At Western Technical College in Black River Falls, the education you need is never far away. If you are a high school student looking to get started on your college education, an adult looking to update your workplace skills, or a community member interested in personal enrichment opportunities, we have what you need.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Western's Black River Falls facility has a well-equipped nursing lab with hospital beds and practice mannequins, a computer lab, and classrooms set up for Interactive Distance Learning, allowing students in Black River Falls to sit in on class with an instructor at another Western location.
The building is LEED Certified Silver for the energy efficient design, including the use of natural light, outdoor rain gardens, and solar panels.
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Courses and Classes Offered
For complete information about all courses that Western offers, please search the online course catalog.
Did you know that Western in Black River Falls offers the same general education courses you can get at four-year universities at a much lower cost? In addition to a great tuition rate and the opportunity to receive a first-rate education, you can save time and money on travel and gas.
General studies courses you take at Western can transition easily into a variety of post-secondary institutions, including the Wisconsin Technical College System, the University of Wisconsin System, and Viterbo University, depending on where you want to take your education and what your goals are! To learn more about the transfer agreements Western has with other colleges and universities, visit the University Transfer website.
Community Education (Personal Enrichment/Service Learning)
Community education is a series of offerings that are free and open to the public. These experiences are typically delivered by current Western students using their skills learned in the classroom. Academic experiences like these are terrific for connecting students’ academic learning with hands-on skill practice. Students retain information better when they practice or teach what they learned. These experiences will help our students grow academically while providing community members a service or educational experience.
Learner Support and Transition
Western's Learner Support and Transition Program provides a broad range of basic skill and literacy services to adults. These services can help open the door to employment opportunities and further education. Services include:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Developmental Studies in mathematics, writing, and reading
- High School Credential (GED Certificate, High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or regular high school diploma)
- Workforce Education
- English Language Learners (ELL)
Black River Falls Learner Support and Transition contact number: 715-284-2253
- Basic Life Support
- Healthcare Provider/CPR
- First Responder
- Restaurant Sanitation Certification
Classes are offered in four different formats:
- In person - instructor and students meet in a traditional classroom or lab setting.
- Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) - through the use of cameras and microphones, students participate in classes that are also at other locations in the Western District.
- Online - classes taken at any time of day, anywhere you live.
- Blackboard Collaborate – web conferencing that allows for online interaction amongst participants by utilizing video, sounds and content sharing.
Services for Students
As a prospective or returning student, you will be connected to an Admissions Coach who will work with you throughout the admissions process. They are your primary contact for all things Western.
The Admissions Coach staff provides assistance with:
- Exploring career pathways and program options
- Guiding you through the application process and program requirements
- Identifying barriers and connecting you with resources that will help you be successful
Call to schedule an appointment: 715-284-2253.
If you are a current student with questions about your schedule, program choice, or academic goals, College Advisors can help. They are dedicated to making sure you earn your credential in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of barriers.
The College Advisors provide assistance with:
- Trouble shooting academic barriers e.g. Blackboard, tutoring, work/life/school balance
- Reviewing current course schedule
- Identifying professional and personal goals
- Connecting students to additional campus resources
Testing at the Black River Falls location is administered twice a month. Please visit our Assessment website for testing times, study guides, and other testing resources. Pre-registration is required for testing and can be completed online from the Assessment website or by calling 715-284-2253.
Career Services offers assistance to students from the very beginning of their educational experience, throughout their time at Western, and after graduation as alumni. If you're unsure about what field you want to go into, or even what career options are out there, Career Services is a great place to start. We offer various career assessments and helpful advice on navigating the sometimes overwhelming amount of career-related information that is available in print and on the web.
Students can search La Crosse Campus library holdings online and request materials to be delivered to Black River Falls.
Purchase new and used textbooks online from Western’s Official Online Bookstore, eCampus.
Registered students have access to computer labs and a resource room that has computers and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Being a college student is challenging, and right now things are more challenging than ever. To continue focusing on your school, career, and graduation goals, you may need resources for yourself or your family. There are a number of them available here at Western as well as within the La Crosse and surrounding communities. View the Life Resources near you.
Services For the Community
Take advantage of the essential training Western can provide. Seminars are offered throughout the district on a variety of topics to meet your staff development needs. For more information about each seminar, as well as dates available, visit the Business and Industry Services website.
Customized Training for Business and Industry
Western's customized training options are a great opportunity to provide training for your employees. Western will develop training based on your individual needs and deliver it either at your worksite or our Black River Falls location. From computer skills training, project management, conflict resolution, networking, or supervisory skills - we can provide the course. Visit the Business and Industry Services website.
Workforce Connections provides opportunities for individuals who have experienced barriers to obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment. They assist job seekers, laid-off workers, and youth with career planning, job search assistance, and skills training. Western has a unique partnership with Workforce Connections, with their offices located in Western’s Black River Falls building. Contact them by calling 715-284-7117.