News Release

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012

In the final public information session leading up to a referendum vote on Nov. 6, Western Technical College will focus on the impact the proposed facilities projects will have on the region’s skills gap, particularly in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. The session will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 12:30-1:00 in the Lunda Center, on Western’s La Crosse campus, 319 7th St. N.

“The cornerstone project of our Vision 2020 plan is the Integrated Technologies Center, which will bring our manufacturing and building systems programs under one roof and allow those programs to work together and maximize space,” said Lee Rasch, Western Technical College president. “This experience will give them the training that local employers are asking for.”

According to Rasch, moving the manufacturing programs to one location will also free up space for additional nursing and science labs and allow the college to graduate more healthcare students.

“There is still a looming shortage of healthcare workers as the baby boom generation retires,” he explained. “We need to be prepared to meet those demands.”

The nursing and science spaces are part of the projected Kumm Center remodel. Integrated Technologies Center

On Nov. 6, voters in Western Technical College’s district will see a $79.8 million facilities referendum question on their election ballots. The referendum will be presented to voters in all or part of 11 counties, including Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon. The tax impact per $100,000 worth of property would be $39 per year or $3.50 per month.

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