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.

Free Tax Assistance – Coulee Region Tax Assistance Program at Western Technical College

Free tax preparation and assistance for individuals and married couples making less than $66,000 in 2017.

When: 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1
             9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, March 17 and April 7
Where: Business Education Center, 405 8th Street, La Crosse
How: Call Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 608-784-8380 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed.

Tax assistance can be provided one-to-one where a volunteer will prepare your 2017 tax return or clients can use to file for free on their own at a computer and a volunteer assister will be present to answer questions.

What to bring with you?

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • Rent certificate (if applicable)


Want to volunteer?

This service is a community collaboration brought to you by, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Coulee Bank, Great Rivers United Way, Marine Credit Union, $MART La Crosse, and Western Technical College Community Engagement.

Technology Recycling Program at the Technology Help Desk

Monday, March 5 - 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 - 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 9 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Business Education Center - Room 219
405 8th Street, La Crosse, WI
Free parking during help desk hours in Western Lot H and visitor parking spots.

Drop off your unwanted technology items (mobile devices, PCs, laptops, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, and speakers) and our students will recycle them properly with the help of our partner, Dynamic Recycling.

Suits for Success

Date: March 7
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Lunda Center

Open to Western students and the community to obtain free professional attire. The event will also have resources and information to help job seekers. To donate gently used professional clothing and accessories to the event, contact

Make Change Film Series & Community Conversations

Tuesday, March 13
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Integrated Technology Center Room 401
Film: Miss Representation (Click to view the trailer) 

Make Change is a new film series and community conversation program. Each event will consist of a popular documentary covering an important community issue. Following the film, participants will 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.

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

Welding Basics

Learn basic welding skills from current Western welding students! All participants must register, attend the safety training workshop, and then are invited to attend both Saturday events at the La Crosse campus.

Call 608-789-6191 or email

Safety Training Session:
Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Integrated Technology Center room 209

Workshop Dates:
 Session 1: Saturday, March 17 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Session 2: Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Technology Help Desk

Running: February 26–April 13

Mondays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Business Education Center - Room 219
405 8th Street, La Crosse, WI
Free parking during help desk hours in Western Lot H and visitor parking spots.

Students supporting the community with computer software training, hardware support, technology questions, and troubleshooting. Walk-ins welcome; ask your questions or schedule an appointment by emailing or calling 608-785-9900.

Black River Falls Computer Workshops

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

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.

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