Re-entry Education Services | Western Technical College

Re-Entry Services

Incarcerated Youth and Adults Program

The Learner Support and Transition Division provides adult education, basic literacy, and GED services to individuals held in area detention centers through our Project Proven program. The services are provided in collaboration with jail staff at the County of La Crosse.

Re-entry Services

Learner Support works closely with local law enforcement officials and agencies to provide instruction and services to formerly incarcerated individuals to help increase the likelihood of a successful transition from jail into the community. The focus is on helping participants:

  • Complete the GED/HSED and/or enroll in college or certification programming
  • Gain or improve upon skills to assist in obtaining employment such as filling out applications, interviewing, resume development, job search, and networking
  • Gain or improve upon skills to help maintain a job such as interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, customer service, etc.
  • Identify community resources that may be useful
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Basic computer skills training

Job, Rec and Tech Clubs

Join us on campus for our re-entry groups, focusing on job skills, recreation and technical trades. These groups are run by the Project Proven team and are free to attend. Check out our flyer for more information and sign up here.

Hear from our Students

Western’s Project Proven program changes lives. We asked some of our students two questions:

  • What does Western mean to you?
  • What is your favorite part about being a Western student?

Watch their responses in this video.

In the following video, we delve deep into the untold stories of those who've faced the challenges of re-entering the workforce after incarceration. By directly asking them about the misconceptions and stereotypes they battle against, the impact of their justice involvement on their employment opportunities, their favorite jobs since release, and why they believe they're worthy hires, we aim to foster understanding, challenge societal perceptions, and spark meaningful conversations around rehabilitation and reintegration.

Support Project Proven

Project Proven serves hundreds of students every year. To help support these students, we have created the Proven Fund, which aims to reduce specific barriers that hinder our students’ abilities to move forward. 100% of your donations—and the proceeds from our shirt sales—will be placed in the Proven Fund.

Lawyers for Learners: Free, Confidential Legal Help

Legal problems can be overwhelming, confusing and time consuming. They may be affecting your ability to attend classes or go to work, and you may not know what to do or who to talk to.

Lawyers for Learners can help. Experienced legal experts can answer questions and provide legal advice at no charge to you. The topics they can help with include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal records
  • Driver’s license restoration
  • Family matters
  • Housing. Immigration
  • Unemployment
  • And more

Take control of your legal problem so you can move forward with your life. Get started today!


Western Technical College partners with Lawyers for Learners, which collaborates with a variety of legal experts to offer free and confidential legal assistance to Western Technical College students and the Western Technical College community. Western Technical College does not provide legal advice or assistance. 

Please be advised that you are receiving legal advice from a participating legal service provider, who is an independent entity. This means that Western Technical College and their agents are not responsible for any advice given to you. Such advice is given solely by the legal service provider, who is not an agent, employee or representative of Western Technical College and its agents.  

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Please contact us for more information.