La Crosse

Gerontology

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Financial Aid Available

Graduates of the Gerontology associate's degree program have the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality service to older adults and their families. Gerontology career pathways include a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities related to business and finances; housing options; entertainment and travel; health and wellness; case coordination; public policy and advocacy; and consumer service.

This is a shared program with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Students can enroll in 46 credits at Western and complete the remaining 23 credits online through NWTC.

Admission to the Gerontology program is handled by NWTC. To apply to this program, please complete NWTC's application process.

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Program Credits: 

68.00

Total Cost: 

$10 000.00

Additional Cost: 

$2 550.00

Pathway: 

Gerontology

Additional Information: 

View the Gerontology Curriculum Agreement developed by Western and NWTC.

Learn more about the Gerontology Pathway.

Visit NWTC's Gerontology Program Page for more information.

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

GRNT

Related Occupations: 

Direct Service Provider
Program Planner and Evaluator
Manager/Administrator
Marketing and Product Development Professional
Advocate
Educator/Trainer
Researcher
Environmental Designer
Financial Management/Legal Support Service Provider

Program Number: 

105441

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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

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Digital marketing is a key strategy for promoting a company’s product or service. This certificate 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.

The Digital Marketing Specialist program is an embedded credential within the Digital Marketing associate’s degree. Complete the certificate for an entry-level position, or continue your education for more earning potential.

The program is offered in several flexible delivery methods, including face-to-face one evening per week, at our La Crosse campus or our regional locations, or completely online.

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Program Credits: 

36.00

Total Cost: 

$5 300.00

Pathway: 

Digital Marketing Specialist

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

DGMS

First Term: 

Marketing Career Preparation
Marketing Principles
Promotion Principles
Software Appl for Business

Second Term: 

Written Communication
Content and Copy Writing
Internet Marketing
Digital Design Components
Digital Advertising

Third Term: 

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

Program Number: 

90104A

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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.

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High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Digital Content Specialist

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If you’re considering a career in marketing, an understanding of effective digital content is essential. This certificate program will provide an introduction to marketing principles, with an emphasis on developing quality content for various digital formats. You will also explore elements of promotional campaigns, including design basics, media buying, and the use of analytics to measure results.

The Digital Content Specialist program is an embedded credential within the Digital Marketing Specialist certificate and the Digital Marketing associate’s degree.

The program is offered in several flexible delivery methods, including face-to-face one evening per week, at our La Crosse campus or our regional locations, or completely online.

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Program Credits: 

24.00

Total Cost: 

$3 500.00

Pathway: 

Digital Content Specialist

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

DGCS

First Term: 

Marketing Career Preparation
Marketing Principles
Promotion Principles
Software Appl for Business

Second Term: 

Written Communication
Content and Copy Writing
Internet Marketing
Digital Design Components
Digital Advertising

Program Number: 

90104B

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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.

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High School transcript or GED/HSED

New Program: 

Yes

Sales Fundamentals

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The Sales Fundamentals program is designed to prepare you for a career in sales or customer service. This one-term, four-course certificate program teaches the skills that help you represent a business or service. You’ll learn customer service and problem-solving, professionalism, selling principles, and business software in preparation for roles in which first impressions matter including inbound sales representatives and customer service professionals.

Completion of the course puts you on the path to a technical diploma in the Sales Representative Program, which can lead to an associate’s degree in Sales Management if you choose. Either way, you’ll be developing the skills that employers value.

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12.00

Total Cost: 

$1 800.00

Pathway: 

Sales Fundamentals

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

SLFN

First Term: 

Professionalism and Success
Selling Principles
Quality Customer Service
Software Appl for Business

Program Number: 

611043

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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.

New Program: 

Yes

Marketing Management

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Financial Aid Available

If managing a team, planning business strategies, and being creative every day appeals to you, a career in marketing management can be an interesting and rewarding choice. In this program you’ll learn to use the latest tools and develop skills in promotion, advertising, event planning, public relations, customer relationship strategies, sales techniques, and effective business use of social media.

A variety of careers are available within retail, manufacturing, distribution, and service businesses, nonprofits, and even government agencies. Marketing skills are also very important for entrepreneurs who operate their own businesses.

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63.00

Total Cost: 

$9 200.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

MKMN

First Term: 

Marketing Principles
Selling Principles
Marketing Career Preparation
Promotion Principles
Software Appl for Business

Second Term: 

Digital Design Components
Digital Advertising
Marketing-Research
Content and Copy Writing
Internet Marketing
Written Communication

Third Term: 

Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Math w Business Apps
Product Management
Social Media Strategies
Marketing Financials
Project Management Principles

Fourth Term: 

Personal Brand Management
Retail Sales Management
Marketing Management
Economics
Psychology of Human Relations

Graduates: 

24

Graduates Responding: 

13

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

2

Seeking Employment: 

2

Continuing Education: 

3

Not in Labor Market: 

0

Part Time: Responding: 

3

Full Time: Responding: 

1

Part Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

26

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

40

Part Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$10.00

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$7.21

Part Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$9.00 - $15.00

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$7.21 - $7.21

Part Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$15,600.00

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$15,000.00

Related Occupations: 

Executive Director; Brookdale Senior Living, La Crosse, WI
Marketing Intern; La Crosse Seed, La Crosse, WI
Marketing Manager; US Solar Mounts, Sparta, WI
Merchandising Specialist; Fastenal, Winona, MN
Sales Consultant; Auto and Toy Trader, West Salem, WI

Program Number: 

101043

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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.

Landscape Horticulture Technician

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Financial Aid Available

With an interest in creating, designing, building, and otherwise improving outdoor spaces, you’ll have many opportunities in the field of landscape horticulture.

A combination of creativity and technical knowledge of plants and soils, along with a desire to work outdoors, means you can find employment in a number of fields, including landscape design, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance. You could find yourself working in a greenhouses or garden center, a golf course, an outdoor sporting venue, or on a park or maintenance crew. You might even choose to go into business for yourself. And, you could be ready to enter your career within one year!

The nature of the Landscape Horticulture program demands that much of the learning takes place in the field and in Western’s on-campus Horticulture Education Center. You’ll learn to evaluate landscape construction systems, determine suitability of plants for placement, understand turf management, identify common landscape pests, and be able to identify soils and correct soil deficiencies, all with principles of sustainability in mind. Additionally, you will gain experience in our state of the art greenhouse facility.

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32.00

Total Cost: 

$4 900.00

Pathway: 

Landscape Horticulture Technician

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Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

LNHT

First Term: 

Intro to Horticulture
Landscape Maintenance 1
Landscape Design 1
Landscape Construction
Organic Plant Production
Woody Plant Identification

Second Term: 

Survey of Herbaceous Plants
Turf Management
Horticulture Production
Landscape Maintenance 2
Irrigation Maintenance
Ornamental Plant Health Care

Program Number: 

310015

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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.

IT-Network Technician

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Financial Aid Available

A person with good computer skills and a desire to gain additional knowledge will benefit from the Network Technician program. Through a combination of classroom and hands-on training, you will learn how to provide endpoint support in small- to medium-sized businesses and home offices. You will also be trained in the fundamentals of Linux and Windows server administration.

If you decide to pursue an associate's degree in IT-Network System Administration, all courses will transfer to that program.

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24.00

Total Cost: 

$3 500.00

Pathway: 

IT-Network Technician

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

ITNW

First Term: 

IT Hardware/Software Fund
Cisco 1: Networking Fund
Written Communication
Math w Business Apps

Second Term: 

Cisco 2: Routing Technologies
Linux Admin
Windows Server Admin 1
Technical Reporting

Graduates: 

3

Graduates Responding: 

2

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

0

Seeking Employment: 

0

Continuing Education: 

1

Not in Labor Market: 

1

Part Time: Responding: 

0

Full Time: Responding: 

0

Program Number: 

301504

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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.

Industrial & Electrical Technician

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Financial Aid Available

Be the go-to person at the plant with knowledge of electrical controls and industrial maintenance. The technical diploma offered through this program is a great entry point or a convenient way to expand your skills and increase your value to your employer. The program covers basic electrical systems, motors, motor controls, and programmable logic controllers. You will also get training in hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical drives, pumps, gearboxes, welding, and machining to provide a well-rounded maintenance background. Necessary math skills are taught as part of the electrical courses in a strictly applied manner.

In this role, you will work with electricians and electromechanical technicians to install, repair, and maintain industrial electronic equipment. The program was designed for traditional students as well as current and displaced workers. Many options exist from part-time attendance to pathways into another diploma, associate degree, or apprenticeship program.

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Electrician Apprentice
Elevator Repair and Maintenance Apprentice
Electrical Maintenance Technician
Field Service Technician
Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Mechanic
Machine Repairer
Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Security/Alarm Installation Technician
Service Technician

Program Credits: 

29.00

Total Cost: 

$4 700.00

Pathway: 

Industrial & Electrical Technician

Additional Admission Requirements: 

To enroll in the Industrial and Electrical Technician program, first apply for admission to the College. Once your application is processed, you will be asked to set up a meeting with an instructor to go over the expectations of the program. 

Gainful Employment: 

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

IELT

First Term: 

Pumps and Gear Boxes
Fluid Power Fund
Mechanical Drives
Intro to Industrial Controls
Electricity Basics
PC Applications

Second Term: 

Machining for Maintenance
Welding for Maintenance
IEM Occupational Skills
Intro to PLC Systems
Digital & PLC Ladder Logic
Basic Soldering
Electronic Component Applications

Graduates: 

12

Graduates Responding: 

5

Employed In Non-related Occupations: 

0

Seeking Employment: 

0

Continuing Education: 

0

Not in Labor Market: 

0

Part Time: Responding: 

0

Full Time: Responding: 

3

Full Time: Average Hours Per Week: 

40

Full Time: Median Hourly Wage: 

$19.00

Full Time: Hourly Wage Range: 

$15.00 - $19.85

Full Time: Median Annual Salary: 

$39,520.00

Related Occupations: 

Electro Mechanical Technician; Westby Creamery, Westby, WI
Maintenance Technician; Cardinal, Tomah, WI
Property Maintenance; Axium Properties, DeKalb, IL
Service Tech; Multistack, Sparta, WI
Welder; LaX Fabricating, Spring Grove, MN

Program Number: 

314628

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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.

Hospitality Management

Financial Aid Available: 

Financial Aid Available

Hospitality is the fastest growing industry in the world, and the second largest industry in Wisconsin. Western’s Hospitality Management program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to supervise staff and manage basic operations in hospitality-oriented organizations. You will gain exposure to different facets of the industry, including food and beverage service, travel and lodging, and recreation and tourism. This associate’s degree program covers relevant topics such as customer service, supervision, software applications for business, human resources, event management, sales and promotions, finance, and more. Courses are offered in a convenient online format.

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60.00

Total Cost: 

$8 700.00

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

HOMN

First Term: 

Quality Customer Service
Principles of Hospitality Management
Software Appl for Business
Professional Development Strategies

Second Term: 

Legal Issues for the Workplace
Customer Service Management
Written Communication
Supervision
Sanitation I

Third Term: 

Speech
Hospitality Cost Control
Math w Business Apps
Safety in the Workplace

Fourth Term: 

Diversity & Change Mgmnt
Economics
Intro to Psychology
Human Resource Management

Fifth Term: 

Hospitality Event Management
Hospitality Sales and Promotions
Leadership Development
Business Financials

Program Number: 

101092

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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.

New Program: 

Yes

Food Preparation Assistant

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This 12-credit certificate will prepare you with the skills for food service positions in restaurants, supper clubs, healthcare facilities, resorts, schools, and more! The Food Preparation Assistant program covers kitchen organization and operations, sanitation and quality control, basic food preparation and cooking skills, and quantity food measurement and monitoring. You will gain hands-on experience in Western’s food service lab featuring the latest commercial equipment.

Use the credits earned to continue on Western’s Culinary Management Pathway to further credentials and increased employment opportunities.

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12.00

Total Cost: 

$2 000.00

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Food Preparation Assistant

Application Fee: 

$30 Application Fee

Application: 

Application

Program Code: 

FDPA

First Term: 

Food Science
Sanitation I
Sanitation II
Dining Room Theory
Culinary Fundamentals
Intro To Food Service Industry
Vegetables, Starches & Grains
Breakfast & Lunch Cookery

Program Number: 

613172

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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.

New Program: 

Yes

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