Individualized Technical Studies

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Individualized Technical Studies

Associate Degree

61 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Program Overview

Complete a program plan with Northwood Tech Director of Curriculum and Assessment by identifying your own career goals and what you need to get there.

This program is typically designed for students who: have a high school diploma or G.E.D., are currently employed, are able to articulate a specific career objective, would benefit from the combination of associate degree courses from two or more major areas, and are seeking academic credit for work and/or other experience related to a specific career goal.

Program Outcomes

The Individualized Technical Studies program is NOT intended to become a catch-all for students with little or no career focus, nor is it intended to prepare students for occupations that have little or no job market demand. It is also NOT simply an accumulation of credit hours leading to a degree. Finally, this degree program option is NOT designed to give students the opportunity to make minor course changes to current existing programs.

Rather, it is a preplanned program of study.

The technical studies option is typically designed for students who:

  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Are currently employed.
  • Are able to articulate a specific career objective.
  • Would benefit from the combination of associate degree courses from two or more major areas.
  • Are seeking academic credit for work and/or other experience related to a specific career goal.
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Individualized Technical Studies provides you with the flexibility to meet educational goals of new and emerging fields, or it will help you to meet specific employee training needs as new technologies and methods emerge in the business world.

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Tailored to your needs.


Complete 40 credit hours of individual technical studies from any of the departments of Northwood Tech. Twenty of the credits must focus in one discipline and be relevant to your identified career plan.


Make an academic plan to fit your lifestyle. Individualized Technical Studies is a perfect option for those who are already in the work force.

Customize your Future

Create your own career objective to position yourself in new and emerging technologies and occupations.

Mix & Match

Mix and match courses from all departments and disciplines to meet your career goals.

Required Courses

Plan to take 61-70 credit hours to complete your customized academic plan with a minimum of 20 focused on one discipline. A minimum of 25 percent of earned course requirements must be at Northwood Tech.

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Admissions and Tuition

For more information on this program and how to apply, email Ryon List, Director, Curriculum and Assessment, or 715.685.3086.

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2023-24*

Individualized Technical Studies

61 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Individualized Technical Studies Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn an Individualized Technical Studies associate degree. 

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Transfer Center

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Individualized Technical Studies Contact

Ryon List
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Are you ready to experience success? Northwood Tech staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.