WTC Statement from Dr. Lee Rasch, President, WTC
Western Technical College has been essential to the 7 Rivers Region for 100 years. A half million people have turned to us for their education and training and our enrollment will continue to grow. It isn't bragging to tell you that, 93 percent of our graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation, and 81percent stay in this area to live and work. To prepare workers for high demand careers in areas such as engineering technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing, Western is looking to renovate and modernize our facilities. As the needs of area businesses change, Western also needs to change. But we can't do it without your help.
On November 6, voters in 11 counties will be asked to vote on a facilities referendum that will cost property owners $39 annually per $100,000 of property value. Please visit us at our Web site at western-T-C-dot-E-D-U backslash referendum.
We want to be essential for the next 100 years. Please vote on November 6.
Lee Rasch is the president of Western Technical College, a position he has held for over 23 years. He is active in many civic organizations, including Rotary and Downtown Mainstreet, and in community ventures, such as the Seven Rivers Alliance and the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, Inc.
Dr. Rasch is only the sixth person to hold the leadership position during Western's 100-year history. In that history, Western has served nearly one-half million people. Currently there are over 16,600 taking classes, attending seminars, and receiving training at the college.
Technical Colleges were created in Wisconsin to prepare students for careers of the time and in the district that they serve. That purpose is still true today. Western works with local industries to ensure that the programs offered will lead to local jobs. Approximately 1,400 graduates enter the workforce each year. Ninety-three percent of those grads are employed within six months of graduation, and 81 percent of them work in the 7 Rivers Region.
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