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Leadership Development

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

The success of an organization hinges on the quality of its leaders. The Leadership Development program prepares current and future leaders to excel in today’s workplace. It will provide you with skills that make the greatest impact in your career and in your community.

Courses are led by experienced business professionals with proven success in leading initiatives in change management, quality improvement, communication, organizational communication and effectiveness, and human resource development.

The program is offered with flexible delivery methods, including online options, to suit your learning style and schedule. Embedded in this associate’s degree, you will earn the Leadership Supervision Professional and Leadership Essentials technical diplomas.

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Manufacturing Manager/Supervisor
Office Manager
Operations Supervisor
Production Supervisor
Project Manager
Quality Assurance Technician
Store Manager

Program Credits: 

63.00

Total Cost: 

$9 800.00

Pathway: 

Leadership Development

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

LDDV

First Term: 

English Composition 1
Professional Development Strategies
Supervision

Second Term: 

Personal Leadership Strategies
Diversity & Change Mgmnt
Intro to Psychology
Software Appl for Business

Third Term: 

Intro to Sociology
Speech
Team Building & Problem Slvng
Leadership Development

Fourth Term: 

Legal Issues for the Workplace
Safety in the Workplace
Introduction to Business

Fifth Term: 

Business Financials
Economics
Project Management
Human Resource Management

Graduates: 

44

Graduates Responding: 

25

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

7

Seeking Employment: 

0

Continuing Education: 

2

Not in Labor Market: 

5

Part Time: Responding: 

0

Full Time: Responding: 

10

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

44

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$22.74

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$14.00 - $36.33

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$50,000

Related Occupations: 

Customer Service Representative; Scandia Home, La Crosse, WI
Factory Unit Manager; Ingersoll Rand, La Crosse, WI
Finishing Manager; Mathews Inc., Sparta, WI
Learning & Development Specialist; Altra Federal Credit Union, Onalaska, WI
Quality Lead Technician; Pilgrim's Pride/Gold 'n Plump, Arcadia, WI
Site Manager; S.C. Swiderski, LLC, Mosinee, WI
Supervisor; Trane Company, La Crosse, WI
Supply Chain Coordinator; Ocenspray Cranberry, Tomah, WI
Supply Technician; Wisconsin Air National Guard, Camp Douglas, WI
Team Leader; Trane Company, La Crosse, WI
Team Supervisor; Trane Company, La Crosse, WI

Program Number: 

101961

Sixth Term: 

Managing for Quality
Organizational Development
Math w Business Apps

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Current students should use the MyWestern self-service portal when registering for class.

University Transfer Agreement: 

Cardinal Stritch
Franklin University
Silver Lake College
University of WI - Oshkosh
Viterbo University

Intro Program Requirements: 

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Leadership Essentials

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

The six-course Leadership Essentials program gives you the opportunity to develop skills to become an effective leader or manager. Course topics include diversity and change, supervision, team building, time management, coaching, and leadership. Classes include exercises to enhance learning and encourage students to draw from their and others’ experiences.
You can choose to complete this program in one year by taking courses online or in the evening. You may also choose to continue on to the 12-course Leadership and Supervision Professional technical diploma or Supervisory Management associate's degree.

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Front Line Supervisor

Program Credits: 

18.00

Total Cost: 

$2 900.00

Pathway: 

Leadership Essentials

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

LESS

First Term: 

Professional Development Strategies
Supervision

Second Term: 

Personal Leadership Strategies
Diversity & Change Mgmnt

Third Term: 

Team Building & Problem Slvng
Leadership Development

Program Number: 

301966

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Office Support Specialist

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Being an office support specialist means that you are the person who keeps things running efficiently. No two days will be the same. You will use your skills to communicate with customers and other team members, perform essential office tasks, create business correspondence and presentations, and use business software to create databases and spreadsheets. You could use desktop publishing, electronic presentation, or word processing software to create internal and external marketing pieces.

Virtually every business benefits from having an efficient and competent office staff. You will have opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

Required courses are taught in the classroom, online, and in a blended format.

You may choose to continue on a Career Pathway by laddering your credits into the Administrative Professional associate's degree for increased career and earning potential.

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Secretary
Receptionist
Office Assistant
Customer Account Representative

Program Credits: 

32.00

Total Cost: 

$4 800.00

Pathway: 

Office Support Specialist

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Import Uniquifier: 

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Program Code: 

OFSS

First Term: 

Business Formatting
Business Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Development
Exploring Business Technologies
English Composition 1

Second Term: 

Math w Business Apps
Quality Customer Service
Business Correspondence
Advanced Word & Desktop Publ
Business Procedures
Intro to MS Excel and Access

Graduates: 

6

Graduates Responding: 

3

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

0

Seeking Employment: 

1

Continuing Education: 

0

Not in Labor Market: 

0

Part Time: Responding: 

1

Full Time: Responding: 

1

Part Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

20

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

38

Part Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$25.00

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$13.05

Part Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$25.00 - $25.00

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$13.05 - $13.05

Part Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$26,000

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$25,787

Related Occupations: 

Flight Attendant; American Airlines, Boston, MA
Health Unit Coordinator; Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, WI

Program Number: 

311068

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Nursing Assistant

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

Turn your interest in helping people into a meaningful career. As a nursing assistant, you will directly provide care to patients in hospital, long-term care, or adult day care settings. The program includes a combination of classroom and laboratory activities and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term care facility. You will receive training in communication skills, both oral and written, personal care, basic nursing skills, assisting people in maintaining independence, promoting rehabilitation, and caring for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services as a Nursing Assistant Training program. Students are required by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to take the Nursing Assistant Registry Exam if they desire employment in a federally-funded health care facility (one that accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients).

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Nurse Aide - C.N.A.
Home Health Aide
Certified Nursing Assistant
Personnel Care Worker
Patient Care Associate

Program Credits: 

3.00

Total Cost: 

$500.00

Pathway: 

Nursing Assistant

Additional Information: 

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

CNA Out-of-State Transfer Information

Refer to the Nursing Assistant Schedule for a complete listing of upcoming courses:

Program Contacts

Kris Stegemeyer
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant
608 785-9413
Stegemeyerk@westerntc.edu

Marcia Robbins
Program Co-Chair, Nursing Assistant
608-789-4762
RobbinsM@westerntc.edu

For admission help contact: nursingassistant@westerntc.edu

Additional Admission Requirements: 

To enroll in the Nursing Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions, complete a background check, and provide proof of immunization (including a TB Test). Please see the details below.

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

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Program Code: 

NUAT

First Term: 

Nursing Assistant

Graduates: 

338

Graduates Responding: 

195

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

16

Seeking Employment: 

5

Continuing Education: 

42

Not in Labor Market: 

83

Part Time: Responding: 

17

Full Time: Responding: 

16

Part Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

23

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

40

Part Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$12.50

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$13.40

Part Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$9.00 - $16.50

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$11.11 - $15.70

Part Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$13,728

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$28,060

Related Occupations: 

CNA; Benedictine Living Community, La Crosse, WI
CNA; Bethany Riverside, La Crosse, WI
CNA; Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, West Salem, WI
CNA; Cedar Springs Health and Rehab, Cedarburg, WI
CNA; Close to Home, Inc., Tomah, WI (2)
CNA; Creamery Creek Senior Living, Viroqua, WI
CNA; Fairview Nursing & Rehab Center, Mauston, WI
CNA; Hillview Healthcare Center, La Crosse, WI
CNA; Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, WI (3)
CNA; Liberty Village, Tomah, WI
CNA; Morrow Home Community, Sparta, WI (2)
CNA; Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem, WI (2)
CNA; Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska, WI
CNA; Pigeon Falls Health Care Center, Pigeon Falls, WI
CNA; Samaritan Bethany, Rochester, MN
CNA; St Josephs, La Crosse, WI
CNA; VA Medical Center, Tomah, WI
CNA; Vernon Manor, Viroqua, WI (2)
CNA; Veterans Administration, Tomah, WI
Community Resident Assistant; Lakeview Health Center, West Salem, WI
Health Unit Coordinator; Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah, WI
Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
Personal Care Worker; Inclusa, La Crosse, WI
Recreation Aide/CNA; Mile Bluff Medical Center, New Lisbon, WI
Resident Assistant; Dove Healthcare - Rutledge, Chippewa Falls, WI
Resident Care Coordinator; Bluffview Memory Care, Holmen, WI

Program Number: 

305431

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Secondary Description: 

This program is part of the WisCaregiver Free Tuition Program. Find out more. 

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Medical Administrative Professional

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Do you have a talent for keeping projects and information organized? As a medical administrative professional, you would play a big role in keeping a medical office operating smoothly and efficiently. This program prepares you to supervise primary business-related tasks including scheduling appointments, registering patients, answering telephones, medical billing and completing insurance claims, preparing business correspondence, transcribing dictation, and maintaining medical records.

There are many career opportunities in hospitals, clinics (medical, vision, chiropractic, and dental), insurance companies, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.

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Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Administrative Specialist
Medical Office Coordinator
Medical Office Worker
Medical Secretary
Unit Secretary
Medical Service Coordinator
Medical Transcriptionist
Medical Receptionist

Program Credits: 

61.00

Total Cost: 

$9 300.00

Pathway: 

Medical Administrative Professional

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

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Program Code: 

MADP

First Term: 

Personal and Professional Development
Quality Customer Service
Business Formatting
Business Communication Skills
Medical Office Finance
Medical Admin Procedures

Second Term: 

Body Structure and Function
Medical Terminology
Medical Office Insurance
Business Correspondence
English Composition 1

Third Term: 

Speech
Intro to Psychology
Advanced Word & Desktop Publ
Med Law, Ethics & Prof
Admin & Org of Health Care
Intro to MS Excel and Access

Fourth Term: 

Field Study-Medical Admin Prof
Supervision
Technical Reporting
Math w Business Apps
Intro to Diversity Studies

Graduates: 

6

Graduates Responding: 

4

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

1

Seeking Employment: 

0

Continuing Education: 

0

Not in Labor Market: 

0

Part Time: Responding: 

1

Full Time: Responding: 

2

Part Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

30

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

52

Part Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$12.58

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$13.30

Part Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$12.58 - $12.58

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$12.35 - $14.25

Part Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$19,625

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$36,553

Related Occupations: 

Chiropractic Technician; Bronston Chiropractic, Onalaska, WI
Department Secretary; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
Receptionist; Vernon Memorial Healthcare, Viroqua, WI

Program Number: 

101602

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University Transfer Agreement: 

Viterbo University

Leadership & Supervision Professional

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

This technical diploma is designed to provide you with the skills to move into a leadership position. You will work on developing the interpersonal skills that effective managers and supervisors possess. Project-based learning activities include team building, managing workplace diversity and change, problem solving, human resource management, supervisory and leadership skills. Also included will be safety and loss prevention, which are key responsibilities of a supervisor.
This 12-course program is intended for individuals already in the workplace, with classes offered online or in the evening, and the option to complete in one or two years. You may also choose to complete the six-course Leadership Essentials technical diploma or the Supervisory Management associate's degree.

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Management Analyst
Administrative Services Manager
Team Leader
Supervisor
Department Manager
Warehouse Manager

Program Credits: 

36.00

Total Cost: 

$5 700.00

Pathway: 

Leadership & Supervision Professional

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

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Program Code: 

LDSP

First Term: 

Professional Development Strategies
Supervision

Second Term: 

Personal Leadership Strategies
Diversity & Change Mgmnt

Third Term: 

Team Building & Problem Slvng
Leadership Development

Fourth Term: 

Legal Issues for the Workplace
Safety in the Workplace

Fifth Term: 

Project Management
Human Resource Management

Program Number: 

311961

Sixth Term: 

Managing for Quality
Organizational Development

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Soft Skills

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

These five courses focus on building interpersonal skills, communication skills, and customer service competencies. The goal is to build upon the knowledge and experience you already have to increase your effectiveness in the workplace.

Designed with the working person in mind, classes are offered in person, online, a combination of the two, and via Interactive Distance Learning.

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Customer Service Representative

Program Credits: 

15.00

Total Cost: 

$2 300.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Import Uniquifier: 

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Program Code: 

ISSK

First Term: 

Personal and Professional Development
Business Communication Skills

Second Term: 

Supervision
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Quality Customer Service

Program Number: 

90106B

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Microsoft Office-Advanced

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

No matter what your profession, developing competency in the use of standard computer applications for business is a plus. Building on the Microsoft® Office Basic certificate, this certificate provides advanced-level training in Microsoft application software. You will learn to develop presentations, databases, spreadsheets, and other documents, and learn the fundamentals of business meeting and event planning. These courses can be delivered onsite at your workplace, if requested.

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Data Entry Clerk

Program Credits: 

15.00

Total Cost: 

$2 300.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

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Program Code: 

IMOA

First Term: 

Intro to MS PowerPoint
Business Formatting

Second Term: 

Intro to MS Excel and Access
Advanced Word & Desktop Publ

Third Term: 

Exploring Business Technologies
Spreadsheet & Dbase Appl-Bus

Program Number: 

90106C

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Health Office Professional

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Gain the skills that position you for a job in a medical office through the Health Office Professional program. Because of the variety of duties involved, your coursework will cover communication skills, customer service, insurance and finance, basic anatomy, word processing, and desktop publishing. You’ll assist in patient communications, billing, filing insurance, gathering and storing patient information, and related tasks. Insurance companies, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities offer opportunities for meaningful work.

Continue on Western's Career Pathway to earn an associate's degree for increased job opportunities and earning potential.

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Appointment Scheduler
Hospital Secretary/Receptionist
Hospital Unit Clerk
Medical Office Worker
Patient Account Representative

Program Credits: 

30.00

Total Cost: 

$4 600.00

Pathway: 

Health Office Professional

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Import Uniquifier: 

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Program Code: 

HOPR

First Term: 

Personal and Professional Development
Quality Customer Service
Business Formatting
Business Communication Skills
Medical Office Finance
Medical Admin Procedures

Second Term: 

English Composition 1
Body Structure and Function
Medical Office Insurance
Medical Terminology
Business Correspondence

Program Number: 

311601

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Health Office Assistant

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

Any business benefits from a competent office assistant, but a medical office in particular needs the right person to fill that role. If you’re a caring individual with good people skills, this could be your field! You’ll gain skills to help maintain office records, assist in billing, greet patients, file claims, and monitor compliance issues. Examples of workplace opportunities include hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and care facilities.

This certificate positions you for entry into the Health Office Professional technical diploma program for further career opportunities.

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Medical Service Coordinator
Medical Office Clerk
Medical Office Receptionist
Medical Secretary
Health Office Assistant
Patient Coordinator

Program Credits: 

16.00

Total Cost: 

$2 400.00

Pathway: 

Health Office Assistant

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Import Uniquifier: 

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Program Code: 

HOAS

First Term: 

Personal and Professional Development
Quality Customer Service
Business Formatting
Business Communication Skills
Medical Office Finance
Medical Admin Procedures

Program Number: 

611601

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