News Release

Published on Friday, October 19, 2007

LA CROSSE, Wis.—For the first time in several years, Western Technical College will offer U.S. citizenship classes. Individuals who are 18 or older, have been permanent residents of the United States for five or more years, and are of good moral character are eligible to participate in the classes.

The eight-week session begins October 31 and runs through December 20, 2007. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Western’s
La Crosse Campus in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), room 120. Individuals may register in person at the ARC, room 139, or by phone at 608.789.6213.

Keith Valiquette, dean of Instructional Support Services at Western, notes that, “there are many individuals in the community eligible for citizenship and we are pleased to be able to offer them this opportunity to prepare for the exam.”

Barb L’Heureux, instructor for the classes, says the course is about more than filling out forms. “Individuals who participate in the citizenship classes will learn about the U.S. using a variety of interesting, fun, and challenging activities.” Individuals will also receive instruction in U.S. history and civics, based on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s list of 100 questions, with an emphasis on preparing for the citizenship interview. “American citizenship, which many of us take for granted, can be a very intense and important process for naturalization participants. Students will have plenty of opportunities to practice, practice, and practice for the exam and the interview,” says L’Heureux.

If you are interested in participating in the U.S. citizenship classes, or know someone who would like to become a U.S. citizen, please contact Western at 608.789.6213. For information on additional Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at