News Release

Published on Friday, May 19, 2006

Western Technical College is looking for public feedback on a proposed collegiate transfer degree with the UW System. The agreement would allow students who attend Western and earn a Pre-professional Associate of Science degree to transfer to a four-year UW college with junior standing.

“This agreement is in perfect alignment with the technical college mission,” said Lee Rasch, president of Western Technical College. “The degree is occupation based, meaning we are training the students for a specific career. Once they earn the Pre-professional degree, they will be prepared for immediate employment, or they can choose to continue their education at any 4-year college or university.”

According to the Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE), Wisconsin lags the nation in adults with baccalaureate degrees. The committee suggests that increasing the transfer opportunities for technical college graduates would help to grow a pool of baccalaureate degree holders.

“Economic indicators have shown evolving conditions in employment in Wisconsin,” said Rasch. “We recognize the need to prepare students for these emerging career opportunities using multi-path approaches for collegiate transfer.”

Before taking the proposal to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in July, Western is hosting community forums to discuss the transfer option details and get feedback from the public.

Community forums will be held during the next two weeks at various locations in Western’s district:

Wednesday, May 24 Western Viroqua Campus 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31 Western Independence Campus 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 31 Tepee Restaurant, Tomah 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31 Western La Crosse Campus 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Academic Resource Center, Room 200
Monday, June 5 Western Mauston Campus 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The community forums are also an opportunity to discuss other topics as they pertain to Western Technical College. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

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