This educational partnership between CESA 3, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, and area school districts 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)

Coming Fall 2024: Artisanal Modern Meat Butchery

This program is a unique opportunity to learn about the entire production lifecycle – from a live animal through to a packaged product, ready for consumers.

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Criminal Justice Studies

Junior and Senior Year

Courses instruction will take place through online delivery and will also include experiential visits to various correctional facilities. Courses are a part of the Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree.

Offered Fall

  • Intro to Corrections
  • Intro to Psychology OR Intro to Diversity Studies

Offered Spring

  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Written Communication
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Junior and/or Senior Year

Students can take a first step towards a career in education by earning 12 credits towards the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree. Course instruction will take place through online delivery with the added resource of recorded video lectures. Successful completion of ECE courses may allow students to work in a day care setting.

Offered Fall

  • ECE: Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  • Intro to Psychology OR Intro to Diversity Studies

Offered Spring

  • ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Written Communication
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Pistons to Pathways

Junior and/or Senior Year

Take the first step toward becoming an automotive technician by enrolling in up to 5 credits that are a part of the Automotive Technician program at Southwest Tech. Classes take place on Wednesday evenings on-site at five area auto dealerships.

First-Year Students

  • Automotive Maintenance

Second-Year Students

  • Workplace Communication
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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 available to any interested high school senior with in-person lab instruction taking place at Platteville High School (south districts) and at Richland Center High School (north districts).

  • Fall: 8 credits of lab science coursework
  • Spring: 6 credits of lab science coursework
  • Summer: 2 credits of lab science practicum-often a paid experience.

Then Graduate!

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CNC Machine Operator/Programmer

Senior Year: Complete 26 Credits

Students will complete the 26-credit CNC Machine Operator/Programmer program and earn a college technical diploma. Program is offered at Platteville High School but is available to any interested high school senior.


  • 13 credits of CNC coursework


  • 13 credits of CNC coursework

Note: Must be a Senior

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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 qualifying for the national LPN licensure exam.

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,