Supporting Students

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

Download the Student Support Services at a Glance one-page PDF.

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).

Counseling Referral/Early Alert Form

  • When to Refer Chart (PDF) – Use this chart to help you decide if, when, who, how, and what to report.
  • Counseling Referral/Early Alert Form (requires logging into Office 365 with Western email address and password) – Instructors who are concerned that a student may be at risk of not passing a course may complete the Counseling Referral/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

  • Access and Language Services – 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.
    • Learn about the Principals of Universal Design to help support your students: Universal Design
  • Career Services – All of the tools needed to assist students in career planning and “getting the job” can be found here.
  • College Advisors – College 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.
  • 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.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services – The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services office provides comprehensive services for minority students.
  • UPDATED: Student Support Services at a Glance (PDF) – 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.
  • Military Connected Services – 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

  • Information Technology Services – Western’s Information Technology Services assists with student and staff login issues (MyWestern, email, Blackboard, network) and maintains Western’s computers, networking equipment, and phones. Help Desk walk-up hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. the Help Desk is located in the lower level of the Business Education Center.
    • You may call the help desk (608-789-6266) at any time.
    • You may also email the help desk ( for assistance.

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, Concerns, and Disclosures – 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.