Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Work your way up the career ladder and earn while you learn!

Many working-age adults need skills that will help get them a better-paying job. Pathways can get you started with a short-term certificate that will get you the basic skills you need. From there, you can “ladder” into the next educational level. Ultimately, you can earn an associate’s degree or technical diploma.

You may even be able to get college credit for some of the work skills you already have!

Check out the links below to two of Western’s newest career pathways, developed for some of the state’s high-demand occupations:

Sales Management Pathway

Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technician Pathway

Advance Wisconsin

These career pathways are part of the Advance Wisconsin initiative, which unites Wisconsin technical colleges who received awards Advance Wisconsin underthe Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants. Funds from the U.S.Department of Labor help colleges transform their training.

Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges received multiple TAACCCT grant awards totaling $23.1 million in 2013 with the goal of assisting TAA-eligible workers, Veterans, and other adults in obtaining education and joining the workforce.

For more information on Advance Wisconsin, visit