Western Technical College (La Crosse)

400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, WI 54601
Tel: (608)785-9200
4,630 students
Public institution
Western Technical College provides relevant, high quality education, in a collaborative and sustainable environment, that changes the lives of students and grows our communities. Western Technical College is committed to excellence in learning, continuous improvement, student success, employer satisfaction, and community partnerships. Instructors at Western Technical College teach diverse topics and come from equally diverse backgrounds. But, they do have at least two things in common: First, they have actually worked in their areas of expertise and bring real-life experiences and knowledge to their classrooms. Western Technical College functions within the Wisconsin Technical College System. The Western District includes all or portions of 11 Wisconsin counties.
School Highlights:
Western Technical College (La Crosse) serves 4,630 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is less than the state average of 21%.
Western Technical College (La Crosse) is the only community colleges within La Crosse County County, WI.
The nearest community college is Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (23.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 381 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 381 staff
60 staff
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 4,630 teachers has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has increased from 11:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,630 students
1,269 students
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
21:1
Western Technical College (La Crosse) student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
2,012 students
810 students
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2,618 students
1,017 students
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Western Technical College (La Crosse) sch enrollment Western Technical College (La Crosse) sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
3%
2%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
2%
7%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
2%
12%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Black (2006-2013)
% White
88%
57%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
2%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
1%
3%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Unknown (2006-2013)
Western Technical College (La Crosse) sch ethnicity Western Technical College (La Crosse) sta ethnicity
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.13 0.53
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,989 is less than the state average of $5,740. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,822 is less than the state average of $10,252. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,989 $5,740
Western Technical College (La Crosse) In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,822 $10,252
Western Technical College (La Crosse) Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 200 255
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 57%
89%
Western Technical College (La Crosse) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Western Technical College offers 38 programs that lead to an associate in applied science degree. These programs are in four divisions: Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Services, and Industrial Technologies. An advisory committee with members from the field that the program prepares students to enter guides each program. The committee ensures that program content is relevant to the current job market. An associate in applied science degree consists of at least 64 credits, and takes two years to complete, attending college full time. At least 32 credits are occupational-specific classes. Occupational-specific classes build specific job skills that target entry-level jobs in the field that the student is preparing for. At least 11 credits are occupational-support classes. Western Technical College is one of sixteen Wisconsin technical colleges that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System, and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Western is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Technical Education Association, and the American Vocational Association.

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Did You Know?
For Wisconsin public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,900 per year for in-state students and $5,974 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,464 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Wisconsin is 88%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Wisconsin community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.37, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Wisconsin is Sanford-Brown College-West Allis. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.