News Release

Published on Friday, April 25, 2008

On Friday, May 9, Western Technical College will hold a commencement ceremony at the La Crosse Center, located in downtown La Crosse, honoring 1,240 graduates from the seven Western District campuses. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., and a reception for the graduates will follow in the North Hall of the La Crosse Center.

Of the graduates, 566 will receive associate’s degrees and 295 will receive technical diplomas. There will be 313 graduating from the Certified Nursing Assistant program, and 50 will receive other certificates. An additional 16 will graduate from the apprenticeship program in various technical fields.

Keynote speaker during the ceremony will be Richard Westpfahl, dean of Western’s Industrial Technologies Division, who was recently named Distinguished Alumnus by Western’s Alumni Association.

Western Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Each year, more than 400,000 Wisconsin residents receive education and training from the state’s 16 technical colleges.

To learn more about Western Technical College programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at For more information on WTCS, visit