News Release

Published on Thursday, March 15, 2007

Western Technical College will be hosting a free workshop on non-traditional occupations (NTOs) for women on Thursday, March 29. It will be held from 4:45-5:40 p.m. in room 142 of the Coleman Center, 304 6th St. N., La Crosse.

The workshop will provide women with information on NTO careers and specific information on machine tool and mechanical design trades. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in Online, career-based self-assessment, review local job market statistics, and learn about resources to help them weigh the pros and cons of a non-traditional occupation.

Occupations are considered non-traditional when 25 percent or fewer of the workers are female. These careers include mechanical designers, engineers, tool and die makers, machinists, electricians, construction workers, firefighters, dentists, airplane pilots, and mechanics.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in NTOs typically earn 20-30 percent more than women in traditional jobs.

“We want women to realize what is available for them,” said Patty Brice, a female instructor for Western’s Machine Tool program. “These occupations shouldn’t be considered intimidating, and the workshop is a great way to answer questions and ease concerns.”

While designed for women, the workshop at Western is open to anyone interested in these occupations. To register, contact Patty Brice at or 608.783.0841, or Jackie Newman at or 608.785.9257.

To learn more about other training and education opportunities at Western, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at