News Release

Published on Thursday, November 15, 2007

LA CROSSE, Wis. –Western Technical College will be holding several hands-on interactive sessions for women interested in non-traditional occupations on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The “Think You Can’t? You Can!” event will be held at Western’s La Crosse and Sparta Campuses.

The event is designed to expose women to a variety of career areas they may not have considered. “These are careers where the salaries are very good and there’s a demand for employees,” says Pat Brice, co-coordinator of the event and an instructor in the Machine Tool Technology program. “We want women to know that these are viable careers for them and give them a chance to see for themselves the type of work they’d be doing on a daily basis.”

Five sessions will be offered in the following career areas: EMT/Paramedic, Friday, November 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., La Crosse Campus; Mechanical Design Technology, Saturday, December 1, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., La Crosse Campus; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Saturday, December 1, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., La Crosse Campus; Machine Tool Technology, Saturday, December 1, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., La Crosse Campus; Fire Protection Technician/Firefighter, Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sparta Campus.

During the sessions, participants will experience what it’s like to work in these professions. Activities will include: Experiencing a day in the life of an EMT and finding out how you can ride along with an ambulance team, designing a part using a CAD system and creating a prototype of the part, participating in crime scene investigations, creating a design using CAM software on the computer and running your design in a CNC machine, and getting the basics on fighting a fire.

There is no charge to attend these sessions. Space is limited, however, so pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Jackie Newman at 608-785-9257 or, or Pat Brice at 608-785-9245 or 608-783-0841 or For information on additional Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at

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