Western Technical College Sparta Public Safety Training Center is located at 11177 County Rd. A in Sparta, Wis. A $2 million project in 2010-2011, has allowed the college to move the Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Technician, and Fire Protection programs to the facility. The facility is located on approximately 160 acres of the former Sparta Airport. It is designed to provide degree and non-degree courses for Western as well as training opportunities for the community.
The most recent phase of construction added approximately 9,000 square feet of classroom and administrative office space to the existing building. The complex now offers seven classrooms, including a 32-station computer lab and a 100-seat seminar room with supporting kitchen.
The complex features a criminal investigation lab and a practical skills room for EMS and health programs. In addition to classrooms, the facility offers a variety of simulation and exercise areas including indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, driving track, water rescue pond, and other props.
The facility is located close to Ft. McCoy and the Wisconsin State Patrol academy. The center is currently used by local police, firefighters, and EMTs for training. The DNR conducts 4-wheeler training on the property and La Crosse County has used it for BearCat armored vehicle training.
And the training opportunities will go beyond the walls of the buildings. The expansive property has unique features, including a river that will allow many new opportunities for training.
As part of Western's Climate Commitment to reduce its impact on the environment, the remodeling and new construction is being completed with Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards in mind. Sustainable work at the site included lighting upgrades, a geothermal heat/cooling system, replacement of corroded copper piping with plastic piping, and the conversion of turf grass to native meadows.