Facts - Western's Vision 2020

Key Facts

Key Facts

Western Technical College has served the community for 100 years. But do you really know us? Learn more about us and the people we serve.

  • 100 years in your community.
  • Nearly one-half million people served in last 100 years.
  • Over 16,600 taking classes, seminars, and training.
  • Nearly 8,000 students seeking degrees.
  • Over 20% of high school students in our district attend Western directly after high school.
  • 33% of area high school graduates attend Western within 3 years of graduating.
  • Over 50% attend Western within 5 years.
  • 92% of students direct from high school attend at the La Crosse Campus.
  • 3,200+ employees choose Western for professional development training.
  • 14% enrollment increase in the past 5 years.
  • More than 60 programs of study in 10 career cluster areas including, Architecture, Graphics & Design; Business & Information Technology; Health & Public Safety; and Mechanical.
  • Tuition fee is $116.90 per credit.
  • Most colleges in the country will accept Western credits.
  • 93% Western grads are employed within 6 months of graduation.
  • 1,400 Western graduates enter the workforce each year:
    • 85% Western graduates work in Wisconsin
    • 81% work in the 7 Rivers Region.
  • $31,054 median starting salary for Western grads
    • Recent surveys indicate that over five years, there's a 58% increase.
  • 31% of our grads go on to earn additional degrees.
  • 75% of students attend for career or skill-related education and training.
  • 18% of students attend to prepare for continuing education.
  • 5% of students attend for personal interest.
  • 99% of students are satisfied with their Western education.