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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.


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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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Paul Reardon

Paul Reardon — passion, artisan craftsmanship, and a good business plan

Blue Steel Bike of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a mobile bike repair shop for most of the year and a custom frame and bike build shop mainly in winter. Paul Reardon, the owner of Blue Steel Bike, is the brains and the talent behind the uniquely positioned and successful operation. Reardon’s motto is, “Our frames are one in a million, not one of a million.” 

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Connecting Students to Jobs

Western’s Grace Janssen has taken plenty of calls over the last few months from area employers. They all have a common theme: 

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Western News

Western To Forgive $740,000 In Student Debt

Western Technical College announced it will forgive nearly $740,000 in student debt for eligible individuals using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Western’s Business and Industry Services to host diversity webinar

Western Technical College’s Business and Industry Services, in partnership with TrustPoint, is hosting a live diversity webinar series in August. The series will be hosted by Terrelle Wilson, a Western adjunct presenter and local business owner who will share his knowledge, experience and unique perspective that encourages open communication about race and diversity within our community.

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.