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 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


  • 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!       

Advance registration is required by March 29. Please click the button below to register. If you have questions, contact Western Technical College – Community Engagement at 608-789-6191 or

April 18: Free Shred Event

Free opportunity to shred and recycle your confidential documents. Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to our campus student food pantry.

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Parking Lot D (corner of Badger and 7th Streets)

April 18: Tree Planting Demonstration – Arbor Day Celebration

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.

April 20 & 21: Spring Plant Sale

The Landscape Horticulture program will be conducting their annual plant sale of vegetable plants and flowers. 

Time: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: Horticulture Education Center (corner of Vine and 7th Streets)

View flyer for more information.

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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