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College Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.

Standard Pathway 

The Standard Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. These improvement topics are integrated into comprehensive evaluations conducted during the cycle, as well as through interim monitoring, as required.


Regular Monitoring
Institutions submit an annual Institutional Update, which is reviewed by HLC to monitor organizational health, comply with certain federal requirements and identify any changes that may require HLC follow-up. HLC will also apply change processes as appropriate to planned institutional developments and will monitor institutions through reports, visits, and other means as it deems appropriate.


Year 4: Comprehensive Evaluation
Institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure they are meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement, and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. A Year 4 evaluation may include a determination that interim monitoring is necessary.


Year 10: Comprehensive Evaluation
The second comprehensive evaluation conducted in the Standard Pathway cycle follows the same process as the evaluation conducted in Year 4. The Year 10 evaluation leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation.

Program Accreditation

The HLC does not provide program accreditation. BTC is pleased to maintain its standing with leading accrediting agencies in many of our programs.

BTC Accreditation Calendar

“Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” – US Department of Education

Collegewide Accreditation:
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Accrediting Agency:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year:
Systems Portfolio: 2013-14 Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2011-12

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s):
Institutional Research and Effectiveness Analyst

Next Accreditation or Approval Year:
Systems Portfolio: 2017-18; Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2018-19

Accrediting Agency: National Automotive Technicians’ Education Foundation (NATEF); National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2014

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation; Automotive Mechanic Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2019

Accrediting Agency: National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS)<

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation; Machine Shop Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2022

Accrediting Agency: American Culinary Federation

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2013

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Business and General Education; Lead Culinary Arts Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2020

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Dental Accreditation / American Dental Association

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Health Sciences and Public Safety; Lead Dental Assistant Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2024 Self-Study

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2018

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Program Chair, Allied Health

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2028 Self-Study

Accrediting Agency: American Refrigeration Institute/Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2011

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Manufacturing, Apprenticeship, Technology, and Transportation; HVAC/R Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017

Accrediting Agency: Department of Justice

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2019

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Law Enforcement Coordinator

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2021 Audit

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Health Sciences and Public Safety; Program Chair, Allied Health

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2022 Site Visit

Accrediting Agency: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Health Sciences and Public Safety; Lead Clinical Lab Tech Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2027

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2019

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Nursing Program Chair

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: Fall 2027

Accrediting Agency: WI Department of Health Services

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2015

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Health Sciences and Public Safety; Nursing Assistant Instructor

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2017 Site-visit

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2011

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Dean, Health Sciences and Public Safety; Program Chair, Allied Health

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2021

Accrediting Agency: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Last Accreditation or Approval Year: 2019

Person(s) Responsible or Contact Person(s): Radiography Program Director

Next Accreditation or Approval Year: 2027

Professional Licensure Notification

As required by federal statute, Blackhawk Technical College provides the following information for its occupational programs that are designed to lead to a license required for employment in the occupation.

In general, Blackhawk Technical College will not make a determination of licensure eligibility for states from which a small percentage of program students enroll.

Updated March 2021

License: Wisconsin EMT-Intermediate EMT (AEMT) Licensure

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Law Enforcement Officer

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: The Registry Level 12

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Wisconsin EMT Licensure

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Wisconsin Paramedic Licensure

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Driver Operator – Pumper

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Fire Inspector I

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Firefighter I

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Firefighter II

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Wisconsin EMT Licensure

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: WI DPI Paraprofessional

Working in Wisconsin: Meets Hiring Requirements

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Registered Nurse

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Certified Nursing Assistant

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Wisconsin Paramedic Licensure

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Physical Therapist Assistant (through NPTE)

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

License: Class A Commercial Driver's License

Working in Wisconsin: Prepares for WI State Licensure

Working in Other States: Eligibility Not Determined

Distance Education Authorization

BTC is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, which makes academic programs available to students outside of Wisconsin. Visit the Complaint Process page to learn more about filing a distance learning complaint

 
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