News Release

Published on Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board voted in support of Western Technical College pursuing the purchase of the CenturyTel building in downtown Tomah.

“This support is a key step in the process,” said Lee Rasch, Western Technical College president. “We are now prepared to move forward as other pieces of the puzzle fall into place.”

The WTCS Board approval is based on the Tomah Area School District’s proposal to purchase Western’s existing Tomah Campus facilities. The school district has scheduled a November 2006 referendum to obtain voter approval of that purchase. According to Rasch, if the referendum fails, other options for purchasing the building will be explored.

“Locating the campus downtown would be a positive step for the College and the community,” says Gary Kirking, Western’s Tomah Campus administrator. “Having a larger facility in the heart of the city will allow easy access to essential education and training for more Tomah area community members.”

The current Tomah Campus consists of a single story building of 14,200 square feet in the Tomah Industrial Park. Western is proposing to purchase a 20,000-square-foot wing of the CenturyTel building, consisting of three floors and a basement. A local theater group is pursuing the purchase of the balance of the CenturyTel building, and would not be affiliated with the College.

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