News Release

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Western Technical College is sending five students to the State Capitol on Tuesday as a part of a System-wide showcase of service learning and other projects. More than 60 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges are participating in the event.

Western will be represented by students from two program areas. Dental Assistant students Ashley Abbott, Lauren Frawley, and Curtis Watters will feature their “Seal a Smile” project, a collaboration with the La Crosse County Health Department and La Crosse Community Dental Clinic. The program provided local second and third grade students with oral exams and sealants.

Building Systems Technology students, John Kroll and Genevieve Mortenson, will feature their participation in Western’s “Swipht Homes” project. Students are involved in the construction of three passive-rated, highly-efficient homes in a residential area of La Crosse.

The students will be talking about their projects with state legislators and other visitors from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Wisconsin Technical College System president Morna Foy will offer brief remarks at 12:30 p.m.

“Our students possess not only the technical skills to help employers compete and expand,” said Western President Lee Rasch, “they also consistently demonstrate the leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace and in the community.”

The WTCS Student Showcase is an annual event designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.