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Western to use former Trane building for welding training


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Western Technical College's Foundation is purchasing Trance Company's Weaver Building, on La Crosse's southside, to expand the schools welding program.

Western's Foundation will purchase the facility, located at 2860 21st Place South, and lease it to the college. The sale will be finalized the end of February.

Discussions started between Western and Trane when the college was looking for space to temporarily relocate the welding program during construction of the Integrated Technology Center, one of the seven projects supported though last year's referendum.

Now, this short-term solution may prove to have benefits further into the future.

"We haven't been able to fulfill all the requests we have for welding training, due to lack of lab space," said Patti Balacek, director of Western's Business and Industry Services division. "This will allow us to offer more sections, and gives us the flexibility to do more with grant funding."
Western said by purchasing the Weaver Building, they will be able to create more welding stations for students looking to get into the field.
After the Welding program is moved into the new Center, the Weaver Building will continue to be used for contract training, skills institutes, and other grant funded initiatives.
Renovation of the Weaver building is expected be complete by August for the beginning of Western's Fall 2014 term.
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