This educational partnership between CESA 3 and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College allows students to earn high school and college credits at a cost as low as $142/credit per student for general education courses.* Southwest Tech’s tuition is about 45% less per year than in-state tuition at a university!

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Fall Semester Gear Up, 11-12-14 Nursing, EMT/Firefighter, CNC Machine Operator, Healthcare Careers, and One and Done Lab Science Technician: Apply by March 1

Spring Semester Gear Up, Healthcare Careers: Apply by October 1

Tuition as low as $142 per credit** for general education courses.

If you are unable to access documents here, please contact Career Prep & Dual Enrollment (, 608.822.2367)

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Pistons to Pathways

Senior Year: Complete 3 Credits

You will earn both high school and college credit. You may also enroll in the CESA #3 Youth Apprenticeship Program for awork-based learning experience to enhance the skills learned in the classroom. Following high school graduation, you may then continue into the Automotive Technician program at Southwest Tech with up to 6 program credits already completed!

Then Graduate!

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One & Done Laboratory Science Technician

Senior Year: Complete 16 Credits

Students will complete the 16-credit laboratory science program and earn a college technical diploma. Program is offered at Platteville and Richland Center High Schools but is available to any interested high school senior.

  • Fall: 8 credits of lab science coursework
  • Spring: 6 credits of lab science coursework
  • Summer: 2 credits of lab science practicum

Then Graduate!

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CNC Machine Operator/Programmer

Enrolling in the Southwest Tech CollEDGE Up CNC Machine Operator/Programmer program offers benefits that give you a head start to your future.

  • Convenient: Classes held at Platteville High School
  • No Cost to You: Start your career tuition-debt free!
  • Real-world Training: Train with an expert instructor on state-of-the-industry machining equipment so that you are ready to hit the ground running at your first job.
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Gear Up

Junior to Senior Year:

Students can earn up to 21 transferable college credits while enrolled in high school. The transferability of the course is ultimately up to the receiving institution.

Courses Available

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Economics
  • Written Communication
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Speech
  • Introduction to Diversity
  • Introductory Statistics
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11-12-14 Nursing

Sophomore Year:
Students will complete foundation courses.

11 – Junior Year:
Students will complete semester 1 of SWTC’s Nursing-Associate degree classes.

12 – Senior Year:
Students will complete semester 2 of SWTC’s Nursing-Associate degree classes.

14 – Students will complete the second year of SWTC’s Nursing-Associate degree program on campus.

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Healthcare Careers

Junior or Senior Year:
Students can get a head start on their career plans by taking 14 credits of foundational courses that are beneficial for any healthcare career.

Offered Fall

  • Medical Terminology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Nursing Assistant#

Offered Spring

  • Introductory Statistics
  • General Anatomy & Physiology
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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Firefighter

Senior Year:
Students can take courses to allow them to become certified as an EMT and/or firefighter. Students can also start their career pathway by earning 14 credits towards Southwest Tech’s Criminal Justice Studies program.

Offered Fall

  • EMT 1
  • EMT 1
  • Emergency Telecommunicator

Offered Spring

  • Firefighting Principles
  • Hazmat Awareness & Ops
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Delivery Format

  • Offered to all CESA 3 school districts in an academy/cohort format.
  • Classes are held at high schools using the following delivery methods, which vary depending on program area:
    • Online (Schoology) with added resource of recorded video lectures
    • SRTNC (Zoom) synchronous video lecture
    • Face-to-face on SWTC’s campus
  • Participating high schools will provide a room and room facilitator (synchronous video lectures only)
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For More Information

Southwest Tech: Mary Johannesen, 608.822.2367,

CESA 3: Kristin Galle, 608.822.3276,