Lifelong Learning - Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up a schedule?

You may pick up a schedule from any Western Technical College campus location, e-mail your address to us and a copy will be mailed to you, and/or click on any of the course categories on our home page for current semester information.

What is a non-credit or non-degree course?

A non-degree or non-credit course is a class you would take for professional or personal enrichment, personal development or for informational purposes. Non-degree or non-credit also means that these classes will not transfer and do not have credit value for any technical diploma, two-year or four-year degree at Western or other degree institutions.

When do classes start?

Fall courses are in session September through December. Most spring non-degree courses run late January through May. Summer classes are held June through August.

Senior Citizen Fee

To qualify for the senior citizen fee, you must be 62 years of age or older by the end of the term in which your class is in session.

Students Under Age 16

1989 Wisconsin Act 24 allows Western to enroll persons age 16 or under in classes. The law provides that persons under age 16 must meet regular admission criteria, provide written permission of parent or guardian, and not attend classes during the normal school day.

Students Under Age 18

A person under age 18 must provide written permission from their parent or guardian to attend classes and also sign a commitment to pay for these classes.

Books And Supplies

For certain classes, students are expected to purchase textbooks, and for some classes, other supplies as needed. All textbooks and some supplies are available at the Western Bookstore (Campus Shop), along with a wide selection of Western sportswear and gear. The cost of books and supplies are not included in course fees. For more information, check out the campus shop website. Textbook buyback is available through the Campus Shop and is usually held at the end of the spring and fall semesters. Please check the Campus Shop website for additional information.

Building Codes-LaCrosse Campus

A=Administrative Center, 111 Seventh Street N
B=Business Education Center, 405 Eighth Street N
C=Coleman Center, 304 Sixth Street N
D=Diesel Shop, 2719 Larson Street
H=Health Science Center, 1300 Badger Street
K=Kumm Center, 400 Sixth Street N
L=Lunda Center, 319 7th Street
R=Welcome Center, 400 Seventh Street N
T=Applied Technology Center, 325 Eighth Street N
ATC=Automotive Technical Center, 2721 Larson Street

Cancelled Classes

Western Technical College will make every effort to inform students when classes must be cancelled. It is important that student telephone numbers are kept up-to-date in the Registrar's Office. Students will be asked at the first class meeting to provide daytime contact information for last minute class changes. You can also check the web at for campus closing information.

Disability Services

Western provides support services for students with documented disabilities. Classroom accommodations are based on individual needs and instructors will be notified of your request for accommodations. To request disability support services, call Disability Services at 608.785.9875 or 608.785.9551 V/TTY.


Free parking is available in any lot during the summer months, unless otherwise posted.

Parking permits are not required for evening or weekend classes. During the school year a parking permit is required to park in all La Crosse campus lots until 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 12:00 noon on Friday except Parking Lot B which is available after 1:00 on Fridays. Day-only parking permits are available at a cost of $2.00 per day and can be purchased:

  • in the Student Development Office, Kumm Center, Room 100
  • or by calling 608.785.9445

Purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee you a parking spot.


Payment in full must be received at the time of registration.


Refunds are based on the course beginning date, scheduled length of classes, and the date the class is officially dropped. Refunds are not based on whether or not you attend class. Refunds are available:

  • 100% if the district cancels the class
  • 100% if the student drops the class prior to the first class meeting
  • Partial refund may be available if the student drops the class prior to the second class meeting

Western Technical College does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, lack of English skills, arrest or conviction record, political affiliation, marital status, or other protected categories. In its services, employment programs, and/or its educational programs and activities, including but not limited to, admissions, access and participation. The College attempts to be in compliance with all federal laws, including but not limited to, Title IX & Sections 504. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer at Western Technical College, PO Box C-0908, La Crosse, WI 54602-0908, telephone 608.785.9166. Western provides reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities to access or participate in its programs or activities.