Journey Worker Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Coursework Required for Degree
    Occupational Specific Courses (equivalent to 39 credits)
    The Occupational Specific Course area is met by a Wisconsin Apprenticeship Completion Certificate issued by the Department of Workforce Development-Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards registered program which included a minimum of 400 hours of prescribed apprentice related instruction in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
    General Education (21 credits)
    General Education courses must meet the WTCS Associate of Applied Science Degree requirement for a minimum of 21 credits of General Education distributed across the following categories. (Students may choose to take LAT in lieu of courses to satisfy the individual requirements as identified on their degree progress report.)
    Communications (first course)
    3 credits
    Communications (second course) - select one course
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Social Science - select one course
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Behavioral Science - select one course
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Math or Science - select one course
    3 credits
    3 credits
    5 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    Additional General Education Courses - select two (2) courses from the lists above (courses not already taken from the other requirement lists).
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admissions Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    3. Apprenticeship Completion
    Applicants must have completed a state-approved apprenticeship program. Questions regarding apprenticeships should be directed to Lucas White at (608) 246-6415 or

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements. Admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    The terms of the B.S in Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete selective A.A.S or A.A.A. degrees and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis at UW-Oshkosh. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Students witn an AA, AS or AAS are Advanced Core. Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 60 credits. Students transferring prior to completion or with less than 60 credits are standard core and credits are evaluated course by course.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Completion of an A.A.S. Degree at Madison College after 2015, and meeting admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a B.B.A degree in Technical Sales at MSOE.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of Madison College graduates with an AA, AS, or AAS. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer up to 94 additional credits toward their baccalaureate degree.
  • Career Outcomes

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates31
      Number of Surveys Sent31
      Number of Surveys Returned31
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment31
      Percent Available for Employment100.0%100.0%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%0.0%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed31
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation21
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation66.7%100.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation10
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation33.3%0.0%
      Employed - No Response00
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%
      Seeking Employment00
      Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.34
      Number of Satisfaction Responses31
      Very Satisfied (4)11
      Percent Very Satisfied33.3%100.0%
      Satisfied (3)20
      Percent Satisfied66.7%0.0%
      Unsatisfied (2)00
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)00
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses31
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other0.0%0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses31
      Before Enrollment11
      Percent Before Enrollment33.3%100.0%
      While Attending the College10
      Percent While Attending the College33.3%0.0%
      After Training at the College10
      Percent After Training at the College33.3%0.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses31
      In College District11
      Percent In College District33.3%100.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District10
      Percent of In Wisconsin33.3%0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin10
      Percent Outside Wisconsin33.3%0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown00
      Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend20212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count21
      Average Monthly Wage$7,611$7,719
      Average Hourly Wage$44.25$44.88
      Average Work Hours per Week40.045.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
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Madison Truax Campus
Main Building, A2105

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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