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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, and a variety of university transfer options.


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of graduates find employment within 6 months of graduation




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

Set as My College
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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Fighting Our Nation’s Wildfires

Watching the news of the western wildfires in Fall 2020, and thinking about millions of acres of scorched earth and lives lost has been unimaginable to me. Every fire season I think about our Wildland Firefighter graduates who are working so hard to get these fires under control. The son of one of our own staff members has been serving our country in this role recently and I’d like to share a little of his story with you.

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Western News

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.

Western Computer Support Specialist students offer virtual help desk for community

Students at Western Technical College are working to help people during the pandemic. Starting Monday, March 8, Computer Support Specialist students will offer a virtual technology support help desk for the community.

Western takes new approach to mental health

In normal times, mental health and self-care are often overlooked or swept under the rug. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, however, physical and financial hardships have greatly impacted our mental and emotional well-being.