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Western’s Respiratory Therapist Program Honored

Western Technical College’s Respiratory Therapist program was recently honored with a Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success award earlier this month by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Programs are awarded using specific requirements, including: having three or more years of outcomes data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90% […]

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A New Normal

Western Technical College’s Electromechanical Technology program is highly developed for the manufacturing world. Students learn about systems that integrate with computers, hydraulics, and mechanical control systems. It’s a mix of both theory and hands-on work, and prepares students with a skillset in an increasingly technological field. But a few weeks ago, everything changed.  Since the […]

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Western’s Brent Thill Named National Coach-Of-The-Year

Western’s women’s basketball head coach Brent Thill was named National Coach-of-the-Year this week by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The first year coach led the Cavaliers to their first national championship in school history by defeating conference rival Northland 69-60 in the NJCAA Division III National Championship last month in Rockford, Ill. This […]

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Western, UW-Madison Sign Transfer Agreement

Officials with UW-Madison and Western Technical College have formally announced a new transfer agreement for students who enroll in Western’s Associate of Science-Liberal Arts (ASLA) program. Students enrolled in Western’s ASLA program can now transfer a minimum of 54 transferable credits to UW-Madison within three academic years at Western. To complete the transfer, students must […]

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Staff Profile: James Bushman

Today’s staff profile highlights James Bushman! -What do you do on campus? I’m an instructor for Digital Media Production. -Where is your favorite place at Western? I love the green roof in the ITC building. It’s a great place to escape, yet still be on campus. -What are your hobbies? Games! Board games, video games, […]

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Basketball Season Recap

With the MCAC regular season complete, let’s do a short recap on Western’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The men’s squad finished with a 2-12 record in conference and 7-19 overall. Mahlik Lindsey led the team overall with 15.9 points per game this season. Highlights include victories over Itasca CC, Rochester CTC, and Minnesota West. […]

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Western Hosts Construction And Apprenticeship Career Fair

Western Technical College and various local employers teamed up to host a Construction and Apprenticeship Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Lunda Center. Nineteen employers, including Brickl Bros, Schneider Heating & Air Conditioning, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 14) were on hand to speak with students about construction and apprenticeship […]

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Athletics Update: 1-28

Western’s basketball teams are in the midst of conference action this week, let’s catch up on the latest scores. On the women’s side, the Cavaliers defeated Minnesota West last Saturday at home. No other stats were provided at this time. The Cavaliers are now 15-4 overall and 4-0 in conference, sitting in first place. On […]

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Western’s Lindsey Murphy Named Conference Player Of The Week

Western women’s basketball player Lindsey Murphy, from Necedah, was named Southern Division Player of the Week by the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC). Murphy scored 38 points in victories against St. Cloud Technical CC and Ridgewater last week. In addition, Murphy earned five steals, eight assists, and seven rebounds during that stretch. Murphy is averaging […]

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Staff Profile: Wendy Brownell

We have another staff profile! Here, we feature Wendy Brownell. -What do you do on campus? Administrative Assistant Integrated Technology Division -Where is your favorite place at Western? My favorite place at Western is walking through the hallways of the buildings. I like to observe from a distance the makings of what Western has to […]

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Athletics Update: 1-16

Western’s basketball teams had key conference match ups at home on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The men’s squad lost to St. Cloud Technical CC 88-71. It was a three point game at the half, but the Cyclones outscored the Cavaliers 47-33 in the second half. Leading the Cavaliers Brian Huneck with 24 points. Mahlik Lindsey also […]

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Staff Profile: Linda Duffy

We are continuing our popular staff profile series with a look at Linda Duffy! -What do you do on campus? I am an instructor in the Communication Skills Department, teaching classes in the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts (ASLA) program. Additionally, I coordinate Western’s study abroad options and serve as the advisor for Phi […]

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Westerns Hosts Wisconsin Challenge Academy For Portfolio Reviews

Staff from Western Technical College reviewed portfolios of cadets from Wisconsin’s Challenge Academy at Western on Friday, Nov. 22. Cadets were assessed on whether they meet the course competencies for Western’s Professionalism and Success course. If they demonstrated their knowledge, cadets were granted three college credits. Western staff will conducted campus tours throughout the day. […]

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Western Hosts Reality Event

Western Technical College hosted a reality event on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Students participated in a simulation to budget a month’s worth of expenses based on a students’ intended job. Each student visited 26 booths making decisions on how they would purchase necessities while staying within budget. By all accounts, the students felt the event was […]

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The Warming Tree

Western Technical College will be accepting clothing donations for the winter season. Staff, faculty, and community members are encouraged to donate new/like new items, including hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks. Receptacles are located in division offices. Students are encouraged to stop at the Learning Commons to select from these items free of charge beginning […]

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Western Celebrates Manufacturing Month

Western Technical College celebrated Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin with two special events on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Western’s Business and Industry Services hosted a manufacturing luncheon from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The event highlighted partnerships between local school districts and businesses, as well as showcased various student projects from the area. Tours of Western’s Integrated Technology Center […]

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Western Hosts IFeed Food Drive

Western Technical College hosted an iFeed food drive on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Community members were invited to provide monetary or non-perishable food donations for La Crosse’s annual iFeed event, where area high school students collect food donations for local food pantries as well as pack 75,000 dried meals to a country where children are hungry. […]

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Western Wins Economic Development Award

Western Technical College was the recipient of the Talent Development award last week by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) for its housing replacement program with the City of La Crosse and Central High School. The Talent Development award honors initiatives or programs that have driven successful talent development efforts to strengthen the Wisconsin workforce. […]

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Western’s Cavalier Cupboard Moves Location, Expands Hours

Western Technical College’s campus food pantry, the Cavalier Cupboard, has recently moved locations on campus and expanded its hours to meet growing demand. The Cupboard, which was previously located in Western’s Integrated Technology Center, is now located in room 213 inside Western’s Learning Commons on the second floor of the newly remodeled Student Success Center, […]

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Athletics Update: 9-10

Western’s volleyball team is off and running to begin the season. The Cavaliers defeated Century College 3-1 on Friday, August 30. Tianna Sackett and Tia DeJong led the team with six kills each. Lexi Schmidtknecht led all players with 12 digs. Western then lost to Rochester CTC 3-0 (16-25, 10-25, 5-25) on Wednesday, September 4. […]

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Tomah Campus Update

As the fall term begins, we want students to be aware of temporary parking changes at Western’s Tomah location. The City of Tomah is undergoing a construction project near Western’s Tomah location, which has caused nearby streets and/or alleys to be closed. Please follow the parking banners to enter and exit the parking lot and […]

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Western Hosts Move-In Day

Western students were busy moving into their new digs on campus on Sunday, September 1. Students moved into Western’s Residence Hall throughout the day. The hall houses 200 students in 50 four-person suites. A new automated process helped move students and families more quickly this year. Overall, students and staff were excited for the new […]

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New Report Shows $1.6 Million In Transcripted Credit Savings For Western District

A new report from Western Technical College’s K-12 Relations department showed Transcripted Credit saved local students roughly $1.6 million throughout 2018-19, a jump of nearly $600,000 from the year prior. The latest report showed the amount of unduplicated students served from Transcripted Credit rose from 2,357 in 2017-18, to 3,369 in 2018-19. In total, area […]

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Sustainability Institute Announces Rebranding Of MPower Business Champions Program

The Sustainability Institute announced today the rebranding of its MPower Business Champions program to SUSTAIN: La Crosse, to better reflect evolving needs in the 7 Rivers Region. SUSTAIN: La Crosse is designed to provide businesses and other organizations in our region with inspiration, tools, and networking in order to better implement sustainability initiatives. SUSTAIN: La […]

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Western, UW-La Crosse Sign Transfer Agreement

Officials with Western Technical College and UW-La Crosse have formally announced a new Business Pathway transfer agreement for students in Western’s Associate of Science-Liberal Arts (ASLA) program beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Students enrolled in Western’s ASLA program can now earn 58-59 credits that will transfer into UW-La Crosse’s College of Business Administration, providing […]

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New Parking Procedures

This summer, the City of La Crosse implemented pay-by-phone parking on several streets surrounding Western. With this program, anyone planning to park on these streets pays $1 per hour using a smartphone app with a limit of four hours parking in each block. We have heard from several of our students regarding your frustration with […]

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Student Profile: Tara Kelly

After a long gap, we have another student profile! Today, we feature Tara Kelly. -What is your program, and where did you go to high school? My program is IT-Web and Software Development. I went to La Crosse Center High School, class of 2004. -Favorite instructor? I have liked all my instructors at Western for different […]

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Western Hosts Bionics Activity Day

Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse and the Good Fight Community Center participated in a Bionics Activity Day on Tuesday, July 9. During the event, students constructed Bionics4Education kits, building various machines that mimic animal functions, including a swimming fish, an elephant trunk, and a chameleon tongue. In the afternoon, […]

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Chinese Delegation Visits Western

A delegation from Harbin University in China will be visited Western Technical College on Wednesday, July 3. The university is located in the Heilongjiang province of China, which is a sister state to Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university to increase collaboration between the two […]

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Western Hosts Veterans Conference

The Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (WACRAO) hosted the 2019 Veterans Conference at Western on June 25 and 26. The conference included presentations on Veterans Affairs education resources, information on credit for prior learning, and veterans’ educational benefits. Thank you to everyone who attended!

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Western’s Juan Jimenez Recognized For Work

Western Technical College’s Juan Jimenez was recently recognized for his work in reviewing the third edition of Course-Based Learning Assistance Best Practice Guidelines, literature used by the National Organization for Student Success as the standards for accreditation of peer learning programs by colleges and universities around the country. Jimenez is currently the associate dean for […]

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Western to have adjusted business hours

Western Technical College will have adjusted business hours for the Fourth of July holiday. Western’s Campus Shop will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Student services, including Admissions, Cashier’s Office, and Financial Aid will also be closing at 4:00 p.m. that same day. All Western regional locations will be closing that evening […]

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Western Scholarship Honoring Jennifer Brave Now Fully Endowed

The Western Technical College Foundation recently announced that a recent scholarship, the Jennifer Brave Endowed Scholarship, has met its fundraising goal and is now fully endowed. Jennifer’s scholarship is everlasting and supports Western students in need at our regional location centers. This school year, a very lucky student will receive Jennifer’s scholarship in the amount of […]

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Western Hosts Challenge Academy Portfolio Review

Staff from Western Technical College reviewed the portfolios of cadets from Wisconsin’s Challenge Academy at Western on Tuesday, June 11. Cadets were assessed on whether they meet the course competencies for Western’s Professionalism and Success course. If they demonstrated their knowledge, cadets were granted three college credits. Western staff also conducted campus tours throughout the […]

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Western Athletes Receive Recognition

Several Western Technical College student athletes have earned all-academic honors with the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) for the 2018-19 year. Women’s Basketball: Lexy Schroeder, IT–Web and Software Developer student from CashtonLindsey Murphy, Nursing student from NecedahKrysten Lawver, Nursing student from KendallRylee Gabel, Associate of Science-Liberal Arts student from Fountain CityMakenna Gabel, Occupational Therapy Assistant […]

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Street Parking Updates

A number of changes to parking around Western’s La Crosse campus have been made this week. The City of La Crosse voted last September to implement a pilot, pay-by-phone parking program along several streets near Western’s La Crosse campus, as well as several streets around UW-La Crosse. Crews with the City have now installed signs […]

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Western Hosts GED/HSED Graduation

Approximately 170 students in the Goal Oriented Adult Learning (GOAL) program at Western Technical College were honored at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16. Participating graduates included those from the following programs of instruction: High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), General Education Development (GED), Adult High School, and Alternative High School. The graduation ceremony featured […]

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High School Students Complete First EMT Academy In Independence

High school students from Arcadia, Blair-Taylor, Independence, and Osseo-Fairchild completed the first EMT academy held at Western Technical College’s Independence location earlier this month. Upon successful completion of the program, students earned the Emergency Medical Technician – Basic technical diploma. The following students completed the academy: Arcadia High School: Jaylen Glenzinski, Charlie Halvorsen, Brooke Pronschinske […]

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Athletics Update: 4-29

Western’s baseball season continues in full swing, despite some winter weather last weekend. The Cavaliers split a pair of games at Rochester CTC on Friday, April 26. Western won game one 8-6 in eight innings. They lost the second game 5-4. No stats were provided. Western also split a series at Anoka-Ramsey CC on Sunday, […]

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Western Students Receive President’s Writing Award

Several students from Western Technical College were recipients of the President’s Writing Award this year.                 Recipients of this award include:                 Lindsay Kronebusch, of Dakota, MN, first place Creative Nonfiction and first place Research and Analytical                 Matthew David Hall, of Westby, first place 55-Word Narrative                 Zachary Lipecki, of Burlington, first place Fiction […]

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Athletics Update: 4-22

Western’s baseball squad had a busy weekend with two doubleheaders at home. The Cavaliers lost both games to Anoka-Ramsey CC on Friday, April 19. The scores were 7-4, 5-4. No stats were provided for Western’s players. Western also lost both games to Riverland CC on Saturday, April 20. The scores were 3-2, 12-4. No stats […]

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Another Successful Graduation In The Books!

The weather was perfect for this year’s graduation ceremony, honoring 1,309 graduates from throughout Western’s district last Saturday at the La Crosse Center. Of the graduates, 626 received associate’s degrees, 661 received technical diplomas, and 22 students have completed apprenticeships. In addition, students from 32 certificate programs completed their studies during the 2018-19 academic year. […]

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Western Hosts Annual Plant Sale

Western Technical College’s Landscape Horticulture Club students hosted their annual spring plant sale on Wednesday, April 17. Students sold house plants, vegetables, and flowering annuals and perennials. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Horticulture Club’s activities and events. The club also offered a free house plant if shoppers brought a non-perishable food item […]

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Sustain-a-palooza A Success Despite Snow

The snow didn’t stop Western Technical College students from hosting the Sustain-a-palooza event on Wednesday, April 10. The event was a collaboration with students from Western’s Landscape Horticulture, Early Childhood Education, Computer Support Specialist and Business Management programs. In addition, Hillview Urban Agriculture, YWCA, and Western’s own Sustainability department assisted with the event as well. […]

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Western’s Deb Klug Honored

Anyone around Western Technical College knows something about Deb Klug. As an employee of Western for 42 years, including over 30-plus years as an instructor in the Culinary Management program, she has inspired thousands of young chefs in the area with her compassion, intellect, and creativity in the classroom, as well as the kitchen. “I’ve […]

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Western Staff, Students Help Prepare La Crosse For Robotics Competition

Students and staff from several Western Technical College programs help prepare the La Crosse Center for the FIRST Seven Rivers Robotics Regional this weekend. Students from Art Karbowski’s welding class, along with Brian Marx, Ron Petersen, and Randy Christensen, helped create several field pieces for the annual competition. Every year, students from several high schools […]

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Western’s Amy Thornton Wins International Award

Western Technical College’s Amy Thornton was the recipient of the 2019 Exemplary Leadership Award last month by The Chair Academy, a development organization for higher education and global organizational leaders. The award recognizes achievements that advance academic and administrative leadership in higher education. Thornton’s career at Western spans over twenty years. As Marketing and Communications […]

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Athletics Update: 4-2

After a historic winter sports season at Western, attention now turns to spring baseball! The Cavaliers have been off to a slow start, going 0-8 on road trips to Oklahoma and Missouri. Last week, Western played two doubleheaders with Milwaukee Area Technical College. Despite losing their first game, the Cavaliers won the second game 8-7 […]

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Staff Profile: Brian Marx

-What do you do on campus? I am an instructor for the Precision Machining and Programming program. We work with manual and computerized mills, lathes, and surface grinders to produce accurate work pieces made primarily of metal. -Where is your favorite place at Western? My favorite place here at the college is the CNC shop. […]

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Western Announces New Student Ambassador

Evan Whalen, of New Albin, Iowa, has been selected as the 2019-20 Western Technical College Student Ambassador, an official spokesperson for Western and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). As Student Ambassador, Whalen will have opportunities to speak to potential students, community leaders, community groups, and others, and will spotlight the important role of technical […]

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Western Students Win Respiratory Therapy Award

Western Technical College Respiratory Therapist students Benton Krupicka, Talman Wiles, Marissa Holzer and Lucas Massman recently won the 2019 Top RT Challenge earlier this month at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The three-day competition involved healthcare simulations designed to test the team’s teamwork, knowledge, dexterity, and creativity in a high stress environment. Teams were […]

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Western Hosts Poverty Simulation

Western students from the Early Childhood Education, Foundations of Teacher Education, Medical Assistant, Human Services, and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs participated in the Great Rivers United Way’s hunger simulation on Monday, March 11. Participants were randomly assigned an identity within a family facing a unique set of challenges. The goal of the program was to […]

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Dental Assistant Week At Western

Western is excited to celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week once again this year, an opportunity to spotlight Western’s DA program and its outstanding graduates. To learn more, visithttps://www.westerntc.edu/dental-assistant. To mark this week, we have several alumni spotlights for you! Today, we feature Mandy Alverson! -Where are you currently working? I currently work at Coulee Region Implant […]

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Suits For Success A Hit At Western

Western Technical College Business Management hosted Suits for Success, an event that offers free, gently used professional clothing, on Wednesday, March 6. The event, which was open to the public, offered new or gently used professional clothing, including suits, blouses, sweaters, dresses, and dress shoes. There was also be a tie tying demonstration and an […]

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Student Profile: Seychelle Sprain

For today’s staff profile, we feature Seychelle Sprain! -What is your program? IT-Computer Support Specialist -Who has been your favorite instructor at Western? Only one instructor? How about two! Cindy Prindle and Ann Brice. -What do you like about Western? I enjoy the positive environment and the flexible scheduling to accommodate my full-time work schedule. […]

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Western Hosts Tax Assistance Event

Sponsored by Marine Credit Union Foundation and with collaboration from Great Rivers United Way, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of La Crosse, and UW-La Crosse’s It Make$ Cents program, Western Technical College hosted a free tax assistance event for individuals and married couples making less than $66,000 in 2018 on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tax assistance was […]

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Western Women’s Basketball Capture Top Seed For Conference Tournament

Western’s women’s basketball team continues a fantastic season. With Saturday’s 59-53 victory over Minnesota State-Fergus Falls, the Cavaliers have captured the top seed in the MCAC South Division, and hosting the conference tournament this weekend. Western will be the one seed, playing Rochester Community and Technical College this Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m. The […]

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Athletics Update: 2-21

Western’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are nearing the end of their seasons. Both teams looking to finish strong. The women’s team won a key game against Anoka-Ramsey last Saturday, Feb. 16. Lexi Schmidtknecht led the team off the bench with 15 points. Kerrigan Lyga and Casey Moger led the team with seven rebounds each. […]

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Western Hosts Construction And Apprenticeships Career Fair

Western Technical College and various local employers hosted a Construction and Apprenticeships Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Lunda Center. Twenty employers, including JF Brennan, Tradesmen International, and Mathy Construction, were on hand to speak with students about construction and apprenticeship opportunities. In addition, interested individuals were able to connect with local unions […]

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Athletics Update 2-13

We apologize for not providing an athletics update in a while. It’s been a fantastic season for both of our basketball teams! The women’s team have been dominant all season. Last Saturday, the Cavaliers defeated Rochester CTC 76-58. Kerrigan Lyga provided 20 points, while Krysten Lawver provided 10 points and eight rebounds. The women’s squad […]

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Western Student Project On Display In Capitol Rotunda

Western Technical College is sending students from the Business Management program to the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as part of a system-wide showcase of service learning. Western students Trenton Anderson, Jade Blackburn, Tyler Kenworthy, and Kerrigan Lyga will present on Suits for Success, an event held by instructor Shannon Corcoran’s Professional Profile Development […]

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Western Receives Nationwide Recognition For Student Success

Western Technical College is among six colleges nationwide being designated a Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of colleges committed to helping students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve goals in academic success. Several academic success rates improved for Western to achieve this honor. Course success rates improved 16 percent […]

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Western Releases Baseball Schedule

Spring is around the corner! Well, maybe. Regardless of the weather outside, it won’t be long before Western’s baseball team will be back in action! Western released their full baseball schedule today. See the link for details. https://www.westerntc.edu/sites/default/files/student-life/documents/BaseballSchedule.pdf The Cavaliers will open the season in Oklahoma this year Feb. 27-March 3. Other non-conference highlights include […]

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Athletics Update: 1-23

Western’s basketball teams were in action over the weekend, both looking to improve upon a winning streak as of late. The women’s team defeated Minnesota West 68-56 on Saturday, Jan. 19. Despite a strong 3rd quarter by Minnesota West, the Cavaliers held on with a strong 16-5 4th quarter. Lexi Schmidtknecht led Western with 11 […]

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Athletics Update: 1-17

Western’s basketball teams are back in action following the holiday break! On the men’s side, the Cavaliers lost to Ridgewater 98-79 on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Jarrell Tarr led Western with 20 points off the bench. Andrew Scott and Brian Huneck led the team with four rebounds each. Western also lost to Riverland CC 99-62 on […]

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Athletics Update: 12-18

Western’s athletic teams were busy in action this past weekend, preparing for the final stretch of 2018.  On the women’s side, the Cavaliers split their weekend slate of games. Western lost to Bay College at the Gogebic Winter Classic Friday afternoon, 43-33. The Cavaliers actually led after the first quarter, but Bay College pulled away […]

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Athletics Update: 12-11

Western Technical College’s basketball teams were in action over the weekend with a string of non conference contests. The women’s team lost a close game to Madison College 64-61 on Dec. 5. Western was down nine at the half, and couldn’t make up for lost ground in the third and fourth quarters. Kerrigan Lyga was […]

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Western’s Coleman Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Western Technical College’s Coleman Center recently achieved gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The building, which was originally built in 1923, was remodeled in 2016. The project highlighted wide-ranging energy efficient building systems, extensive construction activity pollution protection, and alternative transportation for low emission vehicles.In total, Western’s efforts in all of […]

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Western Staff Grant College Credit To Challenge Academy

For the first time, staff from Western Technical College reviewed portfolios of cadets from Wisconsin’s Challenge Academy on Thursday, Dec. 6. Cadets were assessed on whether they meet the course competencies for Western’s Professionalism and Success course. If they demonstrated their knowledge, cadets were granted three college credits. In total, all 88 cadets received college […]

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Western, UW-Stout Sign New Transfer Agreement

Officials with Western Technical College and UW-Stout have formally announced a new transfer agreement for students beginning this fall. The new agreement allows students who completed the Electromechanical Technology and Automation Systems Technology associate degree programs to transfer into UW-Stout’s Engineering Technology-Automation bachelor’s degree. In addition, students in Western’s Mechanical Design Technology program can transfer […]

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Online Learning Tips

To mark National Distance Learning Week, November 9-13, Western is providing students with critical tips to help overcome the challenges of remote learning. When there isn’t a set time that an online class is meeting, it can, unfortunately, be easy to delay the course work. Create a schedule to help management your time and achieve […]

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Honoring The Heroes

Over the last several weeks, Western has been highlighting recent Respiratory Therapist grads on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just a few of those stories. Lauren “The COVID19 pandemic has created a unique opportunity to highlight the value of respiratory therapists, an oftentimes unrecognized field. I am proud of my colleagues, […]

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