News Release

Published on Monday, March 10, 2008

Western Technical College will be holding several hands-on interactive sessions for women interested in non-traditional occupations on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. The “Think You Can’t? You Can!” event will be held at Western’s La Crosse 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 Patricia 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, March 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Hear about a day in the life of an EMT and find out how you can ride along with an ambulance team to see if saving lives is your calling.
• Mechanical Design Technology, Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Design a working metal part by using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to develop a prototype.
• Electronics Technology, Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Learn how to program a computer and assemble an electronic smiley face that blinks.
• Automotive Technology, Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Get a taste of controlling your car care in Western’s new state-of-the-art Automotive Technology Center. Each participant gets a free oil and filter change.
• Machine Tool Technology, Saturday, March 29, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Make your mark in metal by using Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) design software and running a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine.

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