Start Fall Term Strong | Western Technical College

Start Fall Term Strong

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Term! This webpage will provide you with the information and tools to start … and finish … the term strong! Some of the resources and services you may need right away are listed below. Otherwise, we have a comprehensive list at

Online Readiness Training

Many of our classes are offered in an online format, and our required Online Readiness Training Video will help prepare you for this learning environment. Click here to learn more.

Admissions Coach Mac Kiel also offers some tips for success.


If you haven’t already picked up your textbooks and materials, the Campus Shop Bookstore offers online delivery service as well as in-store purchasing.  Check for more information. If you're planning to charge your books against your Financial Aid, the deadline is Sept. 17. (Even if your classes don't start until later, please make sure to charge your books before the deadline.)

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons offers more services than you can image, and the friendly staff are happy to assist! They can provide support with:

We have created a guided virtual tour to show you how these online services work. Take the tour.

PC Service

If you’re having trouble accessing your MyWestern student portal, student portal, or Blackboard, reach out to Western’s Information Technology Services (PC Services) Help Desk. You can find more information at, or email for assistance.

Student Account Training Video

This video talks about resetting your password, but it is also an easy way to set up your account if you haven’t already done so. If you have it set up and remember your password, you can skip ahead in the video to the 1 minute, 30 second mark and follow along from that point to learn how to log in and navigate your portal, as well as how to check your student email account.

These accounts are important for receiving ongoing updates, next steps, and action items.

Registration and Academic Plan Training Videos

It may also be helpful to review how to register for classes. The Registration Training video below walks through the steps. The Academic Plan Training Video will introduce you to your academic plan, a tool which will help keep you on track during your time at Western. The Academic Plan will also help you register for your courses. If you already know what classes you need to take, you can go through the process and put the classes in your cart prior to your meeting with your Admissions Coach or College Advisor. If not, they will be happy to help!




Financial Aid

If you have questions about the status of your Financial Aid or if you have concerns about funding your education, our Office of Student Financial Aid can help.

If you have applied for Financial Aid, check your MyFinAid account for your status. Or you can visit for more information. To contact the staff with questions, email

Coming to Campus

If you want to get acquainted with any of our campuses, check out the Interactive Map. This map takes you to the main La Crosse campus first, but just click on the menu options to choose any of our off-main campus facilities and regional locations, too! You’ll find 360 degree photos and interior floor plans to help you find exactly where you need to go.

Additional Maps and Parking Information

Watch a Virtual Tour of the La Crosse Main Campus

Your Go-To People

As questions come up throughout the term, your College Advisor and your instructors can provide answers or connect you with additional resources.

Basic Needs Support

Western provides support and resources to students who may be experiencing difficulties with any of the following: food, housing, finances, transition to online learning, stress, mental health, etc. If you would like to discuss getting assistance with these barriers, please complete the Student Resource Request form, and we'll be in touch within 2-3 business days.