Western Technical College
|Type||State Technical College|
|Students||8,000 program students and 16,600 continuing ed|
400 Seventh Street North,
La Crosse, WI 54601
|Colors||Black & Red|
|Affiliations||National Junior College Athletic Association|
Western Technical College (or Western) is a two-year vocational-technical school based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A member of the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Western Technical College District serves 11 counties and enrolls over 5,000 students. Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1912, the school was previously known as Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC), but "Wisconsin" was dropped on March 29, 2006. Western received voter approval for facilities improvement via referenda in 1992 ($8.9 million), 1996 ($3.65 million), and 2012 ($79.8 million).
- 1912-17: La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools
- 1917-63: La Crosse Vocational School
- 1963-65: Coleman Vocational and Adult Schools
- 1965-68: Coleman Technical Institute
- 1968-87: Western Wisconsin Technical Institute
- 1987-2006: Western Wisconsin Technical College
- 2006–present: Western Technical College
Other locations where classes are offered include:
Western Technical College offers more than 65 degree programs,[contradictory] Lifelong Learning courses, GED/HSED classes, English Language Learners programming, and apprenticeship training in six campus locations in western Wisconsin. The college's main campus is in downtown La Crosse.
Western Technical College offers 43 programs of study[contradictory] including the Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science in Liberal Arts as well as technical diplomas and certificates. Western also has agreements with four-year colleges that allow students to transfer in with junior standing. As of 2006, these colleges were:
- Capella University
- Franklin University
- Marian University
- Milwaukee School of Engineering
- University of Minnesota Crookston
- University of Wisconsin–Stout
- Upper Iowa University
- Viterbo University
Western Technical College's sports teams are called the Cavaliers, who play in red and white colors. The school began athletics in 1967.
In 2017, Western Technical College was ranked #20 in the country among community colleges by WalletHub.
- District Board of Directors. Western Technical College.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "News". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2006-03-30.
- Transforming tech school; La Crosse Tribune; February 11, 2007; Schott, Kate; Retrieved October 2, 2007
- Regional Locations. Western Technical College.
- Athletics. Western Technical College.
- Bernardo, Richie. "2017's Best & Worst Community Colleges".
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