La Crosse

Welding & Fabrication

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Skilled welders are in great demand, and the outlook for employment remains good in our region and nationwide as the manufacturing and construction industries continue to grow. With good math skills, attention to detail, and a preoccupation with quality, you could make welding a career.

Our program covers theory and practice in all types of welding: shielded metal arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc. You’ll be schooled in the proper use of tools and equipment, safety, and blueprint reading as you practice welding joints in all positions and on all types of metals.

Heavy construction and manufacturing depend on skilled welders and offer excellent wages to those who are up to the challenge.

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Welder
Production Welder
Fabrication Welder
Mig/Tig Welder
Metal Fabricator
Pipe Welder
Robotic Welder

Program Credits: 

30.00

Total Cost: 

$5 900.00

Pathway: 

Welding & Fabrication

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

WLDF

First Term: 

Welding-Oxy Fuel Metals Join
Welding Fabrication 1
Welding-SMAW 1
Welding-GMAW 1
Welding-Blueprint Reading 1
Welding-Oxy-Fuel Metals Cutting
Welding-SMAW 2
Welding-TIG 1
Applied Math - Welding

Second Term: 

Applied Communication Skills
Welding Fabrication 3
Welding-SMAW 3
Welding-TIG 2
Welding-GMAW 2
Welding-GMAW 3
Welding Blprnt Reading 2
Welding Fabrication 2

Graduates: 

34

Graduates Responding: 

16

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

0

Seeking Employment: 

1

Continuing Education: 

2

Not in Labor Market: 

7

Part Time: Responding: 

1

Full Time: Responding: 

3

Part Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

25

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

54

Part Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$13.00

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$17.00

Part Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$13.00 - $13.00

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$10.73 - $19.50

Part Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$16,900

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$46,640

Related Occupations: 

Welder/Fabricator; Walker Stainless, New Lisbon, WI
Welder; Badger Stainless, Pigeon Falls, WI
Welder; Gea Farming Industries, Galesville, WI

Program Number: 

314421

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

University Transfer Agreement: 

University of WI - Oshkosh

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Robotic Welding & Design

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

This certificate provides a baseline knowledge of weld processes and the skills necessary for programming of Yaskawa and Fanuc robotic weld cells. Students will also learn the basics of Solid Works 3D parametric modeling to create 3D assemblies and 2D drawings.

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Robotic Welder Operator
Robotic Welder Set-Up Operator
Welding Technician III
Robotic Weld Cell Operator
Robotic Weld Technician

Program Credits: 

4.00

Total Cost: 

$600.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

RWLD

First Term: 

Robotic Welding Operation
Solidworks

Program Number: 

90442B

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

Secondary Description: 

Choose to continue your training with Western's six-credit Advanced Robotic Fabrication certificate.

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Precision Machining & Programming

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Combine your mechanical aptitude and attention to detail with computer-based design. As a machine tool operator, you will create precision-machined parts that are used in industrial applications from aerospace to consumer product manufacturing. You’ll develop hands-on skills in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software, and the machining equipment it controls. You’ll be involved in every phase of part production, working from blueprints and CAD drawings, programming the equipment, machining the parts to exact specifications, and inspecting them to tolerances of 1/30th the diameter of a hair using precision instruments. Skilled machinists are in great demand for specialized tool-making operations and most types of manufacturing. Opportunities for career advancement grow with your experience.

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CNC Machine Operator
CNC Machinist
Manual Machinist
Injection Molding Techincian
Machine Tool Operator
Tool and Die Maker

Program Credits: 

32.00

Total Cost: 

$4 900.00

Pathway: 

Precision Machining & Programming

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

PMAP

First Term: 

Blueprint Reading
CNC Production Lathe-Operation
Machining: Intro to Machining
CNC Production Mill-Operation
Machining: Surface Grinding Processes
Vertical Milling Operations
Lathe Turning Operations
Measurement & Inspection
Manufacturing Math 1

Second Term: 

Manufacturing Math 2
Manufacturing Math 3
Solid Model Use for Manufacturing
Geom Dimen & Tol
Machining Practicum
Machine Setup for CNC Milling
Machine Setup for CNC Turning
Tooling & Work Holding for CNC Machining

Third Term: 

Programming/CAM for CNC Milling
Programming/CAM for CNC Turning
Precision Machining Capstone

Related Occupations: 

Machinist; Plymouth, MN
Machinist; Fastenal, Winona, MN

Program Number: 

314441

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Mechanical Maintenance

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

For the person who likes variety and has an interest in how machines work, a position as an industrial mechanical maintenance technician may be a satisfying career choice.

As a technician, you will work in a manufacturing facility to repair and modify machines and components. This technical diploma covers a range of machining processes, fabrication, Computer Numerical Controls (CNC), and basic welding.

The program provides a pathway to technical diplomas in Basic Welding or Basic Machining, and is a component of the Manufacturing Systems Maintenance Technical Diploma.

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Field Service Technician
Welder
Maintenance Mechanic

Program Credits: 

25.00

Total Cost: 

$4 600.00

Pathway: 

Mechanical Maintenance

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

MECM

First Term: 

Blueprint Reading
CNC Production Lathe-Operation
Machining: Intro to Machining
CNC Production Mill-Operation
Machining: Surface Grinding Processes
Vertical Milling Operations
Lathe Turning Operations
Measurement & Inspection
Manufacturing Math 1

Second Term: 

Welding-Oxy Fuel Metals Join
Welding Fabrication 1
Welding-SMAW 1
Welding-GMAW 1
Welding-Blueprint Reading 1
Welding-Oxy-Fuel Metals Cutting
Welding-SMAW 2
Welding-TIG 1

Program Number: 

304622

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

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

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Digital Marketing Specialist

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

Digital marketing is a key strategy for promoting a company's product or service. This technical diploma program provides an introduction to marketing principles and explores methods for developing an online strategy. As part of your coursework, you will conduct actual marketing research for a business and use it to create and implement a promotional plan.

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Digital Marketing Specialist
Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Production Coordinator
Content Marketing Specialist

Program Credits: 

36.00

Total Cost: 

$5 400.00

Pathway: 

Digital Marketing Specialist

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

DIMS

First Term: 

Marketing Career Preparation
Marketing Principles
Promotion Principles
Software Appl for Business

Second Term: 

English Composition 1
Content and Copy Writing
Internet Marketing
Digital Design Components
Digital Advertising

Third Term: 

Marketing-Research
Social Media Strategies
Psychology of Human Relations
Math w Business Apps

Program Number: 

311045

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Criminal Justice

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Eligible

If you want to contribute to your community by helping people and protecting them, a career in the criminal justice field may be very rewarding. This degree helps you develop the multidisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need. Your coursework will address a wide range of legal and procedural subjects, plus written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of psychology and related contemporary social issues.

You can pursue specialization in law enforcement, corrections, or security using the knowledge and skills you gain in this program. Possible pathways also include pursuing a bachelor’s degree at one of many area universities with whom Western has a transfer agreement.

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Police Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Jailer
Security Officer
Law Enforcement Officer
State Patrol Officer

Program Credits: 

69.00

Total Cost: 

$10 400.00

Pathway: 

Criminal Justice

Additional Information: 

In fall 2017, Western started an evening cohort in La Crosse.  Course sequencing for that cohort is below:

Additional Admission Requirements: 

To enroll in the Criminal Justice program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete a Request for and Consent to Release Information form for a driver’s license check.  The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

  • Criminal Justice Essential Functions
  • Criminal Justice Background Check form
    • The background check is required but will only be used for career advising purposes and not for determination of admittance to the Criminal Justice program.
    • The background check will be processed by Western. Please make checks payable to Western Technical College. Western does not accept third-party background checks (except in the case of students who live out of state).
  • Contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with a Health & Public Safety Enrollment Services Advisor to complete your Intent to Enroll form.

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

CRIJ

First Term: 

Intro to Sociology
Intro to Psychology
Survey of Criminal Justice
Corrections in America
Juvenile Justice
Criminal Procedure

Second Term: 

Substantive Criminal Law
Justice Administration
Victimology
Criminal Justice Ethics
English Composition 1
Intro to Amer Government

Third Term: 

Oral/Interpersonal Comm
College Mathematics
Community/Problem Oriented Policing
Law Enforcement Investigative Strategies
Criminology
Police in America

Fourth Term: 

Criminal Justice Report Writing
Criminal Justice Research Methods
Applied Technology in Criminal Justice
Police Administration
Intro to Diversity Studies

Graduates: 

19

Graduates Responding: 

11

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

3

Seeking Employment: 

2

Continuing Education: 

0

Not in Labor Market: 

1

Part Time: Responding: 

0

Full Time: Responding: 

1

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

45

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$20.00

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$20.00 - $20.00

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$46,796

Program Number: 

105045

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

Secondary Description: 

Courses are conducted at Western's state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Facility in Sparta and are taught by full-time educators, law enforcement officers, and supervisors recognized as leaders in law enforcement training.

University Transfer Agreement: 

University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

Cabinetmaking

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

Get started in cabinetmaking with this introduction to design concepts and construction methods. Courses cover woodworking tools and machinery, safety, cabinetmaking fundamentals, finishing techniques, and construction. Working with the latest technology, you will construct various types of commercial and residential cabinetry in a lab environment.

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Cabinet Assembler
Cabinet Builder
Cabinet Installer
Cabinetmaker
Framer
Woodworker

Program Credits: 

10.00

Total Cost: 

$1 600.00

Pathway: 

Cabinetmaking

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

CBMK

First Term: 

Fundamentals of Woodworking
Residential Cabinetmaking
Commercial Cabinetmaking

Program Number: 

614101

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Advanced Robotic Fabrication

Financial Aid Available: 

Not Financial Aid Eligible

This certificate builds upon the Robotic Welding and Design certificate by adding more advanced weld programming skills. Further examination of, and experience in, robotic weld cell operation is achieved.

Career Cluster: 

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Location: 

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Robotic Welder Programmer
Robotic Process Automation Tech
Automation Set-Up Operator
Robotics Technician

Program Credits: 

6.00

Total Cost: 

$900.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

ARBF

First Term: 

Robotic Welding Operation
Advanced Robotic Fabrication
Solidworks

Program Number: 

90442C

Explore Courses Body: 

The following list is not the official course list for this program. It is intended to give students an idea of what coursework will be required.

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

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.

Transcript: 

High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

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