With the Iraq War over and the conflict in Afghanistan winding down, Wisconsin’s colleges and universities have seen an influx in veteran enrollment. Now schools are finding new ways to accommodate them.
At the new UW La Crosse Veterans Center, students chat in a corner while eating pizza, as another student concentrates on his homework. This year, there are about 300 known veterans at UWL, up from 250 last year.
The board that oversee Western Technical College voted this week to put a referendum on the November ballot, that would fund fund major facility upgrades. Western officials are asking for almost $80 million to update and expand existing facilities.
President Lee Rasch says they anticipate 1000 more students by 2020 and they need to provide space for them.