Community Events

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.

February 25, March 18, and April 8: Free Tax Assistance - VITA at Western Technical College

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
*Childcare available
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 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)

What else?

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.


Want to volunteer to help at VITA?

This service is a community collaboration brought to you by, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Coulee Bank, Great Rivers United Way, Marine Credit Union, $MART La Crosse, and Western Technical College Community Engagement.

March 8: Suits for Success Distribution Event

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Location: Lunda Center, La Crosse Campus

Western students and the community are invited to obtain free professional business attire during our Suits for Success distribution event. The event will also have resources and information to help job seekers.


Western is collecting professional business attire for men and women until Feb. 28. Donations assist community members in obtaining professional business attire. Donation boxes are located around campus for collecting gently used professional clothing and accessories. The donation locations are on the La Crosse campus:

  • Learner Support Center - Academic Resource Center Room 122
  • Business Education Center Office - Business Education Center Room 105
  • Multicultural Affairs Office - Academic Resource Center Room 232
  • Student Union Donation Box - Next to the ATM
  • Welcome Center Front Desk

For men, we are collecting suits, shoes, shirts, belts, dress pants, brief cases, ties, and other professional clothing items. For women, we are collecting blouses, sweaters, slacks, shoes (closed toe), jackets, skirts, dresses, and other professional clothing items.

Contact Community Engagement with questions about the event and/or donating - or 608-789-4798.

March 13-April 12: Technology Help Desk Open

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

Submit Questions and Schedule Appointments:

April 1: CPR Saturday

Location: Lunda Center, La Crosse Campus

Time and details coming soon

Every Monday: Basic Computer Class 1

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.

Every Tuesday: Basic Computer Class 2

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.

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