The Essential Experience

Students Need It. Instructors Have It. Employers Want It.

Lee Rasch, Ed.D.The essential experience is what you get at Western. You don't just sit at a desk and learn. You get out of your chair and actually do it. Interactive classes, service-learning experiences, and internships get you the skills you need when you graduate. And they can get you into the work world fast; most programs can be completed in two years or less.

So, how can you get those skills? From our highly trained faculty. They've actually worked in their areas of expertise and can bring you real-life experience and knowledge. The skills you learn now will help you in your career later.

How do we know you're getting the essential skills employers want? We ask them. Hundreds of local employers sit on advisory boards for every program we offer, telling us what kinds of skills work for their businesses. It's just one of the ways we stay current.

While we know learning is important, we also know it doesn't just happen in the classroom. Student clubs, athletics, intramural sports, service learning activities, and residence halls, give you the true college experience.

So, when you are looking for the college that's right for you, consider Western. It's where you get the essential experience.

Lee Rasch, Ed.D.
Western Technical College

Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

Western Technical College provides relevant, high quality education, in a collaborative and sustainable environment that changes the lives of students and grows our communities.

Our Vision

Western Technical College is the college of first choice in our region.

Our Values

We value the success of our students and hold ourselves accountable for providing excellence in student learning, based on the diverse needs of each student and built on a foundation of integrity, teamwork, and respect.

  • Learning
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Diversity
  • Student Success
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Achieving the Dream

What is Achieving the Dream?

Achieving the Dream logoAchieving the Dream (ATD) is a national resource network that helps two-year colleges implement innovative, research-based best practices in order to accelerate student success.

The initiative focuses on student groups that face the most significant barriers to success. ATD is committed to using student success data to help make decisions. For more information about the initiative, visit the national Achieving the Dream website.

Western joined ATD in 2014 and assembled a core team to begin the planning process and set our priorities.

For more information on Achieving the Dream at Western, please contact Mary Anna Thornton at thorntonm@westerntc.edu.

Vision 2020

In 2010, Western embarked on an ambitious 10-year plan called Vision 2020 that will allow the college to create student pathways to success while maintaining the flexibility necessary to train future employees for future jobs.

There are three main components to the plan:

Career Pathways: There is a growing need for short-term (one year or less) programs that earn a college certificate or diploma so students can quickly get up to speed for the workforce. And, those credits are transferable to an associate’s degree and even a bachelor’s degree to allow graduates to continue their training and potentially move up the career ladder and earn more money.

Occupational Centers: Western is developing program clusters to reflect the way several occupations interact in the workplace. Having the programs work together will give students an understanding of the entire process. It will also allow Western to more efficiently offer common core coursework for multiple programs.

Improved Facilities: To accomplish the first two objectives, Western is improving classroom spaces. Occupational centers require restructuring of Western’s facilities to accommodate space efficient program grouping.

About La Crosse

The La Crosse area offers outstanding recreation, world-class health care, a growing economy, and a community that values and supports higher education. Below are some useful links that will help you learn more about the community Western serves: