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As we all grapple with the new normal of no normal, students should check this page frequently as we work to support you.

Financial, Health, & Wellness Resources

Financial Resources

Heating Assistance

WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15). The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs.  In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

Electric Assistance

Your household may be eligible to receive a payment for non-heating electric energy costs through funding provided by Wisconsin’s Public Benefits.

WHEAP electric (non-heating) assistance is a one-time benefit payment during the heating season (October 1-May 15).  The funding pays a portion of the household’s electrical (non-heating) costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of the non-heating costs.

The amount of the non-heating assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and non-heating costs.  In most cases the non-heating assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

Crisis Assistance

A household may be eligible for crisis assistance if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice from the heating vendor, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have the money to purchase more.  Crisis assistance is available through local WHEAP agencies that provide a 24-hour crisis phone number to help with emergencies that occur after business hours.  Crisis assistance is intended to provide emergency and/or proactive services to assist eligible households experiencing an energy crisis.

There are also non-emergency or proactive crisis services that include providing information on how to reduce fuel costs, counseling on budgeting and money management, providing payments to a fuel supplier, and co-pay agreements.

Furnace Assistance

WHEAP emergency heating system assistance can provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops operating during the heating season. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs, or in some situations your residence may qualify for a total replacement of a non-operating furnace or boiler. Call the local energy assistance office immediately if you are experiencing a no heat situation.

Under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules, students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are ineligible for SNAP unless they meet one of the exemptions. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to allow students who either:

  1. Are eligible to participate in State or Federally financed work study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or
  2. Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year.

Beginning January 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

For more information visit the Department of Education announcement page.


Charger Cupboard

Food assistance is available to any current Southwest Tech student in need of emergency or supplemental food.

  • Student ID needed verify your current student status and used for monthly reporting. Your Student ID will be kept confidential! We also have a guideline form we use for Second Harvest reporting.
  • located in the Knox Learning Center (Room 314)
  • HOURS- Monday to Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Please contact Natalie Long or Stephanie Brown with any questions

Other Food Sources:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Expanded For Students

See the “Expanded SNAP Eligibility” tab for more information, or visit to apply.

Wisconsin foodshare

Purchase food at a grocery store with a plastic “Quest Card/EBT card. Monthly benefit amounts are based on net income and household size. For more information and to apply, contact the Dept. of Social Services at 1-888-794-5780 or visit the web at

Food Share   (Food Share)  1-888-794-5780


This program helps families/individuals who are FoodShare eligible improve their food security through education. For more information, contact the Grant County UW-Extension Office at 723-2125 or 333-4803 or

WIC Program

WIC provides food and nutrition information to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years healthy and strong. Call the Grant County Health Dept. at 723-6416 or 1-800-338-3192 for the nearest location.

WIC   608-723-6416 Women, infants and children nutrition

As of 3/16/2020, WIC clinics are temporarily suspended through 3/27/2020. WIC staff are working remotely and providing WIC services via email and phone. All WIC clinic sites and offices are closed to the public. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326 x204.

List of Local food pantries

List of Local food pantries: 

Mobile Food Pantry

Second Harvest teams up with local volunteers each month to distribute fresh and non-perishable food to people who are experiencing challenges with making ends meet. Days, times, and locations for each mobile are listed below. We distribute approximately 60 pounds of food per household. Brings bags and boxes if possible. No identification or proof of residency necessary. For more information go to this link or call 608-223-9121

Second Harvest Food Bank Texting

To receive a text message the next time we have a special food distribution in your area, find your county below, and text the corresponding keyword to 555888:

  • Dane County – Keyword FOODDANE
  • Rock County – Keyword FOODROCK
  • Jefferson, Dodge counties – Keyword FOODEAST
  • Columbia, Sauk, Juneau, Adams counties – Keyword FOODNORTH
  • Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Crawford counties – Keyword FOODWEST
  • Grant, Iowa, LaFayette, Green counties – Keyword FOODSOUTH



  • 420 North Main Street Adams-Friendship Middle School  
  • 3rd Wednesday, 5:00 pm


  • 345 West Street
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday 4-6pm, Saturday after first pantry 10-12pm

Beaver Dam 

  • 700 Gould Street Moraine Park Technical College 
  • 2nd Saturday of the month, 8:30 am  


  • 229 W. Grand Ave Masonic Center #1  
  • 2nd Wednesday, 10:00 am  
  • 229 W. Grand Ave Masonic Center #2  
  • 4th Tuesday, 10:00 am  


  • 405 E. Legrand St Immaculate Conception Catholic Church  
  • 3rd Tuesday, 11:00 am  
  • 402 Johnson Street 
  • Wednesday, Friday 9-3pm 


  • 199 Front St.  
  • Monday-Friday 10-4 pm, Saturday 10-1 pm  


  • 200 E Blackhawk Street  
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-3pm


  • 15815 Hwy 81 Town Bank Community Room 
  • Use lower entrance behind the bank 1st Friday, 4:00 pm  
  • 1033 N Main Street 
  • Tuesday, Thursday 10-3pm 
  • 15691 County Road K 
  • Thursday 1-4pm 


  • E2290 State Highway 82 
  • Thursday 9-11 am

Fort Atkinson

  • 1660 Endl Blvd St Joseph’s Catholic Church  
  • 2nd Thursday, 2:00pm

Gays Mills

  • 120 Sunset Ridge Rd. Ste. 122-in Mercantile Center 
  • 1st Saturday, 9-10 am and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays 2-4 pm 
  • 212 Main St Community Center  
  • 4th Wednesday, 2:00 pm  

Hazel Green

  • 2115 Main Street
  • Tuesday 6-7 and Saturday 9-11am


  • 726 Main Street Sts. Anthony and Philip Church  
  • Last Monday of the month, 4:30 pm


  • 128 Mill St. 
  • Thursday 1-4pm


  • 1250 E. Racine Street St. John Vianney Catholic Church 
  • 1st Monday registration: 11:30-12:30 pm Food Distribution: 12:30-2:00 pm 
  • 612 N Randall Ave First Lutheran Church
  • 2nd Thursday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm distribution

La Crosse

  • 223 North 8th Street
  • Monday-Thursday, 1-3 pm
  • 403 Causeway Blvd.
  • Monday-Friday, 10-12:45 and Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 4-7:45 pm  
  • 1010 Sill Rd
  • Monday 5:30-7pm and last Saturday 10-1 pm  


  • 225 S Madison Street 
  • Monday and Thursday 7-8pm


  • 755 Braxton PI Brittingham Apts. – 1st Wednesday, 2:00 pm
  • 3245 E. Washington Ave Ridgeway Church – 2nd Friday, 6:00 pm
  • 1917 Lake Point Dr Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center – 3rd Wednesday, 11:30 am

Marshall – Waterloo

  • 605 Madison St Holy Trinity Church  
  • Last Friday of the month, 2:00 pm


  • W5198 Cty Rd C 
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday 10-7pm and other Tuesdays 4-7pm, Thursday 9-12pm, Saturday 9-11:30am


  • 501 1st Ave St Vincent de Paul
  • 3rd Thursday, 3:00 pm
  • 217 N Black River  
  • Monday, Thursday 10-2pm 
  • 1129-17th Ave 
  • Monday 2-4:30pm and Wednesday 9-11am 


  • 116 W Beech Street  
  • 3rd Monday 1-5pm


  • 200 North St. Community Center  
  • Last Tuesday of the month, 11:00 am  


  • 1214 Cty Rd PH 
  • Thursday and Saturday 10-2 pm


  • 919 W. Main Street St Mary’s Catholic Church
  • 1st Thursday, 4:00 pm


  • 318 S. Main Street St. Mary’s of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church  
  • 4th Monday, 3:30 pm  

Patch Grove

  • 231 N. Wyalusing Street St. John’s Catholic Church 
  • 2nd Tuesday, 1:30 pm  


  • 110 E. Mineral St VFW  
  • 3rd Friday, 9:30 am
  • 250 N Court Street
  • Everyday 9-5pm


  • Intersection of Griffith St. and Superior St. Veterans Memorial Field (Fairgrounds) 
  •  2nd Monday, 10:30 am  

Prairie du Chien  

  • 200 East Blackhawk Street 
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-3 pm 


  • November – March: 200 Veterans Dr Reedsburg VFW
  • April – October: 624 Willow St Sacred Heart Catholic Church  
  • 4th Thursday, 4:30 pm

Richland Center

  • 26700 Fellowship Ln Fellowship Hall 
  • 3rd Thursday, 3:30 pm
  • 345 Cairns Ave
    Wednesday 4-5:30pm


  • 226 W Church Street 
  • 3rd Thursday 4:30-6pm or by Appt., Emergency Pantry Monday-Thursday 12:30-3:30pm 


  • 217 N. Black River St. 
  • Monday, Thursday 10-2 pm
  • 1121 E. Montgomery St. Hockey Rink
  • 3rd Thursday, 3:30 pm

Sun Prairie 

  • 18 Rickel Rd Emergency Food Pantry in Sunshine Place 
  • 3rd Tuesday, 5:00 pm (No distribution in November)  


  • 1118 W. Veteran’s Street 
  • Monday 1-3:30pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesday 3:30-6pm, Thursday 10-12pm 
  • 1625 Butts Avenue Fairgrounds
  • 1st Tuesday, 4:00 pm


  • Living Faith Church 209 Sands Rd 
  • Wednesdays, 10-4 pm 


  • 225 N Washington Street
  • 3rd Saturday 9-11am and 3rd Monday 4-6pm


  • 341 Black River Ave. 
  • Monday-Friday 10-4pm, Tuesday 10-6pm, 1st Saturday 9-12pm  

Southwest Tech students impacted by COVID-19 now have access to funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA). Funding can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as:

  • Tuition
  • Food
  • Housing
  • health care (including mental health care)
  • Childcare

Wisconsinites should not fear being evicted, having their utilities shut off, or being without a place to live because their budgets have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is partnering with members of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, as well as Energy Services, Inc., to assist eligible renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent, utilities, and/or other housing stability. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance to help with current and/or overdue bills.

Parent Resources

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc.

4-C is part of a network of accredited, non-profit Wisconsin Child Care Resource & Referral agencies providing advocacy and support services for child care in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, and Walworth Counties. The agency strives to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early care and education through integrated support and expertise.

Madison, Madison, WI
Phone: 1 (800) 750.5437

Family Connections

Family Connections is a trusted resource that helps to prepare, educate, and support families, child care providers, and the public.

110 W Adams St
Platteville, WI 53818
Phone: (608) 348-2846

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality child care while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity. Wisconsin Shares is implemented locally by counties and tribes.

Here are a few online educational links that parents may want to utilize with there children as we go through periods of staying at home.

Student Life (Health, Housing, & Fun)

Self-care tips:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Exercise daily (links to exercise resources – workouts and yoga)
  • Eat right
  • Stay connected to people through video chat or a personal phone call
  • Take a break outside
  • Read a novel
  • Spend time with a pet or watching animals in nature (virtual options available)
  • Schedule your self-care time into your daily activities
  • Play a board game with your family
  • Stay tuned for Orange Frog ideas 🙂

Crossing Rivers Health

Address: 37868 US Hwy 18, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608-357-2000

Grant Regional Health Center

Address: 507 South Monroe Street
Phone: 608-723-2143

Gunderson Boscobel Area Hospital

Address: 205 Parker Street, Boscobel, WI 53805
Phone: 608-375-4144

LIFT RIDES (Essential/Critical)

All high-risk LIFT drivers have been temporarily dismissed for their protection, until further notice. The LIFT office is closed to the public and driver entry is limited to essential duties. Dispatchers are working remotely. As of 3/23/2020, rides are limited to existing riders for dialysis treatment only, based on driver availability. LIFT is pre-screening riders for illness or proximity to COVID-19. Driver assistance is limited to entry/exit of the vehicle for ambulatory riders. Driver assistance to non-ambulatory riders will be gauged at time of ride scheduling, based on capability of assigned driver during this period of limited drivers.

Question and inquiries should be directed to 1-877-SWT-LIFT (1-877-798-5438) Monday through Thursday, 8am to 3pm; and Friday, 8am to 1pm.

Medical Associates

Address: 1240 Big Jack Rd., Platteville, WI 53818
Phone: 608-348-6266

Memorial Hospital Lafayette County

Address: 800 Clay Street, Darlington, WI 53530
Phone: 608-776-4466

Southwest Health

Address: 1400 Eastside Road, Platteville, WI 53813
Phone: 608-348-2331
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE) at Southwest Health 608-342-4730

Upland Hills Health

Address: 800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Phone: 608-930-8000


(Neighborhood Health Partners)  serving Grant, Iowa, Green, and LaFayette counties.
Phone: 608.935.2326

Family Advocates

Shelter, support, advocacy for domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse
Phone: 608-348-5995

Unified Community Services

Counseling and mental health
Phone: 608-723-6357

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

Student Housing

Student housing remains open! Extra computers have been added to common areas.

Housing Resources:

Cunningham House Emergency Homeless Shelter

Still open but has a waiting list.
The Cunningham House provides emergency shelter for individuals and families. The shelter is managed by the Grant County Task Force on Homelessness.

Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-6578

Eviction Help and Homeless Programs

Federal and state of Wisconsin funds can help pay a security deposit on a new low income apartment for the homeless.

Emergency ESG grants may also be used for paying rent to prevent an eviction, transitional housing is available, and other solutions are administered. Learn more on homeless prevention in Wisconsin.

Family Advocates

We provide services to families experiencing homelessness in Grant County. We work with local faith communities to provide meals, shelter, and comprehensive case management to help families achieve sustainable independence.

Platteville, WI 53818

HOMELESS ASSISTANCE (Essential/Critical)

All homeless assistance services continue to be provided, although our staff have limited in-person services. Questions and inquiries should be directed to 608-935-2326 x203. If not answered, please leave a detailed voicemail with contact information.

Lutheran Church of Peace Emergency Homeless Shelter

Emergency Shelter for family with 2 or less children or singles.

Platteville, WI 53818

Academic Resources

Academic Support and Resources

Advisors are available via email, ZOOM, and phone (leave a message and a call will be returned). ZOOM and phone appointments can be scheduled by clicking the “Make an Appointment” button for your advisor at the bottom of the Advising Services Page.

For information on how to use Zoom, see the Joining a Meeting in Zoom how-to webpage.

We’re Still Here! Library Services wants to assure you that I am still available and committed to supporting you in any way I can. I will be working off campus but can still answer your questions and concerns. Any general questions may also be directed to These messages are being regularly monitored, and you can expect a response within one business day. Stay tuned for a link to contact me directly via Zoom.

Natalie Long
Academic Resources Specialist

The Bookstore will not be physically staffed upon campus closure.

The Bookstore Merchandising Coordinator and the Course Resource Coordinator are working remotely and able to assist customers between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Course Resources:

They will be able to assist customers with course resource needs in the following manner:

  • Required method: Web orders of eBooks, Codes or eResources not offered for free until 5.25.20 can be ordered through the Bookstore Website:  At this time the Bookstore is unable to send physical books or packets due to the campus closure. If you have any questions, please contact the Bookstore:
    • Local:       608-822-2462
      Toll-Free: 800-362-3322 ext. 2462
      Fax: 608-822-2774        

Book Vouchers:

Financial Aid Vouchers: Students can order online through the Bookstore’s website.

  • Students will be given instructions to gain access to electronic course resources. Provided eResources are available.

Third Party Funded: Students can order online through the Bookstore’s website.

  • Students will be given instructions to gain access to electronic course resources. Provided eResources are available.

CESA CNA Class: student emails Financial Aid the signed agreement.

  • Students will be given instructions to gain access to free electronic course resources. Provided eResources are available for free until 5.25.20.  We may need to research options for Summer 20-21 courses.

Academic Services will be offering virtual online tutoring/academic success support and intervention. You can schedule a tutoring session by clicking on one of the Make an Appointment buttons below. Additionally, your students can participate in “DROP IN” tutoring by clicking on the zoom links for each tutor below.  This zoom links will also be available on our website and in our “Academic Help!” Schoology group. To meet the needs of our students we are offering flexible/evening virtual tutoring appointments as well. Below is a general schedule of when our tutors will be available virtually to support students. Please note we are happy to work outside of these hours if this does not align with you and your student’s needs.

This schedule is no longer valid.
Please see the Academic Support page for an up-to-date schedule

Day Time
8:00am – 4:30pm 8:00am – 4:30pm 8:00am – 4:30pm 8:00am – 4:30pm 8:00am – 4:30pm
5:00pm – 8:00pm 5:00pm – 8:00pm 5:00pm – 8:00pm 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Matt Cram
Pete Esser
Katie Snitker
Brenda Schwarzmann
Katie Snitker
Matt Cram
Brenda Schwarzmann
Carol Soden
Carol Soden

Pete Esser
Math Support Schedule

Make an Appointment

Brenda Schwarzman
Communication Support and General Academic Support

Make an Appointment

Carol Soden
General Education Support and General Academic Support

Make an Appointment

As of Monday, March 23, all Southwest Tech courses will be converted to an online format. Program faculty have been evaluating all viable options for all of our students to complete the courses online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Delivery of high-quality instruction has always been and remains vitally important to the success of our students. In compliance with Governor’s Evers order to stay at home, we cannot safely welcome students on campus until, at the earliest, April 24. Therefore we are converting as many courses online as possible. The college will soon share a list of programs that will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester and a list of programs that cannot be completed without a face-to-face component. Specific instructions will be shared directly with students.

Career Services

Career services can help with job searching, internships, resumes, and interviewing skills. Contact Heather Fifrick by email or voice mail message and she will get back to you.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation-DVR

Program working in partnership with people with disabilities to individually pursue, obtain, and maintain employment suited to a person’s abilities and interests.
Phone: (608) 261-0050

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: WIOA

Program Eligible individuals needing assistance to help you find employment. Job search help includes having a personal Career specialist and Job Developer, assistance with resume writing and interview preparation. Funding for training assistance may be available.
Phone: 608-266-3131

Food share employment &training: FSET (ONLINE)

Available to those who qualify for food share benefits. Provides education, vocational training, work experience, career exploration, and supportive services.

Southwest WI Community Action Program: SWCAP

Provides skills Enhancement Program, Job and Business Development Program, and Work-N-Wheels Program.
Phone: (608) 935-2326

Disability Services

Please contact Chris Bowers by emailing or by making an appointment. Disability Services will work to evaluate these requests as quickly as possible.

ReadSpeaker continues to be available to all students. Chris and Heather are both available to video conference with you to explore ways ReadSpeaker can help you now that your courses are online. You can also access helpful information and videos in the ReadSpeaker folder in your Disability Services Resources course.

Yes, your testing accommodations are still in place. Please communicate with your instructors to discuss your testing accommodations in their courses.

If your instructor is creating an online timed exam, please notify your instructor as soon as possible if you are wishing to use your accommodation of extended time.

Contact Disability Services as soon as possible if you are wanting to have your tests read. We will work closely with you and your instructor to assist you with this accommodation.

Yes! Our tutors are still available to help you and we encourage you to continue using them. If you have regularly scheduled weekly appointments, please plan on continuing with those. Your tutor will be in touch to determine the best way to connect with you at your scheduled time. You can always schedule an appointment with a tutor. Tutors are available to meet with you via phone or video conferencing. If you are unable to meet during the typical hours of operation, please email disability services or one of the tutors. Tutors will have some evening hours available.

The best way to contact Disability Services is to email You can also make an appointment with Chris Bowers or Heather Swatek. We will be meeting via phone or video conferencing. If you already meet weekly with Chris or Heather, we plan to continue with those scheduled meeting times starting next week.


As a response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, many internet service and cell phone providers have introduced short-term offers to assist students as they adapt to an online education experience. The following is a list of some of those providers and related links put together by Southwest Tech staff.

Internet and computer resources

Companies that have low/no-cost internet options for limited times

Internet Hot Spots have been added to limited areas in parking lots for those who need an internet connection and can come to campus.

Current WiFi Hot Spots

  • Health Science building (1600) parking lot – directly in front of the staff office / main entrance
  • Auto / Ag building (1700) parking lot – directly in front of the staff office / main entrance
Map of Southwest Tech main campus showing WiFi Hot Spots outside the Health building (1600) and the Auto / Ag building (1700).
Hot Spots are highlighted in Green