Supporting Students

Western supports our students by providing a multitude of resources. Select the links below for more information.

Academic Resources

  • The Learning Commons – The Learning Commons is located in the Academic Resource Center building (ARC) R-122 and provides free academic support to currently enrolled students. Instructors provide individualized help/guidance for students in the areas of reading, writing, study skills, and more. Some peer tutoring is also available.
  • Math Center – The Math Center has a Mathematics Specialist who provides personalized help with math and physics assignments and access to computers with mathematical software. The Math Center is located in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) R-220.
  • Library – In addition to typical library functions, the library offers group study rooms, wireless access, reference help and a computer lab.
  • Online Writing Center – The Online Writing Center (OWC) allows students to submit writing assignments to Communication Skills instructors in order to receive feedback about their writing. The OWC also features a writer’s handbook and Wink (an online journal that contains sample essays, speeches and other documents).

Early Referral Form

  • When to Refer Chart (PDF) – Use this chart to help you decide if, when, who, how, and what to report.
  • Early Referral Form– Instructors who are concerned that a student may be at risk of not passing a course may complete the Early Alert Form to request that a member of the counseling center staff follow-up with that student.

Financial Resources

  • Cavalier Cupboard – The Cavalier Cupboard is a food pantry designed to meet the immediate food needs of Western students by providing them with access to non-perishable food items, hygiene items, and information on local resources.
  • Financial Aid – Students can visit this office for Information about financial aid and work study positions.
  • Scholarships – Students have access to the Foundation’s online scholarship application and information about (internal and external) scholarships.

Student Resources

  • Career Services – All of the tools needed to assist students in career planning and “getting the job” can be found here.
  • Counseling Resources – The counselors at Western are committed to student success by providing support and services to help students meet their goals. Counselors provide FREE confidential, personal and career counseling.
  • Disability Resources – A wide range of support services and accommodations that can assist students with disabilities are available at Western. These accommodations may include peer note takers, enlargement of print materials, assistance at registration, alternative test taking, additional orientation to campus, and adaptive equipment, and more. For a video introduction to these services, click here:
    • Learn about the Principals of Universal Design to help support your students: Universal Design
  • NEW: Do You Know Your Resources? Now that students have begun their educational journey at Western, we want to make sure that they are aware of all the resources that are available to them. There’s a lot to know and we are here to help you. Check out our list of most commonly used resources on campus for more information.
  • Enrollment Advisors – Enrollment advisors help students with course selections/sequences, program entry, and overall college navigation.  Our team of enrollment advisors help all students, whether new or continuing.
  • Multicultural Resources – The Multicultural Services office provides comprehensive services for minority students.
  • Veterans Resources – Western Technical College is approved by the Wisconsin State Approving Agency and the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs to provide training to veterans, active service members, survivors and dependents of a deceased or disabled veteran.

Technology Resources

  • Computer Labs – Western offers several computer labs in various campus locations to support students. Locations include the second floor of the Coleman Center and the Library.
  • Students experiencing difficulties logging in to campus computers or student e-mail may contact PC Services at or 608-789-6266.

Additional Resources

  • Campus Life – Campus life includes information about Student Government, Student ID Cards, Clubs and Organizations, Athletics, Market Money, Lost and Found, Student Housing, Safety Escort Services and Campus Security.
  • Health and Wellness – Western’s Live Well initiative supports and encourages healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Student Handbook (PDF) – Western’s Student Handbook contains information about rules for student conduct, campus policies and schedules, and more.
  • Student Rights and Concerns – Students’ concerns about safety, instruction, or any other issues at Western may be directed here.
  • YWCA Child Center – The YWCA Child Center provides childcare on Western’s La Crosse Campus and is open to community members and Western faculty, staff, and students.

On occasion, faculty (or students) will ask that a dean intervene as a result of student behavior. Please feel free to contact your division office or the Dean of Students, Shelley McNeely, with any concerns that you have.