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Western Technical College

Western Technical College rests between the Mississippi River and the majestic bluffs of the Driftless Region in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In addition to the main campus, Western has five regional locations in western Wisconsin: Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua. Our Public Safety programs meet at the state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Facility in Sparta. Western offers associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates and a variety of university transfer options.

Graduates

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94%

of graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation

Students

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100+

academic programs to choose from and plenty of transfer opportunities

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Admissions Requirements

Start your admission to Western Technical College with a few simple steps. Contact the admissions representatives at the college with any questions and for assistance along the way.

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Icon Small–Checklist Aleks Math (for some electronics programs) or COMPASS
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Western Experience

Get Career Ready!

All programs provide hands-on classroom experience—whether it’s doing lab work, exploring green technologies, or creating a business plan. We also have a new state-of-the-art Apprenticeship Facility.

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Join a Team!

Western’s athletics are known as the Cavaliers. Varsity athletics include men’s basketball and baseball and women’s basketball and volleyball.

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Make an Impact!

Western is committed to community engagement. Our community-based collaborations strengthen learning experiences while producing civic-minded graduates.

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Western Technical College

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400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54602-0908

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Workforce Solutions

Western instructors and staff partner with western Wisconsin business and industry to serve workforce development needs. We provide skill-building and certification opportunities, safety training, leadership and strategy consultation, professional development, and community service and engagement programs. These partnerships also create curriculum, coordinate jobsite and service-learning opportunities, bring in speakers and conferences—all aimed at developing a highly-skilled workforce prepared for the challenges of today and the future. For more go to www.westerntc.edu/business-community

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Western Graduate Travels to the Pandemic Epicenter

Originally from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Jacob Stodola has since made La Crosse his home. Stodola attended Western and graduated with a Nursing degree in 2018 and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2020—an exciting time to be a healthcare worker! Immediately after school, he secured an impressive job at Gundersen Healthcare System.

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Western, Sleepy Hollow Join Forces to Spark Interest

Spanky Felton has seen his fair share of changes to the auto industry. As the longtime owner of Sleepy Hollow Auto Group in Viroqua, he’s seen the workforce shrink as birthrates decline and more students are guided towards a four-year college experience. This phenomenon hits particularly hard with his automotive technicians.

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Western News

Western’s Cavalier Cupboard received more donations in pandemic year

A new report from Western Technical College’s Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Department shows that use of Western’s on-campus food pantry, the Cavalier Cupboard, declined during the 2020-21 academic year but still served hundreds of students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Western to offer 3D design and prototyping certificate in Tomah

Western Technical College is adding a new program to its offerings in Tomah. Western will offer a 3D design and prototyping certificate this spring at its Tomah campus, 120 East Milwaukee St.

Graduating high school and college at the same time

Jenessa Perry is a graduating senior at Independence High School. Like the rest of her classmates, she balances athletics and academics while enjoying the last few months of high school. Unlike her classmates, however, she’s also enjoying the last few months before graduating from Western Technical College with an associate degree in business management.