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Western Technical College (or Western) is a two-year vocational-technical school based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A member of the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Western Technical College District serves 11 counties[1] and enrolls over 5,000 students.[2] Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[citation needed]

Western Technical College
Western Technical College logo.jpg
TypeState Technical College
PresidentRoger Stanford
Students8,000 program students and 16,600 continuing ed
400 Seventh Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
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ColorsBlack & Red
AffiliationsNational Junior College Athletic Association



Founded in 1912, the school was previously known as Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC), but "Wisconsin" was dropped on March 29, 2006.[3] Western received voter approval for facilities improvement via referenda in 1992 ($8.9 million), 1996 ($3.65 million), and 2012 ($79.8 million).[citation needed]

Former namesEdit

  • 1912-17: La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools[4]
  • 1917-63: La Crosse Vocational School
  • 1963-65: Coleman Vocational and Adult Schools
  • 1965-68: Coleman Technical Institute
  • 1968-87: Western Wisconsin Technical Institute
  • 1987-2006: Western Wisconsin Technical College
  • 2006–present: Western Technical College


Black River Falls campus

Other locations where classes are offered include:


Western Technical College offers more than 65 degree programs,[contradictory] Lifelong Learning courses, GED/HSED classes, English Language Learners programming, and apprenticeship training in six campus locations in western Wisconsin.[5] The college's main campus is in downtown La Crosse.

Western Technical College offers 43 programs of study[contradictory] including the Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science in Liberal Arts as well as technical diplomas and certificates. Western also has agreements with four-year colleges that allow students to transfer in with junior standing. As of 2006, these colleges were:


Western Technical College's sports teams are called the Cavaliers, who play in red and white colors. The school began athletics in 1967.[6]


In 2017, Western Technical College was ranked #20 in the country among community colleges by WalletHub.[7]


  1. ^ District Board of Directors. Western Technical College.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2006-03-30.
  4. ^ Transforming tech school; La Crosse Tribune; February 11, 2007; Schott, Kate; Retrieved October 2, 2007
  5. ^ Regional Locations. Western Technical College.
  6. ^ Athletics. Western Technical College.
  7. ^ Bernardo, Richie. "2017's Best & Worst Community Colleges".

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