Individualized Technical Studies | Western Technical College

Individualized Technical Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring, Summer

The Individualized Technical Studies (ITS) associate degree is a flexible program intended for students with specific career goals that can’t be met by other degree programs at Western. It is a customized program that allows you to draw from a variety of existing courses in traditional disciplines and programs. You are encouraged to explore credit for prior learning (CPL) based on previous work experience, coursework, and military service training. CPL enables you to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

Examples of an ITS degree could be:

  • Childcare Administration: Combining Early Childhood core program classes with Human Services and Business and Management courses
  • Marketing and Design: Pairing courses from Marketing with Art, A/V Technology, and Communications courses
  • Criminal Justice Management: Combining Law, Public Safety, and Security courses with Business, Management, and Administration courses
  • Business Management & Sales: Coupling Business and Management with Administration and Marketing courses
  • Computer Support Manager: Pairing Information Technology courses with Business or Management with Administration courses
Individualized Technical Studies
Estimated Program Costs

The estimated cost for this program is currently unavailable. Please visit the Tuition page for general information about Western tuition and fees.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements

To determine if the ITS program meets your needs, complete the ITS Self-Assessment. Then, contact Tracy Noyes, Adult Learning Specialist/ITS Program to schedule an appointment to review the ITS self-assessment and begin the process of completing the ITS Program Plan. You can reach Tracy by phone at 608-785-9441 or by email at

Additional Information

  • A minimum of 20 Core Credits must be focused in one discipline. A discipline is described as a program cluster:
    • Agriculture, Foods and Natural Resources
    • Architecture and Construction
    • Art, A/V Technology and Communications
    • Business, Management and Administration
    • Education and Training
    • Finance
    • Health Sciences
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Law, Public Safety and Security
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • A minimum of 25% of the total program requirements must be earned at Western Technical College.
  • Time and completion of the ITS program is dependent on course offering options and your individual schedule.
  • The program is intended for currently employed individuals who have specific career objectives not met by Western Technical College’s existing degree programs.
  • The Adult Learning Specialist and an Occupational Advisor are required to assist with the development of the curriculum sequence and guide the student toward their career goals.

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