News Release

Published on Thursday, November 06, 2008

Western Technical College Supervisory Management students are collecting food donations as part of their Team Building and Problem Solving class. The collection is part of a Service Learning Plan, which combines community involvement with continued education.

“We chose to do a food drive to help those who are less fortunate during these difficult economic times,” said Jennifer Bailey, a student participating in the project.

Collection boxes will be available through Friday, Dec. 5 at the following four Western Technical College campuses:
La Crosse Campus, Business Education Center, 405 8th St. N.
Sparta Public Safety Training Center, 11177 County Rd. A
Tomah Campus, 120 E. Milwaukee St.
Mauston Campus, 1000 College Ave.

Area residents are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dried milk, flour, rice, baby food, etc. All proceeds will be given to food pantries serving the La Crosse, Sparta, Tomah, and Mauston communities. Monetary donations can be made directly to local pantries.

“Western encourages using service-learning projects in all of its courses,” said Brandee Ortery, Supervisory Management instructor. “Even courses like Team Building and Problem Solving can benefit from a community service component. It gives students real world experience as well as a connection to their community.”

For details on the food drive or if interested in a corporate donation, contact Bailey at 608.343.9667. For information on Western Technical College programs and services, visit or call 608.785.9200.