The Janesville and Milton School Districts provide elementary and secondary education to area students. The public education system is large enough to provide students with access to higher level college prep courses as well as many other educational opportunities that smaller school systems do not have. Current education initiatives include school-to-work programs to increase student achievement and help prepare students for today's rapidly changing workplace. In partnership with local businesses, the Janesville School District is creating an environment that encourages students to learn the importance of work ethic and personal responsibility, the connection between what is learned in school and how that knowledge is applied in the workplace, and about potential career opportunities. Craig, Parker and Milton high schools have consistently experienced graduation rates above the state average according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. To see how Janesville schools compare with other districts in the state, visit WISEdash. Note: For several years Wisconsin has ranked third nationally in high school graduation rates.
Technical College Education
Wisconsin pioneered the development of vocational, technical, and adult education with the founding of Wisconsin's technical college system in 1911. Eighty percent (80%) of the jobs today will require post-secondary technical training. Employers need workers with strong technical skills and the reading, writing, and mathematical ability to continue to learn throughout their careers. Wisconsin's technical colleges provide both.
Blackhawk Technical College provides technical training to Janesville area workers and designs customized training programs for area employers. Customized training programs can be delivered in class or in plant, and can be timed to meet the shift schedules of employers with second and third shift workers. BTC staff have direct experience with a variety of state and federal training programs, and can assist local employers with applications for training assistance. In 2010-2011, associate degree graduates employed in entry-level positions earned an average wage of $17.29. During 2010-2011, 7,515 students were enrolled in credit and basic skills courses while 4,391 were enrolled in adult non-credit courses for a total of 11,906 students.
University of Wisconsin System
Janesville is within commuting distance of three University of Wisconsin system campuses. Within the City, the University of Wisconsin-Rock County is a two year campus providing freshman and sophomore level classes in a variety of academic fields. Students can transfer directly to other four year campuses within the University of Wisconsin system to complete their degree programs.
One hour north of Janesville is the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. This world class university offers a full range of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. In terms of total research activity -- funding, number of scientists, capital expenditures, and library facilities -- the UW - Madison is second only to Harvard University.