Procedures and Requirements
The student will be introduced to NWTC programs through a presentation done by the NWTC guidance coordinator, the outreach coordinator, or by an individual meeting with the high school guidance counselor, case manager, or NWTC guidance coordinator.
The student will have the opportunity to tour the NWTC at any time or after viewing the NWTC presentation.
The NWTC Program of Studies will be available on the NWTC website: nwtconline.org. Paper copies will be available, by request, in the NWTC office. All programs have admissions prerequisites.
The application must be completed and signed by the student and the parent/guardian, and submitted to the NWTC office or designated area by a preferred deadline of January 15th. Applications submitted after that date will be accepted on a space available basis.
The Tech Center Admissions Committee will review all applications.
Admission to a program will be based on successful completion of the application procedures, academic performance history, attendance history, and discipline records.
An alternate means of assessment may be used to meet a prerequisite. Please see the NWTC Guidance Coordinator if you are interested in pursuing this option.
Some students may be eligible to enter the second year of a program without completing the first. In these cases, the student will be asked to submit proof of competency in the field in question to the NWTC guidance coordinator and/or the program instructor. Students may be granted admission based on the quality of their previous work.
Students and their home school guidance counselors will be notified as soon as possible regarding each student’s official admission to the NWTC. Students who do not meet admission requirements will be sent a letter outlining available options. All accepted students will be placed on a probationary status for ten NWTC school days, beginning with the first day of attendance. This phase will be used for curriculum-based assessment and to determine the appropriateness of placement. Students will automatically be granted full standing after the probationary period unless notified of continued probationary status or withdrawal.
In the first year of the program, priority placement will be given to juniors first, sophomores second, and seniors third. If a program fills, students will be placed on a waiting list and will be accepted on a space available basis prior to the start of the academic school year.
Students must be 16 years old upon admission or have an 11th grade standing. A student who is in the 10th grade may request admission into the Northwest Technical Center if they meet the admission criteria and it is determined that the student has the maturity to successfully participate in the NWTC program.
Ninth through twelfth grade students may enroll in the single block specialty courses. An application is not required. Students enrolling in the course must meet the prerequisite.
Students with special needs, including students on Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and students on 504 plans, are encouraged to apply to the NWTC. For enrollment protocol and information about supports available at the NWTC, please contact the Special Needs Coordinator.
Once a student on an IEP has been accepted at the NWTC, an IEP meeting must be held to determine the appropriateness of technical program placement. If placement is appropriate, accommodations necessary for success in that program will then be determined. The meeting must be held before the student begins classes at the NWTC. Participants in the meeting will include the sending school special educator; NWTC Special Needs Coordinator, program instructor, parent/guardian, student, and others (as deemed necessary by the special educator and the NWTC Special Needs Coordinator.) If a student, parent/guardian, or sending school prefers, this meeting may be held before a student applies to the NWTC to discuss the range of programs and services the NWTC can provide.
If you have questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact either:
Susan Bosland Guidance Coordinator 527-6512
Lynn Bouchard Special Needs Coordinator 527-6515