College Information

College Overview

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) is a true learning community in which students, faculty and staff all contribute to and celebrate the success of others.   At BTC, you’ll be challenged. You’ll be inspired.  And you’ll be proud, because our programs extend beyond the classroom.  We tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better – from alternative energy to the skills gap to helping rebuild southern Wisconsin.  We teach. We explore and we discover.  We collaborate and lead.  We innovate, inspire and empower.  We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs. We’re good at what we do and we’ve been doing it for more than 100 years.

At BTC, we want your degree, certification or program to produce real-world value that matches the skills needed by today’s employers.  We offer more than 75 programs that can lead to an associate degree, technical diploma, certificate or apprenticeship.  In addition, we have an abundance of opportunities for students who wish to pursue non-post-secondary education or community education.  BTC is also major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community. 

BTC has five campus locations in Janesville, Beloit, Milton and Monroe, WI.  Classes are small and friendly, taught by instructors who are at the leading edge of their respective fields.  This unique level of personal interaction and engagement is a signature characteristic of a BTC education.  Using state-of-the-art equipment, our curricula focuses on technical skills in a variety of fields, including business and computers, manufacturing and transportation, health sciences, general education, and public safety.  We also place a high value on building other important life skills such as leadership, communications, team building, problem solving and respect for diversity. Course listing available online at

History and Development

In 1911, six years before the use of federal funds for the promotion of vocational, technical and adult education throughout the nation, Wisconsin set up a special Board of Vocational and Adult Education.

As a result of this law, the cities of Beloit and Janesville took the steps necessary to establish vocational schools in their communities. These two schools have developed to form the nucleus of the present technical college system district which is now Blackhawk Technical College.

In 1965, the State of Wisconsin enacted a law designed to broaden the vocational, technical and adult education opportunities for youth and adults through the inclusion of the entire state into districts by July 1, 1970. The Beloit and Janesville schools, along with the major portions of Rock and Green Counties, were organized into a single system July 1, 1968.

Blackhawk Technical Institute, so named following this reorganizational process, became a reality. In August, 1987, along with the other 15 state technical institutes, Blackhawk Technical Institute became Blackhawk Technical College.

Business Hours
Regular Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  However, hours may vary for an individual department or division or even outreach campuses or centers.  Summer Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If in question, contact the department or campus/center to confirm their hours before your commute to that site.

Sources of Funding
As authorized under 2013 Act 20 (the 2013-15 biennial budget), the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board established a new formula for allocating a portion of general state aid to technical colleges.

2016-17 Outcomes Based Funding Report

Click here to view the entire BTC budget for the current year or to see budgets from recent years.

The Blackhawk Technical College Board actively complies with all state and federal equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, rules, executive orders and policies, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, section 50A of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Acts of 1967 and 1975, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. It is the policy of the Blackhawk District not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, handicap, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, arrest or conviction record, sexual orientation, political affiliation, genetic testing, or membership in the national guard, state defense force or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. The District prohibits discrimination against students in admission and/or participation in services, programs, courses, and facilities usage based upon race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, or parental status. Inquiries regarding equal opportunity may be directed to: Affirmative Action Officer, 6004 S County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, Wisconsin 53547-5009, (608) 758-6900.

Our Mission 

Empower our Students ~ Enrich our Communities

Our Vision
BTC is a valued and integral partner in a prosperous and vital region

Our Guiding Principles

These are the principles that will guide our actions, activities, and decisions as a college:

  • Community-Focus:  We seek to understand and respond to the needs of our district’s students, employers, and citizens.
  • Partnerships:  We make the best use of our resources by working collaboratively with community business, education, economic, and nonprofit partners.
  • Transparent Communication:  We communicate clearly and frequently so that information flows vertically and horizontally through the organization.
  • Accountability:  We accept responsibility for our actions and we follow through on our agreements.
  • Campus Community:  We create an inclusive college community where all students and employees feel welcome and supported in achieving their goals.
  • Interdependence:  We recognize that we are interconnected both within our college and with the communities we serve and consider both intended and unintended consequences of our decisions and actions.
  • Data-Informed Decisions:  We appropriately use both qualitative and quantitative data in making decisions.
  • Forward-Focused:  We are focused on the future and ready to move in new and innovative ways.

BTC Core Abilities

Historically, in many career and technical education programs, the focus has been on technical topics specific to the occupational area. Today’s fast-paced marketplace is demanding more, and "soft skills” are emerging in importance.  In the current global workforce, soft skills are more directly related to professional success than ever before.

The faculty and staff at Blackhawk Technical College have identified seven related topics of soft skills, or "core abilities” that are crucial to success both during school and after graduation. These core abilities, based on input from employers, students, and other members of the community, are skills and competencies that will enable students to be successful in the workplace. These essential skills are taught across programs and departments so that all Blackhawk Technical College students work towards improving and applying these critical soft skills.

In as much as core abilities are important for students, they should also reflect the actions of all College staff.  The College core abilities were originally developed to define the expectations of graduates from all of BTC's programs, serving as a common thread to unify all divisions as well as to contribute to student success.  It is now the expectation that all BTC staff members model these same core abilities to reinforce the importance of soft skills in their workplace.  These core abilities will also be used for faculty and staff goal-setting and to help drive the College's strategic and facilities plans.

Listed below are BTC’s seven college-wide core abilities and their indicators:


1. Communicate Professionally

  • Demonstrate communication standards specific to occupational area
  • Write professionally
  • Speak professionally
  • Interpret professional documents
  • Demonstrate critical listening skills
  • Communicate using professional non-verbal behavior

2. Use Appropriate Technology

  • Select equipment, tools, and resources to produce desired results
  • Demonstrate proper and safe usage of equipment
  • Demonstrate occupational specific computer skills
  • Adapt to new technology
  • Use Security Measures to Protect Confidentiality

3. Work Effectively in Teams

  • Participate in identifying team goals
  • Respect the contributions and perspectives of all members
  • Work with others
  • Complete assigned tasks
  • Motivate team members
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Assess team outcomes

4. Demonstrate Professional Work Behavior

  • Follow policies and procedures
  • Meet attendance expectations
  • Manage time effectively
  • Dress appropriately
  • Accept constructive feedback
  • Take initiative
  • Work productively
  • Be accountable
  • Demonstrate organization/prioritization skills
  • Demonstrate effective customer service skills
  • Transfer learning from one context to another
  • Adapt to change

5. Show Respect for Diversity

  • Interact with diverse groups respectfully
  • Treat everyone without bias
  • Seek information when necessary to interact effectively with others
  • Adapt to diverse situations
  • Demonstrate respect and common courtesy

6. Solve Problems Efficiently

  • Identify a problem to be solved
  • Select an appropriate problem-solving methodology
  • Recognize and gather relevant information
  • Apply mathematical reasoning
  • Utilize appropriate resources
  • Recognize when to change direction if needed
  • Recognize when the process is complete

7. Lead by Example

  • Recognize leadership qualities in others
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical standards of practice
  • Create and share a vision
  • Develop and implement a plan to accomplish a goal
  • Manage conflict, pressure, and change with constructive strategies
  • Be a colleague/peer others can depend on
  • Acquire the knowledge needed for success
  • Bring passion and energy to your work/project
  • Take risks when necessary or appropriate

Civil Rights Legislation
Services, financial aids, and other benefits of Wisconsin Technical College System schools are provided on a non-discriminatory basis as required by Civil Rights legislation.

Individuals applying for or receiving assistance through these schools who believe that there is any discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, pregnancy, or marital status should file a written complaint.

If it is felt that this discrimination is on the part of the Wisconsin Technical College Board, the complaint should be sent to the State Director, Wisconsin Technical College Board, 310 Price Place, P.O. Box 7874, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, (608) 266-1207.

If it is felt that the discrimination is on the part of Blackhawk Technical College, the complaint should be sent to the Affirmative Action Officer, Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, Wisconsin 53547-5009, (608) 757-7773.