News Release

Published on Thursday, May 04, 2006

Western Technical College is inviting high school juniors and seniors to explore careers in electronic technology through a program called E-Camp. The three-day event will be held July 9-12 at Western’s La Crosse Campus.

The college received funding for the camp through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. The grant allows for 12 high school students to come on campus, stay in a residence hall, and experience the field of electronics through activities facilitated by instructors and local industry professionals. Careers that will be showcased include Biomedical Electronics, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Technology, and Electronics Technology.

“The goal of the event is to show high school students what electronics careers are really about,” said Jeff Fancher, Electronics instructor at Western Technical College. “The jobs that are out there are not assembly line manufacturing. They are high tech and require a college education to be successful.”

According to Fancher, many high school students are not pursuing these careers because they have heard that manufacturing jobs are being outsourced to other countries. “Some low-skill manufacturing jobs may move overseas, but many companies state-wide are predicting a shortage of technically skilled workers. Especially with an aging workforce that will be retiring in the next few years.”

Enrollment in the camp is limited to 12 students, and selection is based on an application, an essay, and references. Application deadline is Friday, May 12. A $25 nonrefundable reservation fee is due upon acceptance to the camp.

For an application or additional details on E-Camp, contact Jon Burman at 608.789.4773 or burmanj@wwtc.edu, or Jeff Fancher at 608.789.6137 or fancherj@wwtc.edu.

For information on other Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at wwtc.edu.