Child care grant to help working parents at Western Technical College

A grant to a La Crosse college is making it easier for local parents to further their own education.

The ‘Child Care Access Means Parents in School’ four-year grant was renewed for Western Technical College, awarding the campus about $268,000.

The money helps pay for full-time child care for Western students so they can complete their programs.

Any student who uses YWCA child care can get financial help for those services.

Western officials say the assistance is needed, especially for one of the largest groups of students on campus.

“Student parents are actually exponentially growing not only at 2 year colleges, but also 4. The majority of students now are actually nontraditional, and as you can imagine student parents are a big part of that,” said Resource Development Specialist Quinn Walraven.

Any students interested in the financial assistance can apply by talking to the director of the YWCA child center.

About a dozen Western Technical Colleges take advantage of the program.