K-12 Educator Resources | Western Technical College

Educator Resources

Welcome K-12 educators, counselors, and administrators! You will find helpful resources, professional development, and partnership opportunities on this page.

Contact Tyler Ludeking, K-12 Relations Specialist, with questions or for additional information: ludekingt@westerntc.edu or 608-789-6232.

Articulation Agreement Development

Articulation is a method for technical colleges and high schools to partner to provide seamless instruction to high school students, providing them with the opportunity to enroll in and complete associate degree and technical diploma course work while fulfilling high school graduation requirements. There are two different types of agreements: transcripted credit and advanced standing.

Western develops agreements with high school within our district. We will consider articulation with high schools outside our district only if the high school’s local technical college does not offer the curriculum area of interest. Requests are considered with consent from the other technical college. 

Transcripted Credit

Transcripted credit courses are delivered at the high school by a high school teacher. All outcomes, competencies, grading policies, and software (if applicable) for the Western course must be followed. Once the course has been approved, a contract between Western and the high school will be developed. Students must enroll in and successfully complete the course in order to receive credit at Western.

Steps and teacher qualifications for developing a transcripted credit agreement:

  • Identify Western course
  • Must have a current DPI license in the appropriate content area
  • Must hold current licensure required for certification for specific instructional areas
  • Faculty teaching in general studies must hold a minimum of a master’s degree in the discipline, or a master’s degree in a related discipline with at least 18 graduate credits in the discipline
  • Attend a curriculum-specific Transcripted Credit Workshop
  • Complete a Western Certification Application
  • Submit Unofficial Transcripts
  • Transcripted credit certification is not transferable between teachers
  • Attendance at a Transcripted Credit renewal meeting and completion of the continuation form is required for continuation each year

Check out the list of current transcripted credit agreements at your school. 

Request a Visit from Western

We appreciate the extra effort it takes to provide your students with college credit. To recognize your hard work and your students' extra effort, we would like to come into your dual credit class and introduce your students to Western. Click the button below to request a visit from a member of Western's K-12 team.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing courses are taught at the high school by the high school teacher, once the high school course curriculum and Western course curriculum alignment is approved. Notification of agreement renewal will take place in the fall with a rotating schedule.

Check out the list of current transcripted credit agreements at your school.

High School Academies

High school academies create partnerships between Western and area high schools to provide opportunities for students to get exposure to career options and receive college credit for rigorous coursework. Academies are designed to meet high school needs through strategic course offerings, recognized industry credentials, embedded technical diplomas, or when possible, up to a full term of Western program courses. Content for high school academies is driven by school district interest and often connects with business and community needs.

Current Academy

Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) develops individuals at every stage of their academic and work careers into experts and entrepreneurs who make an immediate, local economic impact.

The 16 technical colleges in the System serve every community in Wisconsin, large or small, urban or rural. 

Learn more about the WTCS and 16 technical colleges.