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.
Paul Mack and Jenny Parker of the
Western Technical College Accounting Program talk with a
prospective student at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
programs included Supervisory Management, Accounting, Business
Management and Criminal Justice.
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.
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."
taking courses through Western also may have the opportunity to sit in
on a video hookup to classes being taught at other Western centers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
have a lot of options for potential students," Nordby said.
"We handle a lot of nontraditional students."
more information about Western programs, call 608-785-9200 or visit
the Web site http://www.westerntc.edu.
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.
services include helping personnel get credit for their military
training and experience and ensuring schools have the proper
more information about educational opportunities in the Fort McCoy
community, call Spannbauer at 608-388-5072.