News Release

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In January, Western Technical College received a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Community-based Job Training Grant to help increase the skill level in manufacturing occupations. Part of the grant money has been used to develop a Lean Essential Certificate series of workshops to help manufacturing businesses streamline their processes. Workshops will be held at several Western campus locations throughout the next seven months.

The first workshop, Lean 101, will be held from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the following:

Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the La Crosse Campus, 319 7th St. N.
Monday, Oct. 12, at the Black River Falls Regional Learning Center, 808 Red Iron Rd.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the La Crosse Campus, 319 7th St. N.
Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Tomah Regional Learning Center, 120 E. Milwaukee St.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Viroqua Regional Learning Center, 220 S. Main St.

Lean 101 will introduce the systematic approach to eliminating waste in the manufacturing process. Interactive learning with live simulations will provide realistic before-and after-scenarios.

For details on this and other seminars in the Lean Essentials series, visit To register, contact the Business and Industry Services Division at 608.785.9232 or e-mail

For information on additional Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at