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Western Technical College offers pathway to educational advancement

Instructors from the Sparta and Tomah Western Technical College Regional Learning Centers spent the afternoon of June 2 talking and answering questions about their programs with members of the Fort McCoy community.

Photo: Paul Mack and Jenny Parker of the Western Technical College Accounting Program talk with a prospective student at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Paul Mack and Jenny Parker of the Western Technical College Accounting Program talk with a prospective student at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

The programs included Supervisory Management, Accounting, Business Management and Criminal Justice.

Brandee Ortery of WTC Western said the organization is doing everything possible to make its courses user-friendly for its clientele, including adults who work and want to attend college-level courses at the same time.

"People can pursue educational programs, including associate’s degrees, entirely at one of our off-site campuses regional centers that are close to their home," Ortery said. "They can attend regular classes or just once a week and do the rest online."

Students taking courses through Western also may have the opportunity to sit in on a video hookup to classes being taught at other Western centers.

Western offers many advantages to its potential students, Ortery said. The credit cost is competitive or very favorable to colleges or universities. Many of the students attending the Sparta and Tomah centers use some type of financial assistance, such as the G.I. Bill or Veterans Tuition reimbursement programs.

Transfer programs are in place with many state colleges or universities in Wisconsin to accept credits from an entire associate’s degree program or credits from general studies programs, she said.

Bob Nordby of the Western staff said the organization offers degree and certificate options to people taking the courses. For example, the Western Sparta Public Safety Training Center offers a certificate program to personnel interested in serving as a police officer.

This has proven popular with military personnel who are serving at Fort McCoy for a limited time and are looking for a civilian career after their service time has ended, he said.

"We have a lot of options for potential students," Nordby said. "We handle a lot of nontraditional students."

For more information about Western programs, call 608-785-9200 or visit the Web site http://www.westerntc.edu.

Dale Spannbauer of the Fort McCoy Education and Learning Center said his organization can provide information to eligible personnel in the Fort McCoy community about educational programs and financial assistance.

The services include helping personnel get credit for their military training and experience and ensuring schools have the proper accreditation.

For more information about educational opportunities in the Fort McCoy community, call Spannbauer at 608-388-5072.


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