Learn skills: lab equipment use, lab analysis, food quality reporting, food safety, testing standards, scientific principles.
Be part of a lab team: perform tests and experiments, document results, and enjoy plenty of variety in your work day.
Work in high-demand food processing and agriculture industries.
TAA eligible populations and Veterans are encouraged to participate.
Is This Program for You?
Successful Lab Science Technicians will:
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.
Be focused on quality and organization.
Enjoy a combination of lab skills and experimenting in their day-to-day work.
Students entering the Laboratory Science Technician program should:
Have good reading skills, basic math skills, and good verbal communication skills
Desire to work with people
Desire to work as a team member
technical diploma This one year program includes classroom and laboratory learning activities, followed by an externship in the food industry
Classes run full-time Monday through Friday
The externship hours are based upon the facility hours as assigned
Must earn at least a grade of C in core classroom/laboratory learning settings to be eligible to work under the direct supervision of a mentor in a four-week externship
Admission and Program Requirements
Submit Application and $30 Application Fee To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Compass or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session! Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809 Helpful Academic Background
Basic Education course in writing
Reading comprehension skills
Basic math skills
This program is eligible for
Financial Aid. Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
Collect, process, and preserve lab samples.
Perform and report laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings.
Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
Perform mathematical functions as required by laboratory procedures.
Perform and monitor quality assurance and quality control techniques.
Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
Perform information processing functions in the laboratory.
Apply laboratory results and communicate variables.
Communicate with colleagues in a professional manner.
Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
Laboratory Science Technician - Performs routine laboratory tests for the food industry in: Laboratory Technician/Research Assistant - Performs routine and special laboratory tests in:
Laboratory settings: research, industrial, environmental and food science labs.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our
Credit for Prior Learning page. Laboratory Science Technician Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
(Demonstration) Challenge Exam
10-103-105 Beginning Microsoft Word X 10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel X 10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills X Work Experience Documentation 10-513-113 QA Lab Math X 10-513-181 Lab Science Microbiology X Prerequisite - 1 year of work experience in the industry.
The written test will be given first. If the student passes, a demonstration of skills will be conducted.
10-513-182 Intermediate Lab Skills X Prerequisite - 1 year of work experience in the industry.
The written test will be given first. If the student passes, a demonstration of skills will be conducted. 10-513-183 Manufacturing Practices for Food Industry X Prerequisite - 2 years of work experience in the industry.
10-513-184 HACCP Training X Current HACCP Certificate
10-513-185 Advanced Lab Skills X Prerequisite - 2 years of work experience in the industry.
The written test will be given first. If the student passes, a demonstration of skills will be conducted. 10-513-187 Lab Science Practicum X 10-801-195 Written Communication X College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method.
10-801-197 Technical Reporting X 10-804-107 College Mathematics X CLEP test - College Mathematics
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The ACT program is funded through a TAACCCT Round IV, $19.9 million grant that was awarded by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. This is an equal opportunity program, so auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.