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IPEDS ID: 240170
OPE ID: 00384000
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Western Technical College
400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
General information:  (608) 785-9200
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,572 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  Western Technical College provides relevant, high quality education, in a collaborative and sustainable environment, that changes the lives of students and grows our communities.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty196555
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,352$1,400$1,472$1,5767.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$5,110$5,200$5,300$5,4001.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,146$6,257$6,450$6,5621.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$13,021$13,614$14,148$14,6913.8%
Off Campus$14,057$14,671$15,298$15,8533.6%
Off Campus with Family$7,911$8,414$8,848$9,2915.0%
On Campus$14,611$15,292$15,902$16,5243.9%
Off Campus$15,647$16,349$17,052$17,6863.7%
Off Campus with Family$9,501$10,092$10,602$11,1244.9%
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid133257%————
Grant or scholarship aid33257%$1,392,799$4,195
Federal grants25644%$1,250,247$4,884
Pell grants25644%$1,235,847$4,828
Other federal grants153%$14,400$960
State/local government grant or scholarships11820%$142,552$1,208
Institutional grants or scholarships00%$0
Student loan aid23941%$1,307,483$5,471
Federal student loans23941%$1,288,683$5,392
Other student loans51%$18,800$3,760
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,14545%$8,382,022$3,908
Pell grants2,08343%$7,244,007$3,478
Federal student loans2,31048%$13,634,323$5,902
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$7,308$8,317$8,802
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,368$7,872$8,776
$30,001 – $48,000$8,417$8,925$9,942
$48,001 – $75,000$8,978$9,381$10,252
$75,001 – $110,000$9,293$9,529$10,464
$110,001 and more$9,422$9,631$10,864
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)4,572
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment444
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 42%
Part-time: 58%Student Gender:
Male: 45%
Female: 55%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 88%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 64%
25 and over: 36%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 90%
Out-of-state: 10%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 19%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 68%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $30
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 63%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 37 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 33%
Transfer-out rate: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 33%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 34%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
[Students who began in Fall 2009]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 22%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 36%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 41%
[Students who began in Fall 2010]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 21%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 33%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling--6-
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management0---
Landscaping and Groundskeeping--10-
Category total0-16-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping-4d--
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General--15d-
Business Administration and Management, General--58d-
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry-5d--
Finance, General--10-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--11-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General--18-
Operations Management and Supervision--40d-
Category total-9d194d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other-4--
Computer Support Specialist--9-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications--22-
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design--4-
Category total-435-
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other-8--
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher---0
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler---1
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter---1
Plumbing Technology/Plumber---0
Category total-8-9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--8-
Teacher Assistant/Aide-0d5-
Category total-0d13-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician--5-
Biomedical Technology/Technician--11-
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician-5--
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician--16-
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology--12-
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician--0-
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician--12-
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD--2-
Category total-558-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--10-
Dental Assisting/Assistant-21--
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)73163-
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician--13-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-77--
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage-15--
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder-2--
Medical Office Management/Administration--0d-
Medical/Clinical Assistant-27--
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other--0-
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide450---
Occupational Therapist Assistant--17-
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--14-
Public Health, Other--3-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer--17-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--93-
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist--13-
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician6---
Surgical Technology/Technologist-120-
Category total529170183d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science24-31-
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician--16-
Category total24-47-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal--12-
Category total--12-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--1-
Category total--1-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician---18
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician-15--
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician---17
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician-16-0
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology---1
Category total-31-36
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--4-
Category total--4-
Personal and Culinary Services
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant-6--
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager--11-
Category total-611-
Precision Production
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant-12--
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist---0
Tool and Die Technology/Technician---0
Welding Technology/Welder-16--
Category total-28-0
Visual and Performing Arts
Design and Visual Communications, General--13-
Graphic Design--22-
Interior Design--2-
Category total--37-
Grand total55326161145
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NJCAA Division III MenWomen
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1972 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1976 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)5/26/1967 -  Accredited
Dental Hygiene (DH)7/30/2004 - 8/9/2012Resigned
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree11/1/1997 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant5/12/1993 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers(!)1/1/1973 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations020
Liquor law violations103
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations020
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible011
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible010
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate12.5%12.9%13.2%
Number in default179168154
Number in repayment1,4251,3001,160
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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