Top 5 reasons to attend ATECH:

Get excited about school.

Have you ever asked "When will I ever use this in real life?" A-Tech students learn practical skills that get applied to real-world situations, such as math skills to determine the proper angle for a specific laser cut or weld, writing skills to prepare a standout cover letter and resume, and science skills to understand the chemistry behind the materials they're working with. Each student's education track is tailored to his or her interests, resulting in more individual attention.

Get a sneak peek.

Learn what a career in manufacturing is really like. You might be surprised! Lots of job opportunities exist that you may not have known about. It's like taking a test drive before you buy.

Get paid to go to school.

Seniors enrolled at ATECH have the opportunity to complete a paid Youth Apprenticeship for school credit.

Earn college credit tuition free.

ATECH students can earn up to one-third of the college credits needed to receive an associate's degree at FVTC (the equivalent of about one year and about $3,000).

Gain advantage over other applicants entering the workforce.

You'll already have hands-on experience in a variety of trades and skilled labor, making you attractive to potential employers.

A career in advanced manufacturing could be yours sooner than you think!

As baby boomers retire, there will be an increased demand for highly skilled advanced manufacturing talent. Get a jump-start toward a successful and rewarding career. The jobs are there. The pay is good.


Approximately one-quarter of all employment in our region is in manufacturing. (Office of economic advisors/Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development)

About three-quarters of companies expect to have difficulty finding talent. Three out of five hard-to-find workers are in production-related occupations. (Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance 2015 Manufacturing Vitality Index)

In northeast Wisconsin, the average salary for workers with an associate degree or technical training in the manufacturing industry is $68,878. (NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s 2021 Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Vitality Index Study)



Extra-curricular Activities

ATECH students have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities through Appleton West High School. AASD students who transfer in grades 10-12 have the option to participate at the school they attended prior to enrollment at ATECH.

"ATECH jump started me into a co-op, which has allowed me to pursue what I want to do later on in life."

ATECH alum

ATECH Advantage

The ATECH Advantage delivers customized education and specialized training to students through in-depth, hands-on projects, and real-world experience to prepare them for a meaningful technical career.