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Career Services

Blackhawk Technical College takes great pride in offering a wide range of career and professional development services. These services are available to you in the Student Success Center (Room 2200) at our Central Campus as well as other BTC sites. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours available by appointment.

Prospective graduates are encouraged to contact Alicia Acker, Student Engagement Specialist, at (608) 743-4423 or aacker@blackhawk.edu.

Certificate of Professional Development (CPD)

We offer fun, interactive, and FREE training programs that enhance professional development and prepare participants for employment. Trainings are open to all students, alumni, and community members. Participants who complete the full checklist will earn the Certificate of Professional Development.

Program Benefits:

  • Receive specialized training and feedback.
  • Gain experience that can be applied in the workplace.
  • Take charge of professional development and gain more confidence in the job search/application.
  • Students who complete the Certificate of Professional Development will be eligible to apply to the Leaders Excelling Academically and Professionally (LEAP) leadership training program at BTC.

The Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) is self-paced. To begin, simply attend any training offered or contact the Career & Professional Development Office.

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Leaders Excelling Academically and Professionally (LEAP)

Leaders Excelling Academically and Professionally (LEAP) is an exclusive leadership program that any student who completes the Certificate of Professional Development can apply for. Participants in the LEAP Certificate will be part of a small team of student leaders who work together to expand their leadership and soft skills. The group meets monthly to discuss personal leadership traits and how to effectively lead in today’s workforce. 

Career Planning

Not sure what college major to pursue? Have you forgotten what you really wanted to do in your pursuit of education, earning an income and/or raising a family? This can be one of your biggest decisions. An interest assessment can get you started in building a career around what you are meant to do. 

  1. Take a quick 10-minute Interest Questionnaire to match your interest with a Wisconsin Technical College program.
  2. Find out more about the career-description, salary, outlook at My Next Move.
  3. Learn how to become almost anything at becomeopedia.

Would you like more assistance? Please contact Career Services via email with any questions or call (608) 757-6321.

Résumé Writing

A résumé cannot get you a job, but it can get you an interview. An effective résumé describes your education and experience in relation to the job you are applying for. You will often make your first impression on employers through your writing, and those impressions should be outstanding. Your résumé is a written snapshot that clearly supports your career goals. For tips and more information, take a look at our Résumé Handbook.

Do you need help? Let us help you get started or add the finishing touches. Simply email us an electronic copy or upload a copy via Blackboard – to the Certificate of Professional Development page.

Send via Email     Upload via Blackboard

Mock Interviews

Our mock interview sessions that allow you to practice your interviewing skills with a staff member prior to going out and interviewing with someone in your career field. Mock interview appointments typically last 15-30 minutes and questions are mostly tailored toward the position you are looking to apply for. Immediately after the interview, we will provide feedback on your communication skills, dress, and more.

Internships

We are here to assist with the internship search process. We can provide resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, internship strategies, networking strategies, and tools to navigate the Wisconsin TechConnect website.

Why should I do an internship?

  • Gain practical experience
  • Solidify career choices
  • Apply classroom learning to the “real” world
  • Build a professional network
  • Get your foot in the door at an organization

How do I get started?

Interested students should contact Alicia Acker, Student Engagement Specialist, at (608) 743-4423 or aacker@blackhawk.edu

Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a campus-based program that is administered directly by the college’s Financial Aid Office. This program allows you to take advantage of on-campus work opportunities based on the amount of financial aid you receive, availability of college funds and available work opportunities. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible to participate.

To view available work-study opportunities on-campus, visit the TechConnect website.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Resume Writing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Planning
  • Internship Preparation
  • Job Search Process

These are just some of the many career services we provide. Please contact us via email or (608) 757-6321 during business hours.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours available by appointment. Our office remains open during the spring and summer breaks.

It’s easy! Just contact Career Services via email or (608) 757-6321 during business hours. To help us prepare for your visit, we’ll need some basic information including your BTC program and what assistance you need (i.e. making a career decision, resume critique, job search).

Appointments are usually scheduled for either 30 or 60 minutes depending on the type of assistance you need.

We collaborate with our Workforce Development Department to pursue new employment opportunities for students and graduates, working with them throughout college and beyond. Students have also found full-time or part-time opportunities by checking out the job listings posted around the Central Campus or by viewing the Wisconsin TechConnect website.

Wisconsin TechConnect

Employers look for students who are highly motivated, able to communicate clearly and concisely and can demonstrate skills in leadership and teamwork. Employers also consider a candidate's academic background, appearance, comfort level with the interview process, and their initiative.

 

Student Employment Resources

Search for local and statewide job opportunities by visiting Wisc.Jobs.

Search for jobs, research salaries, and look at trends on Indeed.

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Student Employment

Visit the Wisconsin TechConnect site and register to view job postings online and upload your resume for employers to view! 

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