Community events are free and open to the public. These events are delivered by current Western students using their skills learned in the classroom. Academic experiences like these are terrific for connecting students’ academic learning with real hands-on training. Students retain information better when they practice or teach what they learned. Experiences like these will help our students grow academically while providing community members an educational experience.
Free tax preparation and assistance for individuals and married couples making less than $64,000 in 2016.
When: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, February 25, March 18*, and April 8
Where: Business Education Center, 405 8th Street, La Crosse
How: Call Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 608-784-8380 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed.
Tax assistance can be provided one-to-one where a volunteer will prepare your 2016 tax return for you. Clients also have the option of using MyFreeTaxes.com to file their own taxes for free at a computer while a volunteer assistant is present to answer questions.
What to bring with you?
- Photo ID
- Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and dependents
- Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
- All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements
- Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
- A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
- Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
- Rent certificate (if applicable)
The VITA site will also offer free credit reports, technology support by Western’s Student Run Help Desk, financial aid information, and La Crosse County Human Services assistance.
- Financial Education Events
- Tax Help at the La Crosse Public Library
- Free Credit Reports
- La Crosse County Human Services Resources Guide
Want to volunteer to help at VITA?
This service is a community collaboration brought to you by MyFreeTaxes.com, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Coulee Bank, Great Rivers United Way, Marine Credit Union, $MART La Crosse, and Western Technical College Community Engagement.
Western students provide a technology assistance help desk for troubleshooting and training needs during the spring. The Student Run Technology Help Desk is open March 13-April 12.
|Hours of Operation/Walk-In Service:|
|Mondays/Wednesdays||10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.|
|Fridays||9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 25||10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 18||10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 8||10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.|
Location: Business Education Center Room 219, La Crosse Campus
Location: Lunda Center, La Crosse Campus
- Registration - 8:45 a.m.
- Class - 9:00 a.m.–Noon
- Fire Extinguisher Training, Dementia Tour, and Free Blood Pressure Checks following the class
CPR Saturday is a free friends and family CPR training for the community. The class will teach you the steps for performing CPR on friends or family in the case that it is necessary. It will cover CPR for adults and infants, as well as AED training. This is NOT a certification course. The event is sponsored by Western Technical College, Mayo Clinic Health System, Gundersen Health System, and the La Crosse Fire Department. The event is on Saturday, April 1, and is completely free of charge. Join us for this event and learn CPR!
Learn how to plant a tree as our Landscape Horticulture program celebrates Arbor Day. Did you know that Western Technical College campus in La Crosse is a recognized Tree Campus USA? We earn this recognition by conducting effective management of our campus trees, developing connectivity with the community that fosters healthy, urban forests, and striving to engage our students in service opportunities centered around forestry.
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: On 7th Street, the block between Vine and Pine Streets. Parking available in lots M, B or on the street.
Time: Every Monday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Western Black River Falls Campus
This free computer class session is facilitated by the Happy Computer organization and meets every Monday. A participant should attend three times to learn about the basics of a computer before moving on to the Tuesday class. To join the classes, call Betty at 715-896-9544.
Time: Every Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Western Black River Falls Campus
This free computer class session is facilitated by the Happy Computer organization and meets every Tuesday. The program covers Microsoft Office programs and digital camera/uploading photos. To join the classes, call Betty at 715-896-9544.