The Office of Occupational and Academic Excellence serves to help Wisconsin's technical colleges ensure quality educational programming that meets the needs of employers and students in Wisconsin. Education Consultants within this office serve as a resource to the colleges and oversee instructional offerings in:

  • Manufacturing

  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Information Technology, Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communication

  • Architecture and Construction, Apprenticeship

  • Transportation, Marketing

  • Law, Public Safety & Security

  • Fire Service

  • Health Sciences

  • General Education, Business Administration, Finance

  • Hospitality, Human Services, Education

This office is integral in providing occupational and academic expertise in course and program design, career pathway design and program quality. This office works closely with business and industry groups and associations, workforce development, economic development and other educational partners to ensure educational programming at the technical colleges are relevant to the needs of our current and future economy as a state.

The Office of Occupational and Academic Excellence works with college administrators and staff to identify labor market trends and develop instructional programs that respond to the needs of Wisconsin businesses and industries for a highly-skilled workforce.

The office assists each of the 16 Districts in obtaining WTCS Board approval for new instructional programs and course curriculum. It also conducts program audits, assists colleges with program improvement (modification and discontinuance), and oversees the development of System-wide program curricula.

In addition, the office provides System-wide leadership for program articulation, transfer agreements, the Transfer Information System (TIS), EMS testing and firefighter certification. The office administers and supports several federal and state grant programs, including Perkins Core Industry, Developing Markets, Apprenticeship grants.

The Office of Occupational & Academic Excellence reports to the WTCS Provost and Vice President.