News Release

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Western Wisconsin Technical College Sparta Campus will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Friday, Oct. 28 to showcase the new addition to the facility. The public is invited to attend this free event from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at the Sparta Campus, 11177 County Road A.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 a.m., and will include brief comments from La Crosse Police Chief Edward Kondracki, Onalaska Fire Department Chief Paul Menches, WWTC President Lee Rasch, and WWTC Dean of Human Services Peg Boudreau. Following the ceremony, tours of the campus will be available.

The 9,000-square-foot campus addition is primarily used for the Fire/Rescue program to accommodate WWTC’s newly approved Fire Protection Technician Associate Degree program that began in August 2005. Many instructional resources were integrated into the addition to allow the building itself to be used as a training aid. Resources include standpipe (fire protection systems) training, trench rescue/vehicle maintenance, high angle rescue (structural rescue), ladder cages, elevator rescue, an additional fire training bay, and housing for the Quint 75-foot aerial platform fire truck that was recently acquired from the La Crosse Fire Department. The addition also includes two new classrooms (one with Interactive Television capabilities), a state-of-the-art conference room, and additional office space to accommodate increased staffing.

“The entire addition was designed to not only house training, but to actually be a training prop,” said Gordon Billings, WWTC’s Fire/Rescue coordinator. “This will allow us to provide classroom training in the building and then actually use the structure itself for various hands-on training requirements and scenarios, resulting in more realistic experiences for our students.”

For more information about the event or the Sparta Campus, contact Donna Dean at 608.789.4747 or

To learn more about WWTC programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at