News Release

Published on Friday, October 13, 2006

In response to feedback from an advisory committee of local business representatives, Western Technical College-Tomah Campus is offering a series of industrial maintenance courses. The courses will provide training for people interested in pursuing a career in the field or for current employees who need to upgrade their maintenance skills.

Western has scheduled six classes to run Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The first two classes will run Oct. 26-Jan. 11. Participants can choose from Introduction to Electricity or Electronic Calculations. The cost is $533 per student and includes tuition, textbook, and materials.

“The industrial maintenance field is growing rapidly,” said Gary Kirking, administrator for the Western Technical College Tomah Campus. “Western’s mission includes being responsive to the needs of the community, and this project will allow residents to get the training they need to fill these local jobs.”

The advisory committee that proposed the courses consists of representatives from local manufacturing businesses, including Cardinal Glass, Parker-Hannifin, D & S Manufacturing, and Tailor Made.

Based on additional feedback from the committee, Western will also be scheduling intensive topic-specific industrial maintenance trainings beginning in November. AutoCAD, welding for maintenance, and forklift training will be covered.

For details or to register for the courses, contact Western’s Tomah Campus at 608.374.7700. For information on other education and training opportunities, visit the Web site at