Community Events

Community events are free and open to the public. These events are delivered by current Western students using their skills learned in the classroom. Academic experiences like these are terrific for connecting students’ academic learning with real hands-on training. Students retain information better when they practice or teach what they learned. Experiences like these will help our students grow academically while providing community members an educational experience.

Make Change Film Series & Community Conversations

When: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Integrated Technology Center Room 401

Film: Latino List

Make Change is a new film series and community conversation program starting in October. Each event will consist of a popular documentary covering an important community issue. Following the film, we will ask participants to debrief and engage in reflection as we challenge all to think about ways we—together—can make change in our community. A light dinner will be provided. 

We ask participants to bring change or a small donation, if able. All of the donations will go to the community action project determined by participants of the film series and implemented together in the fall of 2018.

Stay tuned for future films and dates taking place the third Tuesday of the month, November - April. 

This project is funded by the Positive Impact grant received from Campus Compact.

Black River Falls Computer Workshops

The following workshops are happening at Western's Black River Falls Campus:

November 17, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Setting up a Facebook Account and Basics of Facebook
Room 131

Creating a  Facebook account using an already existing email account. Learning how to log in and out, how to edit profile, create and delete Facebook post, send and accept friend requests, and security (how to block people and who can see your profile). Register by calling 715-284-2253. Participants will need an email account and/or Facebook profile.

Every Monday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Basic Computing 1

This free computer class session is facilitated by the Happy Computer organization and meets every Monday. A participant should attend three times to learn about the basics of a computer before moving on to the Tuesday class. To join the classes, call Betty at 715-896-9544.

Every Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Basic Computer 2

This free computer class session is facilitated by the Happy Computer organization and meets every Tuesday. The program covers Microsoft Office programs and digital camera/uploading photos. To join the classes, call Betty at 715-896-9544.

La Crosse Computer Workshops

Register for any of these workshops by calling 608-789-6191 or emailing You may park for free in lot H or the ramp. View a campus map here.

November 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The 3 Bases for Unfamiliar IOS Users: Settings, Cloud, & Music
Business Education Center Room 121

We will go over the basic functions of Apple (IOS operating system) devices. Participants should bring their own device. Preferably the device should be up to date with IOS 11.0.3.

November 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Prezi Basics: The Better Powerpoint
Business Education Center Room 110

How to create a well-designed presentation using the free internet-based software, Prezi.

November 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Photobucket: Share your favorite images with friends!
Business Education Center Room 110

Create a Photobucket account and start editing, sharing, and uploading your favorite images. Participants will need an email account prior to the workshop.

November 27, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Understanding Drones
Business Education Center Room 110

Come learn the basics of drone operation. No prior experience is required. We will go over the parts, preflight information, regulations and operation of the drone.

November 29, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Tenacity of Audacity
Business Education Center Room 110

Audacity is a piece of software with the intention of allowing users to create, edit and manipulate audio files. It has the ability to also record audio files directly from the program itself. It’s all in one! It’s also free and wildly used by the general public which makes it an extremely powerful tool within the audio world. My intention is to educate users enough to have a general feel and ability to comfortably use the program. Participants will need to bring their own computer and ideally an audio file. However, we will have audio files for those who need one.

November 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Android Basic Operations
Business Education Center Room 112

November 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Everyday Google Applications: Gmail, Photos, News, Calendar
Business Education Center Room 110

Participants will learn the features and uses of Google’s Gmail, News, Photos, and Calendar applications for Windows PCs and Android. Participants should have a Gmail account prior to this workshop.

December 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Android and Snapchat: What you need to know.
Business Education Center Room 112

This training will cover Android operating system settings, system apps, and how to install other apps from the App store. In regards to Snapchat, participants will learn how to download Snapchat, add contacts, set preferences, and create snaps. Participants will need to bring their own device/smartphone and should have a Google account.

Western students are offering even more workshops at the La Crosse Public Library and the La Crosse Southside Neighborhood Center

Tomah Computer Workshop

The following workshop is happening at Western's Tomah Campus:

November 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
PC Purchasing: What you need to succeed.
Room 320

This workshop will go over the basic components of a PC/laptop and help you understand what you need when making your first PC purchase. Register by calling 608-374-7700.

Viroqua Computer Workshop

The following workshop is happening at Western's Viroqua Campus:

December 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Keyboarding Basics
Room 149

This is a training event to help teach about the basic functions on a keyboard. It will go over the home row hand positioning and some of the keyboard shortcuts as well to navigate the windows system without using a mouse. Along with many other topics. Register by calling 608-637-2612.

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