News Release

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2009

On Friday, May 15, Western Technical College will hold a commencement ceremony at the La Crosse Center, located in downtown La Crosse, honoring 1,364 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, 561 will receive associate’s degrees and 368 will receive technical diplomas. There will be 300 graduating from the Certified Nursing Assistant program, and 100 will receive other certificates. An additional 35 will graduate from the apprenticeship program in various technical fields.

Keynote speaker during the ceremony will be Lisa Thill, owner of Train Station BBQ in La Crosse, 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