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Western Technical College

Western Technical College Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)

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Introduction

Western Technical College (WTC) is a two-year community college in La Crosse, Wisconsin with branch campuses in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Sparta, Tomah, and Viroqua. There are 43 separate programs of study at the college.

Academics

There are four academic divisions at WTC: General Studies, Business, Health and Public Safety, and Industrial Technologies. Degrees include an Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science Liberal Arts. A number of certificates are available as well. For students who wish to transfer to four-year institutions, WTC has transfer agreements with Upper Iowa University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Capella University, Franklin University, Marian College, University of Minnesota Crookston, University of Wisconsin Stout, and Viterbo University.

Popular Western Technical College Programs:

Many of the programs at WTC are geared toward preparing students for direct entry into the workforce after earning their associate’s degree or certificate. Here are some of the most popular direct entry programs:

The Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources department offers Agri-Business Science Tech; Culinary Management; Farm, Business, and Production Management; Food Production Specialist; Animal Science; Catering Certificate; Dietary Manager; Horticulture Plant Care; Hospitality Events Management; and Landscape Horticulture.

The Architecture, Graphics, and Design department offers Architectural Technology; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Desktop Publishing; Mechanical Design Tech CAD; Web Design; and Mechanical Design Technology.

The Business and Information Technology department offers Accounting’ Administrative Professional; Business Management; Electric and Computer Engineering Technology; Finance; Computer Support, Network Systems Administrator; Web and Software Developer; Computer Hardware Certification; Computerized Accounting; Database Technology; OSHA Compliance; Writing in the Workplace; Marketing; Office Support Specialist; Paralegal; Supervisory Management; and Visual Communication.

The Education department offers Disability Support; Early Childhood Education; Instructional Assistant; Autism Spectrum Disorders; and YoungStars.

The Engineering and Technology department offers Air Conditioning, Heat, and Refrigerator Technician; Bio-Medical Electronics; Electric and Computer Engineering Technology; Electrical Systems Installation and Maintenance; Electromechanical Technology; Electricity Fundamentals; Fluid Power Fundamentals; Mechanical Designs Technology CAD; Mechanical Drive Systems; Power Systems, Motor and Control; Programmable Program Logic Control; Solid State Devices; Wiring and Fabrication; Machine Tool Operation; and Mechanical Design Technology.

The Health department is very large and split into two sub-departments; Health Behind The Scenes and Direct Patient Care. Health Behind The Scenes offers Bio-Medical Electronics; Central Service Technician; Clinical Laboratory Technician; Health Information Technology; Phlebotomy; and Pharmacy Technician.

Direct Patient Care offers Dental Assistant; Dental Hygienist; Emergency Medical Technician; Medical Assistant; Paramedic; Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Paramedic Technician; Pharmacy Technician; Physical Therapist Assistant; Practical Nursing; Radiography; Respiratory Therapist; Surgical Technologist; and Therapeutic Massage.

The Public Safety department offers Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy; Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement; Fire Protection Technician; and Paramedic Technician.

Integrated Curriculum

WTC has an integrated curriculum that incorporates college-wide outcomes throughout all learning materials. As stated on the college’s website, these outcomes are:

1. Use effective communication skills.

2. Apply mathematical concepts.

3. Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications.

4. Demonstrate ability to think critically.

5. Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population.

6. Use technology effectively.

7. Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability.

Students are graded not just on their mastery and demonstration of the material, but on their mastery of these outcomes as well.

Library Services

WTC offers thousands of eBooks and other digital resources through NetLibrary, which students can access through any internet connection. Popular databases available through the library include Badger Link, which connects to resources available through other colleges and universities in Wisconsin; CREDO Reference, a compendium of dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and atlases; Criminal Justice Periodicals Index (CJPI), a gathering of US and international criminal justice journals, law enforcement and correction administration information, family law documents, and industrial security information; Encyclopedia of Global Warming; GreenFILE, a multi-disciplinary database documenting relationships between humans and the environment; Health Reference Center; Historical Encyclopedia of American Business; and LexisNexis Academic, a collection of more than 6,000 news, business, and legal publications.

The Computer Lab in the library is open for student use and for alumni who have graduated in the last six months. There are both Macs and PCs, with a large number of software programs, including databases, spreadsheets, word processing programs, accounting programs, desktop publishing, graphic design, and AutoCAD. There are full-time technicians on staff to assist students as needed. The library also loans out free netbooks for student use.

The library provides all materials found in the La Crosse library and any materials requested through interlibrary loan to distance education learners. Materials are sent to the branch location closest to the student’s residence.

Academics for High School Students

WTC works closely with area high school to prepare youth in their catchment area for either higher education or the workforce. They collaborate with local school officials and teachers on curriculum and hold open houses and guided tours to introduce students to the concepts and campuses of college.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

In keeping with their mission to offer higher education to anyone who wishes to receive it, WTC features open admissions. Several programs have waiting lists for enrollment, however; so early application is encouraged. Wisconsin residents receive priority standing in admissions.

Admission to Western does not necessarily guarantee admission to specific programs, and students may be asked to present supplementary application materials or undergo assessment testing. All students should begin by submitting the Wisconsin Technical College System application for admission, and paying the one-time application fee, except for students applying to apprentice, farm business or production management programs of study who are exempt. All students must submit high school transcripts, complete ASSET or COMPASS basic skills tests or present other standardized test scores, and wait to receive confirmation of admission before enrolling in courses.

Financial Aid

In addition to the standard array of federal and state financial aid options open to any college or university student in Wisconsin, WTC offers more than 200 of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Some of the most popular scholarship programs at WTC include the Fresh Start Program, which provides childcare funding to students who are single parents; the Wisconsin Amusement and Music Operators Scholarship; and the National Science Foundation Scholarship, which supports students studying computer science and computer engineering.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4791st for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Demographics

Roughly 88% of students at WTC are European American, 13% are Native American, 3% are Asian American, 2% are African American, and 1% are Hispanic American.

Clubs and Organizations

There are a large number of clubs and organizations at WTC. Most departments have at least one professional organization. Other popular clubs include Campus Crusade for Christ, Vets for Vets Club, Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society), and Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE).

Residential Life

There is one residence hall on campus, which houses 200 students in 50 four-person suites. Each suite includes both wireless and wired internet access; air conditioning; cable television access; phone service; two bedrooms; one and a half baths; and a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator.

Dining Services

The main dining facility on campus is the TC Café, a traditional buffet-style cafeteria. As of 2011, Union Market serves a variety of grab-and-go options, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza, made-to-order stir-fries, submarine sandwiches, burritos, soups, salads, and desserts to go.

WTC also has a student-run restaurant, The Corner Bistro. Second-year students in the Culinary Management and Food Production Specialist programs create the menu, cook and serve the food, and take care of all the other details of the restaurant experience. The students also run a bakery and sell bakery items through the Kumm Center Cafeteria.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Students in the Dental Hygiene Program provide x-rays, cleanings, and fluoride treatments at a heavily discounted rate to WTC students at the Dental Hygiene Clinic on the La Crosse campus.

Disability Services

WTF is dedicated to providing disabled students with the services they need in order to learn successfully. Accommodations can include peer note takers, registration assistance, enlargement of print materials, and adaptive equipment.

Counseling Services

WTC offers counselling for personal issues, stress management, career exploration, and life balance. Trained professionals are on staff five days a week.

Child Care

The Parent Child Center at WTC provides childcare for students from 7:30 am to 5 pm during both the school year and the summer. The Center doubles as a laboratory for the Early Childhood Education program. The La Crosse School District’s preschool program is also housed at the center, and many children move from one to the other when they turn four.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department is known as the Cavaliers. They compete on the intervarsity level in the NJCAA. Competitive sports include baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.

Full-time students can purchase semester memberships for a minimal cost at the Western Wellness Center. The Center offers cardiovascular equipment, Nautilis Nitro strength training equipment, a weight room, fitness classes, and personal training.

Local Community

Many students go on from WTC to live and work in La Crosse after graduation. Major employers in the La Crosse area who hire WTC graduates include City Brewing Company, Logistics Health Incorporated, Trane (an air conditioning manufacturer), Ace Hardware, S&S Cycle, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, School District of La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and CenturyTel.

Bibliography

  • Child Care. Western Technical College. Web. 23 May. 2011.
  • Course Planner. Western Technical College. Web. 23 May. 2011.
  • Student Planner. Western Technical College. Web. 23 May. 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 49th in Wisconsin and 1995th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 122 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 18 0.03
Robbery 25 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 313 0.61
Larceny 1,435 2.78
Vehicle theft 75 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near La Crosse, WI 54601
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population48,702 (44,235 urban / 4,467 rural)
Households19,209 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,771
Families9,857 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2519th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,666 $3,666 $5,499
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $323 $323 $323
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $122 $122 $183
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,691 $14,691 $16,524
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,853 $15,853 $17,686
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,291 $9,291 $11,124

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,669 $3,820 $3,669 $3,820 $5,347 $5,574
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,472
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,200 $5,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,345 $3,556
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,257 $6,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,345 $3,556
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,345 $3,556

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity200
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,800
Board Fee$1,600

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 17 22 45 10 1,333 16 1,470
Accounting 1 1 4 36 42
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 3 4
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 14 15
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 6 6
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 5 5
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 18 18
Biomedical Technology/Technician 11 11
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 8 8
Business Administration and Management, General 2 2 1 1 49 58
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 5 5
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 5 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 9 10
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 15 16
Computer Support Specialist 2 7 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 2 19 22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 4 4
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 1 1 52 55
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 19 21
Design and Visual Communications, General 11 1 13
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 7 8
Electrician 7 7
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 1 11 12
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 90 2 92
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Finance, General 9 1 10
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 16 16
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1 4 1 6
Graphic Design 3 19 22
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 11 13
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 13 15
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 12 12
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 16 17
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 10 11
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 13 16
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Interior Design 2 2
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 9 10
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 12 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 2 2 70 77
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 2 9 12
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 16 18
Mason/Masonry
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 14 15
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 2 2
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 2 2
Medical Office Management/Administration
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 3 23 27
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler 1 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 4
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 8 9 13 3 395 11 450
Occupational Therapist Assistant 17 17
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 36 40
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 13 14
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 1 1
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Public Health, Other 3 3
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 16 17
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 2 88 93
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 13 13
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 10 11
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Surgical Technology/Technologist 12 12
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 4 5
Tool and Die Technology/Technician
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 4 4
Welding Technology/Welder 16 16

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2146th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,355 ($60,694 male / $59,303 female)
Number of FT Faculty 196 (75 male / 121 female)
Number of PT Faculty 751
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $8,101,960
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